We booked our trip online and like most people trusted that the pictures shown were somewhat accurate. The exterior pictures depicted a true taste of what the motel, not hotel, looks like. We arrived at the "motel" at around 8:30 pm and were greeted by an employee at the main office. Our reservation was for a double room with an ocean view. We were told our "king" room was all ready. I explained that we had booked a double room with the ocean view as we had 4 people in our group. She double checked our reservation and confirmed that our room was given to someone else. We were then offered a room on the ground level which we took. We asked if there was anywhere nearby that we could get a bite to eat as we had been travelling all day. We were directed to a "family style" restaurant called Schooners which was around the corner. We walked in the door and the foul smell from the place was disgusting. The first person to comment on it was my 7 year old who did not hide his disgust. That being said, we were starving and really had no options as everything in Hull on a Sunday closes at 9 PM. When we finally made it back to the motel and entered the room for the first time, again, not a pleasant smell. It was musty with an attempt of spraying something to mask it. The bathroom was dirty as it had a not very well washed rubber mat in the shower but the stains all around the drain were unsettling. The pictures on the website obviously are a room that may have been renovated but it was nothing like room #10. The walls were marked, the carpet looked dirty, the sink area looked like it was more of a laundry room and there were little black things on the fitted sheet in the bed. Not sure what they were. There was either something through the night that was ticking or it was the sound of mice in the room as that was what the noise was like. The next morning we informed the manager that we were checking out and moving to a "hotel" and relayed our disappointment with the accommodations. At that time is when we saw the Continental Breakfast that some reviews raved about. The muffins were obviously bought in bulk and wrapped in saran wrap. If you asked for ice you got a little measured bag that if you liked ice in a drink may get you 3. As we were leaving, we asked about the amenities in the area so that we may enjoy the beach. We were directed to a building, by the manager, that was supposed be the change rooms. You guessed it, wrong building. We were also told about the Carousel up the road that was really interesting but you could not ride it, you could only watch the person who is restoring it work on the horses. Again, not the case. In speaking with a local vendor we had relayed our comments to him and he said he was surprised as they had spent so much money renovating the whole motel. If I was the owner of this facility I would fire the person who forgot to renovate our room in the process.
It was a very disappointing start to our time in the Boston area but thanks to the Hampton Inn in Braintree, it ended up being a fabulous vacation. I would never say that I would not return to Hull as it is quite quaint. But next time I will be sure to give enough notice and stay at the Nantasket Beach Resort instead. We had breakfast in their restaurant and if the quality of service and cleanliness is any indication of their rooms then there should be only satisfaction from staying there. It was our first choice originally but they were unable to accommodate our dates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nantasket Hotel has recently been completely renovated and offers spacious, quaint rooms with a beach motif. All of our rooms have private baths, King or Queen beds, plasma TVs, Free wireless internet, and a kitchenette area with microwave and refrigerator. Located directly across from 3 mile long Historic Nantasket Beach and close to the boardwalk offering all kinds of restaurants and entertainment! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nantasket Beach Hotel
- Nantasket Beach Inn