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Reviewed August 5, 2011

My husband and I stayed for 5 days. What a treat to sleep on the beach (figuritively speaking). Opening the window and slider - we felt safe and at home. Truly the sound of the surf is something you only hear on CDs - but it was real! Our room was beyond clean! Immaculate! The service was friendly and caring. Young couple own and run it and are on premises at all times - and you can tell. The decks and beach are swept every morning. The cleaning staff are polite and sincerely interested in our comforts. View of Martha's Vineyard and the boats leaving the harbor - picture perfect. Wear water shoes - shore is rocky but surprisingly, you get used to it. Once you get in the water and see how clean and clear the water is - it was worth the purchase of the shoes.
ONLY downside is privacy - Easy solution: build 1/2 walls on the patio between rooms and label the room numbers from the beach side (we had a guest poke his head in our screen door and a few young guests liked to walk down the patio peeking in rooms. The 1/2 walls would give the senseof more privacy and discourage peekers.
We hope to make this a tradition and hope to see this one and only improvement we could see.

Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank capevacationer52
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

We could walk onto the beach from our backdoor & the off season rate of $120 was great. The kitchinette feature was handy & free WiFi was a nice feature if at bit slow (0.7Mbps). The Island Princess ferry & British Beer Company are an easy walk. However, it's an older property with poor insulation and we could practically hear our neighbors breathing. Avoid room #7 if you can. We were right by the ice machine and the stairway to the second level which made for a noisy location. The sheets were low quality. No shampoo or hair dryer in the bathroom. They provided a ironing board but no iron

Room tip: avoid room #7
Date of stay: June 2011
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2  Thank runtom
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

This motel gets a five rating from me because of the fabulous location and the cleanliness of the rooms. In fact it looked as though the rooms were updated recently. If you were any closer to the water it would be in your room! There is nothing like falling to sleep by hearing the waves hit the beach. Our room had a small refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee maker and some plates/utensils. Great for breakfasts and lunches. There are no amenities such as an iron (although there is a small board) hair dryer or shampoo, etc. The room rates are VERY reasonable. The view of the water, boats and Martha's Vineyard is such a treat. Only comment about the beach: bring water shoes and beach chairs as the shore is rocky.

Date of stay: June 2011
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3  Thank lanpd
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised upon arrival at the Tides Motel. Polite, friendly staff greeted us, and helped us find a restaurant to eat at that evening. The room and the bathroom were very clean. The view was beautiful. The price was great!
All in all, a perfect stop-over for our trip back to Canada from Martha's Vineyard.

Date of stay: August 2010
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2  Thank Na51
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

This motel is perhaps the most amazing hotel on the whole Cape – the location is unbeatable, you literally walk to the beach and the sea from your room, if you are on the first floor. The magic of the sound of waves is indescribable, and it is so enchanting to fall asleep lulled by it…

The sea water quality is very good yet not the best, since right next to the pier on the side there is quay from Falmouth marina. It provides its own romance and entertainment, though, as it is pleasant to watch the boats. Still the swimming from the motel beach is very good, the water in Falmouth is warmest in the whole Cape, it was about 80 at our stay on Sep 1, 2010. I would advise to wear swimming shoes as the sea bottom has some rocks and shells - it is not entirely sandy.

Tides is so marvelously decorated with flower baskets, and the lawn with flowers and bushes is immaculate. I was amazed at the most courteous and welcoming reception at the front desk – something that is rather seldom met at the Cape as well, as in most places the hospitality leaves a lot to be desired; normally you are looked at suspiciously, since you are a newcomer, and treated rather with cautious indifference. However Tides is operated by the motel’s owners, hence the most pleasant difference.

Everything on this property is squeaky clean – which is a TRUE rarity on the Cape, where in just about every hotel you will find rust, mold, etc; the only comparable place in cleanliness is Midway Motel in Eastham, but that one is not at the sea.

Our room#9 had a kitchenette with stove and coffeemaker (no microwave); it also had a fridge, which in hot weather is so indispensable. If you cook , you are expected to wash your own dishes on departure. The bathroom was also very comfortable and immaculate, although it had a shower only, no bathtub. Naturally, only soap was provided, no additional frills., as it is customary on the Cape. Yet additional pair of towels was on the bath rack, which was a generously nice touch.

Tides Motel seem to cater to rather quiet clientele; there was no sound of loud talking, music, TV, etc., which is fantastic, since you can truly enjoy what you came here for – the music of the sea and the songs of seagulls. It is so delightful to feed these birds, too!

There are a few potential drawbacks, depending on your taste and requirements:

All rooms except for one have two double beds, and only one room #5 has a queen bed. Also, the reading light is right above each bed, lighting the whole room, while it would be less disturbing if it lights more discreetly. In addition, the quality of the linen and blanket is average, which is, “virgin polyester”; unfortunately, it is a problem of the whole Cape – if you want a New-York or European quality bed, you will not get it. Since I live only an hour drive away, I always bring my own down comforter and pillows with me, but for those who can’t these polyester covers could be a disappointment.

There is no air conditioner in any room. We were there when outside temperature was 95 degrees, and yet because of the sea breeze it was very cool in the room. But for those who can’t live without the A/C its absence could be a problem. The motel provides fans and hairdryers at the front desk.

The quiet location also means that there aren’t any restaurants right at the spot; but it is a 2-5 min drive to Falmouth center or just over the hill along Grand Avenue to the next public beach, where there are a few eateries – Bailey’s by the Sea, etc. We have not eaten anywhere but in our sea-front room, since it is the BEST possible view and open-air place.

This place is a gem and a great find on the Cape.

Date of stay: August 2010
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