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We stayed at the Seacrest the weekend of June 24th for a Wedding. We had made our reservations back in January and requested an ocean view and a king size bed and were told everything was all set. When we arrived to our room, there were 2 double beds. We called the front desk and asked why our room wasn't what we requested and they said "ocean view" does not have king size beds". Why didn't they inform us of this when we made our reservation, we would of requested a different room. We also had a problem with a leeking ceiling in the bathroom which took 3 trips for maintance to fix (they could not solve the problem).
We feel we should have been compensated for being mislead and the slippery bathroom.
It was not worth the $290 a night stay and we will not or suggest anyone to stay there ever!!!!!
A wonderful Cape Cod resort
A year ago on Labor Day week end my husband and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary at Sea Crest.
We had 39 family members with us. First night
we ate in the oceanfront dining room with good food
and a great sunset. Our celebration was in the ballroom the next night with plated dinner and
a fun one-man band. Our consultant was helpful
about recommending local businesses for flowers,
the one-man band and local bakery for special cake. We were all in the main bldg in the same
hall so that was special for visiting each other.
The day camp for the children was free so adults
could go off to golf. The beach was the best all
agreed, very user friendly for all ages. We love
the atmosphere there and will go back.
HATED EVERY MINUTE
Do you like being awoken at 6:00 AM to the sounds of screaming children throwing temper tantrums in the next room? Or the lovely sounds of children running amuck through the hallways? Do you wish to be surrounded by mold growing in the bathroom, with broken tiles all around, and do you like to be surrounded by several breeds of insects? THEN THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU! We stayed at the Sea Crest on our honeymoon many (10) years ago, and returned for an anniversary stay. What a difference 10 years make - this place has gone to ruin! And forget about privacy and romance - if you don't have children, DON'T go here - you will not get any rest or relaxation. We had to move our room twice due to inconsiderate parents - dragging their kicking and screaming children while yelling at them down the hallways, slamming doors, etc. NOT a peaceful stay, to say the least. We moved our room to the more expensive side of the hotel, only to be awoken the next morning at 6:00 AM to yet more screaming and the sounds of "bouncing balls" against our wall. Our room was dirty - black mold all over the bathroom (fixtures, shower curtain) and the furniture was falling apart. Just awful. $600 is a lot of money to spend to be miserable, not to mention the ever prescence of assorted insects. The hallways were flooded by the rain, and the place reeked of mold. Disgusting.
Bottom line: If you are looking for romance and a clean, quiet stay on the Cape, GO ELSEWHERE!
Some good Some bad....
My sister got married this past weekend at the Sea Crest. While there is nothing better than a beachfront room, it must be noted that the ocean front rooms are nothing more than super 8 "esque" accomodations with a great view of the water right in front of you. In essence, a 2 star motel made a 4 stars because of location.
I use this site to research all of my vacations. So I wanted to give back to any future info seekers. Just some quick perspective. I travel frequently and have been in 6 star luxury hotels and Ive stayed in my share of best westerns, and budget hotels as well. I love opulence but I also like a laid back no frills as well so this review is as unbiased as i can make it. We are a thirty something middle class couple. We were on a wedding weekend with about 30 rooms occupied by wedding attendees. There was also another wedding there the same weekend and a conference wrapping up as well.
Small, in desparate need of repair. Most bathrooms I saw as well as my own ocean front room was ...well....gross. Tiles ungrouted and falling out. Vents discolored and rusted. Peeling wall paper. Carpetting battered by sand, rain, and wear. Closet and bathroom lights needed to be replaced during our stay. Closet door never closed the whole time we were there...it was broken and we had to pick our battles. The rain leaked into our end unit closet early on in our stay and got all of the things on the ground wet and smelly, phone didnt work half the time we were there. On the other hand...air conditioner worked great. A nice small balcony opening up right onto the boardwalk and only steps from the sand. These were the positives that most people will over look the negative things for. In my opinion....there is not excuse for any of the problems.
They have you there as a captive audience....the surrounding small lunch or breakfast places are at the very most...average based on remarks of many friends and relatives that stayed for the weekend. The dining room was lovely and the view was great. It has a complete menu and the food is very good. We had the rehearsal dinner there on friday night. The service was adequate...sometimes more so. The small deli Oscars by the pool surprisingly had nice sandwiches. Nothing fancy....about 5-6 dollars. Ham, turkey, etc . Chicken sandwiches. Pizza. All more then average. Breakfast buffet was very nice. Nicer on sunday. Included slightly more. They nickel and dime you for the continental breakfast so its not a good value.
The beach long and fairly large and it is private and its great. Surf is small. Slight dip into the water but you can walk out far and still only be out to your knees. There are chairs and umbrellas that the service staff will help you with at no charge. Also towels at a specific area. There are paddleboats for 30 dollars an hour for a two person and 60 dollars an hour for a four person boat. There is also windsurfing and a small catamaran for boat rides. Its nice for families. There is also a couple of nets for some beach volleyball. Nothing more organized than that from what i saw. The public beach is right next store and my husband swears there were "intruders" into our side. ***they do send around staff to check name to room numbers to avoid this. There is a very nice beach bar at the boardwalk too. Six dollars for frozen drinks...there are about 8 kinds. They were adequate. Your usual bar type frozen drinks. Bartenders friendly.
Crazy on days where there are two overlapping weddings and a conference. YIKES.
Halls are not air conditioned...it can get stuffy and warm...but not bad. Indoor pool and hot tub looked well kept as well as the moderately sized gym and family room with ping pong tables video games etc. On the rainy days they were well utilized.
I was the matron of honor. My sister was happy with most things, however....it was all smiles and happy before she got there from the wedding contact people and then when we got there ...there was some drama but nothing too terrible. They changed her room unbeknownst to her though she had booked the oceanfront room more than a year ago. In the end it worked out fine...but they never consulted her. It was done knowing there would be a problem. They also made certain other autonomous decisions without the brides knowledge despite the fact that she (or my mother and father more correctly) were paying for it. There were things that we were critical of. But in the end they made good on most of them and it was a happy day to only remember the good of it and not the bad. But to keep them on their toes and not get too greedy...they need to know that they are far from perfect. The coordinator that worked with them was Kathleen. For the most part she was efficient and did what she needed to do. My only complaint is the fake smile. If there is a problem...lets deal with it with the gloves on and then in the end we can smile and hug.....but dont patronize us...we're not stupid. Moving on...the bathrooms the ballroom used were dirty, smelly, and very poorly ventilated. But the view from the oceanfront lounge and dining room for cocktails was really very nice. The clambake for dinner was nice though a served entree would have made it much nicer. It was just a bit confusing when people first started to go up for their food. Maybe a bit more direction. The waitstaff was very attentive to the head table yet there were many tables that had plates piles up and poorly cleared. Could be because there were steamers, mussels, and lobsters. Who knows...not a biggie.
Simple, quick, done on the beach. Chairs on board walk accomodate about 200 people. People on the beach actually turn their beach chairs and watch you quite close. I hated that...but there is nothing they do about it. They will however make sure that people do not come into the line of sight for pictures etc. They post staff at the corners. Well coordinated and organized. We were fortunate that the rain held off for the day and we had nice outdoor pictures.
Front desk. .....
Check in is exactly as stated. The rooms Will NOT be done before 3 oclock. We were down early that day hoping to get into our rooms early. They were not done....we waited from 930 till 2. Our fault but we wanted to avoid friday afternoon traffic and wanted to get into our rooms to get ready for the rehearsal dinner. Not their fault but we thought that at least the brides room would be ready around noon. NOPE. 3 like the rest of us and some later than that.
Housekeeping staff was very helpful. Front desk. Ive never seen a more indifferent bunch of people. The front end manager...Dot....never smiled once. I wondered the whole time if she really hated her job. Sad to see. No "did you have a nice stay"?...(they probably dont care). I told them of our soaked closet and broken phone....(totally unaffected by it) Im sure they already knew of the incoming water as it surely couldnt have been the first time. I also overheard many people over the course of the weekend complaining about one thing or another. Quality of room, size of disreapaired bathrooms(common complaint), Uncomfortable beds, and reservations not correct.
All in all....
Its a beach hotel. If you dont want to move for days on end...its perfect. But there is a give and take for that privelege. I paid 313 dollars a NIGHT including tax for three nights, totally almost a thousand dollars....didnt include breakfast. Thats an awful lot of money for the quality of rooms we had. I dont care what kind of view you have.
It is however the perfect "type" of place to have a destination wedding nearby.
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Directly on Old Silver Beach... With small children who love to play at the beach, there is no better Cape Cod spot than the Sea Crest. Very helpful staff, newly-appointed oceanfront rooms, and great food! We highly recommend this Cape Cod classic!
We have been going to the Sea Crest for years now and we love it. We go to the Cape Cod every year, and we stay there every time. It has something for everyone from children to adults. We would highly reccomend this hotel to anyone going to the Cape.
Loved the Sea Crest Resort
Had guests visiting Cape Cod from Annapolis. Suggested they stay at Sea Crest, as it was close to my home.Drove by property. Visitors instantly fell in love with the hotel--especially its great location right on the beach.They decided to check in. Room was nicely furnished and had a wonderful view of Buzzards Bay from the sundeck.Friends were truly pleased with accommodations, courtesy of staff, delicious meals, entertainment in Surf Lounge and watching the sun set from the terrace. They liked Health Club also with large pool and exercise equipment.All in all, visitors had a memorable time and wanted everyone to know about the "treasure" they had discovered.Where else can you step out of your room and put your feet into white beach sand?Actually, my wife and I will also be dropping by the Sea Crest fairly often to take advantage of the great food, music and dancing! We, too, are happy to have learned about this "treasure."
Located directly on Old Silver Beach, the Seacrest Resort is a large hotel/motel in North Falmouth, Cape Cod MA. I write my review with mixed emotions, because I have been staying there each year for my entire life (22 years) so I have a bit of an attachment to it. While I do enjoy my stays, there are a number of problems I've experienced over the years. On the upside, the hotel does have a terrific location just off of Route 28, which connects directly to the interstate at the Bourne Rotary. It's also near to all major attractions, downtown, shopping, restaurants, medical centers, and other beaches. There is plenty of parking if you check in early enough, and the outdoor pool and beach is nice. They have a lovely gift shop and lobby, as well as two lounges and a long boardwalk. The front desk staff is friendly and usually very helpful. Now, on to the problems: one of my major qualms about this hotel is the cleanliness factor. Many of the rooms have a bit of a moldly, musty odor, and you can see staining and water damage in some of the rooms that have doors and are located in humid areas....such as near the pools. There are stains on the bedspreads, walls, and carpets in virtually every room I've been in. The bathroom floors and tubs also have a lot of stains, and there are no lids on the toilet seats nor fans to remove the humidity. The refridgerators are also dirty. Another issue is the insect population...since the rooms obviously lack a tight seal, the ones with doors (especially near the beach) house many varieties of spiders, ants, and roach-like critters.
The hallways sometimes flood on the first floor during rainstorms, which I assume accounts for the moldy odor in the carpet. The outdoor pool is ok, but the indoor pool always appears murky and has lots of particles floating in it. The food is not always the best - dining room itself is gorgeous, but my family and friends often complain of the food quality and choose to eat elsewhere. There are also some functional and aesthetic issues I have with the hotel. The linens and bedspreads are old, and really could use some updating. There are no down comforters here. The bathrooms need to be totally re-done. The rooms lack seating areas, and there are no suites in the hotel.
Electric doors in some of the other entrances, and elevators in the seperate buildings, would be extremely helpful to guests with luggage.
There are elevators in the main bldg, but many of the rooms still have to be accessed by a set of smaller stairs, which is difficult with luggage. There is very little storage room, and many of the rooms only have a view of the rooftop or parking lot. Finally, the price is quite hefty for a motel-like facility. Despite all its shortcomings (which I plan to drop a note to management about in hopes of getting even a few of them resolved,) I do enjoy staying here each year, and will continue to return this year. The views and setting cannot be beat, and the location is really nice. There are things you can do to minimize the irritations. If staying here, I highly recommend arriving early so you can have more of a choice of the room you'll be staying in. Plan to eat out - there's a wide array of fast to fancy food in Bourne, Falmouth, and neighboring Hyannis. Smoking rooms have a terrible odor, so best to request non-smoking. Always request rooms away from the pool, and only accept the beach-front rooms if you don't mind leaky doors or night visitors (insects.) Also, if requesting a room in the main building, ask to be away from the stairs (elevator level rooms) for easier access. Ask for a room away from the kitchen, and not over it - There are some extremely strong, spicy odors that emanate from the kitchen in some of the rooms in the main building. This may not seem like a major concern, but trust me, after five minutes in the room, it gets to be a bit nauseating. If you're a hygenie-fanatic like myself, bring some cleaning chemicals to tidy up with. Overall it's a nice hotel and wonderful setting, and a lot of these things probably wouldn't bother the average traveler spending little time in his/her room....Just don't expect five-star accomodations and red carpet service. If an ideal setting and beautiful views are your top priorities and you're willing to put up with satisfactory accomodations at best, then you probably will enjoy your stay at the Seacrest.
Cape Cod' SeaCrest Gets Mixed Review
Attended a conference at the Sea Crest in November of '03. The conference was superb. The hotel and conference center nickel and dimed you to death though, which I objected to.The room was clean, but blah--needs to be updated. There are some newer units, but they are in separate buildings and away from the main campus.The banquet foods were better than the main dining room fare, but the box lunches served to us at noon were nothing special. The banquet staff were exceptionally nice and service oriented. Can't say the same for the main dining room which is run separately. I let the maitre d' know that our table was NOT happy with the food AND the service. It was also on the pricey side.I would stay at the Sea Crest again as the location is wonderful and on the water with wonderful views, although I would try and stay in the newer buildings and eat elsewhere as there are quite a few fine restaurants all around. Many seemed to be open throughout the year.
Sea Crest Resort - Falmouth
Nice accomodations located right on private beach. Offers indoor & outdoor pools and an adequate gym. Steam room and sauna located in locker room. Great location. Has an on site restaurant.