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“Relaxing and Comfortable”
Review of The Surfside Motel

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The Surfside Motel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Charlestown
Certificate of Excellence
Upstate, NY
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Relaxing and Comfortable”
Reviewed 18 April 2011

The Surfside Motel is a cute, clean, and comfortable place to stay in Rhode Island. Although this may be the closest motel to Charlestown Beach, it is far enough away that you probably won't want to walk...but the motel is centrally located to everything we wanted to see and do. We spent a day checking out the lighthouses in the area (Beavertail and Point Judith, and we drove into Newport for an afternoon. The next day, we went to Mystic, CT. Each ride took no more than 40 minutes, and te Surfside is a good home base.
As all of the other reviews promised, Lorretta was friendly and accommodating. Although we did not need anything from her, she let us know that we could come knocking on her door if we needed anything. Our room was so clean that when we first entered, the kids asked if we had a pool in our room because they smelled the chlorox (it was not overpowering...it smelt wonderfully clean!)
We are planning our return trip to the area...and will definitely stay at The Surfside Motel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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East Setauket, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 January 2011

Thank you Loretta for another great stay! You take so much care and pride in how each and every room is cared for. The rooms are lovely with the beachy decor(nice new paint job on the dressers,btw!)
This dog friendly motel is the best of it's kind with my favorite beach right down the road. Great market and bakery within walking distance.
So if you're looking for a clean and comfortable motel in a beautiful area with a beautiful person keeping the place that way(Loretta) this is the place for you.

Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank gingerg24
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2010

We stayed at the Surfside for a house buying trip in September. The room was delightful. The decor perfect beachy and clean. Surfside feels like home the minute you get there. The room is a bit tight but we didn't mind and making coffee was logistically challenging but we didn't mind that either.

All in all it's a great place to stay and Loretta will help with whatever you need!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank drzhivago47
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hampden, ma
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2010

This is where we stay after we close up our own place for the winter, but still want to visit the beach and family who live here!! Lorretta is the ABSOLUTE BEST!!! She's always looking to help make you feel comfortable and lets you know to "simply ask" for what you may want or need! She's definately the "hidden gem" to this small but comfy motel. She's great to visit with and always makes you feel welcome! The rooms and bathrooms are spacious, comfy, filled with light and decorated with that familiar "beachy" motif. It's also nice to have a small microwave and fridge for those "moments of munchies"! Dunkin Donuts is basically across the street and so is the pizza shop. The only thing different about THIS visit this time, was being woken up by the neighbors rooster early in the morning! (hopefully it doesn't have a very long life!!) Otherwise, we would recommend The Surfside to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank beachprincessh7
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surfside334, Owner at The Surfside Motel, responded to this review, 18 November 2010
Hi Beachprincess,
Thank you for the kind words. We are in negotiations to "relocate" the neighbors rooster. Charlestown is proud of its rich agricultural heritage, so anyone can have a rooster in their backyard. I think it is time the town realize that tourism, not agriculture, pays the bills!
Thanks, TBC
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2010

We traveled by train from Baltimore to Kingston, RI, today with plans to take the ferry to Block Island in the morning. Because of the limited off-season ferry schedule, we were unable to arrive in time for the last ferry of the day and had to stay overnight nearby. We chose the Surfside Motel based on the outstanding reviews posted on Trip Advisor. But our experience even surpassed the rave reviews we had already read. We arrived about 10 pm (with my husband in dire need of nourishment), but sadly found out that all nearby restaurants had already closed. This we learned from Todd, the owner, who had independently called several restaurants to find that none were open. He brought us this bad news, but at the same time, asked if we happened to like Thai food. He explained that his wife was from Thailand, and even though she herself had just arrived home from New York, she would be only too happy to whip up a meal for us. It was fantastic by any standard, but for hungry desperate travelers, it was phenomenal!

There’s more -- any review of the Surfside Motel would be grossly incomplete without mention of Loretta. We totally agree with all the other outstanding reviews about her. She adds an extra degree of warmth and general helpfulness that is rarely encountered in today’s world.

It is amazing that we have so much to say given that we arrived at 10 pm tonight and will be leaving at 8 am tomorrow. And, to boot, this is our first Trip Advisor review! We obviously would highly recommend the Surfside Motel to any and all visitors. That it is filled to capacity on this off-season weekday night is not in the least surprising, so make your reservations early.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank CRSE
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Dorset, Vermont
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 October 2010

After all the ferries were canceled to Block Island due to the weather, it was a mad rush to find a place for an entire wedding party to spend the night on a weekend that was full of parents come to visit their students during parent's weekend at URI. The Surfside was the perfect solution! Loretta was extreamly sympathetic and helpful. She went over and above the call of duty to help out our party of stranded travelers who were on a budget, in a rush, and in an increasingly desperate situation with a bride who was at a breaking point. Loretta had the rooms ready at rapid speed and because the rooms were so perfect we got everything done at the Surfside that we had intended to do on the island. We got on the ferry the next day and the wedding went on without a hitch. Thank you Loretta, the wedding could not have been such a success without your help the night before! Loretta and the Surfside are the parfect place to spend the night, desperate or not. The rooms have roomy bathrooms, fridges, and beds the curl up on after a long day of activities and the staff are without a doubt the core of this place and will do anything they can to make your stay more pleasent and enjoyable, just ask.

  • Stayed October 2010
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1 Thank sderham
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 12 October 2010

The motel is clean, well maintained and comfortable. Loretta, the housekeeper/manager, is on site and she was exceptional!! She went above and beyond to make sure you had what you needed and often a little extra. We cannot say enough about how great our time at the Surfside Motel was and how terrific Loretta is. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Justjo12
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Property: The Surfside Motel
Address: 334 Narrow Ln, Charlestown, RI 02813-4164
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Region: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Charlestown
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Charlestown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Conklin Family welcomes you to the Surfside Motel. A cozy 15 room motel located near beautiful Charlestown Beach. We have efficiency units for extended stays, or standard rooms with small fridges and microwaves, A/C, cable, wireless internet, flat screen tv's with built-in DVD players, gas grills, and picnic tables outside. Clean, quiet, and comfy. ... more   less 
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