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Surf Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

prime spot for downtown and surfing. i walked up tow each night to any number of great restaurants. i stayed in room 102 and slept like a baby every night including two Saturday nights. room is spartan but if you need luxury stay somewhere more expensive, however it was always clean! Staff was very nice and helpful, i worked while... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for a week and the first thing I noticed was that it was loud and noisy. There was a resturant in the front and you could hear the noise from your room. Behind our room was a house that had 2 people standing in front of it and a dog!!! There was no AC and we had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very simple, no frills motel. Rooms were clean and comfortable, but definitely dated. Could use some TLC. Reception staff were warm and welcoming. You can't beat the location of this hotel. Walking distance to the beach and to shopping and restaurants. Really can't beat this motel for the location and the price. I saw a complaint from... More

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Murrieta, California, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me start by saying that I chose this motel no so much for the lower price but for the location. As soon as we got the key, walked into our room, it REAKED of mildew. I'm not a big complainer so we overlooked the matter. The next evening, I was having a ciggerette on the balcony approximately 20 feet... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is across the street from Carlsbad State beach, about a minute walk. They offer free rentals for sand toys, boogie boards and beach towels. Not only is it very close to the beach, shopping is close too. Its a charming part of Carlsbad, many shops and restaurants in walking distance.We had a great experience there.

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watsonville, ca
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you are looking for a luxury resort, this is not it. If you are looking for a clean reasonable room across the street from the beach, that is reasonably priced, this is your place. It is dated, but clean, quiet, and roomy. ( We didn't even hear the little children in the room next to us, or the people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We found the Surf Motel by luck. It's not fancy, but it's quiet and clean. Carlsbad is the classic SoCal beach town and there is no better location than the Surf Motel, especially for the price. Front desk staffers Bob and his wife provided five star service and extraordinary kindness. This was not a pleasure trip; my husband's mom just... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are glad we were able to provide you with a home away from home, and yes, Bob and his team are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you will ever meet. We wish you and your family all the best, and are looking forward to see you again soon. More

Phoenix, AZ
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13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My family travels to Carlsbad almost every summer and I have always wanted to check out this motel. This year we wanted to save money so we decided to take a chance and try staying at the Surf Motel. The rates can't be beat and neither can the location. It is across the street from the beach and a block... More

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Rancho Mirage, CA
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The only reason to stay at the Surf Motel is for the value and the location. Do not expect much from this older motel. The rooms are spacious enough, but very basic. The location is almost directly across from the beach and you can walk anywhere in the Carlsbad Village. Many restaurants and shops nearby. Make sure you eat at... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

My family and I have stayed here twice. We will continue to come back because of the awesome location, clean rooms and economical price. You cannot beat this location. I love the clean rooms.They provide all beach toys, boards,towels, etc. NO parking fee! We enjoy eating our picnic lunch on their deck overlooking the ocean. A gem of a place.

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we are looking forward to welcome you back soon. Greetings, your team from the Surf Motel Carlsbad. More

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Address: 3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Surf Motel 2*
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Located in a quaint seaside village, the Surf Motel Carlsbad features 28 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites, a complimentary continental breakfast and primo access to one of the best surfing beaches in Southern California. ... more   less 
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