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Surf Motel and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Divers welcome!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We do a lot of abalone and scuba diving up the northern california coast. We stayed at this place by luck when we decided to stay an extra night in Fort Bragg. The gardens and amount of flowers are beautiful. Very clean rooms, centraly located, they cater to divers having a cleaning station, place to clean your equipment and hangers all up and dowh the hallways where you can hang your equipment to dry. Very helpful and acomodating stuff and they even have their own bus that takes you to the Skunk Train. Give it a try you'll like it. Happy diving.

Room Tip: If you have a big family they have rooms with 2 bedrooms, full kitchen,sleep a bunch very reasonable...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Eureka, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2014

first time staying here and we didn't know what to expect.
drove onto property and struck by the fauna and flora of well manicured gardens.
room 145 boasted a microwave, a fridge, a shower with a seat, good water and water pressure, everything was clean and well maintained, the tv very nice and as a special treat the lights had dimmer switches.
reddy the manager was very kind / considerate and the room price was very reasonable
breakfast, though continental, was adequate. i'd give it five stars except for the styrofoam coffee cups. otherwise splendid. my wife and i will return.

Room Tip: corner room 145 was quiet and peaceful
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Modesto, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The garden was very pretty. Staff was very helpful. The room was average size but very clean and neat. The bed was comfortable. It was nice we got parking right outside of our room. There where places to eat and places to shop close by. The price is fair compared to the other prices in the area for what you get. I would stay again

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Redding
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

The staff was very nice and helpful. The grounds are just beautiful we loved all the different plants and flowers. The rooms are clean. Out of all the hotels in fort bragg this was far the best. We will always stay here when we visit again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Esparto, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We go every year with about 35 people and take the south side (every Room) Reddy and Sara are the best host that we have had at any motel they will be missed because of the sale but will not stop us from staying at the beautiful garden motel

Room Tip: all room that We have stayed in have been great
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Sacramento, CA
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2014

This was our first stop on a long road trip up the coast. It is a typical motel. Room was clean and neat, and bed was very comfortable. A good "traveling through" location. Staff were friendly and breakfast was better than average. We would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mount Dora, Florida
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212 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We were tired, wanted a place to stay fast and stopped here, the first place we saw that looked reasonable. With a walk-in quote of $99 king, $109 two doubles, we first opted for doubles, since we were with our friends who wanted connecting rooms and those were the ones with the connecting door. Things almost fell apart at this point. We went to our rooms where there were "neighbors" complete with dogs, portable chairs, and frozen meat propped up against their truck tire. They were just having a little tail gate party it appeared and were simply having a few beers under our friend's room window. Directly under the window. This wasn't going to do.

Back to the office we went where were were happily switched to 2 king rooms on the other side of the building. We went back and gathered our stuff and moved out, possibly startling our new non-"neighbors". LOL No offer was ever made to switch us back to the $99 a night charge and we didn't ask. We were happy with the price and our new location.

Walking into the rooms was a throw back in time. I haven't seen rooms decorated like this since the 60s. Each room had slightly different furnishings. Remember, we saw 4 rooms during this time. The bathrooms had decorative formica counters which worked for us as you can see in my photos. :) Each room has a mini-fridge, some showing a little rust with age, but working. There is no air-conditioning in these rooms but fortunately it was cool enough outside to cool off the rooms with the open windows before going to sleep.

I'd likely have given an average rating but the grounds were absolutely beautiful. The gardens are unbelievable and must require tremendous work and upkeep which is definitely being done. Also, the people who own this motel, and who work here, and are very charming and pleasant people. I have to admit the rooms, in spite of the time period and style, were very clean. I had a wonderful night's sleep on the comfortable, supportive, but not to hard mattress.

The bathroom lighting was very good. The shower volume was low. The wifi signal existed but was nearly non-functional. With a cell phone, I was able to check my email, get directions, or anything else I really needed to do. With no cell phone, you'd likely not be happy.

The breakfast was included, it wasn't elaborate, but it was sufficient to get us going. The man at the next table handed my friend his "card". The sweet man actually handed her a heaven tract.

I have to admit we had an interesting and memorable stay here. The price for the night's stay was certainly fair. I don't think I'd stay here again though. In fact, I'd probably move on from Fort Bragg and stay somewhere else for the night. Of course, in retrospect, I wouldn't have done it any other way this time. It was fun. We were talking about this hotel with our friends for the rest of our month of traveling together.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Surf Motel and Gardens
Address: 1220 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5311
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Fort Bragg
#4 Family Hotel in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Surf Motel and Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortable rooms with some ocean views, in room coffee, refrigerators, microwaves and hairdryers. Continental breakfast, beautiful gardens, free WiFi, and pet-friendly. We also have added a laundry room for our guests convenience. Close to Noyo Harbor and Skunk Train. Packages available for local attractions. ... more   less 
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