We went for a long weekend, party of six using three rooms, two to a room. When I saw this place online, I saw that they had 20 rooms so I assumed it was more of a motel like place with standard rooms. Not so. Each room is unique... and by "unique", I mean like nothing you've ever seen before in a place representing itselft as an inn. It's apparently an old house that's been converted into the hotel, the pub in the basement and the cafe on the sidwalk, as well as the office/living area for the staff. They've made 20 rooms by literally converting EVERYTHING into sleeping rooms, including one room that was apparently a closet for a water heater before. We saw one room that had a toilet, fully exposed, in the middle of the bedroom. Cracked us up!
While the guy runing the place was very friendly and responsive whenever we asked for anything, the service was pretty much nonexistent. We were there three nights, and the rooms were never cleaned. We had to ask for clean towels every day and carry them up to the rooms ourselves. Ironically, there were envelopes left on the beds soliciting tips for the housekeeping staff. Um, excuse me, but tips are for service rendered. I usually tip housekeeping staff daily, but not if they don't even show up! The rooms had coffee makers, but we had to ask for filters. They had dishes and such in the kitchenettes, and sinks, but no dish soap. Again, after asking, we got some in a little dixie cup. So, we generally got whatever we asked for, but... why do we have to ask for EVERYTHING?
Parking is an interesting challenge. Technically, we had reserved spaces for our two vehicles, but getting them in and out required jockeying barriers and other cars around.
On the plus side, it's quite close to the beach and other attractions. No real view to speak of, there's a five story hotel between this place and the beach that blocks views even from the top floor. The pub downstairs is fun. Best part about it was the bouncer who was really fun.
Bottom line, the place is fine if you're prepared to rough it a bit. This was a spur of the moment trip for us on Labor Day weekend, so we were glad to find rooms at all, and we wanted to be near the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oceanic Inn is owned and operated by Armand Vachon of Old Orchard Beach, Maine and has been in business for four decades. Most of our rooms have been recently updated with brand new beds, air conditioning, kitchenettes and more. The Oceanic Inn is located in the heart of downtown Old Orchard Beach approximately 40 yards to the beach with no streets to cross! In addition, Armand speaks fluent French for the benefit of our visitors from Canada and France. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The New Oceanic Inn Old Orchard Beach, Maine