a patio terrace and garden area at the lodge

A Cardiff by
the Sea Retreat

On the sparkling shores of San Diego's famed beaches lies Cardiff by the Sea Lodge. This charming, boutique property is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best sunsets in the world and relax in one of California's most beautiful little cities. Visit today and find out why there’s nowhere quite like Cardiff by the Sea Lodge.

a path leading to a beach

Our History

Our Cardiff, CA, hotel was built in 1991 as a beautiful and quaint ocean getaway. The lodge was founded and built by two well-known residents of the small town of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, James and Janette. One was an architect, the other an interior designer. When the couple first bought the property, they had ideas for a small hotel. Before building began, the couple went on a trip through Europe for their 25th wedding anniversary.

surfers walking on the beach


Today, the Cardiff Lodge sits with views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, flowers that bloom year-round, and stunning nightly sunsets over the water. The lodge still possesses the distinctive rooms and qualities that James and Janette designed many years ago, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience for guests.

We look forward to your stay with us.