Famed for its crowd-drawing pier, Old Orchard Beach makes for a quintessential New England getaway, combining oceanfront amusement parks, lobster rolls, and a seven-mile stretch of sand that’s perfect for people watching.
From the sandy shores of Old Orchard Beach to the buzzing restaurants along its pier, this charming seaside village is a must for fun-loving sun worshippers with a penchant for seafood and Southern cuisine. On a budget? Your wallet needn’t ruin your plans, as there are quality inns, lodges, and pocket-friendly hotels at every turn, all bookable through Culture Trip.
Travelling on a budget in Old Orchard Beach? Fret not – here, you can still live comfortably, with direct access to the beach and the luxury of an outdoor pool. Rooms at Atlantis Motel range from one-bed studios to oceanfront suites with a kitchenette, plus an outdoor barbecue so you can prepare your own meals. If you feel like downing tools for the night, take a quick detour round the corner to Rocco’s Pizza, which serves up some of the cheesiest pizzas in town.
With colorful Adirondack beach chairs on the sand, plus an ice-cream and kite stand in the lobby, there’s a laidback Miami vibe at the sun-drenched Ocean Walk Hotel, at the quieter end of Old Orchard Beach. Flat-screen TVs, kitchens and shared balconies or patios, many with ocean views, grace the studios and one-bedroom suites. While elsewhere, there are barbecue grills and a heated indoor pool if you fancy a dip after an exhausting day of sunbathing.
Alouette Beach Resort is top choice for both holidaymakers and business travellers, thanks to its premier beachfront location, indoor and outdoor pool, and health club. Be it a beach house, economy room, pet-friendly pad or ocean-view luxury suite with fireplace and balcony, there’s something for all budgets. As a rite of passage, spend the morning at the in-house cafe, which whips up an excellent full breakfast.
Right in the middle of Old Orchard Beach, everything you could want from this seaside village is within walking distance: restaurants, cocktail bars and live music. Rooms cater for all group sizes and budgets but, if you’re feeling flush, splash out on a Jacuzzi room with ocean views and easy access to the motel’s outdoor-heated pool. Celebrating a special occasion? Phone ahead and the staff will prepare a unique flower arrangement for your arrival.
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As close as you can get to Maine’s most popular beach, this family-friendly hotel has 139 air-conditioned rooms, each with a private deck and huge cable TV. They’re also equipped with a kitchenette with refrigerator, stove and sink, so you can make a picnic lunch to take to the beach. The star of the show is the outdoor mineral pool with spa, complete with jets in the children’s area and four surrounding waterfalls.
The clue’s in the name – it’s the hospitable staff that make your stay at Friendship Oceanfront Suites. That, and its refreshing saltwater pool, free daily maid service, complimentary coffee and prime location just steps from the ocean. Take your pick from two-room suites and spacious beach condos with either king or twin beds. This family-run hotel is also just a short drive to Maine’s renowned lighthouses and the famous Portland’s Old Port, too, if a little culture tickles your fancy.
Dating back to the late 18th century and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this charming B&B is the oldest-known holiday accommodation in town, with old-world appeal in spades. Expect clean and comfortable rooms with complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Close to the action, yet hidden away to allow for some peace and quiet, we recommend staying for the vintage decor alone.
Atlantic Ocean Suites is the motel of choice for larger families – the huge suites come with a full kitchen and lounge area. You’re a stone’s throw from the beach and the many bars on the pier, with restaurants and nightlife options a short hop away. There’s also an indoor pool, if you’d prefer to keep the sand off your clothes. Directly across the road, the Landmark restaurant comes highly recommended.
These recommendations were updated on May 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.