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Surf Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #16 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 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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Manila, Philippines
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived here at 5pm after visiting Legoland. Location is great and safe with nearby restaurants and 711 store is a minute walk. Across the street is the pacific ocean side / beach park with nice restos too. Carlsbad Village Station is 8-minute walk for those bound to San Diego or Oceanside/Los Angeles. Room is clean except for the strong smell... More

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Toronto
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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 hotel reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A modest little motel in a great location. Walking distance to all the shops, restaurants and even the train station in Carlsbad Village. Across the street from the beach. You could even stay here without a car. In California... Imagine that! Rooms, beds are clean and comfortable. I will definitely stay here again.

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review. It is a little sad how dependent on cars we are here in Southern California, but you are right, that is not the case when you're staying at the Surf Motel Carlsbad - everything is within walking distance. We are looking forward to see you again the next time you're in the area, and... More

Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My mom and I recently visited Carlsbad once again. The hotel staff and accommodations were extraordinary. Bob and staff went out of their way to give us a ground floor room, continental breakfast with table and chairs and view included. This hotel is by far the best location and best rate in Carlsbad, conveniently situated across the street from the... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Hi Wendy, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We always enjoy having you and your mom here, and we're already looking forward to welcome you again the next time you're in the area. All the best, your team from the Surf Motel Carlsbad More

Greer, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Stayed here multiple times and each time has been very relaxing. Walking distance to good food and the beach is right across the street. Great price and friendly staff. Close enough to the 5 to get to anywhere in Oceanside or shoot down to San Diego. One of my favorite places to stay when on the West Coast.

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review! We're looking forward to see you again on your next West Coast trip. More

Saskatchewan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Stayed in November, 2013 — two families with kids aged 6, 8 & 10. It was perfect. Great access to the beach (including a shower to clean the kids)! Good-sized rooms. Pizza nearby, good restaurant right next door, liquor store just down the block. I'd stay here again any day. The breakfast isn't going to win any awards, but it certainly... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review! We are looking forward to welcome you and your family again the next time a Legoland trip is in order. :) More

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We travelled to Carlsbad from Scotland and were recommended by locals to other, more extravagant establishments but I was smitten with the little kidney shaped pool at the Surf Motel. We couldn't have had a better base from which to explore the area in our first trip to the US. The rooms were well appointed, clean and comfortable. Sure they... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank YOU for choosing the Surf Motel Carlsbad for your inaugural trip to California! We're glad to hear you had a good time and hope to see you again whenever you're back in the area. More

Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We were driving up the CA coast and decided to stop at the Surf Motel as it was within walking distance to many restaurants, shops and best of all, right across the street from the ocean. We were pleasantly surprised as this was the best place we could have chosen. This is an older motel, built in the 1950's and... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the recommendation! We are happy to hear that you had a great time at the Surf Motel and we hope to see you again soon. More

1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

The surf motel is one of the best places to stay next to your own home. Friendly and yet not "all up in your business". Great location. Great rates. I would recommend it to my friends and family and any others who are traveling.

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Awww, thank you so much for this comment. Our team always does whatever it takes to provide a home away from home for all our guests, and it's wonderful to receive feedback like this. Thank you much, and we're looking forward to see you again. More

San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I was in town for a week-long conference in a more $$$$ venue. Surf Motel was *very* close by, with easy walk back and forth during breaks or anytime i wanted to run back to my room. The state beach was just across the street... restaurants, stores and coffee shops all very easy walks. I roomed with another attendee. We... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review! And we couldn't agree more, a little honeymoon in Carlsbad right by the beach would be lovely! More

Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Enjoyed my stay here, great location, good customer service, and priced right. I've stayed next door at the Best Western a few times when my work was paying....but only because of the location, the hotel itself is really needing an upgrade. But, back to the Surf Motel. The motel is clean and basic, which if you're just hanging out in... More

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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review and for staying with the Surf Motel Carlsbad! More

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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Also Known As:
Surf Hotel
Surf Motel Carlsbad
Surf Hotel Carlsbad
Address: 3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#15 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#18 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Surf Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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