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Sandy Shore Motel 2.0

Misquamicut, Westerly, Rhode Island

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  • 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 


  • 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 rooms. 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) but some rooms are equipped with kitchens.   

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A pleasant beach motel 

A two-story motel right on the beach, the Sandy Shore Motel is a bit nicer than the other options that line Misquamicut State Beach, thanks to a 2015 renovation. 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. Expect to see a wide array of travelers here.


Misquamicut State Beach, near the Connecticut border 

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.  


Dated and drab, but all have ocean views  

Rooms here include cheerful standard units as well as one and two-bedroom apartments. Apartments are equipped with small kitchens that have all the necessities, like an oven, stove, and full size refrigerator. The bathrooms are compact in all units, and include shower stalls, small sinks. Toiletries consist of tiny bars of soap and a shampoo/conditioner combo bottle. On the plus side, all rooms really are just steps from the ocean, and all have beautiful beach views.  


Private beach access and free Wi-Fi

The Sandy Shore Motel offers guests direct access to the beach that is directly in front of the hotel. 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, which a few other area hotels have. 

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

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