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Surfbreak Hotel

1819 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3245
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#15 of 18 hotels in San Clemente
Welcome to Surfbreak Hotel San Clemente is a charming little beach town known for its proximity to some of the best surf breaks in California, notably Trestles. The Surfbreak Hotel is an upscale accommodation for surfers, families and business travelers who want to enjoy a little local flavor. Surfbreak is centrally located just down the street from Trestles and close to town; where you can enjoy strolling through the local boutiques and restaurants or spend the day enjoying the beach and pier. Each of our rooms is designed to be a relaxing oasis after a long day at the beach or out on the town. Each room is equipped with a TV, free Wifi, mini fridge, coffee maker, air conditioning, and desk for your convenience. The Surfbreak Hotel is located just minutes away from a variety of beaches. Whether you're a surfer or not, there are countless things to do just down the road. Del Mar street is the home of some of San Clemente's finest restaurants and shops with the San Clemente Pier as its crown jewel. Disneyland is a short 30 minute drive from Surfbreak and a fun attraction for many of our guests.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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63Somewhat walkable
Grade: 63 out of 100
29Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
1Attractionwithin 0.75 miles
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Sheryl S wrote a review Aug 2020
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I stay in San Clemente many times and i thought i'd try this Hotel. The advertising is deceiving. They advertise down comforters, not true. they advertise ocean view. Not really. The bed sank. the pillows were hard. the TV worked but not the sound. Worst of all is there was NO HOT WATER. No shower before heading back to the office.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: pick another hotel
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Response from Rebecca Anderson, General Manager at Surfbreak Hotel
Responded Aug 31, 2020
HI Sheryl, Thank you for posting the same review on three different websites. I am deeply sorry for what you experienced at our property. I have discussed your stay with our team and they wish you would of contacted us during your stay so we could made it better. The items you have listed are not up to our standards and we will use this review as a teaching moment for our staff. Thank you for writing a review so we can better ourselves. Best, GM
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crdough wrote a review Mar 2020
Anchorage, Alaska14 contributions3 helpful votes
This is our second stay here in as many weeks. My husband and I stayed here a few nights before going on a cruise. The rooms and furnishings are very cozy. Can't say enough about the heavenly mattress! But, the cleanliness of the room was very sub par. When we checked in we were warmly welcomed and he told us the place is under renovations, so we gave them a lot of grace. But DON'T walk barefoot on the carpet in your room..... filthy! After our cruise we needed a place for a couple of nights before catching our plane back to Alaska. Why did we come back to this place? Lots of reasons. First and foremost we were treated well by all the workers we came in contact with. That is a very big deal. Second, the location is fantastic! And last (but not least) the price is reasonable. Why only 3 stars if I like it so well? Because I will be back, probably before the end of the year and I am hoping that management takes our input to heart and makes a few adjustments. One area to improve is the coffee in the room. It's TERRIBLE!!! (We love the fridge/freezer! Nice size, not too small like other places). Another improvement would be the wardrobe/dresser. It may be outdated according to some but I love the style. However, the doors on the one in our first room were missing, and off the hinges in our second room. Definitely needs more hangers also. But probably the best thing you could do for your guests would be to pay more attention to the cleaning details. I'll overlook the cracked tiles, or the ancient bathtub but not cobwebs on the ceiling or over the light fixtures. And certainly not the filthy floors, my feet were black on the bottom and I did not want to put them in my clean sheets! Please work with your cleaning staff and help them do a better job. This lovely property deserves it!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Jerre L, Guest Relations Manager at Surfbreak Hotel
Responded Mar 7, 2020
Thank you so much for your review and your stay at our hotel. We have done lots of remodeling including changing of the mattresses. We do our best to provide clean rooms. If it is not up to your standards and you have issues then please let us know and we will do our best to correct the issue. The owner has been informed about the coffee makers. Thank you and we look forward to your next stay.
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Jacquie C wrote a review Dec 2019
Wheaton, Illinois23 contributions3 helpful votes
My daughter and I stayed for 4 nights. We were supposed to stay for 5 nights but the night we got there the office was closed so we couldnt check in. I called just after 10 when we landed in Los Angelos and got no answer so we just drove down hoping they would be there. I had left a message when I called. So this was a huge hassle for us. So be warned they do roll up the sidewalks and close the office at this hotel. Late night check in is imperative to let them know. Other than this we loved the hotel and location. Bed was comfy, pillows not so much. Too fat and hard.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: 3rd floor good view of the strip of ocean.
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Response from Jerre L, Reputation Management at Surfbreak Hotel
Responded Dec 29, 2019
Thank you for being our guest. We are sorry you were disappointed with the issue you experienced with your first impression of our facility and we regret the inconvenience it caused. We also apologize that you did not get a response from the front desk when leaving your call. Your feedback is important to us, and we will use it to improve our services going forward. On a positive note, we are glad to know you appreciated our well-kept property. We value your business and hope you both will give us another chance to provide you with a better experience.
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LoveToTravel wrote a review Oct 2019
Chandler, Arizona267 contributions16 helpful votes
Enjoyed our 2 night stay. Weather was great. The inn is small ... 18 rooms total. Nice 3 floors. 3 minute drive to the ocean pier. Easy quick freeway access! Quiet and nice seating area on each floor with umbrellas. Tight parking for our truck but no issues getting into a spot though. Workers were nice. Quick check in. Not a resort but nice break from hustle and bustle in a clean basic room in a cute inn near so many things.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Jerre L, Reputation Management at Surfbreak Hotel
Responded Oct 25, 2019
Thank you for sharing your feedback. We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay and found your room clean and comfortable and our front desk helpful and courteous. We value your business and we look forward to your next stay with us!
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Carol wrote a review Oct 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I had reservations for three nights. 1st. day we come back to our room. No room service so we go down to the office and it's locked up. So we figure maybe we didn't put the maid sign on the door ( which I shouldn't have to do to get our room cleaned and towels. 2nd day we come back late, once again no room service. We go down to talked to the attendent. He gives us attitude. He asks us did we put the hang tag on the door. We say yes. He said" I don't know what happened. The outside looks like a beautiful hotel inside... not so nice. Service Zero!!!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Jerre L, Reputation Management at Surfbreak Hotel
Responded Oct 15, 2019
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay while you were here on a vacation. We are sorry we fell short of your expectations during your visit. Your feedback regarding your stay has been shared with appropriate team members. We hope you will consider staying with us again so we might serve you better in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Surfbreak Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Surfbreak Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Molly Bloom's Irish Bar and Restaurant (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Surfbreak Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Surfbreak Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Surfbreak Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Surfbreak Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hapa J's, Biggie's Burger & More, and The Bagel Shack.
Is Surfbreak Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of San Clemente.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Surfbreak Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Surfbreak Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (1.0 miles) and Camp Talega (2.5 miles).
Is Surfbreak Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.