Surf Motel has some clear pros and cons. Pros: great location-- you can see the ocean from the parking lot and there's even a beachside trail that also starts from one end of the parking lot. It's in the center of town (not that the town is that big), and the price was right. The beds were really comfortable, with very warm and soft comforters.
Con's: while they have flat screen tvs and ipod players, they didn't work for me. The iPod player seemed to only fit smaller iPods and we found our tv wasn't plugged in to anything (we had to figure out the cables and plugs behind the tv and finally got it to work). There seemed to be a universal remote that didn't work with anything. They advertised dvd players but when we got there ours wasn't working. We asked the front desk woman the next morning (since nobody was staffing the office the night we were there) and she said how the DVD players were all new and not yet working. So that was a bummer for us, but hopefully they will be working soon. All the same, I would have been happier with a regular old tv and clock radio that worked immediately.
The rooms were clean, but they were pretty small, and overall somewhat dark at night.
As for breakfast, the waffles were a nice touch. The other items were very dry biscuits and muffins, and then the standard motel fare.
Overall, if you're looking for a decent, cheap motel in a beautiful location, this place will do. But don't let the fancy technology or breakfast offers fool you-- this is still your basic budget motel. A good budget motel, but nothing fancy.
- 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