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The Tradewinds Motel
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The Tradewinds Motel
Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in Westerly
Reviewed 30 December 2010

Although I never met the woman who books the rooms, she seemed very pleasant and straightforward. Not having the office staffed at any point during my stay was strange, but never caused a problem. My room was small particularly because it was so narrow. The only adjustment for heat is on the floor (baseboard) and impossible to read. A double bed (not a queen, not in great condition) barely left walking-around room. The TV was a flat panel, but 27” is not big enough for the distance from the bed. In an unusual case of room design, hanging clothes blocked half the screen. The bathroom seemed to have been redone recently and was very nice, but the shower stall was a bit small. There was no one next to me during my stay, so I was unable to tell how much noise came through the walls, my main criterion for evaluating a motel. Keep in mind that they have different sizes and shapes for rooms, so others may not have these features. All you get is soap, so bring everything else, including breakfast.

The room had a small refrigerator and even a tiny microwave, increasingly rare in beach motels in the northeast, but mine reeked of popcorn, and not in a good way. If you are unfamiliar with the Misquamicut Beach area, there is nowhere nearby to eat out of season; you must drive 2.5 miles back to US 1. The microwave is a big help; daily room service would be, too, if they offered it. There are no outside garbage cans to get rid of your trash.

The motel appears very secure and the clients I met nice, but without a staffed office and no in-room phone, I would not stay here without a cell phone.

All in all, I recommend this motel as there really aren’t very many near the beach in Westerly (nor the entire south Rhode Island coast, for that matter, and even fewer open all year). My experience compared very favorably with the reviews of the other motels in Westerly I have read on this site. You might have more services in-season.

The reason I downgraded the room from a possible four stars is their pricing policy. They gave me a rate of $180 for three nights. When I got there, they had a sign up saying I could have had a room for seven nights for $150. I feel cheated.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 September 2010

I always remove the bedspreads when I get to a room as well as inspect for bed bugs. Thank goodness no bedbugs but nasty stains on the backs of these very old and faded bedspreads. I needed to wash with soap & warm water after touching them. I also found a dental flosser on the floor near the bed and there was black mold growing in the shower. I've posted photos of the room (#13). I will say that I was pleasantly surprised that it was an efficiency for my $100 (last weekend of summer special) and we were able to make coffee (had to find a grocery store to purchase coffee, sugar & cream) for the morning. We selected this room based on other Trip Advisor reviews, but I can't say that I'd recommend this place to a friend, nor will I ever stay here again. The owner was indeed nice, but I did notice he did not inquire how our stay was. Probably for the best...

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

My wife and I are "lighthouse chasers" and were looking for a basic motel to spend two nights in as we visited lighthouses in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Tradewinds fit the bill. The room was on the small side, just a bed, chair, dresser and small frig- no table - but was very clean and functional. Would not want to stay in this room if we were going to be spending a lot of time in the motel, but was perfect for what we wanted - a place to sleep after spending most of the day on the road.
Air conditioning, flat screen tv worked fine.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

I have stayed at this motel at least a dozen times over the past six or seven years and have always found the owners to be friendly and accommodating. The rooms are basic but immaculately clean and comfortable. It is the best value at the beach (a short walk away) and off the main road so it is peaceful. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a pleasant, quiet place to stay near the beach.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

My husband and I come from western MASS & each summer for at least 15 years we would vacation 2-3 days down in Westerly RI. We tried different motels but for the last 10 years of our visits we stayed at the Trade Winds. We felt safe, and relaxed. Through Gary & Gail we learned what a wonderful commuinty it is & moved to the area when we retired. When our friends & family visit we always recomend the Trade Winds because of clean, nice, quiet rooms, close to the ocean at a great price. Thank you! D&M Brown.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2007

We spent 4 nights at the Tradewinds in August, 2006. It was clean, had air conditioning and was walking distance to beach and snacks. The management is mom and pop, but was pleasant and the property neat and clean. It is a mom and pop so don't expect a Hilton or Hyatt, but was convenient to the coast of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2006

Oh where do I start, well upon arrival we should have know to change our motel pick. We were informed by the owners wife that there would be no problem for a sat. night stay upon calling back we had the pleasure of dealing with a very rude unconcerned individual who abruptly informed us that they do not do one night rentals and hung up, we then called back and asked whom it might have been that booked the one night for and he said I don't know I guess my wife very harsh but then noticed that she did pencil in our reservation, well that didn't make him none to happy and we were going to pay for it, upon arrival we went to our room which smelled of such mildew and smoke with such a unsanitary condition used matches on the floor a half smoked cig. in the corner and last but not least a cockroach in the bathroom, well we went outside to sit at one of the tables provided for the guests pleasure and have a glass of wine, we were not there for more than 1/2 hour before being informed that this is a family establishment and it wouldn't bother him at all to give us our money back to leave, not once were we disorderly, loud, vulgar or disruptive even having a guest come out to join in our conversation we are a group of 40 year old with highly professional jobs and families? If this owner had a problem with us I could imagine how he would handle a crying baby or a family with teenagers? This was to be a night away not a overnight stay at sing sing prison, Vacationers BEWARE!!!!! sucked the life right out of us.

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moteler, Owner at The Tradewinds Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2010

This review is untrue and quite bizzarre, this is not our motel, we have been in business 28 years, we run a family, couples hotel and are quite clean, we do all the cleaning and running of the business. Reviews can be harmful to business, try us for yourselves we have low rates, all new furniture, flat screen tvs, WIFI, fridges, microwaves, walking distance to beach, etc. Gary and Gail Nichols

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Address: 4 Rabbit Run, Westerly, RI 02891-3504
Region: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Westerly
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Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in Westerly
Number of rooms: 13
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