Sea Gull Inn Oceanfront
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Free parking
Chambre très propre. Piscine intérieure. Bien situé. Très bon rapport qualité/prix.
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My family and I just returned from the Sea Gull Motel yesterday and I could not wait to let everyone know that being that it was the lowest rate on the beach, it was probably the worst motel on the beach. When we got there from CT after driving for 10 hours, we had hoped that maybe they would let us in a little early (especially since I knew ahead of time that room 107 would be ours and saw the maid had finished cleaning it). Hugh, the desk clerk, did not even want to find out if we could get in early. He literally said "NO, I don't want to." I told him how rude he was to someone who was just checking in and I was just in shock! I went back on the beach with my family and told my husband what had happened. An hour later we went back and when Hugh saw me with my husband he then apologized. The parking is the worst I have ever seen anywhere. The only time you can get a space is when someone is leaving and you race to the other parking lot 2 blocks away and race your own car to the spot. The maid service was so-so. They need to learn how to make beds. Every time we came back the beds looked made but the sheets were not smoothed out flat. Oh and by the way, they don't cash in any Travelers Checks. So, you need to use those in the stores. I have never heard of any motel or hotel that does not provide that as one of the services. Well, like I said you get what you pay for.
My husband and I have stayed at the Seagull on several occasions. We came across it in 2001 and decided to stay there based upon the room rates and beach access. We took the last room available on our first stay, which happened to be an oceanview suite. We were impressed by the cleanliness this older establishment offered. We enjoyed the heated pool and jacuzzi as well. We have returned on three other occasions, one in which we rented a standard room. The room was typical in size, but very clean. The next two visits we stayed in the suite again, mostly because we prefer the view, but also because it is more spacious and private.
Our family had a week booked at the Edgewater Condos (great place!), but as the vacation grew closer, we knew we wanted to extend our stay. I went online to find an available hotel and found the Sea Gull. I now wish we had gone straight home. We booked a stay at the Sea Gull for Sept 3-6, but immediately after checking in knew we couldn't stay the whole time and left after one night. I was unprepared for the lack of privacy the Sea Gull affords - the ocean view rooms "balcony" is the shared walkway to get to your room, so if you want to sit on the balcony and enjoy the views - you do so with all the other guests on your floor. We happened to get an ocean front room on the 2nd floor, but the balcony there was so tiny and overlooked a room strewn with old towels and assorted junk as well as the Little Feet cafe - not exactly peaceful or relaxing.
Despite mixed reviews we had a very pleasant stay at the Sea Gull Motel. We made our reservations back in February after much research. We booked a 4 night Romantic Stay at the Sea Gull to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We knew from the photos that it was an older property. The package offered what we had wanted for the most part. A clean room, ocean front, in room coffee, in room refridgerator, breakfast each morning- with a special first morning breakfast, a dinner one evening and a one hour bike rental. We also recieved a gift basket that had chapagne, cheese, crackers, fruit, photo frames, three different types of chocolate candies and goblets. Hugh was very helpful when I called and inquired initially. They provided vouchers for the free breakfasts and dinner. The only thing that I would caution is that the breakfast menu in the package is a limited menu, but it was plentiful. The first morning breakfast paper states that any breakfast menu item, including a screw driver or bloody mary is included. We did recieve a little hesitation about requesting the regular menu. But they did honor it although the cook did not seem real happy about it. The pancakes were plentiful and good. And if you enjoy omlettes, they had a chicken omlette that was very good and out of the ordinary. We found the front desk staff to be helpful. The servers at Little Feets were very nice as well. They also offered room service which was odd for a smaller property we thought. We did not take advantage of it though. We were very pleased with our package, accommodations and the treatment we recieved. We felt that price wise it was a good deal and . We hope to return again some time and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
We stayed in an oceanview room. We were not sure of all of the amenities as their website is not real clear. However, the rooms were nice and clean. The rooms have coffee pots, small fridge and alarm clock. There is no hairdryers supplied. The rooms were nice size with a great view of the ocean. The staff was friendly and for the most part helpful. This is a nice hotel for the price. I would recommend getting an oceanview instead of a partial view as you really look into the parking lot and do not get to feel as much of a breeze. The only downside to this place, is they have satellite parking. Very limited space for parking your car in the same lot as the hotel. Get their early enough to get a spot if you drive. The satellite lot is about 2 1/2 blocks away. Which does wear you down after you have walked so much.
Our family of 5 stayed at the Sea Gull Motel, July 17-21, 2005. We choose the Sea Gull because it was the best value we could find directly on the Beach. Note that they offered a better price on the Internet than calling directly.
Have stayed at this hotel a few times. However this past visit, will be my last. Never really had too much of a problem here until this year. Upon checking into our room had dirty towels laying in the bathroom. I didn't complain about it, but proceeded to place them on top of an unused trashcan for the next day. After maid service the next day, they were still there, so I proceeded to throw them away. The first night while unpacking, the headboard atop one of the beds fell off the wall. Nice huh? Besides that all of the drawers in our dresser were broken. Then to the parking issue. Don't like the fact of when all the spots are taken, having to park my car 2 blocks away. Didn't mind it much until I saw that they allow people to place orange cones and beach chairs to reserve spots in parking spaces at the hotel upon someone leaving. Asked one of the workers and was told... Well what do you want me to do? Then they have the nerve come to out and write down my license plate number because I double parked there for a MINUTE to run and get my camera. Got major attitude from the guy from the front desk, even though someone was waiting at the car. Needless to say I was highly TICKED off! Also beware... if you have a ground floor room... you do not have a WIDE balcony with a semi-ocean view. You have a view of the parking lot. Isn't that great also? They fail to tell you that. Overall I not impressed like I use to be. Not many improvements at all over the years. Will find a new hotel next year!
Had a great time at the Sea Gull Motel. We went to the beach spur of the moment with no reservations or anything. The Sea Gull had good rates and was so clean. The rooms were very nice and the area was patroled frequently. Very safe. Had a blast!!
A+ Service...5* for less!
Stayed at the seagull last year loved it! will go back again this year worth the money!.
I'd go back in a minute!
My sister and I just got back from Virginia Beach. What a great time we had. We stayed at the Sea Gull Motel. It wasn't the most modern of places but it was very clean and everyone was wonderful. They had a great restaurant downstairs, Little Feets. They had indoor pool and bike rentals. The beach is kept immaculate and it is always being patrolled-safe and clean. I would definitely recommend this vacation for the young and old.