I found this at the last minute, and booked based on other reviews... I kind of guessed from reading that the negative reviews were one-offs or from those who had a different expectation.
Firstly, the couple that run the place couldn't do more to accommodate us, and were very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere in their breakfast room / reception area in the mornings was truly special.
In fact, the rooms were actually much nicer than the photographs on their website (something unusual). The rooms were spacious (we extended our stay and experienced a second room in a different block), and spotlessly clean. The fridge is really helpful, the TV worked well with full cable, and the WiFi was excellent (better than most big-chain hotels).
Don't be put off by the idea of "motel" or "independent." Most hotels on the Cape are independent, and this is a big enough motel / hotel that you don't feel in too intimate an environment. In fact, while the room doors are outside facing, it really didn't feel like a motel at all.
Finally, the location was fantastic. 1 mile to Skakert Beach (bay side)... 3 miles to Nauset Beach (Atlantic side), and a lovely town (Orleans), with many eating options. The pleasant strip mall across the road was useful for those extras one forgets on vacation.
Finally, it was fantastic value for money. We wouldn't have enjoyed the chains on the cape as much and we would have paid twice as much (says someone who spends the most part of working in chain hotels).
P.S. I didn't find the road annoying at all... but would remind visitors there is a side entrance which is not obvious (as the main entrance on the road is not easy to get out of).
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- AAA 2 Diamond rated,Best Home made muffine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Skaket Beach Hotel Orleans
- Skaket Beach Orleans
- Skaket Beach Motel Orleans, MA - Cape Cod