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Surf Motel

3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lancaster, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Surf Motel is a great little motel to stay at for a weekend get away. Located across the street from the beach. Rooms are clean, comfortable beds, small kitchenette. Surf offers boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas free of charge for use for the day. Continental breakfast. Will stay again!!!!!

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Southern, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This motel is older and outdated but in a nice location. Sheets kept pulling off bed as the elastic was gone. Windows open about one inch so couldn't feel the nice sea breeze, had to leave the A/C on =-( Paid $149 for a Sunday night in July.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I use the Carlsbad area to break up my commute, and I believe I have stayed at nearly a dozen area motels and hotels over the past year. Surf Motel was next on my list. Its known for its location, close to the beach and to the shops. The grey, lodge style structure 12-15 rooms, two levels, and a small... More 

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Az
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Want to have the ocean, beach, boardwalk, village, restaurants, etc., at your fingertips - at a very reasonable price? This is your place. Added plus is nice fresh fruit etc contential breakfast and decent quiet rooms. No HD TV, but who cares? Nice mom and pop place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK bed, nice ambiance in room in morning, fridge froze our food however, housekeeper didn't renew towels and soap for some reason so asked for them at the front desk, AWESOME front desk staff, breakfast food was very fresh fruit and good bagels! good parking, overall for a non aaa hotel, good!

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Phx, az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We just got back. First time visitors.Stayed 5 nights. This old school motel knows just what they are doing. Not fancy, down right basics, but is SUPER clean, across the street from the beach,and the staff is tops. ( big shout out to Robert at the front desk. he checked us in, and greeted us with a big smile and... More 

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Scot
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We really liked this place. It is not fancy. The rooms are clean but dated. The location is amazing for the price. You can walk down to the beach very easily. The are great restaurants with in walking distance. The staff is very nice. It was very quiet. We got room 109 with the king size bed next to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I stayed here one night, would like to stay more next time. Great prices, walking distance to the beach and good restaurants. The rooms were nice and clean, and the staff is very friendly. They also serve breakfast too!

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stay every time we go to Carlsbad. Dated but adequate and clean. Owners are very nice and accommodating . Nice to. Have a frig and microwave in the room. Shower is great. Nice sun deck to people watch. Within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We have stayed at the Surf Motel yearly for the past 4 years or so. GREAT location. WONDERFUL hosts. Older building but rooms are spacious and clean. Quiet. Right across from the beach and easy walk to all the shops and restaurants in Carlsbad Village. Breakfast is a bit limited but the fruit is always ripe and pastries are always... More 

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