My sister and I took her kids to Madeira for a few days. We were thrilled about our upcoming beach stay and excellent hotel price. Our excitement bubble burst rather quickly when we rolled up to the Surf's Inn. From the outside, we thought..it's not so bad. Just a little old. One of those good old fashioned Florida beach motels. Wrong observation. How can I put this nicely? Hmmm..I can't. The place was a dirt hole.
The 'large' studio was crammed with over-sized, uncomfortable, shabby furniture. The air from the A/C unit smelled like vinegar, which only enhanced the stale, eternal smoke smell permeating from the walls. The floors were so filthy that our feet turned black within minutes. The bathtub was full of mold. The sink had old crusty toothpaste in it. The bathroom door lock was loose, so we accidentally locked ourselves out. And as dumb luck would have it, Mr. Maintenance punched out 10 minutes prior to the incident, so we jimmied the lock with a bobby pin, and taped it together so it wouldn't happen again.
The pool was also very interesting. Seemed like most of our neighbors enjoyed staring at the pool for hours at a time while chain smoking. I couldn't blame them for not wanting to wallow in hot, salty, moldy water.
The ONLY saving grace of this dank dive was its close proximity to the ocean.
Do yourself a favor and spend a little extra money for a clean hotel with some decent amenities. I'm not a snob, and I don't mind staying in older, more affordable hotels, but I do expect them to be clean and well maintained. This place is disgusting.
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- Surfs Hotel Madeira Beach