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“Best Value, Location, Service on the Whole California Coast”
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Surf Motel
Ranked #1 of 7 Gualala B&B and Inns
Taos, NM
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35 reviews
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“Best Value, Location, Service on the Whole California Coast”
Reviewed 10 January 2010

We stayed here in mid January because of a recommendation from a local New Age Bookstore owner. In our entire 3 day trip up the California Coast this is the one place that we would have spent more time at and returned to. The location is scenic beyond compare. Although it is located right beside the road our room was very quiet. We were able to leave the windows open at night and be lulled to sleep by the surf. But, most important, it was very clean and affordable. Probably the least expensive beach front accommodations on the whole coast.
Beds had thick pillow tops and were very comfortable. The whole place was spotless. Great breakfast in the morning with home made scones and biscuits with gravy. Service and hospitality were at the highest end of the scale. Who could ask for more?

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 27 December 2009

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.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

Had a room with two beds and separate kitchen area, and all was great. Bedding is luxurious, nice to have the IPod players. Breakfast is great, so is the view, even if it's not from your room. Previously stayed there and had found our room much too small; sizes vary. Walking distance to stores, galleries, restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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las vegas
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2009

I booked directly with the owner, Eric ( Great Host). He suggested the Firepkace suite.
When I walked into # 120, I turned around and said to my Wife " I think you're going to like this place" The view of the coast and bluffs is fantastic! However the best part is where your spending indoor time. Think of three comfortable zones. A: Entertainment zone;Furnished with dark brown leather sofa, large gas fireplace, 37" plasma TV, windows. B: Reflexion zone;Three piece leather love seat, two deep arm chairs, craftsmen furniture and huge picture window overlooking the ocean and bluffs. C: Dream zone; A set back bed alcove featuring a high feathered king bed overlooking the entire room and the ocean below! The small bathroom is basic motel, but does feature a nice large skylight. Wi-fi, Sat TV, Refrig and micro are also included. Small Pet is Ok

No smoking on property.
The town has provided an extra feature, a nice level walking path along the bluffs for approx. 1/4 mile. Best dependable dinner, go up the coast 4 miles to the Redwood Grill in Anchor Bay.

We're goin back again and again, the four hndred mile trip is worth it!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Pierson, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2009

Right in town yet removed and quiet. The room though small was well appointed. HDTV w/cd player and free movie from next door rental store was a bonus. Beautiful garden and river/ocean view. Handy cliff trail to stretch out on. Also an included breakfast helps the day start properly.Several walk-to restarants and grocery store make this a user friendlystop.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boise, ID
1 review
Reviewed 4 September 2009

Enjoy the ocean view from a lovely room. Very friendly people and a nice continental breakfast.
We'll be back here again on the next trip through. This is a keeper.
The staff is fabulous and very pretty.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Concord CA
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 30 August 2009

Hi, It doesn't look that special from the street, but with the room renovations and the way that Eric takes care of his guest and the property, I would highly recommend this hotel. It is an older renovated property, so it has some personality and character to it, unlike some newer properties. We shelled out a little extra for one of the ocean view suites and loved it. Eric cooks a real breakfast in the morning for his guests, which is a good thing as Gualala doesn't really have a breakfast restaurant. This is a pet friendly hotel too. Gualala is a special place to stay and the Surf Motel made our stay even more enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Surf Motel
Address: 39170 S Highway 1, P.O. Box 695, Gualala, CA 95445-9559
Region: 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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