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Surf Motel

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39170 S. Hwy One, P.O. Box 695, Gualala, CA 95445
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed here for only 1 night to hang with friend who were camping at a nearby campsite. (We stayed here because we had a small child with us and we weren't ready to brave the outdoors with him). The motel is close to the beach and offers all sorts of outside seating with spectacular views of the ocean. The... More 

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Gypsum, Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This motel looks like it is right on the beach but there is no beach access. You must drive down the road and walk a ways to get there. Our room smelled musty like the windows hadn't been opened in a while. The staff was super friendly, though so it's hard to give a bad rating.

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Vacaville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rooms are small and cozy but they are well maintained and updated. We had a great ocean view from the spacious deck and the patio. There's a walking trail adjacent to the motel which is great if you have a dog that likes to walk & sniff. Cristin, the hostess is such a delight to chat with and assist... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd been meandering our way down the OR and CA coSts and were looking for a place to stay and just happened upon this place. The staff is warm, friendly, and helpful. It's an older hotel, it very comfortable and Ina great location...right on the water. We were Ina queen room with a beautiful ocean view. It was simply lovely... More 

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Orangevale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful ocean views. Two nice ocean view seating areas, one with a firepit. Small room but fell laid out with a fireplace, clean! Plus free breakfast, eggs and sausage, plus hot and cold cereals. Coffee and juices also. Very reasonably priced for the coast.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

If you love the ocean or the beauty of a redwood forest, then Surf Hotel is the place to stay. You can see both from this hotel - it's the best of both worlds! The staff are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is decent. Rooms are small, but clean, and the bed is comfy! I'll go back in a... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Beautiful view, rooms nicely furnished and very nice staff. Great stopover for your trip on the coast. Easy drive to Mendocino, . Several restaurants to walk to from the motel. Very good grocery store by the motel. Morning breakfast to eat in breakfast room or in your room.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The view is gorgeous. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable. The bathroom was dated, and the bedroom was so dark I had difficulty reading with all of the lights on. That being said the beds were very comfortable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very nicely furnished and remodeled older property in a breathtaking setting. Good breakfast. Fully equipped kitchen. Very comfortable and the views can't be beat! Great beds and Mike and Heather are wonderful hosts.

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Roseville, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The Surf Motel is a small "old school" motel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our unit (120) is a large corner room with a king bed & fireplace in the sitting area. Breakfast includes warm items (eggs, sausages, waffles) along with fruit, cereals, yogurt & juices. Walking distance to a few nice restaurants. Great value and excellent location has made this... More 

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