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Historical Traveler Reviews Surfer Beach Hotel San Diego
Just got back from a week trip to beautiful San Diego. We were fortunate enough to stay at one of the kitchenettes at this wonderful hotel (based mainly on reviews from other TripAdvisor users). First off let me caution you that if you are looking for deluxe accommodations, this is not your type of place. The rooms are definitely dated in a 70s vintage decor complete with naugahyde sofa sleepers, small electric ranges, and funky looking (yet fairly large) refrigerators. The rooms also featured 70s style lightning fixtures and small bathroom amenities. By small, I mean one small sink and vanity with a toilet and shower stall. Strangely enough, electrical outlets were also scarce, a potential problem for all your electical items that need charging.
Another thing which may turn folks off is the lack of cable TV or a Spectravision/ Pay-per-View movie system.
Despite these minor drawbacks, the location more than made up for these minor quibbles. This hotel sits smack dab on the beautiful Pacific/Mission Beach boardwalk. It is literally right out your door.
If you are fortunate enough to get a 4th floor room you will also be treated a stupendous view of the Ocean and the wonderful surf sounds that go with it. The room size was not large; however even with our two young children we found the dimensions to be just about right. If you are traveling with older children, you might find the kitchenette units to be too small.
A great perk that cannot be overlooked is the free parking. If you are at all familiar with this area, you will understand what value this is.
Although it was winter during our visit, the beaches were always full of surfers, joggers, and beachcombers, and parking was always at a premium.
Aside from the hotel itself and its proximity to the beach, there are also many quality restaurants within walking distance. The "World Famous"restaurant right next door had wonderful food and creative menu items. Our 4-year old son even said they made the best Mac and Cheese he has ever had, pretty impressive! Another favorite, probably overlooked by many was a small drive-through Mexican restaurant about 5 blocks north of the hotel (on Mission Bay Drive). I think the name was Ramiro's (?) Anyway, they featured fantastic burritos generally for $3 or less. A great find for those on a budget.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who values location over luxury. You might be turned off by the dated accommodations at first, but they grow on you as you hear the perpetual roar of the surf right outside your window.
I love San Diego
Surfer Motor Lodge was ok, the location is superb. Younger people should definitily stay here! You're on the beach and just 2 blocks away from Moondoggies and the rest of Garnett! During my trip through Cali, I never had such a good time like I did in Diego! There is a god!
We dicovered the Surfer about 5 years ago, We Love It. We try to make it out there 2 or 3 times a year. We were very sad to get the yearly Christmas card saying the management was changing as of 12/31/03. I can see the prices sky rocketing, and the atmosphere changing. I sincerely hope this isn't the case. We wish all the best to the employees, and hope you'll be there when we get back there.
This is a budget motel but it is fantastic value for money in a location that can't be beat. It is right on the beach and our room on the top floor had a direct view of the ocean and sunset. The room is very basic but it was clean, cheap and the service was friendly. Having travelled throughout California, this was the best value for money of anywhere we stayed.
Not what we expected
Very disappointed at this property. Realise it is budget pricing but that didn't make up for the tired rooms (took two of us to open patio door), paintwork peeling, holes in bathroom floor covering.Banned my kids from swimming in the pool due to the amount of rubbish in there.Location is OK you are on teh beach but it is noisy and very dirty (trash everywhere and overflowing litter bins).OK for the younger traveller but families may do better elsewhere.
Sounds and View of the Pacific Ocean
I stayed at the Surfer Motor Lodge during 'Spring Break,' on a visit to my sister's family, who live in Pacific Beach. Nothing beats the sound of the ocean through your open window at night. My room (410) had a great view of the ocean. The staff were very friendly, and took messages efficiently. The accommodations are rather basic, but clean and pleasant. People are right about booking early. Before leaving I sought to reserve the same room for the following XMas, but it was already booked! So I am booked in to the room below. Right on the beach, next to a popular breakfast joint, loads of little shops, and 15 - 25 minutes from downtown San Deigo. Who could ask for anything more?
Best Kept secret in San Diego
I discovered this place a couple of years ago when I had to attend a yearly business conference at the Catamaran Resort across the street. I wasn't impressed with the Catamaran Inn. It was over priced, and not even on the beach. When I went looking around at lunch, I found the Surfer Motor Lodge. It's right on the beach, and every room has a million dollar view. The price was less than half of the Catamaran Inn. The rooms aren't fancy, but the place is clean, and the staff is very friendly. Plus, you have San Diego's best restaurant, The World Famous, right there as well. I'll never stay any place, but Surfer Motor Lodge.
What a location!
Stayed there in October 2002. What a beautiful location - about 10 seconds from the beach! All the info on the 'World Famous' is spot on. But don't go there for breakfast - try the little beachside cafe next door to the right - it makes the best pancakes in the world - too bad I live 8000 miles away! Surfer - is an excellent location for exploring San Diego - 5 mins from SeaWorld, 2 hour drive from LAX and again 10 seconds from the beach - what more do you need.
We arrived at Noon on Thanksgiving Day and were allowed to check in early. Had a fantastic meal at the restaurant "World Famous Restaurant" just next to the Motel. Food nothing short of fabulous. Room was clean and a couple of things that needed fixing were taken care of first thing the next morning. Our view from the west wing was wonderful. While we were there we enjoyed the sound of the surf, the boardwalk at Pacific Beach and the great little shops in the area. You don't even need to have a car. Even Tony Romas is next door!!!. The Lobster Bisque at the restaurant is to Die for. We made reservations for three (3) stays there next year including Thanksgiving again. Already decided this was the place for a tradition to start. Couldn't be happier. Some folks want and need things others don't. We brought our own hair dryer and fancy stuffs. There's free coffee in the lobby but no coffee maker in the room but at these rates and the sounds of the ocean........The main thing at Surfer is Location, Location, Location. You may need to be satisfied with a lower level room the first time you check in here but try for 3rd or 4th floor facing the ocean. We made our reservations for next Thanksgiving the last day of our stay this year. YEP FOLK be ready to plan your vacations early. Summers are packed a year in advance so make reservationss for summer NOW if you want them. Good Luck. I don't have a financial interest in this property but wish I did.
Surfer.. a legend a Mission Beach
Our family has been staying at the Surfer for 12 summers now. We LOVE this place.... it's right on the beach.. heated pool, laundry room for guests AND a parking place! You can also rent your boogie boards or bikes RIGHT at the Surfer. There are kitchenettes fully equipped and a family room that sleeps 6 IF you can get it. Yu have to reserve early. .like a year in advance! The staff has always been friendly.. I won't stay awhere else.
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