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“Oceanfront Lodging with HVAC Challenges” 4 of 5 stars
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Henlopen Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   511 North Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971   |  
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Ranked #15 of 29 hotels in Rehoboth Beach
Arlington, Virginia
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“Oceanfront Lodging with HVAC Challenges”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

For many consecutive years, I've treated myself to approximately five days and nights at the Henlopen Hotel for a late-summer vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I most recently stayed at the Henlopen in September 2012, after which I reserved for September 2013. I guess that means I enjoy or at least tolerate the place. But travelers should know what to expect and not to expect at this property.

The Henlopen Hotel sits directly adjacent to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach; only the boardwalk and beach separate the Hotel from the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1973, the property actually has two components. The northern half comprises the Henlopen Condominium, the southern side the Henlopen Hotel. The Hotel has eight stories served by two elevators that work reasonably well; the "close door" buttons actually respond. Unsurprisingly, the Hotel's most expensive rooms face east, fronting the ocean. The second most expensive rooms provide ocean views facing either north or south.

Based on my multiple stays here, I can attest that travelers will find a reasonably comfortable room--not modern or luxurious, but obviously updated since 1973. My showers have always worked dependably and adequately, although I've found exhaust fans conspicuously missing from the bathrooms. My room has always included a refrigerator and microwave oven and, more recently, a coffee brewer. In-room televisions, although not large, receive many channels. Unfortunately and inconveniently, the rooms provide no listings of channels. Radio reception unfortunately does not fare as well. Although the rooms include clock radios, I've never been able to tune in any radio stations on them. It would seem that today's technologies easily could enable the rooms to receive radio signals. Even though Rehoboth originated as a religious community, I on my most recent visit was disappointed to find no Bible in my room.

Travelers should not expect any amenities other than a daily continental breakfast; more about it below. For example, the Hotel provides no newspapers other than a local weekly. A third-party contractor provides wireless Internet access that in September 2012 proved expensive and unreliable.

Although the property contains two large spaces once dedicated to restaurants, the Henlopen Hotel provides no meal service other than the continental breakfast. Salero, a restaurant that formerly operated on the top of the Hotel, now merely caters special events such as wedding receptions. Yesterday's, a former disco on the Hotel's ground floor, has been vacant at least since I started staying here many years ago. Given Rehoboth's active restaurant scene, one wonders why the Henlopen Hotel has not attracted one or more restauranteurs to operate these spaces.

The Henlopen provides a self-service "complimentary" continental breakfast daily until 11:00 AM on the Hotel's ground floor. In recent years the food selections have expanded, and the breakfast room has been updated. Adding some whole fruits (for example, bananas, oranges, and apples) and yogurt would enhance the breakfast without busting the Hotel's budget.

During my most recent stay (September 2012), I experienced challenges with my room's HVAC system Guestrooms here are cooled and heated solely by blower units below the windows. The units resemble those typically found in budget motels, except they're older. During the second day of my recent stay, the unit in my room started vibrating, thereby challenging me in trying to sleep. Maintenance at my request promptly replaced the unit with another one. The replacement unit, although it did not vibrate, cut on and off during the night without sufficiently cooling my room. The next day, however, maintenance promptly upon my request adjusted the unit to operate continuously.

I commend the Henlopen Hotel for promptly responding to my requests to service the HVAC units. However, the Hotel could improve guests' experiences and satisfaction by updating the property's HVAC systems.

Were the Henlopen Hotel renovated and updated and its restaurants resuscitated, it easily could become a preferred destination on Rehoboth's boardwalk. But then, the property probably would charge much higher rates beyond many vacationers' budgets. Meanwhile, travelers can expect reasonably comfortable, no-frills oceanfront lodging at manageable although not cheap rates.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Smyrna, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My family and I stayed at the Henlopen for the Labor Day Weekend. We have stayed here before, and again we had a great trip. Hotel is well maintained and quiet, free breakfast is a plus, and being right on the beach is very convienient.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This hotel is right on the beach, the staff was pleasant, and accommodations were good. Very nice beach views from the balcony. You're right on the boardwalk- we were able to walk around easily with an infant and small child. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bealeton, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I was recently a guest at the Henlopen Hotel at Rehobeth Beach, DE. for my son's wedding. Our room was clean & that's really the only good thing I can say about it. The bathroom was very small with no exhaust fan. The beds were hard as a rock. The patio door was very difficult to open & close. (It took 2 people to open & close) The staff at the front desk was borderline rude. Not friendly at all. The elevators would make horrible noises & take you to every floor except the one you needed to be on. You would also think that for an "up scale" hotel you would at least be provided with internet service at no additional cost. That is not the case at this hotel. However, my son's reception was held in the Salero and that was awesome. The food was outstanding as well as the service. It was like being in a totally different hotel. With the exception of the Salero my overall stay wasn't very pleasant.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Not a bad place to stay for the price we paid. Overall a very good experience staying here. The hotel does need to be updated. But if we had to will would stay there again. Hotel is at the very end of the boardwalk which was very quiet.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Our family of four stayed recently at the Henlopen Hotel. It is an older building that would benefit from a renovation, but it is clean, functional and in a great location at the beach and at the north end of the boardwalk. We loved the town of Rehobeth. Nice community of shops and plentiful, good restaurants- no long lines to be seated. The beach is very nice but if you came for ocean waves- forget about it. Rehobeth, Bettany and Fenwick Island have all in the past decade participated in a beach sand replenishment program. The result is nice wide beaches of soft sand but no offshore sand bar and therefor no waves, except for during storms. If you want to frolic in the surf, you will have to make the 45 minute drive south to Ocean City.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

If you're looking for a clean hotel with no frills but close to the ocean, this is the place. Located at the end of the boardwalk, so it's on the quiet side...which was fine with us. Most rooms have a bit of an ocean view...and you can always spring for a more expensive ocean front Be sure to bring your own beach towels and moisturizer. Nice little frig and microwave in the room. No pool or restaurant but we didn't care. If you don't want to watch tv in the evening, there's usually a wedding ceremony going on by the water...and we watched from our balcony. Complimentary continental breakfast is available, but they serve carbs only. This was the 2nd visit to the Henlopen, and we'd go for #3. Only wish the a/c units were quieter so that we could hear the ocean at night.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 511 North Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Location: United States > Delaware > Rehoboth Beach
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Ranked #15 of 29 hotels in Rehoboth Beach
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Hotel Class:2 star — Henlopen Hotel 2*
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