I made a last-minute decision to take a half-week vacation to Old Orchard Beach. The Gull Inn was one of the only places available to accommodate us, but it worked out well. Room was comfortable and quiet, AC worked fine. The Bulgarian couple managing the Inn for the owners were as nice and helpful as could be, and I spent some nice time chatting with them.
The Inn is literally steps from the beach and couldn't be more convenient. They do offer a hose to wash sand, etc. off of your feet and legs, and if you don't feel like actually going to the beach you can hang out in their yard and listen to the surf. The Inn also has a large porch where you can sit and do whatever. You can even see the weekly Thursday night fireworks from the yard without going on the beach.
The "free breakfast" wasn't a whole lot, but I did appreciate having coffee and danishes available, even if the pastries were pre-wrapped.
The only drawback was that they wouldn't take a credit card deposit when I called to make my reservation. They insisted that I send a check to hold my reservation, which I did... but proving that Murphy was an optimist, the check was lost in the mail. I only found out about this when I called to confirm my reservation, as they said they would call me when they got the check - found out they were about to cancel my reservation since they never got my check and also never called me about it.
Good thing I called before booking my plane tickets! I found the reservation policy weird and unwiedly in this era of 24/7 credit cards. I don't see why they couldn't spend a few bucks to get a merchant account so avoid this problem in the future.
I suppose your mileage will vary, but I had an enjoyable time and would go back in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gull Motel, Inn, Cottages and Apartments offer four affordable and unique places to stay in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Our Inn and Cottages are located directly on the beach and our Motel and Apartments are steps (75 yards) from Maine’s Best Beach! Please read on to see which lodging option works best for you, our Motel, our Bed and Breakfast Inn, a Beachfront Cottage or a spacious Apartment. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Gull Motel, Inn And Cottages Hotel Old Orchard Beach
- The Gull Motel, Inn And Cottages Old Orchard Beach, Maine