Ratings based on 1,625 Verified Reviews

3.5 out of 5
75% of guests recommend
3.6 Room cleanliness
3.8 Service & staff
3.4 Room comfort
3.1 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Reno Nv

Great hotel on Oceanfront Walkway!

Posted Aug 13, 2017
Pros: I wanted an ocean view king room and got it.
Cons: Some updating in the room perhaps a microwave or kitchenettes. An option to barbeque on the properties would be awesome.
Location: Riding our bikes, walking up and down the boardwalk, going to Belmont, seeing the ocean, surfing lessons. Mission Park sooo relaxing.
Had a great time at Surfer Beach Hotel. Loved being on the beach watching the sunsets and hearing the waves..
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 15, 2017 by Angelica, Hotel Management
Thank you Sunnyday93 for taking the time to write your review. I appreciate the feedback, for future our Jr Suites have a small kitchenette. See you next time!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Scottsdale AZ

Perfect location on beach

Posted Aug 5, 2017
Pros: Location.
Cons: Get rid of the carpet in the rooms.
Hotel is in great location next to boardwalk and beach. Staff were friendly and bar and restaurant are top notch. Lots of restaurant's and craft beer bars within walking distance. No real need for a car unless you want to go to the zoo or Seaworld. We drove but didn't move the car the entire stay.There is parking with small spaces. Costs $17 per day. Rooms are not fancy but are just fine for a beach vacation.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 9, 2017 by Angelica, Hotel Management
Thank you AZWildcat for your positive feedback. It sound like you enjoyed your stay at The Surfer and it's surroundings. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!!
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Arlington, Texas

DO NOT STAY HERE!!!

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Staff was great trying to help my needs quickly, but not having Air Condition made the worst experience going to San Diego. My room portable AC unit was replaced three times and even had three fans brought to me. Still DID NOT HELP!!! Blame here goes on upper management! Stained carpet, sofa, and bed backboard, uncomfortable bed, very small shower, and no working Air Conditioner. The only good things was staff help, being so close to the coast, and lower 70 degrees weather. Will not be staying here again and do not recommend it to anyone. Don’t believe pictures and information it claims to have!!!
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 9, 2017 by Angelica, Hotel Management
Dear "J" I am sorry your experience was not the best, but I am happy to hear our staff did do there best to accommodate your needs. I really appreciate your feedback on the room and all the issues will be addressed. I hope you can give us a second change in a near future.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Location was awesome!

Posted Jul 25, 2017
Loved the location of the motel! Shopping and food places and RIGHT ON THE BEACH! :)
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 29, 2017 by Guest Services, Hotel Management
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We do hope to be welcoming you again soon.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Fort Worth, Texas

Nice hotel on the beach

Posted Jul 25, 2017
Perfect beach hotel. Good base for going to the many other activities in the San Diego area each day and still be able to walk on beach and swim in ocean each day too! Walking distance to great breakfast spots and restaurants. Recommend beach view room.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 29, 2017 by Guest Services, Hotel Management
Thank you for sharing such great photos! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Fresno CA

Perfect spot of Paradise!

Posted Jul 24, 2017
Pros: Location, Cleanliness
Cons: Nothing
Location: The Ocean is steps from door, shopping and delicious food on pathway parallel to hotel.
This was such a wonderful hotel. Perfect spot, with everything you could need or want within feet of the ocean. The staff was super friendly. I will defiantly stay here again.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 29, 2017 by Guest Services, Hotel Management
Thank you for taking the time to review! We thank you for commenting on our friendly staff who aim to provide excellent guest service.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Seattle

Good value on the beach

Posted Jul 21, 2017
This is an older hotel right on the beach. I have stayed here more than once and they have made some improvements since my last visit. When using a travel website, I found this to be the lowest-priced hotel in San Diego that is right on the beach. It isn't fancy, but the staff is very nice, it is clean, and it certainly saves you some money if you insist on being on the beach! Important info: They charged me $17 per day to park in their lot. Also, the shower in my room had a very short ceiling and was just a stall rather than a tub. I would think anyone 6 ft or taller would not be able to use that particular shower. On a positive note, there is a liquor store within walking distance, and the noise level at night is not bad at all. All in all, I like this hotel and will probably be back.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 29, 2017 by Guest Services, Hotel Management
Thank you for sharing in our properties charm and location this Summer! We do hope you return.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Locust Grove, GA

close to beach

Posted Jul 20, 2017
Pros: The location was great. There is an enclosed courtyard with plenty of table, chairs and chaises. Provides a wonderful view of the ocean.
Cons: Instructions on how to use the portable AC unit. Be made aware before hand that the AC unit could not be running when you want to dry your hair.
Location: Right on the beach. Several good restaurants close by. A nice grocery store within walking distance.
AC not powerful enough. If AC unit was running you could not dry your hair. Blew the circuit breaker. Our room had an extra room with a sofa, but there was not any kind of lighting present. Always had fresh towels, but the used ones were not always removed. Came back late one afternoon and the room had not been cleaned. However, the hotel staff was always accommodating and resolved all issues. It is right at the beach and there are 2 good restaurants adjoining the motel.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Pretty good!

Posted Jul 17, 2017
I had a clean comfortable room. Love having a small refrigerator and microwave in the room. The room was clean and smelled clean too. I enjoyed the convenience of walking down the stairs and the beach being right there. I'll definitely be staying there again.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Las Vegas, NV

Good enough

Posted Jul 14, 2017
I had read the reviews so I wasn't expecting much. The room was clean, the beds were comfortable, the beach was literally steps away, lots of close shopping including a grocery store, with a fridge and microwave in the room. The free coffee and cappuccino in the front office is delicious. Bring a power strip because there are not many outlets. Staff was extremely friendly, and when my AC broke the first night, they fixed it immediately in the morning. Not giving 5 stars only because parking was a nightmare, paid $17 a night and the lot was not private so I had to circle for half an hour until a spot opened up, and because no hot tub and the pool was freezing (visit in July, so didn't expect to be shivering in the pool). Overall, this hotel is good if your focus is spending time on the beach. Every room has an ocean view and the beach access is fabulous.