My husband and I vacationed there last week with our two young children, aged 5 and 2.5 years. I was searching for a place for about 3 months before booking the Beach Villa Motel and Cottages in OOB, back in January, for an August stay. I was looking for mainly cottages and appartments with more privacy, rather then motels, Inns and B&B. Upon researching, I noticed there were not a lot of options offering Queen size beds. Another great option we found were the cottages and appartments at the Gull Motel but they only had doubles which is not large enough for my husband who is over 6 feet tall and myself together. The Beach Villa Motel & Cottages offered the sleeping arrangements we were looking for at a decent price, the services of a motel and the privacy of a stand alone cottage.
They are in a great location - about 2 blocks from the beach and town square. We walked to the Rite Aid pharmacy to get milk and OJ for the next morning (I had packed some cereal and oatmeal from home). We drove to Hannafords for some groceries later on and only spent 70$ to cook for the week. We spent about 100$ eating out (Lisa's Pizza, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, JJ's eatery) and had a fabulous lobster dinner at relatives' house in Ocean Park.
Everything is walking distance in OOB and I liked that we were close enough to the town square - but not IN it. Just enough to avoid the party noise late at night, but close enough to walk less then 5 minutes to get some chicken fingers and fries and bring it back to the cottage to eat.
Bob and Cindy are great hosts and were very friendly. Upon entering our cottage, there was bad humidity smell (probably coming from the carpet and futons as the bed linens were smelling fresh). After turning on the AC for a while, it got better, however, not good enough. Bob then knocked on our door to see if we were ok and needed anything and that's when we mentioned the smell. Bob checked the AC filters and they were filthy. He said the AC guy only comes once per summer to clean them and I guess they were due for another cleaning. He took the filters out to wash them and brought them back. He also told us that they will be changing the carpets to hardwood floors next year.
Another small negative was that our Queen mattress was very soft and the doubles in the kids rooms were more firm. I told Cindy upon checking out to maybe look into changing it and she said she would look into it, as some mattresses were brand new, others were not and may be due to get changed.
A tip regarding the beach, with young children, it's better to walk closer to Ocean Park, or take the car if you can (OP parking is free - not like in OOB). It's quieter there and not as crowded so it's easier to keep an eye on your children.
All in all, it was a great place, very practical for our family and we had a great vacation! We might book again next year.
- Also Known As:
- Beach Villa Motel & Cottages Old Orchard Beach, Maine