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“I prefer my bugs outdoors, not in” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Surf Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Marblehead
Galloway, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I prefer my bugs outdoors, not in”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2010

The moment I walked into the dank, outdated room, I see a roach run from the bathroom floor to under the 30 year stove/sink. I always check for bedbugs in the box springs at hotels and it looked as though they gutted the box spring, but evidence still visible from bed bugs! Then, on my pillow was an eight legged friend. It was real late, so we went to the store and bought sleeping bags and slept on top of the bed.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank knye0406
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2008

After booking based on some good reviews, we experienced overall disappointment at this motel. It is quite old; looking like a motel from 30 years ago. The rooms were acceptable in cleanliness. But the beds were hard, the pillows thin and the bathroom unappealing (some mildew in tub, tiny sink, no hairdryer, etc). Don't expect much from the small, poorly kept pool. We paid just under $100 for three double beds, which I suppose is a good deal, in light of current prices. A plus for kids is the pond at the back of the property, where catch and release fishing is permitted. Lots of bluegills to catch and huge bass which kept a wary distance from our hooks.

Honestly, our disappointment was not just with the Surf Motel, but with Marblehead in general. We stopped overnight with the impression that the town was a quaint, lakeside vacation village. Instead, it is a gritty and somewhat depressed industrial town.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank dburt63
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mrsmamabear2002
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2007

My family and I had 3 rooms over the Labor Day Weekend. We have been here several times. This is a laid back motel. The rate is extremely reasonable, expect to pay >$ 100.00 even in mid summer. Less of course when it is not peak season.

The Surf Motel and Bait Shop, also has a campground with permanent campsites and some overnight spots. There is a small catch and release fishing pond, a children's play ground, and a beautiful view of Lake Erie.

There is a neat pool, that has always been cold. And I mean brrrrrrr cold.

Your room contains 2 dbl beds, table&chairs, bathroom with lots of counter space. microwave and mini fridge.

This is an awesome place to stay. I would like to see the pool have a heater and coffee pots in the rooms.

Give this a try if you're not expecting luxury accomodations, of which there aren't any in the area anyway.

  • Liked — Veiw, Friendliness of Owners, rooms
  • Disliked — cold pool
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank mrsmamabear2002
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Dayton, OH
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2007

A great bargain in an area with notoriously high lodging rates! Good, basic accomodation, clean and convenient. All the basics, but no frills. If you want frills, stay at the Hampton--this is a great place to stay in a great location. The host was very helpful with local attractions and places to eat, and went out of his way to make us feel welcome. A very relaxed and fun atmosphere throughout the whole compound--motel, campground, and bait shop.

  • Liked — convenience and price
  • Disliked — slight fishy smell around bait shop, but you have to expect that!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank AliPatDayton
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New York State
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2006

Good trip. Surf Motel fine. Clean, comfortable, microwave and refrigerator. Close to the lighthouse and town.

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6 Thank Zeiken
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cincinnati ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2006

This motel is okay for the price but don't expect too much. Towels were like sandpaper, beds were lumpy and hard . Water pressure was very low. The pool was very small.

The motel was clean and quiet. I would probably stay somewhere else next time.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — beds
  • Tips/Secrets — you get what you pay for
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank derby73
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Port Clinton, Ohio
Level Contributor
68 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2006

my wife, 2 daughters and i stayed here 2 nights and found it to be spotlessly clean. the staff was frindly as well. this motel is located in one of the most scenic areas of ohio and i highly reccomend it. by the way the price was great too.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank cardog57
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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Property: Surf Motel
Address: 230 E Main St, Marblehead, OH 43440-2226
Location: United States > Ohio > Marblehead
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Marblehead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Surf Motel 1*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Budget friendly motel located in Marblehead. We offer quaint atmosphere, Close to all area activities. Free wifi access, pool and much more. Our rooms were updated in 2015. New carpet, new mattresses, new flat screen tv's We would enjoy having you stay with us. Pets welcome at additional fee. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Surf Motel Marblehead
Surf Hotel Marblehead
Surf Motel Ohio/Marblehead

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