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Ocean House and Motel
Ranked #36 of 44 Hotels in Old Orchard Beach
Reviewed 30 July 2011

We went for a family vacation (6 of us, three generations). Rented two motels and one room in the hotel. Everything is clean. Just a few steps from the beach. Nice pool, but a bit crowded. The house offers many different lounges where you can read or where you can get together to chat. This made our stay very enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank Jo_Qc
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Nice place directly on the beach and near the pool. Perfect with children. However, the kitchenette was not very well equipped. We have already seen much better. Pots should be replaced. The water has boiled after 2 hours (the bottom of the cauldron was lumpy). Ish... Coffee may be provided. No shampoo in the bathroom. The motel and the hotel could be renovated, but we were there for the beach and we had the sun all stay. It could also be games for children at the pool or play structure. People were very nice.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank boisvertmc
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

I was invited to go with a friend and her children as her husband could not make it due last minute work scheduling. So I gladly agreed as I'm an ocean junky. unfortunately being used to the ocean in Cuba, Old Orchard sure pales in comparison. I had heard so many stories of Old Orchard from my mother when she would reminisce about her family outings to Maine. It's really a bit of a hick town....one hotel/motel one on top of the other all facing the beach. never seen so many dirty diapers on a beach in my life!! Gross.

The people are friendly as in most places that depend on tourism. The food is okay...there is a reason where there is a weight problem in North America... Trying to find something healthy was a stretch....we went to the grocery store and bought our own.

The room was okay. Two double beds, a kitchenette and paper thin walls. One neighbor fought all night and kept the baby up and screaming at the other side of us. Earplugs a must.

The main house itself is interesting...in its heyday it must of been quite spectacular! The boardwalk is kitch.

I found it so over priced! She ended up paying more for a couple of days there than she would of for one full week in Cuba - air and hotel all in!! CRAZY!

We drove down to Hampton Beach which was nicer.

My friend was also disappointed with the place, location etc. Next time we'll try Martha's Vineyard.

The ocean was great though!

All in all if you are going for an ocean break try to go outside of the big tourist season and you won't be disappointed with the price and hopefully you'll less tourists and diapers on the beach.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank pinamimi
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

I found the room to be clean, simple and comfortable for my stay. The motel is located steps away from the beach so it was easy to grab my stuff and be on the sand in seconds. The help was willing to go the extra mile despite the busy conditions. I will be staying here again in the future!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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2  Thank popsfiedler
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

Shut your eyes and you can picture the grandeur of yesteryear - parlors, bar, screened porches etc. However, it is unfortunate that the rooms are most inadequate and provide only the bare essentials. With "No Vacancy" signs posted everywhere in town, we took a chance. The room was said to be lovely - oceanfront on a corner with three windows. Sounds great, until you pay, receive the key and climb 3 flights of stairs. As you continue your journey on worn carpeting you pass a dead plant on a landing, chairs that have seen better days, and a folding screen hiding falling plaster. You arrive at your room - your sanctuary for a 2-day rest. It's OK not to have a television or phone, but here you are with two twin hospital-style iron beds, a bureau, and a fiberglass curtain in front of the closet. You step up into a bathroom in which the sink faucet has minimal cold water and the small clawfoot tub/shower has a huge step up. Not meant for the handicapped. On the plus side, a Toto toilet is new. You raise the venetian blind to look at the ocean view and find your window taped with some attempt at puttying. The fan is dirty and the ceiling is peeling. Could that be lead paint you ask yourself as you lie in bed? With enormous potential, this building should most likely be on the National Registry of Historic Places. It would be a shame not to have this fine ocean spot preserved or restored.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Victorianna2
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

Perfect spot for a family trip to Maine. Our room was very comfortable for us. We stayed in the streetfront side, with a little living room and kitchenette. Nice pool right on the beach, and we played cards in the old fashioned large hotel parlors during the evening. Lots of space to move around, and I didn't feel like we were on top of another hotel like many places in OOB are. Definitely going back next summer!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank MaineTraveler999
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Reviewed 25 September 2006

the accomodations were fine. they are about what you would expect for a beach motel. i was more impressed with the customer service i received.
i had booked 2 rooms: one for my parents and one for my husband and I. my mom at the last minute got real sick and couldn't make it. the motel had a policy that they would charge us for the room anyway since it was so late. we explained the situation to the owner and he kindly did not charge us for their room. this little act of kindness goes a long way with folks. i will be sure to return upon my next visit to Old Orchard.

  • Stayed: October 2005, travelled with family
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2  Thank rdkeyner
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Address: 70 W Surf St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-2650
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Region: United States > Maine > Old Orchard Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Old Orchard Beach
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family enterprise for over 50 years. Our unique hotel is located directly on the beach. We're within easy walking distance of many good restaurants and Old Orchard's famous boardwalk pier and amusement park. ... more   less 
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Ocean House And Motel Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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