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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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Detroit, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Lake Havasu City
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Pittsford, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Recently returned from a lovely weeks stay at the Surf Motel. Great location right across the street from the beach and a very short walk to town. Very friendly and helpful staff. Ruffino went above and beyond making my husband and I feel welcome. He even sent a fresh bouquet of flowers to our room when he heard it was... More 

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Yomitan-son, Japan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a nice hotel if you are not picky on parking, quiet, or space. The hotel staff is friendly, the location is perfect, and the room was small but clean. It's advertised as a queen bed, but I'm pretty sure it is a full. The room is tiny, and it doesn't even have a table or desk. The closet... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

There isn't much more that I can say that is any different from the others who have written here. This IS a hidden treasure that I highly recommend to anyone who doesn't need mega-luxury to have a good time! The people are awesome. The place is clean. The location doesn't get much better. You can walk to the beach of... More 

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The surf motel is a perfect destination. We were right across the street from the beautiful beaches of carlsbad. The motel will provide beach chairs and towels if you don't want to bring your own. Many restaurants are within walking distance. Walk across the street to enjoy the sunset. The room was clean and fully equipped with microwave, mini refrigerator... More 

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