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“Right on the Boardwalk” 3 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
Newark, DE
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3 hotel reviews
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“Right on the Boardwalk”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is an older hotel which has had limited renovations in recent years. It is right on the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk so you are right on the water. Their are very few amenities and could use some sprucing up. Rooms were clean and well kept but the TV in the room was a medium size older television. While main purpose of visit to the beach is not to stay and watch TV, it is nice to have a decent size screen to watch when unwinding at the end of the day. Have traveled considerably for many years, I was surprised to find that the bathroom was not even equipped with a hair dryer. Use to carry my own until it wore out. Then didn't replace it because every hotel, both chains and individually owed, usually supply one. Rates are reasonable for the area and rooms are comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Wilmington, Delaware
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101 reviews 101 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Hotel closes in Mid November till spring. I had a special occasion to attend in the Rehoboth Beach area on Saturday Eve. Had a lovely room at a very reasonable (off season price). Great, not quite ocean front view, quite and comfortable facility. Had not stayed there in about 20 years, the furnishing were nice and decor very pleasant.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Bring your noise cancelling headphones if you want to get some sleep. Went for a wedding 6-8 October and the weather was cool, so we had the heat on. The fan/heat system in the room was LOUD all night long. The bed was also hard and uncomfortable. The complimentary breakfast had us searching for another alternative. No on-line registration/confirmation and could not get a confirmation e-mailed to myself. No free wi-fi. $9.99 per day.

My sister checked into another room and found hair in the bathroom and crumbled grout that had fallen into the bathtub. She questioned if they even cleaned the room between guests.

On the bright side, the bride was beautiful and the food at the reception was exceptional.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
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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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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