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“An oasis in the jungle” 4 of 5 stars
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The Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Dewey Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, PA
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An oasis in the jungle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The name is a bit confusing (it's *not* a resort) but the place has a lot of charm. It's basically a 3 story hotel ("motel" makes me think one-story) with an excellent location. The strip of Dewey Beach (one block away) is noisy, but once we shut the door to our 3rd floor, bay-view room, we heard nothing. There's a security guard roaming outside at night to keep an eye on things and quiet any rowdies. At first I found this a little off-putting, but on Saturday night I could see the value. I was told that the "resort" gets a fair number of families but also gets a fair number of college kids looking to blow off steam, so having someone on premises to defuse is good. Loved the bay view (laughing gulls are raucous and made a ton of noise, but we didn't hear them once we shut the glass door leading to the balcony). Loved the blackout drapes. Good wifi connection (no problems). The kitchenette is OK, but kind of weirdly outfitted. For instance, in our room, there were 4 plates and glasses, but only two bowls (of different sizes). There were dishcloths, but no dish soap. There's a nice stove and small fridge with lots of pots and pans, with a good cutting knife and bottle opener, plus microwave and toaster. But there's almost no storage space for any groceries you might bring that don't need refrigeration.

So the room itself is fine (extremely clean, freshly painted, well maintained), the walk up (no elevator) to the 3rd floor is fine, the staff are friendly, and for the most part, they've clearly tried to keep everything looking spotless. That doesn't yet get me to 4 stars, but here's what else: There's a long pier out back leading out into the bay (guests only, with nets for kids to try catching crabs or whatnot), a nice cabana with outdoor seating, and a smallish pool. The parking is good and the beach is two blocks away. The location, plus all the place offers, gets us to 4 stars.

The neighborhood is a tad cramped in all directions, but once inside the resort, it seems less so. Almost everything around is 3 stories or fewer, so when you're on the 3rd floor, you have a commanding view.

The beach is very long (all directions from here) and softer sand than most places -- and pretty clean. As a bonus, Dewey Beach allows dogs during parts of the day. Next time I'll have to find a place to stay where I can bring ours! If the dogs stay home, we'll likely be back at The Bay Resort.

Room Tip: Bay view rooms tend to be quieter -- and rooms higher up have a great view!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This motel is perfectly situated - far enough away from the bars and restaurants but so close to the beach. The staff was super friendly and accommodated our every need. The rates were excellent. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because all of our sheets had hair. The front desk changed them right away but the fresh ones also had hair. We just pulled them off and went on with our lives. We thought maybe the detergent used and/or the washers and dryers created static so that hair stuck to the sheets. Either way, it was annoying but not really their fault, though a solution would be nice. Last of all, don't book this expecting a 5 star hotel. This is a motel and like all motels, only the basics are provided. No fancy rooms or appliances - just the basics. You come here for the location after all and who wants to spend a lot of time inside the rooms when the beach is a five minute walk?

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Springfield, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

If you decide to visit Dewey Beach, DE...I strongly recommend The Bay Resort. It is a great motel, the staff is friendly and more than helpful. The room was immaculate and most rooms have a small kitchenette, there is also coffee available in the office all day long. I stayed on the poolside, which was fine but I'm sorry I didn't spend the few extra dollars to be on the bay side which appeared to be much more quieter. The motel is off the main road and much quieter at night. This is a hidden treasure in Dewey Beach as you have to look a little bit to find it...you won't see it from the main road driving through Dewey Beach but its well worth the easy search to find it.

Room Tip: If you are looking for a view, go bay side and pay the extra $$...however if you have children pools...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank FunPlacesToCheckOut
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Sumter, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Driving up to The Bay Resort, I was kind of skeptical.. but this was an awesome place to stay. Beautiful view of the bay, large swimming pool with plenty of seating. Outdoor seating area and dock to step out on. Kitchenette for people on a budget. clean rooms!

just across the street from the beach and plenty of places to eat within walking distance.. I will definitively be back!

Room Tip: room 201 had a great view
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Lauren R
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

The Bay Resort was excellent!! Very clean and the staff was very helpful and friendly. We has a third floor bay view that was beautiful. It is walking distance to everything!! Very comfortable beds too!!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Delft, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and loved it. Our efficiency was on the 3rd floor with a bay view - superb! The staff are very friendly and the efficiency (we had 2 x queen beds) was a good size. The building itself is not an architectural wonder but once you are in your room you can enjoy the superb bay view.
The only minor point is that the balcony is bit small and you cannot switch the balcony light off at night. There is ample parking and the location is excellent - just a short walk to the beach. I have one major complaint (at myself) - stay longer next time!

Room Tip: the bay view is superb so I would choose a room on the bay side (3rd floor)
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ZARDelft_Netherlands
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Williamstown, PA
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30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This was my family's first trip to The Bay Resort, as well as to Dewey Beach. We really loved this place. The people at the front desk were fantastic to deal with, the room was very clean, the view of the bay was beautiful, and the pool was the perfect temperature every time! I would definitely stay here again, and will recommend it to friends and family. We hope to visit Dewey Beach again soon - we just loved it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: The Bay Resort
Address: 126 Bellevue St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971-3202
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Location: United States > Delaware > Dewey Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Dewey Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Dewey Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Bay Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 67
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