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“Just lovely” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Surf and Sand Lodge
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

This would be a good hotel anywhere. The location couldn't be better. From our upstairs room we had a magnificent view and immediate access to the beach. The room was everything we needed, including a larger-than-usual fridge and a hot tub. Great staff made it even better. They provided an extra bed in 5 minutes. This place gets extra nights next time!

Room Tip: Go upstairs for a slightly better view.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Wileyguy
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Wileyguy! I'm so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you will be staying extra nights next time. We always aim to provide an experience that our guests want to come back for. We look forward to your next visit!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

We arrived very late, 10.30pm and the host was very friendly and understanding. He arranged for us to check in at the hotel next door and our keys/map were ready and waiting for us.

The room was great, very clean, nice and quiet and we didn't realize until we woke up but a great location. Our door opened up right onto the beach walkway. Great!!! so we went for a wonderful walk along the beach frontage.

if staying in fort bragg again we would stay here and recommend to others.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Km_mccgrant
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Thank you so much for your great review, Km_mccgrant! I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your ocean access and found the staff friendly and helpful. Thank you for recommending us and we will be very happy to welcome you back in the future.
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Walnut Creek, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have read the wonderful reviews and expected a wonderful time. I have to admit the views were great but beyond that point I was not to satisfied with the piss poor customer service. The staff was very stand offish. We asked for xtra towels and it seemed like a big deal. To me it was like being in any typical franchise hotel. The rooms were clean but average especially since Im paying 200+ a night...Will not be staying here again with my family....i could go on.....

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Cathy S
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to give us a review, Cathy S. I am so sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied with your stay. If our customer service fell short of your expectations then I sincerely apologize. I am very saddened to hear that it is not your intention to stay with us again but I hope in the future you will reconsider and allow us to welcome you back to Fort Bragg.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

We spent 2 nights at the Surf and Sand Lodge while making our way down the coast.
At first, we thought we might have made a mistake, but we were wrong. This is in a great location just on the edge of town. The Surf and Sand is right on the 1, but once you enter your building, it is quiet, and you walk into your room and see vast ocean views. The room feels private and serene. Both nights we chose to do take-out dinner and ate on the deck at sunset. It was quiet and beautiful. Being on the second floor we were able to leave the screened door open all night and hear the ocean. It takes about 1 minute to get from the room to the ocean path and the pathways down to the waters edge. Parking is easy. This turned out to be a great spot and we loved it! The only drawback was not having a food option or coffee shop on site.
Ft Bragg ended up being a good spot to base ourselves in for a couple of nights. After driving and exploring all day it was nice to be only a few minutes from a variety of restaurants and shops. Other little towns in this area might be more serene, but we found while exploring that they tended to be more remote and further away from general services. It was nice to park in town and walk around a bit and then be back in the serenity of the Surf and Sand in a matter of minutes. Best of both worlds.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank travelbug37220
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Thank you so much travelbug37220 for your great review! I’m so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. As you mentioned, we are in a great location - close enough to town to be easily accessible but far enough that it is quiet and peaceful. And, of course, we are right on the beautiful Pacific ocean. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Ukiah, California, United States
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

You absolute can't beat the location. Located on the old lumber hauling road and yards from the ocean, you can see and smell the ocean from your room. Rooms are comfortably furnished, including both a microwave and refrigerator, flat screen TV and beds with luxurious sheets. Our room had a nice deck with chairs where you could sit and enjoy the beautiful view. I highly recommend spending the few extra dollars for an ocean view room. Due to the building design, we didn't hear another soul during the night, which is rare at hotels. The only downfalls, and these are slight, are thinner towels and no closet to hang your clothes. Like I said, these are very minor points and didn't affect the joy of our stay in the slightest. We will definitely stay here again!!!

Stayed July 2014
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Thank you so much Karla H for your wonderful review! I'm so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. We love to hear that a guest has rated their stay 5/5! We definitely look forward to your next visit!
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Dothan, AL
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74 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

As noted by others, the state park dunes and associated beach are directly out your back door. This place could be an absolute hovel and still be worth it based on this location. However, it is tidy, clean and well maintained. The staff was friendly.

The biggest complaint that I had was that the rooms are designed only with one window--the sliding glass door towards the beach--and this limits the ventilation (there is no A/C, which is standard in this climate). Our room was closed up and hot and so the first night the temp in our room was probably 75+ all night. The next day we left the patio door open all day and it was wonderful (sleeping with the sound of the surf was also awesome!). A cheap fan would have been very helpful (a strategy that was used at the next hotel that we stayed at in Eureka).

Other issues (which are notably small): I asked for a rollaway on three separate occasions and never got one, although to be fair the hotel was completely full. Also, This hotel could use about 5 more parking places, when full there is barely enough space for everyone. Finally, laundry facilities (always handy for a trip to the beach), are located at the adjacent Beachcomber (under same ownership), which isn't a big deal until the 3rd load when you are tired of making the 1/4 mile slog over there.

In summary, there are some shortcomings, but given the overall quality of the hotel and the out-of-this-world location, I would recommend them without reservation.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank xrayd0ct0r
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Thank you xrayd0ct0r for your fantastic review! We love to hear that our guests have had a 5/5 quality stay! I’m sorry to hear about the heat in your room, but, as you observed, in our climate A/C is uncommon. We have had some unusual heat recently, but typically Fort Bragg is kept nicely cool by the ocean breezes. But I’m glad to hear that opening the door was a pleasant solution. As for your front desk requests, I am very sorry that you had to ask three times. We are usually very prompt with responding to guest requests, but I thank you for being so very understanding. We definitely look forward to welcoming you back again!
Tina
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Lincolnton, North Carolina
Level Contributor
70 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

This hotel is on the north end of town. It is the newest property. The room was on the ocean, and I mean ON! I have never stayed at a hotel this close to the actual waves. Needless to say the water was loud so be prepared. We had a "noise fan" with us, so no problem. People make fires on the beach with drift wood. The room was new, spacious, and clean. Pick a room up high. There are restaurants nearby to walk or drive to. The staff was super friendly. It is pet friendly but they also have rooms that they don't allow pets into.

Room Tip: Choose a high floor on the ocean.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Janet G
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Surf_Sand_Lodge, Guest Relations Manager at Surf and Sand Lodge, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Thank you Janet G for your fantastic review! As you said, we are indeed right on the ocean but still close enough to town to be easily accessible. We are also pet-friendly but as you mentioned, those rooms are kept apart from the non-pet rooms for our guests who may have allergies. We look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy our beautiful views!
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Property: Surf and Sand Lodge
Address: 1131 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8132
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Fort Bragg
#3 Family Hotel in Fort Bragg
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Surf and Sand Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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