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“Dump in paradise” 2 of 5 stars
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Surf Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   2612 Gulf Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597   |  
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Ranked #28 of 32 hotels in South Padre Island
Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Dump in paradise”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Checked in this hotel for a couple of days because of its location. That's about all that wad good about this place. Located right on the beach with a nice little bar and grill. The rooms were very out dated and not very clean. Bugs in the room, shower was disgusting and made for people under 5'5 inches tall. It did have a kitchenette and cable tv. Can't complain to much for 40 a night. Bar staff was great, especially Jennifer. She was the best the hotel gF to offer and full of great info. Great place to drink, just not the kind of place you wanna sleep.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Harlingen, Texas
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Loud music, filthy sheets, sand in the shower, nail sticking out of boards, fly stick trap full of dead flies above the microwave and a spider on a pillow are just some of the reasons not to stay! My 9 yr. old daughter actually cried when we arrived! We made reservations for two nights, based on the pictures from their website, and requested a refund, but they refused, stating that this was their policy. I have pictures to prove it! You have been warned!

Room Tip: No good rooms available..find another hotel/motel. If there are none available stay in your car!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We were only staying one night, so for 89 bucks on a summer Thursday, it was OK. Checked in, went to beach, came back for a shower, then out again until time to sleep, then gone by 11am. For this it is just fine. If you are staying longer, I would pick another place. It is a motel and it is very basic. My room was clean and the air conditioned worked. The shower is tiny so if you are bathing kids, it may be easier to wash them outside with the hose! The location cannot be beat!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed in the condos they rent out @ Casa De Sol.The only good thing about it was the location. The room was very dirty it hadn't been cleaned it quite a while. The furniture and everything in the room was old fashioned. There was a nice and helpful girl in the office during the day but the one at night was not as nice.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Stay away from this place. The only thing that they have going for them is that they are on the beach. My husband, son, and I checked in Monday July 2 knowing that the motel was old so were not expecting a fancy place, just a clean secure room. Well lt was absolutely awful to say the very least. The door lock was broken, the telephone had some kind of brown liquid leaking from it. There was a thick layer of grime on the bedside table and the kitchen was filthy, it looked like it had not been cleaned in quite some time. I walked into the bathroom and that had a thick layer of dust and grime as well. The shower stall appeared to have been painted several times with pain flaking and pealing off. As I was walking out of the bathroom, I noticed a painting that had several small dead bugs on it. My husband also pulled back the bed sheets on both queen sized beds only to find what looked like dark brown stains on the mattresses. They had put a mattress pad and foam cover over this disgusting thing. When I went to get the young lady behind the check in desk to show her the horrible state of our room she showed no emotion and did not apologize at all. She offered to switch our room, so with my stomach very queasy I agreed to look at another room. After looking at two more that almost as disgusting I said no and got a full refund to move onto another hotel. This all right before the 4th of July.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Mission, Texas
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Don't stay here! It is gross! I am not a picky guest, but this motel has really gotten worse. Stayed here once before and it was okay, but this time it was unbearable. It ruined our trip and even my boys were grossed out. Dirty sheets and towels, dirty and rusty sink, bugs...and much more. The staff was friendly and it was very close to the beach--it is beachside but NOT worth it, even for the price. You are better off staying at Travelodge for the same price but much, much nicer rooms. Unless you don't care about where you sleep and the condition of your room, then stay here. If you care, spend your money elsewhere.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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wash dc
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

If you want your money's worth, then this is the place in SPI.
But if you want to spend more, then there are lots of other choices...

A reviewer below summed up the Surf Motel experience well by saying, "The Surf Motel is one of the last vestages of "the way things used to be." It is the true beach side experience."

I can't agree more.
And I made a reservation weeks ago to make sure I got the same room I had two years ago!

Perhaps it is just a guy's choice, but I do not care much for extravagence, while the atmosphere, amenities and surf are more important. Locals, travellers and tourist are here and are an eclectic mix of a times' past experience. If you prefer new and perfect accomodations, look somewhere else.

Room Tip: Top floor.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Address: 2612 Gulf Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in South Padre Island
Hotel Class:2 star — Surf Motel 2*
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Also Known As:
Surf Motel South Padre Island
Surf Hotel South Padre Island

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