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“Anticipating another great stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Surf Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008   |  
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Ranked #23 of 35 Hotels in Carlsbad
Phoenix, Arizona
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“Anticipating another great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

So we stayed here a few years ago and have reservations again for next week and are so very excited for our stay! Clean, comfortable and a BARGAIN in downtown Carlsbad. The Surf is a gem. It is located right across the street from the beach and walking distance to everything downtown - and less than $100 night. On a budget but want to be on the beach and near the action, you can't beat the Surf.

See you next week, Surf Motel! We can't wait!

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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SGilliom, Marketing Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, April 20, 2011
Yay! Thank you for the great review (and preview!), I hope your current stay at the Surf Motel met or exceeded your expectations, we'd love to hear!

Have a wonderful vacation,

your team from the Surf Motel Carlsbad!
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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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Peoria, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

Surf Motel is simple and has great rates. Service is excellent and they are more than willing to help you out and give local information. We enjoy staying here.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, Marketing Manager at Surf Motel, responded to this review, March 4, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and we hope to welcome you again soon. Greetings, your team from the Surf Motel Carlsbad.
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Horgen, Switzerland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Very nice staff, clean rooms. Very quiet in the night. They even provide sand toys for children and beach chairs!

Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2010

Our toilet backed up into the shower. Manager very unaccommodating said we could take a shower that day in another room-we were checking out. This place was supposed to be torn down two years ago,but economy tanked. Management just trying to hang on.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

I stayed at Surf Motel earlier this month. I found the rate to be very affordable for this motel centrally located in Carlsbad. We were able to walk to the beach, to the shops and many eateries. I was impressed by the comfortable bed! Also the quaint pool area was nice. I would stay here again and suggest it to others. Nice front desk staff too!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fullerton, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2010

I read the reviews and decided to take a chance on this place. What a mistake!!!! The ceiling paint in our room was peeling and I found the entire room dingy, old and depressing. This place makes Motel 6 look like a 5 star hotel. The carpet was dirty and the bathtub was no longer white. I wouldnt recommend this place to anyone. Its definately not worth it the overpriced rates.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dog City
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2010

As a repeat customer, a truly appreciate this clean, reasonably priced motel. Best of all, it right across the street from a great seafood restaurant overlooking the beach, and within three blocks bookstores, shops, and another nice restaurant with live music on the outdoor patio in the evening. World Cup games on the TV, and a cool breeze blowing across the balcony shaded by a large eucalyptus tree -- what could be better?

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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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:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#24 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Surf Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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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