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Surf Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #18 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
lscottbeh watsonville, ca
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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watsonville, ca
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Sure, the place is old and run down; a little smelly with bad mattresses BUT you are in the heart of the city. You can walk to the beach and the motel offers beach-y things like chairs, buckets and even towels! We walked for coffee, dinner, even an ice cream shop. Tons of bars up the street, a stone throw... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The not so great: The decor is dated, the rooms initially musty-smelling, parking is cramped, and if your room's under the stairs, you'll hear footsteps above. The soaps and shampoo aren't the best. The good: The office staff are polite, the "continental" breakfast enough to get you started, the beds are clean and comfortable, and the rooms have tv, wifi,... More

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Ontario, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We stayed May 5, 2014 - May 9,2014. We found the Surf Motel to be a clean, quaint, well located place to stay. The Manager was very accommodating, the attitude of the rest of the staff was very good. We loved the location as we walked to the beach everyday. There was adequate restaurants and shopping as well. The breakfast... More

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69 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This was our second stay within 8 months and it seems that we were lucky with the room the first time. Our return stay was much less comfortable. Let's start with the positive though: the motel is located within walking distance to the beach, the staff at the front desk are very friendly and helpful, and we appreciated the breakfast... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We recently visited Carlsbad and stayed at the Surf Motel. It was a charming little motel right across from the beach. The best thing was they loaned out beach towels, boogy boards and sand toys for the kids. It made our constant trips across the street so much more convenient! I didn't have to wash all those towels! The rooms... 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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#9 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad #18 Family Hotel in Carlsbad #21 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
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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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