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Surf Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #22 of 34 Hotels in Carlsbad
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week 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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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2 nights at The Surf Motel in August. Having read plenty of reviews, there was no surprises. The location was truly outstanding, so close to the beach, & many great places to eat in Carlsbad Village. A convenience store & sandwich shop basically next door is also quite handy. Our room was directly off the pool area. This... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No complain at all. My family stayed in rooms 102 and 103, we had a 1 year old baby, (the motel provided a crib) and a toddler. We walked to the beach, and to the restaurants. We ate as a family on the deck upstairs quietly, where we could see the ocean. All of the staff were polite, We are... More

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Marysville, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I stayed here last week, while visiting the San Diego area. It was a great value for the money and location. We were in room 116, which was on the second level. The room was large enough for us and we were within walking distance to the beach, Carlsbad Village, great restaurants, boutiques, beach shops, and a... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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

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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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