Atlantic Oceanside Suites and my first apartment have a lot in common: slightly musty, slightly dingy looking, and in both cases, the central location and low price made it all worthwhile. The suites are sandwiched between a major road and a quiet neighborhood. If you're lucky enough to get a room closer to the neighborhood than the road (as we were in suite 207), the noise from vehicular traffic won't be much of an issue. Definitely not luxurious by anyone's standards, the surfaces emit the gentle aroma of "eau du cheap motel" - like a cross between 5 year old cigarettes and a dry kitchen sponge. To put it all out there, the a/c units are loud, the bedroom carpet stained, the inside of the shower handle moldy, and you can forget about water pressure.
And YET, for all that, I have no real complaints (well, maybe about the gross shower handle). We paid $85 dollars a night, inclusive of pet fees, and got a place that was a five minute walk to the beach, had a working kitchen and a quick drive to the Rehoboth boardwalk and Tanger outlet centers. Sure, the advertised wireless connection didn't work, but I was able to steal the signal from an unsecured source. No big. It may have looked grungy, but it was obviously as clean as could be given age and hard use. Our housekeeper even sought us out to introduce herself, ask if we preferred a morning or afternoon cleaning and offered to provide service while our dogs were still in the room.
Speaking of our pooches - we often travel with our them, and this was hands down the most pet-friendly place we have encountered. Almost every other family at the AO Suites had their dog with them, along with about 50 percent of people we saw on Dewey Beach. Many stores on Rehoboth Ave seemed dog-friendly, too. It'd be a shame to kennel your dog while vacationing here, especially with an option like AO Suites which has tile flooring everywhere but the bedroom -- perfect in case your canine friend accidentally makes a mess.
I may not recommend this hotel to a friend, simply because they generally have higher standards than we do, but this was perfect for a no-frills, post-season getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantic Oceanside Suites is a small, 7 unit lodging property adjacent to a residential neighborhood at the north end of Dewey Beach & south end of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Our location on the oceanside of Coastal Highway is a short 2.5 block walk to one of the top rated beaches in the USA! Our pet friendly suites and 1 bedroom accommodations include kitchens/kitchenettes for your convenience. Free parking* and wireless internet are also included! ... more less