Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Atlantic View Hotel in Dewey Beach, Delaware

Let me begin by saying that I absolutely loved our brief stay in Dewey Beach.  After spending 5 days in Washington for a family wedding, my husband, son and I were looking forward to a few days of relaxing on the beach.  We originally chose Dewey Beach for its proximity to Washington and because there is a family bonfire every Wednesday night in the summer.  It sounded like a quieter alternative to nearby Rehoboth Beach while being close enough that visiting Rehoboth was only about a 5 minute drive.

Where is Dewey Beach?  Dewey Beach is located on the Atlantic coast of Delaware.  It's about 10- 15 minutes from Lewes, the first town in the first state.  Click HERE for a map of the area.

Beach behind hotel  

The Atlantic View Hotel claims to offer "the best views and easiest access to the beach of any hotel in Delaware."  I can't speak for all of Delaware, but I can attest to the fact that the hotel does sit directly beachfront, and is surrounded by private residences, not other hotels.  Their motto is "Friendliness and Cleanliness", and we saw the words "Simpler Hotels" in several locations. 

The Hotel:  The hotel really does remind me of a smaller, simpler establishment than newer hotels, but it still had many of the amenities one would expect from a larger chain.  It really is just steps from the hotel door to the beach, and the hotel offers beach chairs at no additional cost.  Just let  the front desk know how many you're taking for the day, and inform them when you bring them back.  Simple!
An important note however is that the hotel has stairs only, so accessibility could be an issue.  I'm not certain if ground floor rooms are fully accessible or not.  Atlantic View Hotel is located on a small street off the main highway.  This makes getting around easy to navigate.  Rehoboth Beach, the outlets, Lewes, and other attractions are all a short drive away.

Hotel photo taken from the beach.  Note the top floor sundeck.

Oceanfront and with an outdoor pool open from 10am until dark
Free parking and free beach chairs
Free in-room Wi-Fi
Continental Breakfast, Vending Machines, Coffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies in Lobby all day
Private Balconies and a common 4th floor sundeck facing the ocean for those without an ocean view room (like us)
Mini-fridge and microwave in room

Hotel Pool

Rooms:  We did not have an ocean view room, and our room only had one king bed.  We booked the room quite late, and it was the only vacancy available.  The hotel had a no vacancy sign posted when we arrived.  Our son alternated between sleeping in the play pen we brought and between us on the bed.

The hotel does offer a variety of rooms with various sleeping options, we just booked too late.  We booked this vacation on a whim, but next time I'll book in advance.  That being said, the room itself was lovely and the private balcony was a nice touch.  The room had a small but modern bathroom with a hairdryer and Bath and Body Works toiletries, a table and two chairs, air-conditioning, a TV with many channels, a fridge and microwave, a king size bed and a balcony.  We knew it would be a bit tight with our son there as well, but it was roomy enough for two people. 

Prices fluctuate depending on the season.  When I booked I thought that the price was high since it isn't a big chain, but after staying there I feel the price is reasonable.  The hotel manages to have instant access to the beach, while still keeping the pool area relatively private.  The common sundeck allows everyone to have a beach view, and stays open until 11 pm.  Having a fridge and microwave in the room allowed us to keep fresh food for our son and slashed our additional food costs considerably.

Our room

Hotel Service and General Observations:  The hotel is kept in good condition, and the view from the 4th floor sundeck is incredible.  The pool is small but warm, and there are plenty of lounge chairs.  We spent most of our time at the beach, but we did swim in the pool a few times. 

The lobby is small, spacious enough to check in but not much more.  The breakfast was limited, but still offered french toast, pastries, scrambled and hard boiled eggs, yogurt and fresh fruit, coffee and juice, bagels, toast, etc. 

The hotel is kept clean and the windows in the stairwell provide a nice breeze.  The service was friendly as well and free parking is always a plus. 

Verdict:  This hotel is a keeper.  A beach vacation is all about proximity to the beach, and this hotel has it.  The fridge and microwave provided reassurance that gluten free options would always be available for my son.  The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.  The lack of elevator is the only drawback for those with limited mobility.  My husband and I have already talked about going back at some point in the future, and this hotel would be our first choice for accommodation.

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