We're old Ogunquit/York fans and have overnighted in most of the standbys....the Cliff House, Anchorages in Ogunquit and York Beach, and many others. Seacastles was referred to us by good friends a couple of years ago and it has been our hotel of choice when we stay in Ogunquit, almost always off season when their prices are dirt cheap.
Our room has always been clean and suite-like, with a divider between the bedroom and sitting room/kitchen which provides good space. No problems there. As a daily lap swimmer I enjoy their really good indoor pool. And the hotel is just across the road from an entrance to the Marginal Way. On our trip this past weekend the wi-fi worked well (a tad tricky to get going) and the staff was very pleasant. We like the fact that the property is near the center of town and just yards from a couple of very good restaurants.
Here are some relatively minor quibbles:
- they leave it to guests to turn on lights in the pool area, and the pool itself. I had a hard time getting this through my thick skull as it got dark and I could barely see what I was about to bump into. A sign is needed.
- the bathrooms now feature these new little tiny toilets and are a pain in the neck if one is tall, and given there are no grab bars anywhere in sight, a bit of unnecessary exercise to get up. They are too far from the bath/shower to be useful in getting in and out. I find this oddly common in Maine hotels.
- the shower area contains only one tiny grab bar, and that is to its rear, making it very difficult to navigate. I find this whole bathroom set up rather odd and could be somewhat dangerous.
- how about some decaf coffee, and some tea?
I have a minor disability and seldom ask for a handicap room, assuming there may be someone worse off than me. But come on folks, get in a couple of grab bars in good strategic locations. I did discover after a day that there are folding chairs in the closet one could use in the bathroom, but still no grab bars; just a creaky shower rod to use.
The overall laws of Maine strike me as odd as far as disabilities go. I noticed that new devices, at 6k apiece, are now required for all pools and hot tubs in commercial facilities to help customers get in and out. But many of the businesses and restaurants we visited had no handicap parking (which I needed during the snow storm that came up the coast while we were there). One hotel we stayed at on the coast a couple of years ago had a brand new building, but its bathrooms were totally without grab bars, stools, or anything helpful. When I wrote the owner to complain she responded that "we are in compliance with state laws." I guess that was for my lawyer in the event I slipped and killed myself. I don't want to make a big deal of this, but its only when customers are critical that things get fixed, or state change their laws.
Like another reviewer here I don't really like these deposit laws in Maine, particularly in the off season. We travel all over the country and most of the time find that hotels and resorts are far more flexible.. So a bad snowstorm is coming, the roads will be dangerous, and we are still out our deposit????
This all said, we would certain return to Seacastles, and I guess that's the bottom line.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Suite Hotel Located In The Heart Of Ogunquit On Shore Road. Studios, 1 Bedroom, Loft & Penthouse Units All With Full Or Partial Kitchens. Indoor Pool/Whirlpool. Seasonal Outdoor Hot Tub & Gas Grills. Guest Laundry Facilities. Internet In Office. Open Year Round. Off-Season Packages Including Accommodations, Brunch & Dinner. Trolley Stop. Close To Beach & All Other Local Activities. Office Hours 7am-11pm Daily. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seacastles Hotel Ogunquit
- Seacastles Resort Inn And Suites Ogunquit, Maine