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Surf Motel

2.5 of 5 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews 111 reviews
46 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Gualala is one of those places that isn't on the way to anywhere in particular, which makes it a great place for motorcyclists. Found the Surf on TripAdvisor. The proprietor seems truly happy that I had arrived - warm, friendly, helpful. Rooms are small but well appointed; mine had a refrigerator, microwave, large flat-screen TV, coffee-maker. Great breakfast prepared by... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to address your stay, Loved that your comments added to our growing comments making us a Great Value. Eric R. Cogdill More

Somerville, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
41 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Stayed here for one night and it was pretty good. The decor was very nice, far nicer than I would have expected based on the exterior appearance. As others have said, the mattresses have a down comforter placed on top of them, underneath the fitted sheet. Mine was pretty lumpy, but after straightening it out (it was all bunched in... More

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Central Valley CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Hubby and I chose the Surf Motel to spend a couple of nights at last week. Hubby had stayed there years ago while traveling with the Air Force band and had loved it, so he wanted to share his experience with me. We arrived on Thursday late in the afternoon and were greeted by the happy face of Jordan, who... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Wow, Wow and Wow. I am humbled by your wonderful remarks. We always say to all of our departing guest " A return visit is the kindest compliment you could pay us and our family". Next to that was you letting the whole world know about our little place on the coast. All our best, the Staff and Ownership Eric... More

Santa Cruz, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Room is on the small side and.... the beach is right at the edge of the parking lot, bed had a pillow top, comfy big bathtub, full breakfast included (sausage, eggs, waffles, scones), coffee, free wifi in the rooms. I was going to arrive after the office had closed, and they left very clear instructions to find the key to... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

I am so glad we were able to meet your lodging needs and then some. As a dad, when you called out Jordan's name I was so proud, she is my oldest, wonderful to know she is doing a great job. You have made my day in so many ways. Thank you Eric R. Cogdill More

Sonoma, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed twice in the ocean suite and loved it. Comfy bed, beautiful view of the ocean and river, nicely furnished. We are returning again this week for the third time in 2 months. The morning complementry breakfast and conversation with Eric our host was always pleasant. It has turned into our special place on the coast.

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, Our Motto " A return visit is the kindest compliment you can give us". Sincerely Eric R. Cogdill More

Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

This is a late review, I stayed here in July of last year and am considering staying again this coming summer. I made a reservation months before arriving. The night I was to arrive I was coming in quite late so called ahead from a gas station at about 7:00pm to make sure we would have no problem checking in.... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you - Thank you - Thank you. So sorry we did not get your paperwork correct, I will check with Brie are Manager to see just what happened. Looking foward to a repeat visit and as promised in an early management posting, we have finished the instalation of the new hardwood floors in the kitchen units, Thank you again... More

Kelseyville, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

The price and location was great! Some of the rooms have a lovely view of the ocean and the river and there is a path along the hotel to see the view. But our room was old, dirty and the mattresses were uncomfortable. There was a moldy, damp odor coming from the heater. The staff was friendly and they had... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, will look into the problem with the mold smell. Your Humble Servant Eric More

Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

I walked in at the last minute looking for a room. I was pleasantly suprised by the Surf Motel. I knew it wasn't goint to be a top of the lone hotel. I knew I was checking into an old MOTEL and needed no frills. I was impressed with the updates and was blown away with the free breakfast. The... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

Your kind remarks are our gauge on how we are doing and it makes me feel good to know we are working in the right direction. Just a thought on the feather beds or better yet a questions did my staff members offer to remove them at check inn ? Thanks again. Eric R. Cogdill More

Los Angeles, California
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231 reviews 231 reviews
55 hotel reviews
422 helpful votes 422 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We knew it wasn't going to be the Four Seasons when it's a motel, so our expectations were reasonable, but given the review here, we were left with a bit of a bad taste about the place. The main bedroom has been updated and painted, and as you can see in my photo, looks plenty nice. They use modern electronic... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

We are in your debt and thank you for allowing us to try to make our guest experience better, in light of that be assured we have taken the following action. 1. October 24, 2011 we be installing new Electric Fireplace heaters 2. New sheets will be arriving October 23, 2011 3 .Not sure when you stayed but we did... More

Gloucester, UK
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

Booked this as a one night stopover on the way back to San Francisco airport and wished we had more time. The location is great with cliff top views of the sea and sunset and easy access to a short cliff top walk. The breakfast was way above average with a pleasant seating area outside as well as inside. The... More

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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review

So sorry to all of the readers for not responding sooner to this and the one above it, Just got back form celebrating 32 years of marriage. My wife and I, want to thank you for your thoughts and kind words, we hope to have you as our guest soon on a repeat visit. Please, we also want to know... More

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Address: 39170 S. Hwy One, P.O. Box 695, Gualala, CA 95445
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Gualala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Surf Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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