On a recent cross country road trip I wound up at the Sandcastle Inn- paid $280.24 for 2 nites in a place that had not been updated since 1967. First nite, Friday, was $109 + tax and Saturday $139. Not worth $49 but it was available as I drove in late afternoon Friday.
The room was advertised with microwave and fridge. The fridge was not turned on and when I inquired in the office I was told there was a reset button on the back of it and I should try that. Could not find the reset button and when I also asked to have someone come and fix the clock which was blinking 02:00 the desk person replied that she was the only one there and did I want a wake up call which she would be happy to provide. Fortunately I had a small travel alarm with me.
Eventually the desk person told me to try the reset button on the plug for the fridge- about 6 things were plugged in to the same plug. That did turn the fridge on but it never got any where near cold. The desk person stated she would have the clock and fridge fixed the following day. Never happened.
I also had asked the cleaning people on my way out Saturday AM to please bring more pillows as there were only 2 very flat pillows on the bed. Of course this also never happened. The desk person when I returned stated that the cleaning people who appeared to be from India did not speak any English and again as it was after 3 she was unable to accomodate my pillow request nor fix the clock or fridge.
Reception on the TV was terrible and the channels limited. The carpet I was afraid to walk on with bare feet. It was threadbare and heavily stained. The vanity area like I said- maybe 1967 era.
I never tried the microwave so do not know if that worked.
The other people staying there seemed to be as "Skoorb" stated- bottom feeders- young, rowdies. I sleep like a rock no matter what but was awakened during the nite by some sounds from outside.
The following AM I scouted some more local hotel/motels- all similarly overpriced and no better. There was 1 nice seeming place down near the end of Rt 80- but the room prices were astronomical.
The next day I headed into Savannah and enjoyed that immensely- wish I had stayed there instead...
The good things about the place were location- just 1/2 a block off the beach. The beach looked good but I didn't get to enjoy it much. It was not crowded at all- maybe too early in the season. The desk person did recommend a couple restaurants and she was right on there. Right across the street was a fish place and next to the 7/11 also across the street was a real good steak place. I wish I could remember the names! But if you go there there is no no missing these places.
She also recommended a breakfast place which I did go to but felt insulted by the attitude of the place- which frankly was the attitude of most of the town there. The menu stated the place was not Burger King and you were not getting it your way but the way they wanted to give it to you. And a replacement of the grits for homefries was $1.00 extra I believe. Nothing but a "Yankee tax" in my opinion.
I live at the beach in San Diego and this place was the worst of the beach and none of the best. There did not appear to be any free parking at all anywhere and everything seemed to be aimed at controlling the young rowdies- very negative signs in all the store windows- no quarters, no this no that. I could not wait to get away.
Although I might at some point return to Savannah I will avoid Tbee for sure.
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