Ok...so I didn't read ahead before booking this place, and honestly, not sure if I would have been swayed either way. Hopefully this review will provide some honest and usable information if you are considering a rental in Rehoboth, so here goes:
Price: The price for Rehoboth (which on a Labor Day weekend, with a 3-night minimum can set you back upwards of $300 a night) is very reasonable, BUT as the old adage goes, you sort of get what you pay for...more on that later. I paid $432 (including tax) for Thurs-Sat stay. Not bad for Rehoboth, BUT...
Cons: Now, this is the compromise that I mentioned above regarding the price, and that is the place is really a dump. It's relatively clean, which is shocking given how old and dilapidated it is, but my teenage boys were a bit taken aback when we arrived. To give you an idea how old things are, our TV didn't even have connections in the back to attach their Wii video game (!). The kitchenette was extremely sparse and barely had the basics with which to cook. The AC unit in the wall was dirty and when we first walked in the room, while it was cool, it smelled like wet towels. The sheets were so threadbare, that it was almost like sleeping on a bare mattress. The furniture looks worse than items I've seen in a Goodwill store...falling apart and mismatched. The bathroom was pink tile that was aging quite badly, with grout that was crumbling and permanently stained black. We ran the microwave our first night (the AC unit wasn't even on) and the fuse blew...we had to move the fridge and microwave to a different outlet. When I mentioned to the onsite manager, she said something about running all of the AC units and they were all on one fuse..I mentioned the TV and she replied that the owner is very "tight" and won't upgrade/update the place. That aside, outside there were empty and cracked flower pots, and it was just generally really unkept looking. I'm not sure if it is indifference or ignorance...either case, really a shame because it could probably be a decent place. Right now, it's really not. Another negative was the noise from the traffic, which was pretty loud during the day, but not disturbing to the point that I couldn't sleep at night.
Pros: (kind of a stretch, but trying to find the bright side...) In all fairness, there were some bright spots about the place: There IS a place to cook, with a full stove and oven, coffee pot and a newer mini fridge. Saved me a few bucks doing that instead of eating out. The location is also accessible to the main drag, and it was about 6 blocks to the beach, which wasn't too bad. There was also a free WiFi connection that worked very well (am using it now to type this review). The Royal Farms next door was convenient.
Summary: If you need a quick, cheap place to stay with older kids who will sleep in til noon anyway and just head to the beach all night, come back and crash or watch movies/play games on the computer (be sure to bring...no DVD or modern TV in this place...there isn't even a phone in the room), then this would probably work. After the initial shock wore off, my boys were ok...BUT, I did promise them that next time I would plan ahead and try to stay at the Avenue off the boardwalk, which most reviews point to as being one of the best, or I'd find a better motel/seasonal rental. Which, brings me to the point I'm trying to make: For a last-minute, quick Labor Day weekend, this place served its purpose. Don't expect any more out of it than that. Best advice is that I would strongly urge you plan ahead and try to stay somewhere else a little more in touch with the 21st century which will provide at least the basics for this amount of money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a downtown residential area, Printz Motel offers a quiet, relaxing atmosphere for your beach stay. It's a ten minute walk to the beach or just a few steps to downtown Rehoboth Avenue.There is a fully equipped kitchenette in each of the 5 rooms. Kitchenettes equipped with stove, oven, sink, small refrigerator/ freezer, microwave, coffeemaker, basic cookware.Singles w/ one queen bedDoubles w/ two double bedsFree Wireless Internet!Cots availableA/C and heatAll non-smoking roomsOne free off-road parking spaceAdjacent to 24/7 convenience store and laundromatDaily and weekly rates. Minimum stay for peak season, holidays, etc.Cable TVWe accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American ExpressOpen Year Round! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Printz Motel Rehoboth Beach, Delaware