My boyfriend and I stayed at the Norseman for a week in August. As other reviewers have noted, the hotel itself is showing its age and is rather average, but the location cannot be beat if you are looking to spend most of your time on the beach -- it was great to be only seconds away from our room to change, rest, or use the bathroom; or to just walk out the door for walks on the beach in the mornings.
The complex itself is organized like a square with an open air parking lot in the middle and individual doors to each unit facing the lot. All rooms/balconies face outwards. There are no main gathering spaces except the lobby.
We stayed in a 2nd floor room in The Dunes section with an amazing view of the beach and the dunes; I would highly recommend requesting this section. Our balcony was communal with no privacy from adjacent units, though each room was allocated two lounge chairs and a small table.
The room itself was showing its age through was very clean. There were two double beds (with scratchy bedding), a round table with 2 chairs, and an armchair. There was plenty of drawer space between the TV armoire and the low dresser. The closet was average size, although there were only 10 hangers which could not be detached from the rod which made hanging clothes and swimming suits for drying a challenge.
The bathroom was large but very rustic and cottagey. There is one sink on top of a giant old counter (lots of counter space but no shelves or drawers). Bathing amenities consist of a tiny shower stall. Toiletries are also very basic. You are provided with a hair dryer and lots of towels (in our efforts to be more environmentally friendly we dutifully hung up our towels as an indication that they were not to be replaced, as instructed by the sign in the bathroom; unfortunately they don't seem to follow their word as every day all our towels were still replaced!).
Each room also has a coffee maker, small fridge, ice bucket, TV with full cable, but no safe. The wall-mounted air conditioner unit worked fine but be warned that it can be rather noisy (we often turned it off at night). Also note that the walls are very thin -- we could often hear muffled conversations from the adjoining rooms. And when it rained (unfortunately rather often!), the tapping of the rain on the roof was quite loud, though we got used to it!
A nice touch was free WiFi -- you are provided with a passcode that is valid for 48 hours and they happily provide you with a new one once it expires. It was convenient to be able to surf the internet for last-minute vacation and restaurant ideas.
Parking is not a problem. It can be difficult if it is later in the evening, although they will guarantee you a spot. One night all the spots were taken (even though there is supposed to be a maximum of 1 car per room), so the front desk gave us a pass for the public lot which is only steps away. Because the main public beach entrance is in front of the hotel, during the day they ensure that spots are taken only by Norseman guests by checking that you have a hotel parking pass before you can enter the lot which is a nice touch.
Besides being right on the beach, The Norseman is only a 5 minute walk to the shops of Main Street and Shore Road, and about a 10 minute walk to the Marginal Way. The trolley stops right outside the hotel (it runs only until about 8:30pm).
We had breakfast a couple of mornings at Huckleberry's which was fine if nothing special. There is also a walk-up window counter for burgers and other snacks, and another restaurant/bar -- both of which we did not try. You can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas for $10 each per day (return by 5pm).
If I return to Ogunquit I likely will stay at another resort with nicer amenities, though I would recommend this hotel if you are planning on spending your holiday on the beach, and are happy with no frills accomodations.
- Also Known As:
- Norseman Hotel
- Norseman Hotel Ogunquit
- Norseman Motel Ogunquit
- Norseman Ogunquit
- Norseman Resort Ogunquit, Maine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ogunquit's only beachfront resort. Variety of accommodations to meet your budget and expectations. 2 restaurants, free parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, fitness room. All rooms have fridge, hairdryer, iron, queen or king beds. Our hospitality professionals have been taking care of our guests for over 40 years. Experience the Norseman and find out why our guests return year after year. Open April through October. ... more less