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“Very Nice Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Dockside Inn

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The Dockside Inn
Ranked #2 of 16 Oak Bluffs B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very Nice Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

We spent a weekend at this hotel and enjoyed it very much. Making the reservation online was simple and an email confirmation soon followed. The hotel is located within an easy walk to the Oak Bluff's ferry (which was not operating just yet.) We were picked up in Vineyard Haven by a local car rental company for no cost. Check in was easy. We were in Room #5. The room was sufficient for a couple. If we were staying more then 2 nights, I would try to get a bigger room on a higher floor. The hotel has a wonderful snack room that stocks many items such as coffee, water, fruit, pastries, granola bars etc. The hotel also has a supply room which stocks beach chairs, boogie boards, beach towels toys and coolers. The staff was very friendly, particularly the young woman who ordered a cab for us quite early in the morning. We did not use Loomis, the virtual concierge. The room was very clean and updated, wish the blanket was double wrapped in a sheet or in a duvet cover though. Overall, a nice place.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Thiells, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a weekend stay at the Dockside Inn, with two other couples, and we were impressed.
Staff was friendly and helpful.
Room was clean and nicely decorated.
A lot of great free surprises:
The solarium which was always full of coffee and snacks (fresh cookies/ danishes).
& the beach chairs, coolers, ice and boogie boards.

Hotel is perfectly located in Oak bluffs walking distance to everything.
The owner, John, is friendly and down to earth.
Take advantage of the 1956 Rolls Royce courtesy car, it's a cool ride.

I will be going back and recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EDP74
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Valley Cottage, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

We've stayed at several places on the Vineyard throughout the years and the Dockside was the best place so far.

The owner, John, and his staff were great, personable and very helpful.

The rooms were great, modern and didn't have that beach musty smell.

The extras you get are great! Coffee, cookies, ice cream, chips. Etc etc. and the beach chairs and coolers. What a great idea and a huge bonus for us.

Five stars!!!! For sure!!!! Will be back.

Ernie
New York

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank bige1430
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
245 reviews
155 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed here for two nights in late April. Lovely area with a lot of walking opportunities. Our roon was very nice, queen bed, small bathroom. We never did get an internet connection on our laptop but our phones connected after a bit, The bed was fine, a little soft for old bones. They have a great area for for coffee and other sundries that is supposed to be open 7-10 but they were at least a half hour late opening our second day, Tough when you want coffee since that isn't in the room. They have limited parking spaces and we had to park two blocks away our second night. For what we had to pay in the off season, this really was a stretch. They did give our daughter, who was staying in the inn with us, a bottle of wine for a birthday present, which was very nice.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank kglen1
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Caleb_Caldwell, Owner at The Dockside Inn, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Overall, it sounds as if these guests had a pretty nice time with us, so their 3-circle rating has us confused. We thought the gift bottle of wine for the birthday daughter was a nice touch and we're glad that they mentioned it. Our wi-fi service was never unavailable while they were our guests and if they had ever made us aware of their difficulty we could certainly have helped them get connected. We did open up our coffee area (the Solarium) a little late on one of their mornings with us; no excuses for that. The morning front desk person arrived late for work. As for parking, we have six on-site parking spaces available on a first-come basis, and plenty of on-street parking all around our building. We always encourage our guests to leave their car on the mainland if at all possible. It is easy to get around Martha's Vineyard without a car, and on a busy weekend (they were with us on a Thursday through Saturday) parking can be scarce. These guests had two of our best water-view rooms and at $119 on Thursday and $129 on Friday they paid less than half what the same room would cost during the summer. They may not realize it but they got extremely good value at the Dockside Inn relative to the other hotels in town, and they enjoyed a very competitive early season rate. Our beds are all Serta Presidential Plush, which is a very good commercial grade mattress used by many of the best hotel brands in the country, and we rarely hear that a guest did not sleep well. However, there will of course be the occasional guest who is used to something firmer or softer at home, and I believe that most travelers would agree that that possibility is part and parcel of the travel experience.
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Valley Cottage, New York
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

This inn is lovely. The rooms are clean and modern and the staff are welcoming and accommodating. We loved the little things they offered like the snacks in the pretty solarium and the beach chairs and coolers for beach excursions. We will go back.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank MelissaGiraldez
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

We came to Martha's Vineyard one cold spring weekend in April and enjoyed the quiet of the island, before the rush of the tourists. Dockside Inn was a wonderful home base, with a warm solarium with complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day, which were a welcome treat. We also were pleasantly surprised by the hot tub in the garden, which provided a well appreciated warm outdoor activity. The inn provides daily recommendations on events going on in town, which are literally right around the corner -- great location by the water! The hosts provide great food recommendations and even offered us a ride in their Rolls Royce back to Vineyard Haven.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank munmei
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Thompson, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very relaxing location, yet convenient to everything. The rooms were very clean and fresh. The amenities were more than we could have thought to ask for. We stayed in the suite which overlooked the harbor. The suite was exactly like the photo on the web site! We will definitely come here again!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan D
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Property: The Dockside Inn
Address: 9 Circuit Ave Extension, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Oak Bluffs
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Oak Bluffs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get Away & Play. The Dockside Inn is Oak Bluffs hospitality & elegance at its best - built in 1989, the hotel has the conveniences of a new modern facility including 22 regular guest rooms. All rooms have Queen beds - some with two. All feature air conditioning, cable TV, in-room refrigerators, and free WiFi. All rooms are comfortably furnished for your vacation. Our location on the Oak Bluffs Harbor is just steps from restaurants, boutiques, beaches, boating, ferries, buses and so much more! ... more   less 
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The Dockside Hotel Oak Bluffs
The Dockside Inn Oak Bluffs, MA - Martha's Vineyard

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