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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Saco Hotel Saco
- Holiday Inn Saco
- Saco Holiday Inn Express
- Ramada Saco/Old Orchard Beach Area Maine