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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We stayed here for one night before heading home from vacation. It was much more than I expected. Our room was large with a fridge and stove! The staff was extremely friendly and went out of their way to provide beach towels and toys to our family before our beach outing. You can not beat this location! Our room was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My son and I took a mini vacation to Carlsbad and stayed again at the Surf Motel. The room was very clean, handicapped equipped to meet my needs, and was wonderful! The breakfast was very good; delicious pastries, good coffee and juice. The man at the front desk in the evening was so kind, helping me up the 3 stairs... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A group of us stayed at the Surf Motel a couple months ago. It was right across the street from a beautiful spot on the Pacific Ocean and a block from the quaint part of the little town, just perfect for walkers. The rooms were average, but the pool, breakfast and staff were wonderful. The price was very reasonable considering... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Park your car and never need it again. From your hotel room to literally dipping your toes in the Ocean is less than a 5 min walk across the street to the Ocean. Many restaurants, shops and a 24 hr 7 eleven within a 3 min walking distance. I checked in on Wed 4/15/15 and my next place to live... More 

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