We found the Surfcaster Motel on line by "googling" the words "Melbourne Beach, hotel, dog friendly". They have their own website. We have 2 teenaged kids and a very large dog. We're taking a family road trip over the kids' summer vacation and staying in Melbournbe Beach to visit with old friends who live here. We're here for a week. Wouldn't leave the dog in a kennel that long, so the real challenge is to find decent accomodations for everyone -- including our Daisy dog.
Our reservations were screwed up by a cranky clerk named Teresa. Though I made the reservations over the telephone and gave Teresa the exact dates, when I received the email confirmation, the dates were wrong. I emailed back and wrote that I had "clearly told the clerk on the phone the correct dates". The instant reply I received from Teresa was caustic and non-apologetic. She said she was the one who does all the reservations and she had 2 employees complaining to her while she was confirming our reservations, so what did I expect? To tell you the truth, we considered cancelling our reservations after receiving this nasty-gram from Teresa, but decided to let it go because we really liked that the motel was on the beach and would take our dog.
The Surfcaster is not new, not exotic and certainly not a resort. It IS kid and dog friendly, though. And for us, this is the most important thing. I've read through all the other reviews here at TripAdvisor and I have to say, I was most disturbed by the "bed bug" review which was posted here just days before our arrival. Not much we could do at that point. Bearing that in mind, our experience so far has been pretty good. And we haven't seen hide nor hair of Teresa : )
The motel itself is old and tired. It really needs the help of a decorator, or just someone whose style is more reminiscent of Pier One than Walmart. Doors are in poor shape, and the furniture has seen better days. We have 2 rooms here --adjoining -- which is very convenient. The beds are OK. No bugs and no bug bites in either room. Maybe they called an exterminator? Our room has an efficiency kitchen. The stove is very small, like half size. That makes cooking with the pots and pans they have provided (regular sized) very difficult. In any case, and considering they have been more than graceful about our Daisy (who howls when she hears anything out of the ordinary), we have no insect complaints. No bed bugs. No cockroaches. So far, at least.
We have not eaten at Rosati's, though they seem to do a good business on the weekends, particularly among the younger folks. Also noticed that there are many young people who use the Surfcaster parking lot and access the beach (which is public and not private to the motel) from there. They also use the wash-off area between the beach and parking lot, gratis. No one seems to get too bothered by this.
In summary, I'd say this is a decent motel, particularly for pet owners. If you want a top notch, condo-style experience, look elsewhere. If you want fine food, look elsewhere. If you're OK with a laid back atmosphere, beach front and dog friendly, consider this place. The price of admission is very reasonable, and frankly, all I care about is that it's clean, they're OK with dogs (any size) and the beach is footsteps away.
- Also Known As:
- Surfcaster Motel And Pizza Hotel Melbourne Beach
- Surfcaster Hotel Melbourne Beach
- Surfcaster Hotel And Pizza