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The Dockside Inn
Ranked #2 of 15 Oak Bluffs B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts
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76 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Love the Dockside inn”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We took a chance going over to Oakbluffs just to disapear we have stayed at the Dockside before and liked it, so we wanted to stay there. Come to find out there was new owners and they had upgraded the place. Wonderful!!!! We were so happy, plan on going back again. Everything was great nice and clean great spot to stay and I really have to mention Lianne she was wonderful taking time with us showing us all the rooms and just so friendly what more can I say,
I love it!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 May 2013

What an adorable little spot!!! Myself and several colleagues stayed at The Dockside Inn this past week after having some trouble with our summer rental. We were in a bit of a pickle, as we were not able to move into our house upon our arrival to the island, but Kathy (one of the inn's owners) was kind enough to stay open late for us and accomodate five tired and sick girls (and one boy) in a lovely suite. The room had a great kitchen/living room with a huge stainless steal fridge, keurig, stove top, and granite counters--fully stocked with appliances and cutlery. There was also a very comfortable pullout couch and large flatscreen TV. The bedroom had a comfy big bed, along with another pullout couchette (for one person), tons of storage space, and another TV! The rooms were seperated by a door and the walls were virtually soundproof allowing for a ton of privacy. The bathroom was huge and had everything you could need. Originially we only planned to stay for one night, but Kathy/The Dockside Inn made our experience so enjoyable that we ended up staying the whole week. We didn't get an opportunity to go into the hottub, but we did frequent the adorable snack room which had chips, fruits, HOMEMADE cookies, malted milk balls, popsicles, coffee, tea, and bottled water FOR FREE! The Dockside Inn is also in a great location, as it is virtually next to the ferry, restaurants, and all of downtown Oak Bluffs. Kathy and The Dockside Inn made us feel right at home and turned a disastrous situation into a great one! I absolutely recommend The Dockside Inn to anyone planning a visit to Martha's Vineyard and plan to pay a visit there very soon!

Room Tip: Just ask Kathy!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Caleb_Caldwell, Owner at The Dockside Inn, responded to this review, 16 May 2013
We were very happy that we could accommodate these guests last minute, as their housing situation sounded pretty unfortunate. We couldn't have done a better job ourselves of describing the suite that they stayed in; our three suites (rooms #30, 32, and 34) really are terrifically well appointed and are ideal for groups of four or five. We're also glad that these guests mentioned our well stocked and totally complimentary snack room (we call it the Solarium, owing to it's three walls of windows). From a gum-ball machine stocked with gumballs and malted milk balls that doesn't require money to turn the handle, to ice cream treats, three kinds of potato chips, granola bars, cookies, and bottled water, we want you to always have treats available. You ARE on vacation, after all!
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Luebeck
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

The Inn is newly renovated, but there is much fallen by the wayside. We had a large room over the parling garage. However, it lacked a table and the ice machine on the beneath floor was so loud, you thought it was in the room. Instead of a closet there was a chest of drawers and a clothes rack. This was very wobbly, as well as the lamp on the dresser and the faucet. In the bathroom were missing also hooks for towels.
There ist no breakfast available, not even for money. At certain times there are free coffee, water ice, granola bars and cookies.
But the worst thing was the noise level. The majority of the room walks out to the rear. There, in the yard or garden, ends the exhaust pipe of the house laundry. The laundry was in operation from morning to evening hours and caused a loud and annoying noise. Even if you go through the house, the door is always open to the laundry, which ultimately determines the overall impression.

Das Inn ist neu renoviert, manches ist dabei allerdings auf der Strecke geblieben. Wir hatten ein großes Zimmer über der Garage. Es fehlte allerdings ein Tisch und der Eisautomat eine Etage tiefer war so laut, dass man dachte, er steht im Zimmer. Statt eines Kleiderschrankes gab es eine Kommode und einen Kleiderständer. Dieser war aber sehr wacklig, wie auch die Lampe auf der Kommode und der Wasserhahn. Im Bad fehlten darüber hinaus Haken für die Handtücher.

Frühstück gibt es nicht, auch nicht gegen Geld. Zu bestimmten Zeiten gibt es gratis Kaffee, Wassereis, Müsliriegel und Cookies.

Das Schlimmste aber war der Geräuschpegel. Die Masse der Zimmer geht nach hinten raus. Dort im Hof bzw. Garten endet auch das Abluftrohr der Hauswäscherei. Die ist von Vormittag bis abends in Betrieb und verursacht ein lautes nerviges Geräusch. Auch wenn man durch das Haus geht, ist immer die Tür zur Wäscherei offen, was letztlich den Gesamteindruck bestimmt.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Caleb_Caldwell, Owner at The Dockside Inn, responded to this review, 10 May 2013
We are sorry that this guest did not thoroughly enjoy their stay in our carriage house room. As one can see from the Dockside Inn's many positive reviews, this guest's experience is quite uncommon. It's true that there is not a closet in the carriage house room ( #35), and we are glad the reviewer noted the presence of the bureau and stand-up clothes rack. We have tightened the wobbly clothes rack. There is not a work table in the room per se, but there is a very nice loveseat, upholstered chair, and side table along the sofa, as well as an in-room refrigerator, iron and ironing board, etc. We have also added additional towel hooks in the bathroom. The Dockside Inn does not serve breakfast, but there are many excellent restaurants less than a 2-minute walk from our property. And as the reviewer noted, we do have a variety of complimentary snacks available from morning 'till night in our Solarium, including apples, bananas, oranges, a variety of granola bars and potato chips, 2 Keurig coffee machines, ice cream treats, always cold bottled water, and a gumball machine that dispenses free gumballs and malted milk balls. We rarely get a complaint about the noise from our laundry room, but we will pay close attention to that, and we have installed a self-closer on the laundry room door. This guest stayed with us over the weekend when we had started up our ice machine for the first time this season and the ice machine did run continuously for most of a day or so while the storage bin was filling with it's 200 pounds of ice. It is now full of ice and the machine operates only occasionally.
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Great little Inn right next to the Oak Bluffs Marina.

Pros: The remodel is very nice, and the rooms are comfortable and stylish. LeeAnn at the front desk was super friendly and helpful. The Inn is within walking distance of coffeeshops, great restaurants and Back Door Donuts (priorities, priorities!) The snack room offers beverages, coffee, and snacks (popcorn, chips, ice cream) throughout the day, as well as some pastries in the morning. Warm cookies in the afternoon in the lobby were great. Finally, "Loomis," the virtual concierge is a great touch. He's helpful, friendly and very convenient.

Cons: I wouldn't recommend this for a quiet summer stay, as it's clear the area can be very noisy and rowdy during the high season, and the Inn's windows are very thin and let in a lot of noise. Our room did not get cleaned, which was frustrating, and when we arrived back at our room after a day of sightseeing, it was a bit annoying that the maid had left for the day and all we could do was get clean towels from the front desk.

All in all, though, this is a great place to stay off season with very friendly people, comfortable rooms and great rates (and Loomis!).

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms on the marina side share a great covered porch with water views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Caleb_Caldwell, Owner at The Dockside Inn, responded to this review, 16 May 2013
Yet again, a nice review which includes a mention of Lianne (and don't forget Kathy), our extraordinary front desk personnel that go out of their way to make every guest feel welcome. Our snack room (the Solarium) is always a welcome surprise to our guests, as a better stocked and totally complimentary selection of yummy treats would be hard to find. Loomis, our virtual concierge, is also a one-of-a-kind amenity. We provide all our guests with a proprietary phone number with which they can text Loomis to ask any Vineyard related question, and there is nothing Loomis doesn't know about Martha's Vineyard. Come stay with us and try it for yourself!

We regret that this guest did not get housekeeping service on one of the days of their stay. This would be a rare oversight on our part and we would always endeavor to offer whatever housekeeping services we could, even if the staff had left for the day.
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Littleton, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2013

This was a very nice hotel and the people were very hospitable. The walls were very thin though and you can hear everything that goes on in and outside the hotel.. The remodeling is very nice and the hotel is very clean. The location is also very appealing if you can get past the noise levels.

Room Tip: Room 3 on the first floor by the entrance is very small and maybe that's why the noise factor wa...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Boston
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Stayed at the Dockside over the weekend and it lives up to its good rating on Tripadvisor. The staff was very friendly and Kathy went out of her way to provide us with information to help may our stay more enjoyable. The room was in good condition and the location of the Inn was fantastic.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Very happy I chose to stay at Dockside Inn during my last visit to Martha's Vineyard. My room was spotless, the bed was very comfortable with nice linens, the shower had excellent pressure (which is a huge plus in my book), and I appreciated the light blocking blinds on the windows. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the free coffee bar is a great idea. I will definitely stay at the Dockside Inn again in the future!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: The Dockside Inn
Address: 9 Circuit Ave Extension, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Oak Bluffs
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Oak Bluffs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get Away & Play. The Dockside Inn is Oak Bluffs hospitality & elegance at its best - built in 1989, the hotel has the conveniences of a new modern facility including 22 regular guest rooms. All rooms have Queen beds - some with two. All feature air conditioning, cable TV, in-room refrigerators, and free WiFi. All rooms are comfortably furnished for your vacation. Our location on the Oak Bluffs Harbor is just steps from restaurants, boutiques, beaches, boating, ferries, buses and so much more! ... more   less 
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The Dockside Hotel Oak Bluffs
The Dockside Inn Oak Bluffs, MA - Martha's Vineyard

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