We stayed in a small room in the original building. As some other reviewers have noted, the hotel was once a small grand dame of summer resorts. The architecture is fascinating and the layout is wonderful: expansive parlors and sitting rooms, wonderfully shaded porches with ample shade and rocking chairs. Many guests can enjoy working on puzzles or playing board and card games that the hotel provides. The original property does not have AC or TV in the rooms or in the parlors either. Since they do provide large window fans and the hotel faces the beach, it is easy to fill the room with the cool ocean air and it feels and smells divine! You just can't beat the location, view, or the price! There is also free wifi (not in the rooms though).
The hotel is also kept clean and we did have an updated shower with good pressure. Only two small towels are provided per day and they don't always make the bed up -- we were told that "after you've been there a while they stop doing that" ---- hmmm.... Our room was very small, however, with little space to move around the double bed. A torn curtain served as the "door" to the closet. The dresser was also old and stuck when you tried to open it. The mattress was just okay but the pillows were very good.
Nevertheless, the property is in extensive need of updating and repair. The plaster is cracking on the first floor and looks terrible. Also, even though the place is filled with antique furniture, it is getting musty and many of the pieces are uncomfortable. Either the furniture should be reupolstered or sold and the funds used for new chairs and sofas. The rugs are practically threadbare as well and have faded. I think the owners would do well to research getting one of those historic restoration grants to make improvements on the property in order to restore it to its original beauty.
The desk staff is very friendly and helpful with recommendations about dining and attractions. A clean pool faces the ocean with nice lounge chairs. Of course, the gorgeous beach is just steps away.
We came to the Ocean House knowing what to expect and so we enjoyed ourselves.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Old Orchard Beach
- Ocean House And Motel Old Orchard Beach, Maine