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Surf Motel
Ranked #2 of 7 Gualala B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Surf Inn is charming, very clean and welcoming. It is managed by a wonderful couple named Mike and Heather. They love their work, Gualala and the ocean. This is evident in their warmth, cheerful energy and how well they treat you. If you love nature you will be thrilled. The beaches, river and state parks are breath taking! The combination of a great property, beautiful beach and nice people is unbeatable. Thank you very a wonderful getaway!

Kevin D

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Wow, loved your last line, " Great place, beautiful beach and people" Thanks for helping others understand what we are all about.

Your humble servant

Eric R. Cogdill

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

We spent one night in this hotel while travelling up the California coast. The stay was entirely pleasant. The room was clean and well appointed with an efficient kitchenette. The beds were very comfortable and the bedding and pillows were also great.

It was evident that the owners have pride of ownership. The exterior of the motel was neat, well kept and decorated with many interesting pieces. Allow some time for morning coffee on one of the benches or chairs overlooking the ocean. Enjoy the hummingbirds feeding on the flowering shrubs. What a great way to start the day!

Breakfast was top-notch. The scrambled eggs were great as were the fresh waffles, sausage and assorted other breakfast treats. The scones were amazing!

Don’t plan on arriving late. This sleepy little town rolls up the roads pretty early at night. This really isn’t a hardship though because you will want to enjoy the trip in daylight!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a nice, clean motel style Inn, atop the cliff, over-looking the ocean. The price was modest. The room was clean and maintained. Mike & Heather, the managers, were very friendly, and quick to respond to our needs. The free breakfast was good, (great waffle), and there's a couple wood chairs in the back, where you can sit and watch the ocean. Just look for the whale tail sign and you'll find it.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Motel is located in central Gualala with great ocean views from the grounds. The staff is very friendly, especially Mike and Heather who provide morning breakfast as well as guest services. The room was small, but clean, comfortable and a little noisy at times. Great place to stay!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

It is folks like you that make our humble little motel a perfect place enjoy. Making the most of the area and it's surroundings is what it is all about.

We are so happy to have Mike and Heather, love them both knowing that they want to please us as owners but more importantly you as our Valued guest.

Thank you for trusting a non franchised property. We are always at your service.

Eric R. Cogdill

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We took a long weekend and went up the coast. We stayed in here, since we had never stayed in Gualala before. The room we stayed in was a bit small (but it did have two comfortable chairs and a table - perfect for eating in or email), not a problem for us though. Great shower, largish bathroom, fridge and microwave. Bed was very comfortable and there was a nice tv. Nice bluff trail to take a walk with dogs and grassy area with chairs overlooking the river and ocean. Both our dogs loved it. Good breakfast in the morning (fresh warm biscuits, yum!). We were stragglers so we had a lovely opportunity to chat with the inn managers Heather and Mike. They are both very friendly and delighted with the Motel and the area. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Even though new to the area they had great recommendations of local eateries and things to do. They made our stay and we are planning a return trip!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

I am one proud Owner! To know that Heather and Mike did such a great job in the service of you our guest made my DAY.

They will receive a bonus from us for your kind words about them. Well Lets Just say you made both our days.

We value that you trusted us with your Travel dollars and so happy you enjoyed our motel.

Hope to see you again.

Eric R. Cogdill

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

This old style motel is in a good location with most rooms looking south down the coast. The rooms are smallish but are fully equipped and the bed was comfortable. The walls between units are not substantial and noise carried easily.
The tap on the vanity is old style pull out which, in our room, required a strong tug to operate - it then came on full strength splashing water over the floor!
Breakfasts are very good with a range of choices - including excellent waffles! Unfortunately breakfasts do not begin until 8.30am which prevents an early start on a long day's driving.
The daily rate is very good value for motels in this area.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank David C
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Yes it is true our Inn was built back in 1962, and for some strange reasons they did not take into account noise or build sound proof walls then. I hear some strange comments at breakfast in the morning the next day. LOL

We have tried to build value in the things we can and thank you for your kind words about those items.

Happy Travels

Eric R. Cogdill

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is an older motel in a small California coast town. It is located on a bluff overlooking a river or estuary and the ocean. On the bluff, the motel has placed several lawn chairs and a picnic table. We watched the sunset from this location. A short Bluff trail about half a mile long ran behind the motel. Access to the beach was about a mile away.

The room was clean and well maintained and has a very thick coverlet on the bed suitable for cold weather. The topper under the bottom sheet was bunched. But after we adjusted it, the bed was quite comfortable.

No one was on premise after 8 PM to maintain order. It was extremely noisy until 11 PM which was totally unacceptable. It was combination of teens partying and a noisy group of adult laughing and talking outside our window. Add to that the noise of car horns and beeps.

Breakfast didn't start until 8:30, not good if you want an early start. However, they had fresh waffles, cranberry scones made fresh each day, sausage and biscuits. Overall, I think we would come back and stay for a longer period of time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

So Sorry that your stay was interrupted by a few noisy folks, I have talked with our Management Team and have set up policy to stop this. We take very serious that you are here to relax and enjoy the Ocean and it's healing powers.

Yes, again so sorry about the late breakfast, but we hope the great offering is worth waiting for.

We love that you took the time to help us make our business better, all our best to you and your travels.

Eric R. Cogdill

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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Address: 39170 S Highway 1, P.O. Box 695, Gualala, CA 95445-9559
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Gualala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Gualala
Price Range: $133 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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