I stayed here for one night on Labor Day weekend with my girlfriend. We are locals, but decided to spend the night at the last minute of our final day to the beach for the season.
Not expecting to find any vacancies in town, we were surprised to find one room left here for only $100. Aware that the vast majority of independent hotels in town are kind of old, worn out, a bit shady and have seen better days, we went ahead and took the room without checking it out first. From the outside appearance of the property, we guessed it would be suitable for one night. We would really only be sleeping there anyway. In hindsight, perhaps I should have checked the room first based on the bargain $100 per night rate on Labor Day weekend.
Boy, were we wrong! I can't speak for the rooms in the "newer" portion of the motel, but we had an upstairs room in the original building. I'm not exaggerating, but upon opening the door it appeared we got an old storage closet with bare, faded, and visibly dirty, salmon pink concrete walls visibly cracking all over the place with numerous holes! There were two flimsy, creaking, steel frame beds which were barely large enough for a 12 year old. The floors were bare chipped and well beaten wood painted in flat brown latex paint, apparently about 25 years ago guessing from the appearance? The bathroom was the same. The room was almost like an abandoned hunting cabin out in the remote woods somewhere, just shortly before the roof caves in.
There was no TV, no phone, no AC, no nothing! I don't think there was even a chair or dresser? It made a room at Motel 6 seem like full service luxury! Had we not only gotten the room for a place to sleep for eight hours, I can't imagine wanting to spend a single minute in it. The room was so unwelcoming to be in that I was almost thinking they could use it for extra county jail cell space during the offseason. However, I'm sure it would've been too easy to escape since the door locks to the room looked like they could unlock if you just shook or jiggled them hard enough! You might want to think twice about leaving valuables in your room?
To cap off our quick visit, we returned to the motel after a night out and decided to sit out on the front porch in the rocking chairs to enjoy one of the last warm evenings of a quick summer in Maine. I saw somebody laying by the gated off poolside which closes at 9pm. I was not sure if it was open late, so I walked over to take a look if we could sit by it. After seeing the 'pool closed' sign, I walked back to the porch and told my partner it was closed but somebody was passed out in there! I made a joking remark to her about it "looks like he had a good night".
The next thing I know, out of nowhere this punk kid covered in tattoos and intoxicated (apparently, the guy I saw by the pool) is coming up behind me cussing me out because he thought I'd walked up to the pool fence and made a derogatory remark towards him. We tried to explain we didn't even know who he was and the next thing we know his older tattoo'd punk brother comes out of no where and joins in defending his brother. The more we denied saying anything, the more the hostile things became with them telling us " You don't know who we're messing with" and "I just got out of prison and if you don't shut your mouth wise guy, were going to [--] you up." I was slightly perturbed at this point and probably should have kept my mouth shut, but I was angry when they started bothering and insulting my girlfriend. Things kept escalating when we tried to retreat into the lobby to get help. Nobody around anywhere! Nobody answering the phone number posted out front to call in case of a guest issue. In the mean time, tough guy convict number two is following me inside pulling off his shirt as if he's about to assault me while the younger brother goes to their car to get God knows what! Finally, at my urging my girlfriend calls 911, and the the two retreat to a unknown room just as the police arrived.
When the cops came, they ran their license plate, spent two minutes looking around before literally and condescendingly telling us "We're really busy tonight and we don't have time for this stuff. Why don't you just go to your room and if they come back to do something, then call us back!"
I'm thinking great, so they'll come help after one of us is stabbed, shot, assaulted? So much for help! For safety reasons we elected to go to our room at this point, although we weren't ready for sleep and didn't really desire to be in the room for anything else! Kind of ruined the night for us where as paying guests we couldn't even sit out on the porch on one of the last nights of summer without fear of being assaulted by drunk thugs with no staff keeping watch on the property.
The only positive thing I can say was the staff was incredibly friendly and professional. Checking out the next morning, I informed the women at the desk about the escalating incident we'd had in the lobby and porch the night before. Pointed out the vehicle of the two guests that bothered us and left. I would hope they got kicked out, I doubt it.
According to her, the night watchmen is suppose to make rounds on the hour every night after a certain hour, but we never saw anybody who worked there from late evening until the next morning.
I'd suggest somewhere else.
- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Old Orchard Beach
- Ocean House And Motel Old Orchard Beach, Maine