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“TERRIBLE - owners are EXTREMELY RUDE”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Sand Dollar Inn

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Sand Dollar Inn
Ranked #17 of 17 Hotels in Westerly
Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“TERRIBLE - owners are EXTREMELY RUDE”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2010

paying $165.00 for a room for 3 over fourth of July weekend, we thought we could have a few friends meet us at the hotel as a group before going out to the beach to celebrate. we all travelling a LONG way, and once our guests came to simply meet, NOT STAY, the owners yelled at us and told us we would be charged extra for the guests, even after explaining many many times they were not staying. customer service is not their #1 priority, squeezing every dollar out of you is. they threatened to tow the guest of ours who PAID TO STAY IN OUR ROOM!! do not go to this place, a tent in the woods is a better value. they should charge $5.00 for the "amenities", what a joke.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2010

We had a really nice time here. We were only staying overnight, but if we were staying in the area again, I would definitely stay here. The staff was wonderful, the rooms were clean, and you can't beat the area. True, there are more updated hotels in the area, but I did not want to spend an arm and a leg to stay overnight. Good value.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank TheFutureMrsPowers
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2009

This motel is an "efficiency" one - it has only what you need to get by. If you're looking for room service, indoor pool, restaurant - this isn't the place for you. But if you're looking for a quiet place to crash after a long day in the sun, you'll manage just fine here.

Owners/staff are all friendly and helpful, with printed out directions to get to the beach. It's a convenient location (although it's 3 miles to the beach, the motel is right off the main road - easy to get find.)

The rooms are small and "efficient". Small TV, double bed, tiny bathroom. The bathroom has a tub though, which is nice. It also has a refrigerator, but it wasn't plugged in. The rooms were clean and cool (AC in the window helps, but also the windows (in the main room and in the bathroom) all open to let some fresh air in).

Continental breakfast in the morning was ok - great coffee, nice selection of donuts, muffins,etc. It's not really designed to sit down and eat in the breakfast area, but we would have taken our food back to the room anyway. Who wants to sit and chit-chat with strangers before the coffee has kicked in?

If I had one suggestion to the owners, I would ask that the shampoo/conditioner/soap be updated! Yes, the rooms are out of date, the type of TV hasn't been made since 1992, and the carpets are circa 1970. But after a day (or a week) at the beach, a girl needs more than dish detergent to wash her hair. A little change like this can go a long way.

All in all, I would stay here again, because the staff was nice. A little friendliness helps to overlook those things you might be missing if you're used to staying at some of the nicer hotels.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank griff08
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BROOMALL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2009

One vehicle being in the parking lot should have been a clue! he review said "come meet your fellow travelers in out community room" What a joke.! Thr oom consisted of a jumbled mess of games,unmatched furniture, and dirt! The continental breakfast was questionable foo. The table supplied was a desk covered with a plastic tablecloth to the floor,the seating around it was a rocking chair, a wooden chair ,a couch and a bar stool for 4 !!The floor of our room was covered with black hair. the outdoor seating was a dining room chair (cloth covered) that had been there a long time in the weather!! The metal benches were filthy and dirtied our clothes.
The management obviously takes advantage of the motels close proximity to attractions, which was the only advantage. Put the money out for a clean and desirable lace!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SARGEBROOMALL
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danaSanddollerinn, owner at Sand Dollar Inn, responded to this review, August 12, 2009
We apologize for any inconvenience you had during your stay with us. Our motel is primarily a beach motel. Most guestsspend their days at the beach and return late in the evenings. Therefore our parking lot is often not full till late in the evening. Because we are not on the beach our prices are half of those that are on the beach and competitive with others in the area. We certainly do not wish to take advantage of our guests. Guests often come to our common room and take their breakfast back to their rooms. Our accommodations there are limited we agree. But the room is cleaned daily as are all our rooms. We have spoken to house keeping in an effort to ensure our clenaliness. We are very sorry you had a poor experience here.
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Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2008

We stayed at the Sand Dollar Inn while attending the Seafood Festival in Charlestown. It was a nice little motel. The staff were friendly and accomodating. The room was very clean and spacious - had a nice "homey" feel to it - wasnt overly decorated but had everything we needed. We liked the way the motel is set back off the main road, in a little wooded area. It was nice and quiet - no street noise and we were especially pleased that we couldn't hear any of our neighbors - it was a very peaceful night. The AC worked great, the shower was nice and hot... no complaints. The continental breakfast was nothing to write home about, but there was some variety to it which was nice - there was OJ, coffee, toast, bagels, cereal, oatmeal. There are some cute little tables with umbrellas outside of the main office at which to enjoy a few quiet moments. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends. Bottom line - nothing fancy but clean, quiet and comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank OldSoulCT
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chicopee,ma
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2008

Well we paid 175.00 for a room with fist holes in the door,trash under the bed and in the dresser.
Very dingy and dirty.
we even took pictures of how awful.
NEVER AGAIN WILL WE STAY THERE.
The receipt had the triple A crossed out in black marker.
Online it said Triple A approved.
I highly doubt triple A would approve this place.
Continental breakfast was a half an hour late too!

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  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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1 Thank gailChicopee_ma
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Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2008

We wanted a value hotel since the next day we were heading to Block Island. When you call, ask for an AARP or AAA discount. The hotel was clean and they offered a breakfast the next morning. The staff is very accommodating. Very retro. It will remind you of a motel of the 50's but the important thing was that it was clean and we got a good night's sleep.

  • Liked — location - on rt. # 1 - close to many attractions
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank kensbarn
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Property: Sand Dollar Inn
Address: 171 Post Rd, Route 1, Westerly, RI 02891-2673
Location: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Westerly
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #17 of 17 Hotels in Westerly
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Hotel Class:2 star — Sand Dollar Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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