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Sea Whale Motel
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Middletown
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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“We loved this place”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We just came back from Newport where we spent a nice weekend staying at this motel. We arrived early, at noon, but our room was ready. Teri, the owner, was very friendly and accommodating and gave us suggestions for places of interest in the area. The room was very clean and had a high speed wireless internet.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

We stayed here for two nights and were very pleased. The rooms were exceptionally clean and attractive, and featured sliding glass doors and a deck with great views of Easton's Pond, looking over toward Newport. It was obvious the owners take pride in the place. It's in a great location, within walking distance of Newport and the start of the Cliff Walk; most of the town is within easy driving distance. The owners were friendly and helpful, even to the point of volunteering their cell phone in the event of problems. There were none; all of us would have been happy to stay here much longer. Maybe we will again sometime.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

The owners are great...friendly, professional and ready to help. Cool motel with a great view & easy access to all that Newport has to offer.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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CT
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

The property was well cared for and clean. If you turn right out of the driveway there is a gorgeous beach not far away. Keep going and you'll get to downtown in a few minutes. I liked the price and location. The deck with water view was nice. The furnishings were older but in good shape. I thought the room was small but fine for 2 adults. If we brought the kids it would have been too tight. The bed was comfy. Bathroom was clean but cramped with no place to put anything. Really liked the dispenser in the shower. I'm a very light sleeper and I had a problem with noise. Its right next to a very busy road and the front door wasn't air tight. I could hear traffic all night long. Also, the wind blew into the spaces under the roof and lifted up the ceiling boards which created a noise each time the wind blew hard. Then the AC unit - it sounded like a jet engine but if we left it off it got very stuffy in the room. I would not book here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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SurfsUp4758, Owner at Sea Whale Motel, responded to this review, 19 September 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. This is really the only way we can know what changes, adjustments or additions should be made. We did notice that your review was rather "mixed" and again, thank you for your initial compliments and your honesty. While we are sorry you were not happy with some aspects of our motel, we are sort of confused as to why we did not hear of this during your stay, or even at check-out, especially since you were here more than one night. Be that as it may, all rooms here at the Sea Whale are very different in many ways. First, it is an older Mom and Pop Motel and we are updating constantly in one capacity or another, i.e., furniture, mattresses, linens, solar, "green" roof, etc. We would like all of our past and future guests to know that all the rooms, deck and garden level, have drop-ceilings and they are "standard size motel rooms". They are not the size of a mini-suite. Please refer to pictures on our website for bathroom and bedroom areas. We also agree that the rooms are fine for 2 people, but of course, as you said, it can get pretty crowded if 4 people were to stay, especially since that obviously means more luggage and personal items in the room. The deck level has 2 means of entry and there is a lock plus a deadbolt on the roadside door which is the door you speak of. The door must be PUSHED in and the bolt TURNED for it to catch or you can definitely hear outside noise, especially with the traffic of the Newport Boat Show in town, or any other major festivity that brings heavy traffic to Newport. Our street, 138A / Aquidneck Ave. turns into Memorial Blvd., which is the Gateway to the City of Newport. There is an owner's quarters at the motel and our bedroom is on that same side of the building where the road is and that side is heavily insulated. Could it be possible that your deadbold did not catch or maybe as you explained, you are a "very light sleeper", to use your words. Since we could be wrong, we have put a new gasket on the door in the room you were staying in (we can narrow our guests down pretty much) and checked all the others. We also checked the ceiling tiles and noticed a few more tiles that needed more clips to hold them down in that particular room as some had come loose (there are special fasteners for drop-ceilings so this sort of thing doesn't happen). Unfortunately, being so close to the ocean, once in awhile we get high winds and the ceiling tiles can move, as you said, which is why we add more fasteners to the deck level tiles. The deck level has cross-ventilation. Next... Five years ago, we added shelves to all the bathrooms but agree with you that we wish we had more space so we could add more shelves to hold more personal items actually in the bathroom (we do not want to create a hazardous area for a standard size bathroom). We will be adding more hooks for bathrobes, etc. this year. Many of your complaints could have been addressed immediately simply by moving you to another room, had we known, even after the first night you were here. There are a few standard "checks" that I do myself which is that the tv remotes work, the toilets flush, all locks on all doors work and that the air conditioners are functioning properly (without "unusual" noise). I did however, notice a sort of hum in your A/C after your check-out. I wish I was made aware of it sooner -- I do so appreciate it when guests let me know of this ahead of time, as we store extras of everything that we have in our rooms for just this sort of problem, including air conditioners and refrigerators. Perhaps it could have been a simple matter of changing the A/C while you were out to lunch or dinner??? Also, we live here and ALL phone lines are on 24 hours, including the in-house office number (simply dial 100) which rings into our home. If there is a problem during the middle of the night, you can actually ring the bell and we WILL answer the door, even though the office check-in area may be closed. We would like all past guests that may be staying with us again, and all future guests that have never been to the Sea Whale, to know that we appreciate you advising us of a problem you may have with your room on a timely basis so that we are given the opportunity to correct what you feel is not quite right, proper or satisfactory and therefore, a more enjoyable stay and a good night's sleep for you. Perhaps the garden level is better for some, as there is only one means of entry which is on the water side (but of course, you would not get the same waterview as you do from the deck level). Thank you for taking the time to write the review and we're sorry you did not totally enjoy your stay.
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Saratoga Springs
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

having never been to Newport Rhode Island and not sure where to stay, I picked the Sea Whale since it didn't seem to far from Newport and looking for a balcony to sit outside and enjoy the weather ( we had beautiful weather). I definitely have OCD so I kept checking reviews on trip adivisor on this motel and was not disappointed the room was immaculate bathroom was spotless and we had arrived a little early and the room was not ready but Teri the owner went and helped her staff so we could get in our room! thank you Terri. short walk to the beach .

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sea Whale Motel

Property: Sea Whale Motel
Address: 150 Aquidneck Ave, Route 138A, Middletown, RI 02842-5610
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Region: United States > Rhode Island > Middletown
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Middletown
#1 Best Value Hotel in Middletown
#4 Romantic Hotel in Middletown
#4 Family Hotel in Middletown
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,605 - ₹ 15,203
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Whale Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Owner-occupied motel located on Easton's Pond in the Atlantic Beach District of Middletown. Walk to beaches (400 yards to First Beach / Easton's Beach / Newport Beach) and the Rotunda, the Newport Cliff Walk and local dining including Johnny's Atlantic Beach Club ("The ABC"), Flo's Clam Shack, Easton's Point Pub, Atlantic Grille, Aquidneck Pizza, Tickets Sports Bar and many more. Two miles to downtown Newport and mansions. All rooms are non-smoking and have the following amenities: coffee-makers with morning coffee and tea, cable TV with remote, phones with free local calls, microwaves, refrigerators, free high-speed wireless internet access (must have own laptop), blow-dryers, irons and boards, private bath/shower combo, private entrances on both levels. Sorry... no pets or animals allowed. ... more   less 
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