We stayed at this motel on our way down from Philadelphia to Virginia via as many non-interstate roads as possible. This is a little gem of a 50's style hotel on 301. The room was clean and well maintained with some seriously retro decor. there is a nice sized mini fridge and a microwave in the room, which a lot of basic motels do not provide any more. they have soap in the bathroom, but no shampoo or conditioner. The bathroom looks as though it has not been renovated since the motel opened, but it was very clean and well-maintained. Our mattresses were clean an new appearing, with no evidence of bed bugs.
The staff/family that owns the motel is very friendly and accommodating. The pool is lovely and clean, and there are grills and picnic tables for self-catering; there are not too many food choices in the area, unless you to up north on 301 to la plata.
the office is quirky, to say the least, with a sort of yard sale shelf of things to purchase and a large cage with 2 chinchillas. Our 2 kids (5 and 2) were thrilled with the chinchillas, and the owner let them give them snacks. There must have been about 6 cats milling about the property, which we enjoyed, but I could imagine others might not.
The motel has multicolored fluorescent lights above each room, which gives it a fun look at night.
We enjoyed our stay at the Motel Bel Alton, and would return if we needed a place to say in Southern Maryland again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A safe, friendly location offering all the amenities of home at a reasonable rate, just 5 miles south of La Plata, Maryland. At The Bel Alton Motel, you'll find friendly and personable staff, a swimming pool, Free WiFi, DirecTV, 40 inch flat screen televisions, and nostalgia. Our rooms come with a microwave and refrigerator and a reputation for being CLEAN! We are nearby the MIR and Budds Creek Racetracks. You'll also find that we are pet friendly and within walking distance to Apehangers Bar & Grill. The motel has available parking in the rear for bass boats, with a locked gate for added security. We are American owned and operated! ... more less