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... of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine which are along America's Atlantic coastline. The sun was shining again after yesterday's rain and I had checked with the driver which side of the bus to sit on so we got some good views. The area was among the first regions to be settled by British pioneers in the early-mid 1600s. A lot of the place names are English in origin (York, Gloucester, Portsmouth etc) presumably the names of the cities that the different settlers had come ...
... deal of traffic through the picturesque Maine town. We arrived at our hotel and were able to check in early. Katie and Robert had left welcome bags for all their guests which were coolers full of treats and goodies, including umbrellas! We went to Barbara and Joel's home (which is a beautiful victorian home a few houses from the water!) and met up with Oliver and Heidi, Susan, and cousin Kevin ...
And on we go. This day we upped and got outta Saco and headed for Freeport, one of the shopping meccas in Maine. To do what else, but SHOP!!, and oh! boy! did we shop, well, me anyway. When I shop for myself and have some coin to spend, I love shopping for clothes. I bought about 13 shirts, a rain jacket, 3 pairs of shoes, a couple of pairs of long pants, and lots of other "stuff". Deborah did not buy as much, said she did not need anything but ...
... the quintessential eating place, packed to the hilt with people, and lots of vendors to get anything to eat, except poutine, of course. We both had bacon-wrapped scallops, very greasy, but tasty. After lunch, we took a trip around Boston and Cambridge on the Beantown Trolley tour bus. It was very interesting and historically informative, and the driver was very funny. On the way back from Boston our train speed was reduced to 40 miles ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Waves Oceanfront Resort Old Orchard Beach
This is a Great Place to stay, whether you traveling alone, with someone, or even with kids. It is literally in twenty feet of the sand of the beach. Alot of the rooms have an ocean view, and all have balconies.
If you want a relaxing place to stay, with great service, close to restaurants, the boardwalk with amusements for the kids, and of course the beach, then Waves Oceanfront Resort is the place for you.
We had gone to the OOB for the last 7 years and always stayed at the Waves with our 2 sons. The first 5 years were stellar, could not have been better! The last two years it was like a different hotel. Not only did the rates skyrocket for what you get, the rooms were not updated in the least and smelled nasty. The staff was wonderful whenI booked my stay, but upon arival until we left they could have cared less about me & my family. For almost $200 a night I expect some courtesy.
Our last trip was the last straw. Not only were there random children running up & down the halls while my kids were napping and knocking on the doors, my complaint to the front desk was ignored. The remote had no batteries, which we had to go get ourselves from the front dek, apparently all the staff was all busy. There were large parties in a room near ours the last 2 nights we were there.
When my family goes to the beach it is to relax and have a good time. The last 2 experiences at the Waves provided us with neither. We will be going to OOB again, but NEVER to the Waves again. I will be going to a hotel that does not charge an extra $20.00 a night on an already high pricce for my kids, and offers discounts for repeat customers.
There are two things I can say about the Waves. 1) The staff is courteous, helpful, were just amazing. 2) The photos on the website have little in common with what the rooms actually are.
I went with the family for a short off-season visit. I have stayed in Old Orchard before, and wanted something better. After checking the Website, this was the place. We had quite a few special requests, and the staff was Amazing over the phone pre-arrival, and once we arrived. They were accomodating, helpful and friendly. However, the rooms look nothing like what is on the website. If you are looking for basic, cheap, reasonably clean and close to the beach, this is the place for you. If you are looking for even the littlest shred of luxury, run to a different place.
Great times at the Waves
Date 8/14/06 Alexandria, NH My family and I have been going to The Waves Oceanfront Resort for the last five years. We love it!! It is kid friendly and close enough to attractions that you can walk to most. The rooms are not the Hilton but are clean and tidy. All the staff has been very helpful and pleasant. They also send you a discounted room rate in the off season for a return visit. I highly recommend giving the Waves a try for your next vacation. My family will be going back in August for our yearly visit. I can't wait to go.
We arrived having already booked this hotel as a stopover for one night via a travel agent. After taking one look at the place we decided to move on!!. The rooms were dingy and quite old, the reception was awful and there was a permeating smell of the toilets through out the whole place. The hallway through to the room hadn't been cleaned for a long time. It was right next to the beach, but even if you were just looking for a place to sleep at night I wouldn't reccommend this hotel.
We keep coming back!
Another friend and I have come up with our children to Waves three times in the past 5 years, and we have always had a great time! Our kids are beggng us to go again this summer. Each family got its own room, but we prepared most meals together. It was great to have facilities on-sight to make simple meals, and just splurge for one or two meals. We usually had breakfast in the rooms, packed sandwiches and drinks to take onto the beach, and ate dinners in one room or the other, and had dessert of some kind on the Pier later at night. It was relaxed and had the best access to the beach. Each room had it's own PRIVATE balcony - not just part of a stream of balconies without dividers as at many other motels, etc., along the way. Waves is a bit of a walk to the Boardwalk and Amusement Park, but only enough for us to enjoy a peaceful stroll each evening and a not-as-noisy atmosphere back at the room than at accommodations closer to the rides, etc.
One year, many of my family members decided at the last minute to all meet in Old Orchard Beach, and Waves was able to accommodate each family with the arrangements needed for 1-2 nights. That get-together will be a cherished family memory forever.
Last year, we stayed with friends elsewhere in the area, but still stopped in at OOB for pier fries and fresh lobster to take home. We missed Waves, and are trying to coordinate a return this year.
One problem did occur, but the management took decisive action and compensated me immediately when I reported a problem regarding my long-distance calling card that was still in my room but obviously had been used. After getting some info regarding the calls made with that card and speaking with Waves management, we discovered that the two staff members who cleaned our room that day had jotted down my long-distance calling card number (It was in my private phone book which I had forgotten to put away.)and used it to place calls to their home in Eastern Europe! The staff members were dismissed and I was given a local company calling card (200 minutes) that afternoon. A week later, upon returning home, I received a new ATT calling card with the full 600 minutes as were on my original one ... along with a letter of apology for the problem.
The rooms were not stellar. However, they were clean and just fine for our casual escape. They were cleaned daily. They are used steadily all summer, on the ocean, in the salty and damp air. I felt perfectly comfortable with the rooms and service. And it was nice, a couple of mornings, to sneak out in the early morning to grab a breakfast at the cafe below our room (C Building) or get a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise on the beach.
And Waves was recommended to us by two people, one a co-worker, and one a friend of the famly - both French-Canadiens who had vacationed there themselves in years past!
We aren't really interested in trying any other place in OOB. We've had too much fun at Waves!
Great view but!
I have to say the ONLY thing good about this vacation was the location of the cabin. the view was wonderful but, the cabin was not up to date very old and dingy. the staff was pleasant. It was a horrible experience I have never encountered so many ignorant people in my life! NEVER will I ever go there again.
Would NOT recommend
Staff in front office was very unaccommodating. They continually gave excuses (# of rooms vs. # of staff) on why our room was not available at the 2 PM check in time. This was totally unacceptable to me. Additionally, when we booked our room with a request for queen size beds, we were told they could accommodate us in the building across the street. They neglected to tell us that a train runs right next to the building. Our 2nd night, the train woke me up 3 times during the middle of the night.
I will say that the beach is nice - as long as you don't get too close to the pier. Stay on the beach near the motel. Access is right there, and the beach is very nice! Unfortunately, I doubt I'd return to OOB, as I did not like the atmosphere in general and the restaurant selection in the immediate area was less than satisfactory - without having to take your car. The room, by the way, was just OK, but as advertised. Carpets could use replacement.
Waves Oceanfront resort
We've been staying at the Waves for May & Sept
vacation weekends for 7 years. It was one of the few places where you could bring your dog to enjoy a beachfront hotel. I just called for a reservation, and was told I'd need to stay in a much less desireable building than the one we usually stay in, because over the summer, people have abused the pet friendly policy and they're sick of having to replace carpeting! Next year, no pets, no exceptions!! Were lumped in with all the irresponsible dog owners despite our 7 years of
walking on eggshells to assure our pet is a good citizen. I don't blame Waves, although I'll miss it.
PLEASE!! If you travel with a pet and are lucky enough to find a pet friendly hotel--don't wreck it for the rest of us! If not well trained, board them !
Family Vacation at the Waves
The Waves Oceanfront Resort is conviently located right on the ocean, but don't be mislead into thinking this is any type of resort....it's not. It's a very typical type of motel that you find in Old Orchard Beach. Nothing fancy or modern in terms of furniture or decorations, but very clean.
Rooms are small (don't be mislead by the wonderful picture on the internet) and after a couple of days 3 adults in a room were ready to pull each others hair out.
Rooms are fine for maybe 2 nights at the most, but after that you are ready to go sleep in the car.
Very few rooms have a direct ocean front view, but what is real nice is that you're close enough to the ocean so that you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves at night.
Refridgerator is very small....dorm size as is the very small 4 top stove.
Ceilings are thin and since this place caters to a lot of family's you definately want to be on the second floor unless you like being woken up at 6am on your vacation!
Overall this place is fine, but really for just a few days. It will feel to confined by the 3rd day!
Staff is very nice and accomodating. They get top billing!