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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 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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Payson, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The location was great. The rooms were terrible. There was a urine smell in the rooms (we had 2 rooms) the downstairs room was worse than upstairs. The fridge temp adjuster was broke. They fixed that. The shower water handle was broke and the RUDE manager caused us of breaking it when we just arrived. The manager was very rude... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The staff was friendly. It was very close to beach & the downtown area. The pool was nice to have there and clean. The beds were comfortable as well. Our PROBLEMS were: the air conditioner on auto was not auto at all. It would not turn off all day or night. Very noisy to sleep with it running all night.... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow so friendly Robert was so welcoming checked us right in early as we had 6 hour drive! The room was clean and beautiful, the bathtub was big enough for 2 the beds were so comphy no noise to bother us ever we stayed a 4th night in a king room by the pool just as clean and had a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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 August 22, 2014 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
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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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*
Number of rooms: 28
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