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“The Atlantic at your door”

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The Skylark Beach Inn
New Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The Atlantic at your door”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Old Orchard Beach isn’t Martha’s Vineyard, and the Skylark isn’t a sleek, modern, upscale hotel with all the latest gadgets and amenities. It is, however, family-friendly, right on the beach, and within easy walking distance to The Pier, restaurants, shops and amusements.
For the 4th year in a row we spent a weekend here, and as always, enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Other people must too – when we tried to extend our reservation for next year, we discovered that the couple who reserve the room the week before us had been vacationing here for 15 years!
Room 17 is on the corner of the second floor - queen bed, kitchenette and a great cross breeze. The view can’t be beat, and there’s nothing as sleep-inducing as a day in the fresh air and the sound of the ocean’s waves hitting the shore when your head hits the pillow.
Just steps from our door we enjoyed a moonlight stroll on the beach, and we watched the sunrise from the chairs on the deck.
There’s a small patio and lawn area between the motel and the beach, with tables and chairs and charcoal grills for the use of guests. The staff is friendly, efficient and more than happy to answer questions or provide assistance.
OK, so the décor is outdated. I don’t care how old the paneling or tile or kitchen appliances are, as long as they’re clean and they work – and they are and do.
If you’re a certain age, the Skylark will remind you of the kind of place you vacationed with your family when you were a kid.

Room Tip: Room 17 - second floor corner with great cross breeze, queen bed and kitchenette.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I stayed here at the beginning of the season for a long weekend with my girlfriend. I grew up in Maine and wanted to show her how beautiful the area was. The Skylark was perfect for us. You can't beat waking up on the beach and enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio. We found a few great breakfast spots only a short walk away and brought our food back to eat on the table and chairs in front of our room. I enjoyed the "beach cottage" feel of the rooms. It's how I picture a stay on the beach In Old Orchard should be. The room was extremely clean when we arrived and the staff was very courteous. It was great to find a fully stocked kitchenette in our oceanfront room. I had everything I needed to cook a lobster dinner, including a few charcoal grills to choose from outside our room. I loved being able to cook a meal for ourselves. I can't wait to go back to Maine and will definitely be returning to The Skylark.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We stayed with friends at this Inn, and it was definitely disappointing. There was nothing extraordinary whatsoever about our room, but it cost way more than other motels in this area. For one, there was construction noise from early morning until late evening. When the reservation was made, there was NO mention of construction work. There were huge carpenter ants everywhere in the room. Yes, this Inn is close to the ocean, but so are all of the others, but they cost much less. And what's up with the shower? I felt as if my skin was being sand blasted! Horrible!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed in one of the ocean-facing rooms for a couple of days to meet up with some friends in Old Orchard. The room was clean, and booking was easy. We've visited the coast a few times to meet up with these guys, but this was my first ocean view stay. If you're looking for a great view, cool rooms and an arms reach from the pier, this is the perfect spot.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Fredericton, Canada
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

On the outside this looks like a great place to stay with the beach only footsteps away BUT step into room 2 and you will immediately be turned off by the smell. The best way to describe it is like a toxic mix of cleaners used to try and cover up something that smelled much worse. Even my 2 year old kept saying "What's that smell?"!!! The rooms are very dated and overpriced. Our friends stayed in room 13 and the smell was just as bad. They really need to rip up the carpet and remodel these rooms. It is ashame with such a great location on the beach that the rooms are so run down. I was later told that the rooms are often rented to individuals during the off season and not cleaned during that time and that the smell is probably from that. I will never stay there again!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We come to OOB every year and we've stayed in quite a few places but this is the worst experience yet. We were not told about the construction that is happening right outside our window, hammering and sawing all day long. We should have been notified of this when we booked. At $265 a night we were expecting something much more than a run down room in dire need of upgrades. We are in suite B with a full kitchen and no glasses!! The bathroom smells and I had to ask the cleaning staff to wash the floors again there was dirt and sand in all corners like they were swept into the corners. The pull out couch is full of sand and we had to sleep in it that way. Their laundry facilities are only available to guests two hours a day, not very convenient at all. The couch itself is smelly and sunken in. This place needs help!! On one note the staff and cleaning people are very nice and trying their best to be accommodating but we just feel that if we were able to find another place to stay after we checked in we would have been out of here! At a minimum they should have reduced their rates because of the construction, can't even have the window open in our room and the air conditioner is only in the living room!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Windham, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2013

My wife and I rented the penthouse for a night recently. It was large and clean with a real beach feel, the perfect size for a family vacation. It's a 3 bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and dining room and a very sort walk to reasturants and the center of the beach strip and pier. It has a nice deck with a grill and sit right on the water with a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. we had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Skylark Beach Inn
Address: 2 Brown St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-2807
Location: United States > Maine > Old Orchard Beach
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Ranked #5 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Old Orchard Beach
Number of rooms: 12
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The Skylark Beach Inn Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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