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Sandy Shore Motel 2.0

Misquamicut, Westerly, Rhode Island

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Pros

  • Directly on Misquamicut State Beach, with private beach access for hotel guests only 
  • Lifeguard on duty during the summer months 
  • Spacious rooms, all with ocean views 
  • One and two-bedroom apartments are available and come equipped with kitchens 
  • On lively Atlantic Avenue, near other hotels, restaurants, and beach bars 
  • Within driving distance to Foxwoods Casino, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut
  • Free Wi-Fi 

Cons

  • Rooms are dated and run down 
  • Bathrooms are minuscule and incredibly dark
  • Beach area is small and gets really crowded during the summer months
  • No pool or hotel breakfast

Bottom Line

The Sandy Shore Motel, located in the beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island, is a beachfront budget option with spacious, if lackluster rooms. Guests who can see past dated decor, bare-bones furniture, and tiny bathrooms will appreciate the hotel’s lovely beach, even if it is a bit small. Unlike some of the other hotels in the area, there is no pool at the Sandy Shore; but it does offer free Wi-Fi, and all rooms have ocean views, thanks to its prime location on Atlantic Avenue. The hotel doesn't serve breakfast, (or any kind of meal for that matter) some rooms are equipped with kitchens.   

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Scene

A shabby beach motel 

A two-story motel right on the beach, the Sandy Shore Motel is exactly what one might expect -- a no frills budget option in the midst of other no frills budget options that line Misquamicut State Beach. The mood here is beachy, and casual, with a nostalgic dinginess that might stir up memories of prom weekends past. Besides the beach, there are no communal spaces here, but guests can certainly find a place to hang out in one of the nearby restaurants or bars. On any given day guests are likely to find a pack of teenagers goofing around on the sand, moms dragging coolers towards the beach, or old men sitting on lawn chairs on the deck. When it comes to clientele, the place is a mixed bag, with the commonality of "we needed a cheap place to stay by the beach," uniting them all.    

Location

Misquamicut State Beach, near the Connecticut border 

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Located on the southwestern shores of Rhode Island, Westerly is a small beach town not far from the Connecticut border. A quiet community whose population doubles in the summer months, Westerly is home to numerous beaches. The Sandy Shore Motel is located on Misquamicut State Beach, though beach access directly in front of the hotel is reserved solely for Sandy Shore guests. Along with the Sandy Shore, visitors can find dozens of other similar hotels on the main stretch of Atlantic Avenue, as well as restaurants and beach bars. However, potential guests should note that the area tends to be completely packed and lively during the high season (summer months), but shuts down to a near ghost town during the off-season. Connecticut attractions, including Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mystic Seaport, and Mystic Aquarium, are all within a 30-minute drive. Newport, Rhode Island is about a 50-minute drive.  

Rooms

Dated and drab, but all have ocean views  

When it comes to rooms, the Sandy Shore Motel might be more aptly named the Sandy Floor Motel. While the cracking, white ceramic tile floors might do a good job of hiding sand there’s no escaping the dreaded sand-between-your-toes feeling once you take your shoes off. Besides the sandy floors, rooms are bare bones. The cheery yellow walls aren’t much of a distraction from the ugly bedspreads, cheap clapboard furniture, and tube-style TVs. And while standard rooms have mini-fridges, there are no microwaves or coffeemakers. Though we didn't get to see any during our visit, there are one and two-bedroom apartments available at the Sandy Shore. Apartments are equipped with small kitchens that have all the necessities, like an oven, stove, and full size refrigerator. The incredibly dark, minuscule bathrooms, with barely enough room for a shower stall, small sink, and toilet, are hardly a redeeming feature. Toiletries consist of tiny bars of soap and a shampoo/conditioner combo bottle, and the provided towels look passably clean, though some may be mismatched. On the plus side, all rooms really are just steps from the ocean, and all have beautiful beach views.  

Features

Private beach access and free Wi-Fi

The Sandy Shore Motel offers guests private access to the beach that is directly in front of the hotel. Make no mistake, this a not some exclusive cove of white sand roped off for guest use, it just means only those staying at the Sandy Shore are allowed on this particular (small) stretch of a public, state beach. How the hotel staff ensures that only guests use the beach is unclear, especially during the summer months when hoards of people flock to the shore. All throughout the high season, there is a lifeguard on duty throughout the day.  The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, but there is no pool or breakfast, nice features that a few other area hotels have. 

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Address

149 Atlantic Ave, Misquamicut, Westerly 02891-4300, United States

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