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Ramada Saco/Old Orchard Beach Area
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Saco
Reviewed September 1, 2012

2 day business trip to Maine. Chose this hotel based upon the ratings, price and location to the company we were to visit. Overall, a nice hotel with most of the amenities and features one would expect from a Ramada. The hotel is not a typical Ramada style - looks more like an older Country Inn or Homewood Suites that has been renovated into a Ramada, but the staff is very friendly and the decor is contemporary. The carpet in the hallway and elevator is showing some wear, but it did not detract from the overall look of the hotel. Room was clean, if not a bit sparse. The work desk in the room was way too small - a very skinny work space. And there are not enough available outlets in the room for more than one or two charging devices. The bathroom was spacious and nice but there was a rust stain under the toilet. The door to the bathroom opens up to block the main door - I thought that was a bit odd but it was wide enough to handle any traveler. Breakfast was good, fresh. If you got up early enough (aka 0600) they had homemade banana bread available (runs out early). They allow dogs in the hotel and we saw several out being walked each morning.

The one thing that struck us as odd was the location /parking. The hotel has two approaches - one from the north that everyone takes but it is two miles off of the turnpike and a few confusing turns to locate. The second entrance is from the northbound side of the turnpike (I95) and you cannot access the other side of the hotel. This side is used as a park & ride for commuters and it has the driveway approach with portico, but you cannot get to it from the north side. Some have expressed confusion with this arrangement and I would agree. The hotel is set back from everything and is not really near anything. You have to drive out a ways to find a restaurant. I think that makes it a bit quieter on the property even if it is located just about 200 yards off of the turnpike. I would tend to agree with several others - a good moderate level alternate to the overpriced, over used beach hotels.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

How on earth can this place charge the rates that it charges? It has none of the amenities or service one would expect at its price point. It sits in the middle of an industrial park. It has no exercise room. The rooms are bare, with only minimal decor. Breakfast is chain motel standard. When I asked the person at the counter about routes to go running, she looked at me as if I had two heads and said she had absolutely no idea.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 2 days for these past 2 weeks. All I can say is that the front desk workers are very friendly and helpful. The front desk manager is quite accommodating. The rooms are clean and bed is comfortable. The hotel is about 15-20 minutes away from Ferry Beach Park. The hotel is at a nice and quiet location. The continental breakfast is okay, really don't like the eggs.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

This Ramada is a nice option if you're visiting the Old Orchard Beach area but don't want to stay in a run-down beach motel. It's not on the main drag, but only about a 10-minute ride. Easy to get to the beach, Funtown, etc. Basic but clean room. Pool isn't huge but good enough for a short swim. Free contentinental breakfast very basic (and in a small area), but fine for a quick bite before heading out. Overall, this is a somewhat average moderate-level hotel that is a bit overpriced for what it is. But as the kids said, "it was way better than all those dirty little motels we drove by near the beach."

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We were on the 4th floor in a room with 2 queen beds. Wi-fi worked perfect on both phones, and laptop. Room was very clean, beds were very comfy. Very quiet hotel. Pool looked nice, but we didn't get a chance to go in with our limited time. Normal continental l breakfast, good coffee.I would definitely come back to this hotel again.

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

I usually stayed at the Hampton inn in Saco and decided to try the Ramada for a change…what a mistake. Let’s start with the very poor indication to get to the hotel; the GPS will get you in by an entry that does not bring you in front of the hotel but on the side of it. There is a gate all the way to the back that is randomly opened (I was told that the gate is controlled by the Maine Highway Authority)

You need to walk 500 feet from that side parking to the hotel to get to the main lobby, distance is not an issue unless it rains and you want to pack your car, you then need to ride the luggage cart 500 feet in the rain or you need to get out of the parking lot, go on the highway take the next exit and come in by the other entry…!!! wow???. The hotel could easily fix this and get both parking to communicate but somehow it is not done.

Grass was cut at 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning…I thought well it might be an outside contractor, no it is the actual tractor of the hotel, so I guess cutting the grass on a Monday afternoon is out of the question and what hotel guest would not like to hear the lawn tractor at 8:00AM on a Saturday during their vacations.

Internet: we were on the third floor I only had 2 bars on my WI-FI laptop and we were not able to get the Wi-Fi with the iPod touch the signal is too weak. Speed was slower than a 14400 modem. I tested it and got 0.1mbps.

Room was just average OK, nothing special, shower head had mildew, so did the grout, the shower pole was loose and the faucets were loose. Very thin walls could hear other showers from other rooms.

Breakfast was good, coffee is weak, pool is heated.

They are riding on the coat tail of OOB charging 205$ per night, I will not go back to this hotel.

Room Tip: If you want internet request low floors or go somewhere else...
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We arrived in Portland without a reservation. Little did we know how popular this area was going to be. Not a hotel to be found. After calling about 50 different hotels, we finally were able to get the last room here. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the room was expecting the worse since it was their last room. Registration was friendly and quick. Entrance is a little funky with half the property only accessible from the north and half from the south but we would definatly stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 352 North St, Saco, ME 04072-1816
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Location: United States > Maine > Saco
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Saco
Price Range: $71 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ramada Saco/Old Orchard Beach Area 2.5*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Ramada Saco, Maine. Our hotel is in Southern Maine and 5 mile from Old Orchard Beach. We are Saco's only Hotel & Conference Center featuring 4,000 square feet of meeting & conference space. Ramada Saco invites you to enjoy our beautifully decorated and spacious guestrooms. Enjoy our deluxe full hot continental breakfast, seasonal outdoor heated pool, free in-room wired high speed Internet access, on site laundry facilities, free local calls, free daily newspaper, Wyndham Rewards and so much more! Traveling on business or pleasure? Our hotel is located next door to Southern Maine Sportszone and across the street from Maine Hockey Group Ice Arena, home of the Portland Jr. Pirates. We are minutes away from the Biddeford Crossing Shopping Center along with University of New England. The Maine Mall located in Portland is 10 miles North, and the World famous L.L. Bean Flagship Store & Freeport Outlets is 30 miles North, don t forget about the Kittery Outlets just 35 miles South of the hotel. While visiting the beautiful Southern Maine Coast enjoy some of our local Festivals throughout the season. Saco/Old Orchard/Biddeford offers Beaches, Golf, Ice Skating, X-Country Skiing, Amusement Parks, & Saco Museum. Visit Walker Point in Kennebunkport enjoying more shopping & fine dining. ... more   less 
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