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“Lovely view, great value for the price”
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Surf Motel
Ranked #1 of 7 Gualala B&B and Inns
Sunny California
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely view, great value for the price”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed with another family member overnight to attend a family function and the Surf Motel exceeded my expectations. The two double beds were soft and covered with puffy comforters, which were pleasing in the chilly weather. I appreciated the size of the room, the refrigerator for our use, and the abundant hot water--also the in-room hair dryer and the iron. I was very pleased with the view of the beach from our room. The breakfast includes fresh eggs (scrambled or boiled), sausages, biscuits with gravy, freshly baked scones, juice, milk and coffee, dry cereal and yogurt, and the staff will make a waffle while you wait. We all enjoyed our choices. There is a small problem with space at breakfast. It might be alleviated with an outdoor heater by their patio tables.

The Surf Motel does not offer Victorian quaintness and the food selections of five-star international hotels, but I gave it five stars for value at their price range.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Weimar, California
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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Three of us stayed at the motel in a room with two double beds and a kitchen. Lots of room. The room was showing a little wear but was very clean. Down comforters on bed were great but double bed was small for me and my husband. The only thing good at breakfast was the waffles and those were excellent. We had a view of ocean across parking lot but there is no beach access from motel or anywhere in Gualala from what I could determine because the river is in the way. On south side of town you can pay $7 for access to beach or park on other side of Hwy 1 and walk in(about a 20 minute walk).

  • Stayed July 2013
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Las Vegas
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We loved Gualala so much the last time we visited, we made it a stop again on our annual motorcycle ride. We love The Surf Motel but thought possibly a fan in the rooms would help circulate the fresh ocean air on warmer days. The front desk staff is AWESOME, the view SPECTACULAR and the rooms very comfortable and well maintained. Definitely recommend to all traveling the coast.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
We always say " A repeat or return visit is the greatest compliment you can give to us", thank you so much. It is because of our wonderful returning guest who allow us to continue to upgrade the inn. This last year we remodeled the kitchen suites and put hardwood floors in all guest rooms.

Thank you all so much

Your Humble Servant

Eric
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Don t rely on a last minute check on your phone or PC in that area, there s almost no signal. You have to trust your instinct on this one. Last minute check in, we were able to get 2 rooms, 1 standard facing the parking lot and 1 upscale with sea view. The standard is OK, good enough for the price knowing that you re located in a great spot. The upscale room facing the sea was a great surprise: very large, unobstructed view toward a very relaxing beach and super quiet. Too bad the fog did not let us fully appreciate the morning view over the bay.
Breakfast included is very good and the manager was courteous and helpful.
I would recommend a walk on the trail 1 mile away from the hotel in order to fully appreciate this little jewel.

Room Tip: no hesitation if you can afford it (~$180/$190): go for 1 of the 3 sea views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
On our Facebook page we always start or end our postings " The Coast Is Calling" and you are there when at the Surf, we love your description of our location.

The Coast is Calling,

Your humble servant

Eric
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Asheville, North Carolina
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

No a/c in rooms, so small that you couldn't turn around to get dressed. Breakfast, if you want to call it that was a disaster. Bathroom tub had a crack in the middle of it that was mended. Room smelled musty. View by the water was nice. No AT & T cell service. Coffee wasn't done at 8:30 am when they open to serve breakfast. Eggs were not cooked fully & they ran out. $149.00 too expensive for this place. We will never go back. To give them a break, I don 't think they were ready to accommodate all at once for breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
It causes me great distress to know that we did not do all in our power to win you over, no excuses we just did not get it right. My humble apologies.

Your important comments are valued.

Sincerely, Your Humble Servant

Eric
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Eagle, Idaho
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135 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The rooms here are not spacious, by any means, but they were very modern and clean and cozy. After a day of biking, this was just what we needed. They do not have a family suite, so we had to get 2 rooms for my family of five. Staff was very friendly. Breakfast was good. Did not have laundry services on site. Right on the ocean with a nice vista point. But no beach access from here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
You have me thinking, can I make a larger offering by adding a connection door between rooms?, I will look into it. We are planing more changes after the season is over.

We will be adding a laundry room very soon.

Your Humble Servant

Eric R. Cogdill
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Bonney Lake, Washington
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56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Small coastal towns usually have little choice in lodging - and often more expensive because of it. The Surf is actually quite reasonable, considering its location (on a bluff above the Gualala River and ocean beach).

There are a couple of small eateries and two grocery stores a short walk away. You do need that walk, because these rooms are small - typical of an older property. Having said that, the outside of the building is fairly charming, as are the rooms - the furniture and beds definitely look and feel upscale - very comfy.

Breakfast is tasty, prepared by the manager (ask her about how she and her husband ended up in Gualala - interesting and entertaining story). At the end of the parking lot there is a park-like setting where there are chairs with views overlooking the bluff - great place for watching sunsets.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surfmotelowner, Owner at Surf Motel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Happy, Happy, Happy, am I as the owner to get to read your thoughts about our offering, it gives me goose bumps.

Thank you for your kind remarks

Your Humble Servant

Eric R. Cogdill
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Property: 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 #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Gualala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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