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“The worst I've ever seen”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Norman's Motel

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Norman's Motel
Ranked #42 of 43 Hotels in Old Orchard Beach
montreal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The worst I've ever seen”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2009

I slept into many hunting and fishing shacks those past years and they were much better and cleaner than the room we rented. The main office tells a lot about the whole thing: It smells like hell, something between dog urine and dead fish...but I didn't see any roaches hopefully (maybe they can't stand it). The carpet in our room was old and was smelling bad, the bed sheets were stained, The ceiling tiles were spotted by old rain infiltration, The dishes in our kitchenette were not washed properly, dust everywhere etc.
But, this is the ideal location, not to far from the beach, the restaurants, the grocery. Norman should put a bulldozer on it and hire and architect, a contractor and start it from scratch. It surely would become the hottest spot in Old Orchard. But as it is now, it's the worst place I've been to.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2 of 5 bubbles
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    2 of 5 bubbles
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    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2008

My friend picked this place because of the price and I was horrifed when we arrived. The lobby smelled of cat urine and the our room was dark, dreary and smelled bad. I was afraid to walk on the carpet barefoot and the bathrooms were tiny. The bed was the most uncomfortable I had ever been in. We sprayed the whole room (including the beds) with Lysol. This is the worst place I ever stayed and I would sleep in a field before I stayed again. Spare yourself.

Stayed August 2008
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2008

Look, I think that Norman is trying hard. The bushes are trimmed, the paint is fresh enough, and the parking lot has been sealed. However, the rooms are old, tired, and cramped. The towels are miniscule, and have been through the wash about 900 times. One of the blankets had cigarette burn holes, and the kids were thoroughly skeeved by the bathroom. As mentioned in another review, the lobby is used by a cat(s) as a urinal. The woman staffing the front desk upon our arrival would not get hired by the Hyatt, but the other folks were well meaning. Nevertheless, I have seen worse, and the price is not out of line. That said, nearby comparable motels looked more up to date, and were just as handy to the beach. Try one of those first.

  • Liked — It is near the beach and amusment parks.
  • Disliked — It is old, tired, and cramped.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2008

This place isn't the best place to stay at OOB, I was looking too late in the season but for the price it really isn't too bad. The rooms are older and show their age but the beds were comfortable. The WIFI doesn't really work in all rooms (#4) so you will have to sit out in front of your room to surf the net or get email. I brought this up to the owner but he didn't seem to be too worried. Anyways I was on vacation so I let it go. Bathrooms are very small with just a shower. Not a big deal also. The room was clean for its age and it was quiet (except for the a/c.) And for the price, having to drive to the beach wasn't a too bad. The only gripe I had was the motel office smelled like cat urine, this should have been addressed. Would I stay there again, probably. But given the chance to book earlier and closer to the beach, I probably will. I do have to say though it does have a friendly look to it.

  • Liked — The price
  • Disliked — Poor internet in rooms
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Quebec
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2007

This was my worst stay at an Hotel / Motel ever. The room was dark, old and not very clean. The carpet was disgusting. We fond ants before we went to sleep the first night and found bugs all over the place in the morning. When confronted with the problem, the owner would not refund my second night as it was paid in advance. I decided to leave this place. The owner was not friendly. The reception smelled cat urine as the owner lets his cat loose.

Worst Stay ever...

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — bugs and the cleanliness (or lack of) of the room
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2005

Great service, the room is clean, and not too expensive! I will come back again:)

  • Stayed August 2005
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2005

This motel was not what we expected, I would not recommend it, we couldn't even survive the night. The motel rooms were small, dark and dreary, no air conditioning, the bathroom was extremely small. The pool is 3 1/2 deep from end to end. We could not believe our eyes so if your looking for a place to stay the night The Altantic Birches Inn is the place to go.

Stayed August 2005
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Property: Norman's Motel
Address: 205 Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Region: United States > Maine > Old Orchard Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Old Orchard Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 31
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