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“Misleading, Not customer friendly” 1 of 5 stars
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Sandy Shore Motel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   149 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut, Westerly, RI 02891   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Misquamicut
Enfield, Connecticut
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Misleading, Not customer friendly”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

If you book on the weekend please reconsider. This is not a customer oriented place and that’s an understatement. My sister and I booked our reservations from Friday night to Monday morning. Upon check in we were practically sexually harassed by the overnight security guard. We were with our elderly father so it was awkward. Then we see the massive constructive mound blocking the beach entrance. So not only does it take away for the ocean view it made the private beach smaller and you have to climb over it to get back and forth from the beach to the hotel. Then there is not enough patio tables to go around so the overnight security guard tells us if you want one steal one from someone else. What’s more he blatantly told us that we were not entitled to privacy directly outside our door or window. Never mind being provided our own patio area with a ocean view. Basically it’s a free for all. Anyone can pull up a table directly outside your room to hangout and be loud as they want all night. This is likely to happen and did to us since not all rooms directly face the ocean like the website implies. The bottom line is that Sandy Shore is meant for place to crash and burn for a night. It is not a place to a plan a vacation and make reservations at. It is certainly not family oriented at least not on the weekend. There is no quiet time after 10pm. The rooms are lacking. And your car may be marked up by other cars that it’s barricaded by. In sum, once they have your money you are at their mercy. And if you don’t like it you are threatened to be kicked out or arrested. I would have had a better stay at a motel six. Please if your desire is to stay on the beach consider anywhere else before you fork over more than a thousand dollars!!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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officegirls, General Manager at Sandy Shore Motel, responded to this review, August 1, 2012
We were approved earlier this year to build a restaurant that we feel would be a great added amenity to offer our guests. Constructions was not executed as planned and unfortunately had to stop due to the approaching season and wanting to better serve our guests. Even though some of our beach has been re-constructed, we make sure our property is safe for all our guests and most certainly have clear paths to access our beach.

An incident report filed by our security staff disagrees with some of the guests statements. The guests were heavily intoxicated throughout their entire stay with us, and appeared as though their judgment was impaired tremendously due to the reports from our security and office staff. We received several complaints from other guests who were occupying the surrounding rooms. They stated that vulgar language and a threatening tone were used against them. Our office staff had to relocate a family to another hotel room on our property due to these specific guests. Two Westerly Police Department Officers were also on premise when these incidents were taking place. We reserve all rights to evict any of our guests if we feel that they pose a threat to any of our other guests and/or staff. Our guests are our number one concern; so again, we apologize if you felt threatened that we would evict you from our property. We are only trying to follow policy and procedures.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

We showed up with three very young children and no reservation. The check in was flawless and we were provided an apartment with kitchen, two double beds and a pullout couch. The motel was directly on the ocean so beach access was included. Easy access to plenty of restaurants and convenience stores. In the heart of it all.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed at Sandy Shore a handful of times last summer and cannot say enough what a great place to be on a beautiful Summer day!! The office staff was wonderful especially Sharon!!! The rooms are very spacious and clean and the best part is sitting on your Private beach with your own life guard while the surrounding hotels are squished like sardines on their beach !! I'm heading up there this Friday - Monday with my girlfriends and the kids and we can't get there fast enough , I'm looking forward to a slice of heaven at Sandy Shore!!! Highly recommend this great beach front property!!!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

So it’s two years since my last stay at Sandy Shores and now I am back for the (2012) Easter weekend. I said last time that I occasionally get the urge to hang out at the beach in a simple little shack. Sandy Shores again filled the bill. They’ve redecorated (and are still at it). Our room had a newish bed that does not hurt your back to sleep on. The doors lock, the roof keeps out the rain, the in-room fridge keeps the soda cold and the (clean and attractive) toilets flush. All to the good. To the better: Repairs and redecorations are underway at Sandy Shores.
It turns out that this is quite the party place in season. There was a handsome and extensive display of beers and liquors in a glass case in the office. You can get a drinks menu is you like and the booze will be brought to you. In season there are great bars and cafes in easy walking distance. Double-check before you bring the kiddies, though.
Sandy Shores is a very strong wi-fi hotspot and there are other hotspots available from the neighbors. When local basic cable does not suit your television viewing needs then you can get streaming videos for your iPad or laptop, Kindle Fire or whatever.
The main advantage of the place is that it is smack dab on the Misquamicut beach. All the rooms have ocean views –very satisfying one floor up and spectacular two floors up. There is a common balcony on each floor for ocean viewing and contemplation. The water is lovely and the beach is very clean. This is a great (but not luxurious) spot for a week or weekend of swimming and/or surfing.
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Room Tip: Efficiencies are available. All have ocean views, best views are on the second floor.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Farmington, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Stayed here with a group of friends over the last weekend in March. We were attending an event at the Andrea Hotel that wasn't opened for rooms yet. I've seen this place a million times, but never have been in it. Location is unbelieveably great, directly on the beach. Sound of waves crashing all night is unbeatable. However, it's pretty much a dump. Because we had 4 rooms we could check each out. It's the basics, which is fine, but some things can be basic and ok, or basic and gross. Fix the bathrooms, don't put a trash can in front of a hole in the wall. Fix teh blings. How hard would it be to have blinds that aren't broken? And clean the place. Each room had a fridge and microwave. You could see the dirty finger prints on the fridge, didn't look like they ever wiped it down. If you can't affort to fix the rooms up, you can always make sure they are spotless. These rooms weren't cheap for an off season night. Didn't look like there were many other rooms booked the night we were there. The room service consisted of alcohol and cigars. I guess they are trying to accommodate a party crowd (which we were, but we know to pack out own). I just wish someone would take it over and make it a super place to go, not just an ok place to crash for one night. With the location, you could charge 3X as much, with just a few changes.

Room Tip: All rooms have views of the ocean, and that is the best thing about them.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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officegirls, Guest Relations Manager at Sandy Shore Motel, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
Thank you for your most recent input regarding our property and your stay with us. I have taken the time to closely review your concerns. During your time of travel we are consider to be in off season, this does not justify the issues with the cleanliness of the rooms and these issues should have been brought to the attention of the onsite manager during your stay.
Our property sustained substantial damages during the end of season storm of 2011. We are picking up the pieces and making renovations to the rooms and our general appearance. A new roof is currently in place, new windows have been installed and walls, ceilings and trim are being painted a bright new color for the 2012 season.
Our staff and crew are preparing for a busy 2012 season and I have taken the advice of all reviewers and everything down to the small things are being replaced and/or repaired.
I welcome you to come and see us again after we have made all our exciting changes.
Our property is also building a new deck/pavilion for the new 2012 season, pictures will be updated as soon as our projects are all completed.

Please take the time and visit us soon.

Thank You for your input, it is very much valued by our property management.
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Hamden, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

going twice this year. been bringing my famaily for years. can not pay attention to the kids that try to ruin somebody elses vacation. seen alot of great families over the years. and met alot of nice people thier. staff has always been good to me and my family. life gaurds are great. maid service has been great to . everytime i ask for extra pillows blankets or anything else they always try to make us feel special,

Room Tip: top floor center for the view
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Pros: Love this hotel, nice private beach. Each room has a view of the ocean. Beds are comfy, not great but sleepable. Rooms are clean, staff is nice!

Cons: No elevator and 3 floors, isn't so much fun with luggage. Efficiency rooms could have a smidge more dishes, plates, pots, pans and serving bowls.

All around great place to stay for a getaway with friends!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 149 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut, Westerly, RI 02891
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Westerly > Misquamicut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Misquamicut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandy Shore Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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