The building may be a little older, and the room on the small side; but the room features all the amenities you would get in a more upscale hotel and the owner exudes genuine hospitality.
It was a little tight manuvering around our room, which had a queen bed, two bedside tables, a dresser, simulated fireplace, small table and chairs. There was also in-room coffee, clock radio (I think with an IPOD dock, but I'm not sure), WiFi and a good size flat screen TV. In the bathroom closet was frig and microwave. The bed was comfy, the shower hot, and the room was clean.
We had no cell signal in Gualala, and needed to participate in a very long business conference call. The Surf only charged $3 for unlimited telephone calls, which I consider very reasonable.
The location is great, on the top of the cliff right on above the Gualala River and the ocean. Behind (on the ocean side) of the The Surf is a short path that is a good place to stretch your legs. The Surf also has nice, mature xeroscape landscaping and chairs to sit and enjoy the view.
The owner projected very genuine friendliness. Even making a point of letting us know which local restaurants were open the night of our stay. He was just as friendly in the morning. The breakfast spread was very complete, with cereals, fresh cooked waffles, sausage, gravy and the real fresh cooked scrambled eggs. I feel compelled to mention the eggs, because I'd swear that The Surf was the only hotel/motel breakfast buffet I've had recently where the scrambled eggs that actually tasted like scrambled eggs, and did not taste like chemical, powdered eggs.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Surf Motel Gualala
- Surf Hotel Gualala