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“Perfect location with newly renovated rooms in motel”
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Marginal Way House
Ranked #16 of 36 Hotels in Ogunquit
Certificate of Excellence
Southington, Connecticut
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4 reviews
“Perfect location with newly renovated rooms in motel”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We have been coming here for years. Rooms are very clean, management is excellent and very accommodating especially Laura.
The renovations and updates to some of the motel units are wonderful, new windows, furniture, heat/air systems and fabulous showers. Everything is within walking distance. Views are awesome. We visit each year with our extended family -children, grandchildren and their friends. Have also made friends with others who stay the same weekend each year so it becomes a nice reunion. Wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Always great to be back. Have been coming here for many years. Thankful to Laura for all of her years of welcoming our family and helping with our plans. The rooms where great as expected. Roseanna is great to see again and a huge asset to the marginal way house. Thank you for making our stay filled with memories.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This hotel is situated in a perfect spot. Drive in and never get in the car again. Overlooking the ocean, and a few steps to the beach and a beautiful walk on the "marginal way" and downtown. Places to dine are out your door as well as bars that stay open late. You can get a room with a small kitchen and do your own cooking as well. A highlight is singing around the piano bar at FRONT PORCH>

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Algonquin, Illinois
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed here site unseen and it is exactly as pictured. While the rooms are dated, they are clean and the view from one of the rooms with an oceanfront view was awesome - watching the tide come in and out from the balcony and seeing the sunrise is worth the décor of the room.

Great location - right on the Marginal Way and walk to everything.

Room Tip: Get one of the six (I think) rooms that are right on the coastline.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Llangollen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We booked the hotel on the day, as we were breaking the journey from Bangor, Maine to New York. The location is right on the waterfront and the view from the Wharf House is very pleasant. The Wharf House is one of the smaller buildings (there are several making up the hotel). The room was adequate, if a little dated in decor and fittings, which looked as if they had been gathered from several thrift shops. The main bed was comfortable, but the single in which my daughter slept had quite an alarming tilt, which was due to a collapsed divan base. Luckily it was towards the wall, so she did not fall out!

They do not do breakfast, and you have to walk over to the main building to get coffee as there are no facilities in the Wharf House itself.
The real irritation was that we were quoted a rate of $129 on the phone, but were charged $149 when we arrived. I queried this and was told that "the person you spoke to must have got it wrong - the tax rate changed today". This was a really transparent and lazy lie, as the rate did not include tax anyway and, when the bill was done, it included tax at the same rate we had been paying all over Main for a week! As we were too late to find anywhere else, we paid, but it left a bad taste - the man on duty the following morning was more pleasant and helpful, but his colleague (who disappeared outside for a smoke before we had a chance to ask about local restaurants) has already done the damage.
You may feel the location is worth putting up with the deficiencies, but make sure you get a witness to the quote you are given.

Room Tip: The Wharf House (room 5) has a nice view over the sea
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Chatham
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

I now live in Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass, and here we have Chatham Bars Inn and Wequassett Inn, with outrageous rates - albeit first class rooms, views and service......I first visited the Marginal Way House about 20 years ago and went once a month every month from May - October. I then moved to Cape Cod and stopped going as I lived by the sea......I returned last year for the first time in at least 5 years and remembered how much I loved it there! Yes, it is an older place, but it is clean, staff is delightful and helpful, and as many of your reviewers have stated....spectacular views, fantastic location......to me, it's a New England Inn personified....and although some reviewer felt it could be "updated" for very little money, I chuckled - Ya right ! An old New England home is NEVER updated for very little money! I am returning again next weekend (October 2013) and am counting the moments to sit on the front lawn and watch the change of tides!
Donna Maiocca

Room Tip: Go for an ocean view! I love #1 for the separate bedroom, kitchenette and lots of room!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Frederick, MD
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We also had some reservations about staying here after reading some of the reviews, but we are glad we ended up choosing this hotel. We stayed in the motel part of the property, which was right on the river which fed into the Atlantic, so the views and the tides were amazing. The room itself was basic, and sure it is not overly updated with granite in the bathroom, but really that was unimportant. What was important was that it was clean... and did I mention the views? It had its own little piece of lawn with lounge chairs to appreciate that view. It was also really close to everything--the Marginal Way walk, the beach, and town. Also, they took our dog even though apparently they don't do that until the off season; I guess it was close enough, being the end of August, so that was nice of them. We met people on both sides of us who had been coming there for years, so that says something about the place as well. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because, although they did serve coffee and tea in the main house in the morning, it would have been nice if they served maybe muffins or donuts as well. Overall, though, we had a great time; Ogunquit itself is very charming. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Marginal Way House
Address: 22 - 24 Wharf Lane, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Region: United States > Maine > Ogunquit
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Ogunquit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Marginal Way House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the tradition of Maine's summer resorts, the Marginal Way House has been welcoming visitors since at least 1911. Located on Wharf Lane, two blocks from the center of town, directly across from the Ogunquit Beach, the Marginal Way House offers incomparable views of the beach and coastline. Offering 3 types of rooms including hotel rooms in our Main and Wharf House buildings, ocean front rooms in our Dockside building, and efficiency apartments which are located through out our 5 building complex. Pets are accepted off season only ... more   less 
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