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Surf Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008   |  
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Ranked #18 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
Shoreline, Washington
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The reviews sold me on this hotel and were spot on. It is not fancy, but the beds are comfortable and rooms clean. The location is ideal, right on the Pacific Coast highway so an easy walk to the beach. Staff were friendly and helpful. Perfect, inexpensive get away.

Room Tip: We were given a room away from the street, which is ideal because it is on the PCH which is busy.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank you for the kind review. Glad to hear you had a pleasant stay!
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Rating summary
  • 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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Southern California
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Pleasant, comfortable, and perfect location. Wonderfully healthy breakfast to keep almost anyone content. $90 week-end rate dropped to $80 Monday rate (Winter). We had a very pleasant stay. Carlsbad is fun!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for the kind review. And yes, Carlsbad IS fun! :-)
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is my second visit. A really nice staff who keeps a very clean "old school" local motel. The best location...very short walking distance to the local shops and beach. I am looking forward to the next visit!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you! We are looking forward to your next visit as well!
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Denver, Colorado, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

being a small motel, our visit was not only 'personalized' it was the best location at a afortable rate for such an amazing area. Rooms were clean and the friendly and very helpful staff ready to help with any request. Walking distance to everything especially the beach.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Thank you so much for your review! Glad you had a great time, and we hope to see you again the next time you're in the area.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I attended a mini conference for a few days while in Carlsbad and chose to book for its value and accessibility. The Surf has a great location with easy access to the beach and local eateries. The staff was very accommodating, friendly and answered any questions I had without hesitation. The room was spacious, clean and offered simple but necessary amenities (refrigerator, coffee, toiletries). I enjoyed my overall stay and will definitely be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for this kind review. We are looking forward to welcome you again the next time you're in the area!
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

perfect for surf and you can walk to the beach and some restaurants super clean and the employees were very nice I went ther to surf and the place was really close to the other beachs and confortable. Clean and the serve good coffee the wave in front is a beachbreak super fun sometimes long and you can surf every day not crowd as other spots and gets really perfect with good conditions

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SGilliom, Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you! Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at our motel.
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Garching bei Munchen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

- Das unscheinbare Motel überraschten uns mit einer nicht erwarteten Sauberkeit! Die Lage ist ohnehin Super und das Frühstück überraschte uns ebenfalls durch das reichhaltige Obstangebot. Dieses Preis/Leistungsverhältnis ist unschlagbar! Andere Hotels in Carlsbad waren teurer und hatten weniger zu bieten. Sehr nettes Personal.
- This inconsiderable Motel overmatched our expectations! The cleanness is outstanding. The location is - no question - superb and the breakfast met our fruity-expectations (every day fresh fruits, bagels and coffee. A very good price/performance relation. Very friendly stuff.
- Un hôtel muy limpio! Los encargados eran muy amables y el lugar es maravilloso. El desayuno también fue a nuestro gusto con muchas frutas frescas - y todo a un buen precio!

Room Tip: Unser Zimmer zur Nebenstrasse war ruhiger und hatte einen Balkon. Our room to the rear street was q...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Address: 3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#18 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#21 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Surf Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a quaint seaside village, the Surf Motel Carlsbad features 28 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites, a complimentary continental breakfast and primo access to one of the best surfing beaches in Southern California. ... more   less 
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