Motel is not up to date, and is barely adequate. We were in town for a wedding and the location was our basic criteria... we should have checked further! We were told the in-town property was very close to the reception location - but it was definitely not within walking distance. For $101.50/night, we stayed in an "out building", with a squishy spring-type bed, dusty and cobwebby 60's-era knotty-pine walls, a tiny (but clean) bathroom with a shower stall measuring 24"x24", and one stark lightbulb over the small bathroom mirror (makeup application, anyone?) - no fan in the bathroom, and only one outlet (hairdryer OR curling iron) located above the sink. We asked for a hair dryer, had to go get it. We found nail clippings on the carpet, spoiled food and opened bottles of soda and wine in the cube fridge. Microwave needed to be wiped out. The bed had one nightstand with broken drawer. Only two drawers for clothing, beneath the very small CRT television (which did have great cable). Closet with old hangers, some from dept store sales racks. Desk was ancient, as was all the furniture, which also included a very small stuffed chair. The worst feature was the east-facing window, with butter-colored drapes and sheers and plastic mini-blinds, with absolutely no way to block the morning light from waking us up 4 hours too early. From 2 am to 4 am there was a yelling, screaming, and door slamming party, and no assistance - the office was closed more than it was open. Check-in was fast, with little communication from the clerk regarding amenities (there weren't any...), but we were "invited" to get a discount at a nearby restaurant if we showed our hotel receipt. Our trash was not removed from the room, although the bed was made up. We feel we paid twice what we should have paid for the room. There was no interest in our opinion during our stay, and no "thank-you" for our business. There is a realtor's office within the hotel office, and there are big signs on the main hotel building indicating that the property is for sale. Apparently there is more interest in selling the hotel and/or real estate than providing service or appropriate accommodations for guests. We are normally easy to please, but this place was not up to par, not what they represented, and far from what travellers should expect for accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on a nicely landscaped 2 acre lot in downtown Sanford, Maine, the geographical center of New England. Drive fourteen miles to the ocean, one hour to the White Mountains, a few minutes to several "Class A" lakes, or 32 miles to Portland, we are convenient to everything. Or check in, park your car and walk to restaurants, shopping, and whatever else you're interested in, we're in the heart of town. Take in a semi-pro baseball game at Sanfords' wonderful new ball park and see the Sanford Mainers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oakwood Hotel Sanford
- Oakwood Inn Town Motel Sanford, Maine