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The Dunes Motor Inn
Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in South Yarmouth
Swampscott, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews
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“The Dunes Motor Inn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

If you want Cape Cod Style this is the place to be - very clean - older bathrooms, comfortable beds, phone, refrigerator, microwave and AC. I had the most relaxing weekend with my 12 year old. The Beach is right down the road. The Pool was very clean, the lounge chairs very comfortable. The Best part was the employees - Jack and his team are very professional and courteous. Very attentive with their continental breakfast as well. I have been in the industry 25 years and would definitely recommend this diamond in the rough - Thank you Jack!! You are a true gentleman!!

Andrea and Sophia Manni

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We went on memorial weekend and unlike many others they had everything ready and great. The pool had been tested and certified.The rooms from the outside look like a basic motel room but inside they clearly have been update with very luxurious bedding and accessories.the bathroom could have been in a upscale hotel.You usually dont expect much when they say there is a "breakfast" at the motel but this was very nice complete with waffles.

The key to the pleasant atmosphere was the family who managed the place who prioritzed service.It was about a 8-10 miniute to the beach. Despite the fact it is a motel, it is in a totally residential neighborhool It must have been grandfathered in which is lucky for you as there is no traffic noise at night as in many motels.

Room Tip: If you dont mind stairs, choose an upstair room and enjoy sitting out on a little balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

I stayed at the Dunes for 3 nights and have no complaints. Our room was very clean and the folks that operate the place are extremely pleasant and accommodating. While this is a older motel the owners are making the effort to upgrade. While we were there new carpeting was being installed in many of the rooms. This work was done during the day while we were not at the motel so it was not a bother at all. They do serve breakfast but we did not go down for it due to early morning commitments at a Bridge tournament. Our room was on the second floor and it was very quiet at night. The room had a refrigerator and a microwave oven and both were new and very clean. The television was a bit small but worked fine and had a good selection of channels. The shower was interesting, when first turned on it is very hot then goes to cold then comes back and moderates to a perfect temperature. Did not need to even turn on the cold water tap. If you turn it on and wait a few minutes to go through it's hot, cold, perfect cycle then you will have no issue with it. I would have no issue with staying here again and probably will next year when I return for the tournament. For the cost it was exactly what we needed for the weekend. If you want quiet and clean this is the place!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

In September 2012 I was with a group which stayed at the Dunes Motel during a guided tour of Cape Cod. I was not at all prepared for the “Dunes experience.”

Where to start? I remember the Eisenhower administration (1953-1961). The Dunes Motel must have been here then and VERY little has changed. It all came flooding back when I entered the room. The aqua tiled walls of the bath room with the aqua sink and tub. WOW! I have not seen that in years. The metal cabinet over the sink, the old Koehler sink fittings it was all there. If you want to go back in time, to those thrilling days of yesteryear, “with a hearty Hi-Yo, Silver. Away!” here is THE spot.

This is another one of those “check list” motels found on group tours. Room; check. Beds; check. Bath room en suite; check. Hot water; check. All the parts are there but the total experience leaves a lot to be desired.

The owner, and family, responded to any and all issues quickly. The problem is there should not have been so many issues to respond to. My room had a plumbing problem. We were offered a different room; we accepted. The plumbing problem was fixed later the same day but should have been found and fixed before the room was rented. Others in the group had similar issues which all seemed to be resolved quickly as well. Still, the issues seemed to arise from the fact the property needs to be completely overhauled ASAP.

I spoke to another couple who were ending a week-long stay. They were quite satisfied. Others in our group were also satisfied with the responsiveness of the owner/operator.

Breakfast (included) was odd by contemporary standards. Again, all the parts were there but it seemed a bit “quaint” and reminiscent of the early days of motel development in the United States. Not awful just odd.

For travelers in their 30’s this place is a living, 3-D historical experience. Want to know what the motels of the 1960’s were like? Stay here.

This is a very quiet area, mostly rental cottages. The ocean is about two long blocks away. There is a small public beach (100+- yards) with benches, parking and sand to walk on. Easy walk to, from and on the beach. That is about all there is in the neighborhood. There is one restaurant near the ocean about ¾ mile from the motel. Other services are a car ride away on the main road.

All in all it was an experience. Interesting experience, not terrible, but it was interesting.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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hamilton township, nj
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

room is good size, bathroom ok, had fridge, microwave and iron. king bed was comfy. it is an older place, but adequate. had a pool, but we did not swim as it rained. continental breakfast is ok. cold cereal, bagels, donuts, coffee. it is about 2 blocks from a small public beach on Nantucket Sound. the beach was not great, small and smelly from dead shellfish laying around. hotel is located on a residential street, that has cottage rentals on it. if you are looking to be close to the big beaches, head towards Wellfleet or Truro and that area. This hotel is 45 miles from Providencetown. It did not smell like smoke and did not have bugs, but next day i did notice that all my clothes smelled damp/musty from the room. its ok, not great, not horrible. not a great location for the beach, but there are many shops and restaurants in the area.

Room Tip: if you want to be close to a good beach, look in Wellfleet, or Truro area. there is a bit of street...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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beacon falls ct
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

OMG! Had the best time last week at the Dunes Motel. We were treated like royalty by Jack and Pax who run the place. clean as a whistlen! u can eat off the sidewalks! place is older but thats what gives it its charm. Had everything we needed, full kitchen, fridge, stove toaster, hair dryer, iron and board, loads of closet space. decent continental bfskt. close to everything shopping , restaurants, beach around the corner. very inexpensive for area, cottages down the stret 250 a nite. would reccomend this place to everyone, families, friends, couples.Cant wait to go back with my family at end of summer. Thanks Jack and Pax for a wonderful stay! Nancy and Lynn from CT

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

Had a wonderful experience with an overnight stay at the Dunes. Owner stayed open awaiting our late arrival, didn't arrive until after 10:00 pm. Extremely clean and the staff were very helpful in meeting our needs. There were other people there who stay at the Dunes during their yearly visits to the Cape. The TV, fridge, micro, hair dryer were not the newest models but everything worked fine. The breakfast was compatible with the cost of a room (danish, bagels, english muffins and cereal).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: The Dunes Motor Inn
Address: 170 Seaview Ave, South Yarmouth, MA 02664-5147
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > South Yarmouth
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in South Yarmouth
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Dunes Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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