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“Little known gem of Rehoboth Beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Sandcastle Motel
Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Rehoboth Beach
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Little known gem of Rehoboth Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2007

I've gone to Rehoboth Beach for years; mostly for day trips, since we live fairly close enough to do so. But just this once, my husband and I wanted to take a weekend away for our anniversary. We didn't want to go far, or spend alot of time or money this year and decided to go to Rehoboth. I've always passed by this motel on the drive into Rehoboth and often-wondered about it. I took a chance based on great reviews here. I was going to pay almost DOUBLE the price for a chain hotel on Route 1. I'm so glad I didn't! It's clean, very basic and that's all we needed it for. A place to take a hot shower and sleep. Staff are VERY pleasant. We will be back during peak and off-peak season to this "gem of Rehoboth Beach!"

  • Liked — Convenient to everything -- beach and shops
  • Disliked — no free internet
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2007

I recently spent the weekend in Rehoboth Beach celebrating my birthday and my best friend and I decided to book a room here for 2 nites. It was a great price for the money. The room was very clean and were well supplied with towels and all the light fixtures worked. Nice supply of hot water. The hallways were clean as well and it was fairly quiet. The TV and Cable worked. There didnt seem to be any internet access and the decor was very spartan, a dull gray and blue and the balcony view towards the parking lot and police department was not the best, but the hotel was right on Rehoboth Ave which is the main strip and within a wonderful short distance of the boardwalk. I was somewhat disconcerted they only billed for the first nite prior to my arrival which seemed confusing to me, but overall this is a great bargain at the price.

Stayed September 2007
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3 Thank latinles1
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washington dc
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19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2007

i've fallen out of the habit of writing TripAdvisor reviews, but had such a good experience here i felt i should write about it. i stayed here (for the first time) the last week before Labor Day, not really knowing what to expect. Really a great surprise. Room was spotless, good size, quiet, well-maintained; furniture (cheap beach-type stuff) was all in fine condition; bathroom was in great shape (all modern, no aging tile) and water pressure was great; in room a/c was very effective. Bed was firm and perfect -- not what i expected from an independent motel. motel location is fantastic -- centrally located right off rehoboth ave but also very quiet. common spaces of the hotel (eg elevator and landings) are modest and a little dated ... but not a concern to me (i also didn't turn on tv once, so can't vouch for its quality). given room rates in rehoboth in late aug, i would have been entirely satisfied with this room for $150-200, but the room was barely $100 (paid extra for a king room -- the basic double room was going for $90). This meant that this convenient, independent, kind of charming (in a beach-type way) motel cost significantly less than the grim chain motels out on Route 1 by the outlet malls -- and had the benefit of being within walking distance of beach and nightspots (and also offering free parking downtown) on top of that. i couldn't have been happier. when i drove by the chains on Rte 1 on my way out of town, all i could think is how much better my rehoboth visit was since i stayed right down in the charming, pedestrian-friendly part of town all the time, and once i arrived at the hotel, i didn't have to drive (or find rehoboth parking) once. Unless you're committed to paying $250 for some overdecorated bed and breakfast, or for some place with a waterfront terrace (which doesn't offer the privacy that sandcastle does), I strongly recommend you consider staying here if rooms are available. even if the exterior looks a little soviet from the 2nd St side (so it's a beach motel....), it's a great little property, and exceptional for the $ compared with other Rehoboth lodging. i'll be going back.

One note for glbt visitors: i'm gay, was staying in a king-bed room with a buddy, and wasn't sure if the mgmt and especially the str8 guests here would be gay-friendly, since from the website it looked like a fairly standard old-style family motel. but that turned out to be a complete non-issue -- mgmt was friendly, and the other guests seemed perfectly comfortable (which i guess they have to be to come to rehoboth). moreover, sandcastle was conveniently located at the end of baltimore ave and convenient to the restaurants and bars there.

Stayed August 2007
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Elkton, MD
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2007

This motel was more than we expected. It's location is fantastic -- right on Rehoboth Ave - an easy walk to shops and restaurants. The beds were comfortable and the room was very clean. We had a sink and a refrigerator as well as a little balcony. The hotel staff were very friendly. The motel has its own little parking garage so we could park right on sight with no extra fee. We'd go back in a minute!

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank rhyde
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Hanover PA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2007

Great place to stay at a bargain price. Older motel but clean Employees all very nice and helpful. The hotel is close to boards, beach and restaurants. Great location. Kids enjoyed the indoor pool too!

  • Liked — Location Location Location
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank HanoverPABeachrn
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Washington, DC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2007

The Sandcastle Motel in Rehoboth Beach, DE is a great bargain motel. It's safe, clean, and extremely close to the beach. I was looking for a cheap place to stay on a short vacation and was shocked to see that the beachfront hotels were so expensive. This hotel is no frills - the halls and elevator are not super classy and the TV is about 20 years old. Though the room was basic, it was very clean and the free parking is really a plus. The pool was also clean and not super crowded. Though a few small kids were running around in the halls in the morning, the hotel is mostly quiet. Definitely a good deal if you are looking for a cheap, clean stay but no frills.

  • Liked — Proximity to the beach
  • Disliked — No frills
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Amandier
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Alexandria, VA
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2007

If you are looking for a hotel that is close to the beach, restaurants and is affordable, then this is the place to stay.
The rooms are not fancy but has everything you would need for a beach stay.
The bed was flimsy and uncomfortable so I recommend at least bringing your pillow.
The rooms have balconies. Ask for a room that faces the ocean for the best views.
FREE parking is available. There is an ice machine inside the parking garage as well.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — bed
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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6 Thank Amy123170
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Property: Sandcastle Motel
Address: 123 2nd St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2283
Location: United States > Delaware > Rehoboth Beach
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Rehoboth Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandcastle Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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