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Fenwick Islander Motel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Fenwick Island
Freeport, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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“This is our favorite place to stay. It is now revamped and better than ever!! Can't wait to return!”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

better than ever!! We like the street side. The staff is friendly and very helpful. the beach is so handy as are the shops and restaurants!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Floral Park, New York
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Stayed at this hotel the week of August 8, 2011 for 4 days with my family to get away for a little. After reading many reviews, I thought this place would be nice. When we got into the room, I noticed that the cleanliness was not up to par. There was a poppy seed on the night stand that was in between the 2 beds. I looked at the lamp that was on the wall and saw that it was very dusty and there was hair on it. I pulled down the 2 comforters on the bed and there was hair on the pillows. It couldn't have been any of ours since we were in the room a couple minutes. The air conditioner was so loud it kept us up during the night. It was also placed right next to one of the beds, so it was blowing right on my arm. The beds were extremely uncomfortable soft. When someone moved, it felt like we were on a water bed. None of us had a good nights sleep when we were there. We tried to relax and watch TV, but it was so tiny we couldn't enjoy it. The bathroom had mold in it and a terrible drainage system. The water would build up during showers and there was also no vent in the bathroom, making it very hot after a shower when needing to use the blow dryer. The cleaning lady's knocked the second day we were there to clean and we were just leaving the room. When we came back about an hour after, the room had still not been cleaned. When it finally was, the hair and sand was still in the shower, so it wasn't cleaned out. On the third day, we went to the beach and when we came back, the room still had not been cleaned. There was a 25 cent charge for a bucket of ice, which is ridiculous. There was no WIFI in the rooms, so we had to go to the lobby to use it, but there was no service many times I tried to use the internet. There were only 2 hangers in the room and when we asked for more, they said there were none.
On the positive side, it was freshly painted outside. The people at the front desk were generally helpful and had good restaurant recommendations. Unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros and we will not be returning.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Travellers are raving about these Fenwick Island hotels

Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2011

Knowing this was a motel and it had less than stellar reviews, we took a
chance on this place. Please do NOT listen to the other reviewers
complaining about the lack of an elevator and request a room on the 2nd or
3rd floor. The room was musty and it would have been great to be able to
air it out and leave a balcony door open. My first floor room did not have
that, so we had to keep our door closed and had to deal with people being
able to see in our room as we were nearly at eye level with those walking in the
parking lot.

POSITIVES:
-Friendly and helpful staff
-Decent price for a block away from the beach (in which there was construction. Yes, construction ON the beach!)
-Short driving distance to Rehoboth, Bethany, and Dewey Beaches (much better shops
and dining as they were nicer and centrally located)

NEGATIVES:
-Mold in bathroom
-Poor maid service (didn't really clean the room or bathroom, just fixed bed, took trash, and restocked towels)
-Ants in "kitchen" area (we cohabitated with ants as we did not want poison spray
lurking in our musty room)
-Electronic keys did not work well I had these replaced or reprogrammed 4-5 times during a 4 night stay (other guests had this problem too)
-Wireless, which was only available in the office and pool area, was not working at least 2 times during our brief stay
-Adjoining door to neighboring room, so you'd better hope they are not loud as the
noise will easily travel into your room
-Old and ridiculously small television

In an effort to save money, I stayed in Fenwick Island at this motel. I wish I would have simply splurged and stayed at one of the nicer beaches previously mentioned minutes north of this place.

Room Tip: Request a 2nd or 3rd floor room to get a balcony
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adamstown, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2011

Stopped over at the Fenwick Islander on our way home from our "main vacation". We love the area, the food and attractions in the northern part of Ocean City and Fenwick.

Booked one night here due to the price and the #1 rating in F.I. Based on the reviews, i was quite disappointed with this place. The beds were horrible. When I moved my wife practically fell off the other side.

I couldn't find a way to control the light on the outside deck, so there were tons of bugs flying around. Not condusive to enjoying the view of the canal at all.

No elevator. Luckily, we were only staying one night. I wouldn't want to have to carry a weeks worth of luggage to the third floor.

Pool was very small.

Furnishings were very old.....seemed like 70's and 80's.

On a good note: the staff seemed very friendly and the rooms smelled and appeared clean.

I wouldn't book a week's vacation here, but it's acceptable for a one night lay over. Just don't expect a good nights sleep!

Room Tip: Stay on the First Or Second floor if you have a lot of luggage.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Harpers Ferry, WV
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2011

This was our first time saying in Fenwick and with the Fenwick Islander but it won’t be our last! We actually just booked a few rooms for August to take some family back down for a much needed mini vacation! The motel is clean and the staff was all very nice and it is in the perfect location! I’ve been going to OCMD for years and have gone from wanting to stay at the boardwalk in the madness to wanting to have a relaxing vacation, this is the place! It is about a 5 minute walk up the street to the movie theatre and the bus stop, there is a Kohr Brothers ice cream and a Fishers Popcorn shop across the street and the beach was clean and not crowded… I’m sold!!

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2011

Grand children and mother were staying in a small condo in OC and we decided that we would be happier with some privacy. We chose this motel based on reviews and price. WE found the motel to be basically bare bones, no Wi Fi, four or five TV channels, no clock, etc.They do have a pool. The place however, was judged excellent by us for our purposes. Rooms were clean and appeared to be just painted, along with the public spaces. There was a refrigerator and microwave in the room. The accommodations represented, to us, an excellent value for the money.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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tomsites, General Manager at Fenwick Islander Motel, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
Thank you for the review of our property. We take great pride in providing a clean comfortable room for all of our guests. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay with us and we hope you return in the future. I would like to clarify some of the issues that you listed. We do have WI FI in our lobby and outside in all of our sitting areas, including the pool. Currently, we are installing a motel wide WI FI system that should be up and running for all rooms in the near future. As for the cable, we just switched over to Xfinity with Comcast and the transition fell during your stay. We have well over 100 digital cable channels to choose from. Again, thank you for staying with us and providing positive feedback on your stay.
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Baltimore
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

We were looking for a Hotel in Fenwick Island for 2 nights to be near a large group of families and friends. The location is perfect with a great beach a block away and some very good places to eat (all dfferent price points) and shop within a 2-3 block area. The Hotel itself is vintage 60-70s with basic rooms and furniture. It is 3 levels and has no elevator. We were only in the room from 11 PM to 9 AM so......AC cranked, linens were clean but worn, TV/Cable & refrigerator worked fine , and most importantly: bathroom was clean. They had a pool but we never ventured there. For 2 nights, it was great...anymore time and it would not have been good. 250 for 2 nights in the middle of season was pretty good.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Fenwick Islander Motel
Address: Ocean Highway & South Carolina Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Region: United States > Delaware > Fenwick Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Fenwick Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Fenwick Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 62
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