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Surf Motel
Ranked #191 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Hamburg, New York
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4 reviews
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“Good if you need low priced accomodation fast”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

When i had been the first time in SF and i had been looking for a decent, clean and affordable accomodation in SF i did choose the "Surf Motel" and hadnt been disapointed. In addition it did seem appropriate as i had been on a mxed surf and culture trip anyway.

The location is quite good, its not too far from ocean beach and the surfspots close to the bay bridge and it has tons of restaurants and bars close by for enjoying the night life.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

We stayed here for four nights during the Carnival and Memorial Day Weekend. Booked in advanced, we got a great deal at $390. for all four nights. PROS and CONS? ...

PROS:
**Inexpensive
** Great location being on Lombard
** Across the street from The Home Plate, the best breakfast spot in town, MUST GO!!
** If you complain, the problem will be fixed....(most of the the time...My hubbs fixed the toilet and fan)
** We got a room in the back, so it was quiet
** Free WiFi/Cable
** Good water pressure and ample hot water
** Free off street parking


CONS:
** The door lock was broke and we had to get the front desk to let us in each time (for four nights).
** Not the cleanest (We had to ask for new bedding because our blanket was, um...clearly used... =/ . Also, lots of dust and thick dust bunnies bordering the floor and floor boards
** Ceiling fan was broke, Toilet sometimes would flush, others took a lot of work, and the cable's sound on the TV was off

All in all, if we wanted to travel to SF and needed cheap place to stay, we'd go again and be sure to be prepared for any advanced requests (ie: All fresh bedding). That said, for a bit more we love staying in the Travel Lodge at The Presidio. The front desk guy, who has been there for years know everything about the city and can take you off the beaten (tourist) paths to the city's heart.

Room Tip: We stayed in 210...Quite and my hubbs fixed the fan! =}
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Fenton, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Had the misfortune of spending one miserable night at this disgusting place. Came in later in the evening, they were the only place we could find since it was Cinco de Mayo.

Called up and they told us they had one room left and it was a smoking room. I was past tired, exhausted couldn't even begin to describe how I felt, so I figured I could deal with a "smoking room" - after all, we didn't smoke and surely they would have cleaned the room. Not a freakin' snowballs chance! Blurry-eyed me didn't see the "don't want to know what it was" stains on the blanket of the bed my son slept in. My blanket obviously had not been washed either, the smoke was thick in it. Or how about the small and curly in the bathroom at the base of the toilet. Couldn't use the phone to call downstairs to the office because it was filthy. Heat didn't work.

Magically, when trying to talk to the people that ran the place their English changed to "I don't understand." I've tried numerous times to talk to management or the owner and I keep getting a different answer. They'll be in tomorrow. Today I was told they would be in next week.

The area seemed safe enough so that wasn't the issue. It was truly the filthiest place I've seen. We're not talking dust bunnies - we're talking disgusting filth. We didn't even shower there because that was dirty as well.

Room Tip: Make sure all of your immunizations are up to date.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Yeovil, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Me and my girlfriend stayed here for 3 nights whilst travelling through California. We picked this motel purely based on price and location. On lombard st, with plenty of cafe's, bars, places to eat all round the surrounding blocks. There is an excellent Thai restaurant up the street, out of the motel, right up the street on the right, and Despite being on a main road, I didn't find it particularly noisy after dark hours. The place was clean enough, without being dirty, comfortable beds which were very large! Lots of television channels when you're wiped at the end of the evening.
Just in need of a spruce up but all in all, good place!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Property: Surf Motel
Address: 2265 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #191 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,264 - ₹ 15,772
Hotel Class:2 star — Surf Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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