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Friendship Oceanfront Suites
Ranked #8 of 44 Hotels in Old Orchard Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 3, 2012

We stayed here Memorial Day weekend in a corner 1 bdrm suite. The main door leads into the bedroom. Ours had a king sized bed, sink, wardrobe with hangers and tiny TV with a VCR. Through that room is the living/kithcen area, which has a pull out couch (that is already made), 2 comfy (sitting) chairs, table with 2 additional chairs, a snazzy flat screen, sink, microwave, mini fridge and several cabinets. There was a sliding door with a screen in the living area. The bathroom is in the middle of the suite and it's TINY. And by tiny, I mean, tiny! I'm 180lbs and had issues moving around in the standing shower without hitting the walls.
The furniture and bedding is severely outdated, but EVERYTHING was spotless. Not a crumb, bug, or stain anywhere! However, [we think it was] the AC left somewhat of a musty smell. So since we did not need it, we didn't use it.
The motel is shaped like a U and in the center is an enclosed, good-sized, heated pool with lounge chairs along the edges. The motel is right on the beach and they even have lounge chair lining the top of the U, so the chairs face the ocean.
There's a general store less than 2 minutes away that has beer, wine, snacks, etc. Then 1 mile in the other direction is the Pier with all the food, drinks and excitement OOB has to offer :-)
Dan, who is at the front desk sometimes, is a gem! But everyone at the desk was really nice. They offer a limited, but adorable selection of VHS and DVDs free of charge to take back to your room. They also have coffee and tea available all day. I never made it in time for the danish and fruit they have in the morning, but I'm sure they have it. The only downfall to this motel is that the free WiFi is super slow. But it is free, so I won't complain.
Overall, the motel is really sweet and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for low-key accommodations.

Room Tip: Choose a 2nd floor room to avoid hearing kids running around when you're trying to rest.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Alyca S
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Planning our 5th year vacation, This year we are renting the 4 bedroom cottage, as opposed to staying at the hotel. We are still able to use all of the facilities, but will have more room. We are going the second week of September and the rates are reduced to half price. The weather is still warm and the downtown area a little less crowded. Our last stay was in August of 2011 and we look forward to returning every year. Will write a review about the the cottage when we return. Great friendships have been made there and you always want to return when those folks have also booked rooms. It may be a little outdated, but it is family friendly, right on the beach and the owners make sure you have everything you need. All rooms are non-smoking and smoking is limited on the grounds.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent. Depends if you want an upstairs balcony or the sliding glass door out to th...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank KarenOneonta_NY
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

This hotel is now known as "Friendship Oceanfront Suites" which is more descriptive of the hotel and location. Every suite consists of a living room with a pullout bed and a bedroom with either a king of twin beds. The living room has a small fridge and a microwave and they also supply a toaster and coffee maker. We have been going here for about 35 years and have never had a disappointing holiday. The owners, Dan and John, are great hosts and go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need. The staff are friendly and efficient. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate is available all day in the office and in the morning there are pastries of various kinds and the morning paper. Restaurants are plentiful for every taste and price. You will find all age groups here with many, like us, being there with their children and their children. Many good friendships are made at this property and we can't wait to get back there. We went three times in 2011 which gives you an indication of good it is.

Room Tip: The south side gets the morning sun and the north side get the evening sun. We have stayed on both s...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank BayswaterMontreal
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

The place is cleaner than most. However, it is seriously outdated and certainly no longer a good value. There are other places than have updated for the same rate. I suggest they start spending some money or they will go the way of all other properties who do not move with the times.

Room Tip: I assume they are all the same.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank wri1
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

I have frequented the Friendship for years (over 30) and have always found it to be comfortable, clean and convenient. It's right on the beach, walking distance to downtown OOB, and a short drive to many seafood restaurants. The beach itself is terrific, water can be cold at times, but often warm enough to swim comfortably. We just had 3 great days of sun and warm water! I've always found management and employees to be friendly and more than willing to meet our needs.
This last trip was to celebrate the start of my retirement, if it all goes like this, I'm golden!

Room Tip: rooms perpendicular to the beach are quieter, north side gets the afternoon sun on the balcony or pa...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

Old Orchard Beach has been a destination of ours for years. We have stayed in several places over the years and The Friendship Motor Inn (now Friendship Oceanfront Suites) is the best for location, value, features and cleanliness. If you are looking for contemporary plush luxury, this is not the place but if you are looking for a clean, quality, well-appointed room right on the beach near the attractions yet away from the busy part of town, this is the place for you!
The staff is pleasant and friendly. There is convenient parking. The grounds are well-maintained and attractive. Rooms are spacious and will easily accommodate 3 or 4 adults or a family. The rooms all have an ocean view. On the first floor you are poolside on the 2nd floor you have a spacious balcony to enjoy the view. I personally prefer the balcony.
The beds are comfortable and the A/C is great. The rooms have flat panel television, miscrowave, toaster, fridge and ceiling fans. The rooms are very clean and the sheets and towels are fresh daily.
The location is quiet and relaxing since it is away from the pier and the beach is not crowded. The rates are very reasonable. I will be staying at the Friendship when I return to OOB.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Ogilthorpe
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Stayed at the Friendship for 2 nights and it was more than enough... The location is great...but that's about it... The motel is very old hasn't been renovated ever and the owner is not a pleasant man !!! The pool has fongus, would not recommend this place at all...

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Surfette1069
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Additional Information about Friendship Oceanfront Suites

Address: 167 E Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-3009 (Formerly Friendship Motor Inn)
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Location: United States > Maine > Old Orchard Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Old Orchard Beach
Price Range: $97 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Friendship Oceanfront Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendship Oceanfront Suites accommodations are perfect for the entire family. Featuring 71 two room suites, all living rooms have a double sleep sofa with your choice of king or two twin beds in the bedroom. All rooms have private bath with stand-up shower. ... more   less 
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