Ratings based on 359 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.0 out of 5
94% of guests recommend
4.0 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
3.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from St. Louis, MO

They Lie in their Advertisements and to your face.

Posted Jul 10, 2014
Pros: I liked that it was across from the Beach, That is ALL.
Cons: The Bathrooms, The Management and/or Crew, Oh and the Cabinet Doors.
Location: Oceanside was very close and had great beaches and cheap wet suits. The Armenian Restaurant Next Door Was Delish! and you can
It is in a lovely location. That is all. When I first arrived the man at the front desk didn't greet me and seemed reluctant to check me in, in fact he pretended to check me into the system until another employee arrived. Not too big an issue. Then my family and I unload luggage to our room and head out for a bite to eat. We were gone no more than two hours and when we arrived back at the room my luggage had been ransacked. My clothes and hair brush were on the floor and bag unzipped. This is Not how I left it. Nothing was missing because I took everything worth anything. I didn't do an underwear count before I left so I could be wrong about that. Right away I go to speak to the Manager and all's he can say is he has the spare key , didn't go in there, and has worked here for 15 years and nothing like that has Ever happened, Yeah Right! To get to the point , if you don't mind crusty toilet seat lids, your luggage ransacked, and being lyed to your face, please stay at this wonderfully located Motel....and BTW the pool was colder than the Ocean, DEF NOT Heated!
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from California

Close to beach amenities.

Posted Jun 20, 2014
Pros: The location is perfect
Cons: Over face lift
Location: Literally within walking distance to the beach, restaurants, and shopping.
We were allowed to receive keys earlier than 3:00 PM. The Motel is older than we expected. It would be nice if the place has a face lift. The bathroom sink has to be 30 years old. The shower water handle needs replacing in room 126 where stayed.
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Simple, friendly beach hotel

Posted Jun 15, 2014
this is a typical, older hotel 1/2 block from the beach. Friendly staff. No frills. Basic amenities.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Hugo

The hotel is all about its location.

Posted Jun 6, 2014
Pros: Location, the staff was very friendly, location, parking, room service, air conditioning.
Location: Beach and Carlsbad Village.
Great experience, friendly staff, terrific location.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from arizona

Older hotel, well kept

Posted Jun 3, 2014
This older hotel has been well kept with a very pleasant staff, great price for the location. Lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance. And a great spot for the beach although no view from rooms
4 out of 5
for Families
by A verified traveler

great location

Posted May 22, 2014
Pros: Great location, clean room
Cons: Fruit was not very fresh, breakfast ok
Nice stay, would do it again Location was excellent, beautiful view of beach from roof top eating area
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted May 21, 2014
Love this hotel!!! We only stay here when visiting Carlsbad.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Tom from St Louis MO

Location across coast blvd from beach.

Posted May 20, 2014
Pros: Location is terrific and it is exactly as represented.
Cons: Parking is somewhat tight as the lot is a shared lot. We always had a parking space though.
Location: Great. Across coast blvd from beaches, plenty of restaurants and shops along the coast blvd and within walking distance of the downtown.
Hotel is dated such as 1960's type style but very comfortable and clean. Bed great and bath as one expects. Stay is enhanced by the location at the heart of the coast strip close to everything including across from beach/ocean. Value was very good given location and cleanliness of hotel. Perfectly met our needs for our short stay.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Julie from Palm Desert, CA

Nice beach motel, great value!

Posted May 13, 2014
Pros: Location, price, staff, free parking, great shower, staff, beach close, shopping close, restaurant close
Cons: Yes, the rooms could use updating but then you would have to charge more as a result. I'm happy the way it is now, looking forward to returning!
Nice little motel, super friendly staff. Clean, noisier on weekend with people going up and down stairs (my room was next to stairway) but quiet on Sunday night. Always had a parking space. Across the street from beach so great access. Office loaned out beach chair and towels for the day. Not a resort so don't expect one. Yes it may need some updating but the rooms are clean and the beds were comfortable. The continental breakfast was pretty good, sufficient to get the day started, danishes, coffee, juice, fresh fruit, cereal. The rates are amazing for the location and I am very happy with our stay. Yummy Fish and Chip restaurant across street, great lamb pita sandwich from next door Armenian Restaurant. Walking distance to village shopping area (shops & restaurants) Have to say again, the staff was super friendly from the cleaning staff to the front desk! Thanks again!
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Sam from Boston

Perfect location, extraordinary value

Posted May 6, 2014
While searching for hotels in Carlsbad, I was tempted to splurge on an oceanfront balcony hotel room for 4x the price of the Surf Motel. I was very happy that I didn't. The Surf Motel was clean, the staff accommodating, and the location perfect. Unless you plan on spending extended time in your room, I highly recommend this hotel - it's probably the best value in town.