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Oakwood Inn Town Motel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sanford
Reviewed September 22, 2011

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.

Room Tip: MAYBE the rooms in the actual INN are better... we don't know, as the office is located at the b...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

I travel to be with family for the 4th of July celebrations. Stayed at Oak Wood Inn. It was not only within walking distance of the festivities, and great restaurants, It felt like saying with family, very homey, clean, lovely service staff. Thanks. See ya'll next time I'm in the area. - Connecticut

  • Stayed: July 2010
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Thank yinyang89
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

Wonderful peaceful Inn in Sanford....very clean rooms...super location, close to everything in South Maine....Bob, Marie and the other workers are great people and always ready to help with any needs you might have....if you are looking for a quiet, lovely place to stay, this is for you....will return as soon as possible....love the INN....Tommy and Patty Bassett, Columbus, Ga.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

My 18 year old son and I stayed 5 nites at the Oakwood Inn. We just loved it! Fantastic price, super great location, plenty of places to walk to. These folks made sure that we were comfortable, anything that we requested, was taken care of immediately. WHAT SERVICE!!! This Inn has all the Charm that you would expect from New England, and they make you feel like family. We can`t wait to visit again! Thank- you Oakwood Inn, Cindy Wilson

  • Stayed: June 2010
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2  Thank ybehome
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Reviewed October 15, 2009

Had to stay in Sanford overnite for business. Found this hotel to be not the cleanest, and loud banging noise I believe from heat coming on. Location is excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

Room 118, Front door had no deadbolt, door hard to keep locked....found room door ajar after cleaning staff left my room unlocked. No do not disturb sign available. Two electrical outlets did not work at all. Staff claimed their was wireless internet connection, yet during my 4 day stay the computer could never connect. Bathroom door could hardly shut, door knob broken and wiggly..Window air condition unit made all sorts of sounds and noises, when coming on made loud noise, woke a person up each time. Knob for refrigerator temperture control was missing could not regulate. Overall was totally uncomfortable in this room and was not worth the $95 per night plus tax. Would not recommend this Inn to anyone anywhere.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Tiredout2
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Reviewed May 10, 2009

The inn is tastefully decorated, the staff were great, It is now under new ownership and many updated changes have been made. Would stay again, only wish it were longer for our last stay.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Familyisnumberone
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Additional Information about Oakwood Inn Town Motel

Address: 945 Main St, Sanford, ME 04073-3574
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Location: United States > Maine > Sanford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sanford
Price Range: $55 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Oakwood Inn Town Motel 1*
Number of rooms: 18
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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