Great location, in quiet, upscale part of Grand Ave away from the crowded and densely populated area of OOB. Just the spaciousness of the lay out with hotels far apart is relaxing. Assigned parking is a plus, so no looking for a space. The rooms are okay as far as size, not that large, but doable. They are absolutely immaculate, very clean and well kept up. Housekeeping was prompt and did not come too early. The pool is incredible! Large, warm, and up to 9 feet! Very appealing to us and our teenage children. Seagulls regularly came to the pool at night, but every morning it is thoroughly cleaned. The breakfast is just as advertized: a good variety continental breakfast with bagels, muffins, hard boiled eggs, cereal, and fresh fruit. However, the coffee is terribly weak. I think this could be improved if they made it just a bit stronger. The balconies are real balconies; very spacious with nice lounge chairs and terrific ocean view even from the B rooms. No air conditioning was no problem at all. Even on the hottest days the combo of an open balcony door, ceiling fan, and extra fan they give for no charge made th room comfy during the day.
So with all this great stuff, what keeps me from rating this place excellent? A couple of major things. For the price, the bathrooms are incredibly tiny, tiny, tiny. Uncomfortably tiny.
I can't for the life of me understand why they charge 15$ extra a night per kid for children with their parents. And then they charge nothing for a cot? Why not just charge for the cot and include kids in the price? Seems to me they are trying not to welcome families with children. Also, the locks on the door are old and possibly beginning to wear out. The wood around the door of our room was completely broken away in front of the deadbolt. A suggesion for the next round of renovatons: inspect all locks and upgrade as needed.
Having said all this, we would definitely come back here with no question. When we walked downtown and I looked at other places I almost booked, I felt very claustrophic. Buildings are literally on top of one another, which blocked any sea breeze we enjoyed at the RA. The location itself is worth staying at this upscale place.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Anchor Hotel Old Orchard Beach
- Hotel Royal Anchor
- Royal Anchor Resort Old Orchard Beach, Maine