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“For $50 what do you expect?” 3 of 5 stars
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Sea Esta Motels I
2306 Highway 1, Dewey Beach, DE 19971   |  
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Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Dewey Beach
Annapolis, MD
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“For $50 what do you expect?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small bathroom with no legroom at toilet. However, the water from the shower and sink flow heavily, unrestricted by water control, so you get a good shower. The beds themselves were not bad, and I am picky about beds. The bed was firm without being hard. They just put new decks on around the hotel. Looks like it was built in the early 60's and bathrooms not renovated. You get a microwave and mini fridge. Worth $50. You may want to ask for a non smoking room.

  • Stayed September 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The worse that can be said about Sea Esta 1 is that the bathrooms are small, with the toilets cramped in the rear (pun intended). Each year the owner(s) update some element of the property (been visiting annually + for 16 years.) Latest is the re-do of the balconies and stairways. Upper floors are walk-ups.
Rooms are reasonably sized with 2 double beds, a small refrigerator, TV (limited HBO) and iron and ironing board. No table, but 2 chairs in the room. Reasonably quite. Pet friendly (have had 3 dogs in room, but usually 2 mid-size dogs) Last visit, free WiFi didn't work (tried on iPhone and iPad), but has worked in the past.
Is beach side of DE 1, with close-by back access to Rehobeth Beach (Route 1A). Easily walk to beach, about 100 yards/meters to the dunes.

Room Tip: Even numbered rooms face beach access.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location, less than a block from the beach, and plenty of onsite parking (only one car per room though). Rooms and bathrooms need to be updated, it seems that they haven't been touched in about 10 years. If you are just staying for a couple of nights and aren't too picky then stay here, it is also in a great location next to the Starboard bar.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

on a recent trip to dewey beach, my step son booked a room here at sea esta motel 1. this place was the pits. Stains on the wallpaper, wallpaper torn, carpet was ripped. there was plastic shoved in the hole of the shower head. im still trying to fiqure that out. and the toilet wasnt tightly attached to the floor. The room smelled musty and damp. Avoid this place if you can.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hudson, OH
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I took the family on a 3 day beach vacation and wasn't expecting much more than a place to sleep. I was pleasantly surprised. New decking all around the hotel, a nice shower at the bottom of the stairs closest to the beach, and all the amenities you would need like a microwave/ironing board/refrigerator. The flat screen television was very nice and the beds were comfortable! If you are looking for decent place close to the beach, this is it! You can walk just about anywhere. My teenagers even walked down the beach to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach (a few miles). 3rd floor even has a nice ocean view. No elevator so if you have trouble with stairs, make sure you are on the first floor. Beach access right next to hotel!

Room Tip: 3rd floor for a nice view...1st floor for people with problems climbing stairs
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Delaware
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3 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Staying in Dewey beach for a couple nights is very expensive, this is the most reasonably priced placed in town. The rooms on the bottom floor are very musty smelling. Damp and the carpeting is very dirty. The rooms aren't the cleanest, but I didn't see anything glaring. All and all if your single and just need a place to crash for a couple nights, it may be the cheapest place. If your staying for longer, I'd advise spending a little more on a nicer place.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here last summer, we immediately went to the store and bought new sheets and a blanket because the bedding was just gross... We wore shoes in the shower because it felt dirty as well. However- the price was excellent, but you get what you pay for. If youre lucky, the weather will be nice and you wont spend much time in your room anyway. Great place if you just want to party with friends- not so good for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sea Esta Motels I

Address: 2306 Highway 1, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
Location: United States > Delaware > Dewey Beach
Amenities:
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Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Dewey Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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