We stayed at the Henlopen for five days in May, to beat Rehoboth's heavy tourist season. The other upside to going pre-season is the substantial cost reduction, comparatively speaking, from what we would have paid for the same hotel, peak season. The hotel, rooms, and service were all unremarkable, that is to say, about average considering the season. The hotel is half the size it's portrayed in pictures on the website, as the entire right side of the building are owner-occupied condos. While in May the tourists hadn't yet hit, construction had. Our room was in the first row back from the ocean, so we had a good ocean view, but sadly, couldn't hear it over the sound of jackhammers and men shouting from 8am to 5pm. We were told the construction was being done by the condo association and the hotel management was not involved in that part of the business and could not therefor stop it. We weren't using the hotel for more than a place to sleep, so the noise wasn't that bothersome, however I felt the hotel management should have informed me that construction would be occuring during the duration of our stay. I complained until the management agreed to comp one night's stay and later another night's stay because of a problem with the room's bed. Did I mention the elevator was out of service intermitantly? Again, not a problem for us, but possibly an issue for elderly guests. All problems aside, the hotel was average. They supplied free coffee and pastries in the morning we'd take out to the boardwalk and watch the sun rise before coming back to a very clean room and friendly smiles from the staff.
This was my first time staying at a hotel in Rehoboth Beach, as my family has cottages in The Pines neighborhood and we usually stay in one of these when making the trip down. All said, should I have to stay in a hotel in Rehoboth during a future visit, I would choose to stay at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, not the Henlopen.
Addressing some feedback from other reviewers as to dining spots. My recommendations are Breakfast: Boardwalk Plaza Restaurant (part of Boardwalk Hotel), Pasqualini's Bakery; Dinner, on route one: Big Fish Grill or Rehoboth Fish Market for their crab cakes (they will fry there or pack to go). Dinner, within walking distance to boardwalk: Back Porch Cafe, Jakes. For boardwalk fare: Fries: Thrashers; Ice cream: Kors Bros Frozen Custard on Rehoboth Ave. (recommend the vanilla chocolate swirly; Royal Treat or Kings, just across the avenue from Kors Bros, makes it's own award winning ice cream (recommend the coconut with a scoop of triple chocolate); Taffy: Dolle's (it's a tradition, you have to go).
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