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“I would stay again” 3 of 5 stars
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Surf Motel
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   39170 S. Hwy One, P.O. Box 695, Gualala, CA 95445   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Gualala B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2007

We were on our way up the coast and got to Gualala as it was getting dark. (a Saturday)

At the Surf Motel two ocean view rooms were available, 159 and 179. We took the 159, all in all it was a decent bed with an unabstructed view of the ocean. there is a sandbar keeping anyone from getting to the ocean. The sandbar runs the lenght of Gualala.

The room was long, the bathroom clean, the wall heaters with the knob for hotter-> colder <- (I hate those :-) but we'd stop again if we were going through Gualala. I wouldn't make the Surf Motel a two day destination but it is a decent motel for the money. BTW no AAA discount available when I asked.

A Keating reviewer

  • Liked — Clean roadside motel with great scenery
  • Disliked — Coffee in room was terrible,lol coffee in office was good though
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2005

Nice place, a bit pricey for what you get (I paid about $100 for mid-week) but considering that Gualala has only four or so hotels in it...

The room itself was ok, there didn't seem to be anything particularly wrong with it. There was a refrigerator and a microwave, Those considering an extended stay here should consider bringing food from elsewhere, as there is a limited choice of restaurants and supermarkets in Gualala.

The beach is a few steps away, on a somewhat uneven path, so walk carefully. It's fun to sit on the beach and watch the sun set, and forget about things for a little while...

Gualala? It's a wide spot on the road, but at least the cars will (usually) slow down for you as you cross the street to get to the "Sundstrom Mall" (big, barn-like building full of antique and crafts shops). The Mall is also the place to catch the daily buses to Santa Rosa and Ukiah, btw.

  • Stayed September 2002
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2004

We chose the Surf Motel on a recent trip to Gualala because it was centrally located in town and pretty much everywhere else was booked up.

As the name implies, this is a true Motel and as such offers very few services beyond basic lodging.

If you are unfamiliar with the Northern California coastline (as I was), "oceanfront" does NOT mean on the sand with waves breaking at your window as it does in Southern California or Hawaii. We were actually a couple hundred yards from the beach itself.

We payed $179 per night (weekend rate) for a deluxe ocean view room that was actually quite large and comfortable, like a junior suite at a traditional hotel. There was a gas fireplace, frig, and microwave in the room, along with a nice view of the ocean.

The room was clean although the carpet & window coverings were a bit outdated and we had a small problem with knat-type flies hovering around our windows. The bathroom is definitely nothing to write home about, but it was clean and functional.

The couple who own the Surf Motel appear to live on-site. They seemed disinterested in true customer service and appeared bothered everytime we went in the office. We asked about restaurant recommendations and the manager made a feeble attempt to push what was clearly one of his friend's restaurants.

I don't have a way to compare this to any other accommodations in Gualala, but I was not terribly impressed.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Gualala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Surf Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Surf Motel was the first lodging facility in Gualala on the Ocean built in 1965, it has seen upgrades over the years to include 3 full ocean view rooms and 1 suite; 5 rooms have full kitchen. The inn was redone in 2008 when bought by new owners and now serves a full hot breakfast each morning. Free Wifi and parking are your to enjoy. Office is open from 8:30am until sunset. 24 hour phone service and night service is avalible. ... more   less 
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