Our three bedroom condo (unit 511) was very nicely decorated and very, very clean. The seven of us had plenty of space which included 4 teenage boys ages 14 - 17. This unit sleeps 10, however the unit did not supply enough linen and blankets to accommodate ten people. We also had to ask for more bath towels as there were only 5 towels for the seven of us. The front desk said it was the responsibility of the condo owner to stock towels and linens, but they did bring some extra towels up the next day. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you needed to cook. The views from our balcony were perfect. The ocean, the arcade, the amusements, the people watching were all great while having our morning coffee (and afternoon cocktail). The air conditioner worked well in the 90 degree heat wave. Almost had to wear a sweater inside after a beach day. However, other neighbors shared their disappointment that their units were suffering with broken air conditioning. The outer hallways are very warm as they are not air conditioned. The washer and dryer were a mom's best friend all week, especially with the boys changing a few times a day and having beach towels that needed washing.
The front desk and bell staff were very pleasant and accommodating. We got a very nice gift upon arrival which included stonewall pancake mix, syrup and a Maine cookbook. Very thoughtful and unexpected.
This location was great for the boys to take off and play at the arcade or amusements. There was a tennis court and basketball court down the street and of course the beach, shops and ice cream, etc. Our 5th floor unit was perfect to watch the fireworks.(every Thursday night)
The only thing that would make me not return is the noise at night. This location is great for daytime activities but at night it turns into a party scene into weeeee hours of the morning. This location is surrounded by bars and restaurants which have bands playing into the late hours. Now we weren't party poopers, but at 2:30am the sound of the people in the street, the music blaring and the motorcycle traffic was all too much. Oh, and I forgot to mention the train. Once we finally fell asleep, the ear piercing, horn blowing, window rattling train going through the area many times a day and night woke us up. If you are looking for a quiet, restful vacation, this isn't the place for you.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Victorian Hotel Old Orchard Beach
- Grand Victorian Old Orchard Beach, Maine