The Cardiff-By-The-Sea Lodge

142 Chesterfield , Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007 USA (Show map)


Nestled in the small beachside community of Cardiff by-the-Sea in North County San Diego, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge has 17 custom decorated rooms, each with a different theme. We are 800 feet from the ocean, walking distance from great restaurants, coffee shops and shopping and just a five minute drive to famous surf breaks, the Cedros Design District, downtown Encinitas, and the Self Realization Fellowship. At the Cardiff Lodge we aim to make your stay comfortable and a true "Home Away from Home" with our complimentary continental breakfast, free wifi, rooftop deck with a full ocean view, fire pit and spa and our pet-friendly policy. We hope that we have the pleasure of having you as our guests!



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining3.9

choose your room carefully

4.0 on May 02, 2014

we stayed here for a night before our rental house in encinitas was ready. it's a sweet place. great location, one block from the beach. staff is friendly and helpful. it's also a quirky place. in need of some repair and tlc. some of the rooms are very musty. but luckily we were able to change rooms to ones that had opening windows. i'm assuming the rooms on the upper floors are better, but probably more expensive too. decor is varied and ...could use some updating.

1 night review

4.0 on February 17, 2014

one night very romantic.

60th bday suprise

4.6 on December 02, 2013

need i say more...pulled off perfect and honey couldnt have been more suprised or happier

Precisely as advertised

3.4 on August 03, 2013

A terrific summer weekend.

Quaint, convenient B&B

3.8 on June 02, 2013

A very nice relaxed California B&B that is just a short walk to the majestic bluff and beach at Cardiff by the sea. A great rooftop patio with wonderful views and a hot tub and firepit to ward off the evening chill.

Getting away for a while

4.2 on May 17, 2013

Relaxing and quiet, perfect for getting away for a while, just to clear the mind and forget about the day to day stress of life. Rich Holman

Beautiful sunset

3.6 on May 04, 2012

The sunset view from the rooftop was amazing! The room decor was a bit outdated but not horrible. The breakfast was good. Not much to do walking distance.


5 on May 02, 2011

Service was very hospitable! José gave us the complete rundown and carried my bag to the Southwest room! Top deck with charming seating areas. Perfect for sunset cocktails! Gardens a delight-all harmonious!

Wonderful Stay

5 on March 29, 2011

Staff was wonderful and extremely helpful, they accommodated me dropping off flowers in the morning and placing them in the room for me before we checked in. I'm extremely thankful for the hospitality and great service. We'll be back soon, for the facilities are wonderful here.

Charming - Not kid friendly

3.0 on February 24, 2011

Absolutely beautiful views, and a charming place to stay. Children are charged extra - for a cot with no sheets, towels and breakfast. My children were also reprimanded twice by the innkeeper. Basically they were not welcome. So leave your children home and go as a couple.

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Rooms & Rates


Queen bed with private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath



  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath



  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

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Location Type

Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town


San Diego, CA (SAN-Lindbergh Field) 30 miles

Directions to property:

Driving North from San Diego: 1-5 North, Exit Manchester, Turn right at stoplight (west) Follow road as it cures around & stay to the left at fork in the road. Come up over the hill, around the turn, and straight ahead to stoplight. Turn right (East) on Chesterfield, Third building up on the left: a large, semi-circular, brown-shingled building. Driving South from Los Angeles: 1-5 South, Exit Birmingham Drive, Turn right (west), Follow road down the hill until it dead ends , Turn left (south) on San Elijo, Follow road three blocks to stoplight Turn left (east) on Chesterfield. Third building up on the left: a large, semi-circular, brown-shingled building.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Legoland, Sea World, Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Old Town nature trails, snorkeling, tide pools., Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Surfing, Restaurants, Picnic area, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Wedding Facilities , 17 one-of-a-kind custom rooms, whirlpool tubs, fireplace, and oceanview, rooftop garden with Jacuzzi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Fireplace, Library, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Surfing, Running trails, Beach, Self-Realization center, Boutiques and antique galleries, Parks, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 10:00 PM
  • Check Out:: Before Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Please contact us if you would like to bring your pet.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimum stay sometimes required on weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card information required, we will not charge or authorize your card until you arrive at the hotel or unless there is a cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations: Must cancel 48 hours in advance.
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Languages spoken

 Gujarati, English

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Lobby

Special meal options

Low fat

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