by roseskidderminster on Oct 05, 2012
My Wife and I together with our friends stayed at RNI for 3 days end Sept.
Cannot believe some of the negative reviews.
Yes this is an old place but surely this only adds to its charm.
Coming from England this is the quintessential American Motel.
Our rooms were both clean & comfortable with all the amenities required particulary the TV which seemed to have HUNDREDS of channels once you had worked out how to use the remote !!!!!.
Next door there is a full on Sports Bar and I do mean SPORTS BAR !!!!!
There are 32 TV sets ( YES 32 !!!!!!!! ) catering for any Sport imaginable including English Premiership Football ( Sorry mean SOCCER ) . The Bar has tremendous atmostphere and never a dull moment. Also good food and drinks at sensible prices.
Now to the Staff
The Motel manager PAM was welcoming and helpful with nothing being too much trouble. TOP GIRL.
The Boss STEVE is an absolute DIAMOND who seems to have time for everyone.
We were introduced to both his Wife and Father and all made us feel very welcome.
We would definately stay again if in the area and would advise anyone to ignore any negative comments as given our experience they are totally unfair.
In closing many thanks to STEVE / PAM and all the staff for a wonderful 3 Days.
by NanaP155 on Dec 10, 2012
I arrived about 6:00pm. The desk clerk was quite friendly even referred to me by my firdt name. I inquired if there was an ice machine. She said not but there was an ice tray in the refrigerator in the room and there should be ice in it (there was no ice in it) or the on site restaurant had ice. As I got into my car to go to my room a Niantic police car drove through. When I parked my car in front of my room there was a group of loud people a few cars down. The room itself was neat & clean. The bathroom was badly in need of an updating. The bath had no electrical outlets. The mattress was encased in that terrible noisey plastic wrap. The restaurant was not open for breakfast. The discounted price drew me to The Rocky Neck Inn. I am not sure I would stay there if I had to pay full price.
by wolfie_n on Nov 06, 2012
At first glance, this motel looked like the kind of place I’d been looking for. It reminded me of the kind of motor court we used to stay in when I was a kid, right down to the Adirondack chairs outside the rooms. The motel is a long single-story series of red brick buildings, and looks like it’s been kept up well. The grounds in front are wooded and well-kept. Even after we entered, I was pleased with how nostalgic it felt. The rooms are very basic. Against the back wall were a fairly large fridge, microwave, toaster, dishes, and pretty much everything we would need if we were going to be eating in the room. We were even provided with a small bottle of dishwashing liquid. Even though the walls were all cinderblock except for the front wall, which was brick, it had a cozy feel with the way it was decorated. What I had forgotten since my college years was how well cinderblock conducts sound, especially low, bass sound. The motel seems to have quite a few long-term residents, and one of these was in the room next to us. I learned on our first night that he likes to keep his TV loud…all night. One of us did complain to the manager, and things quieted down for the first few nights of our week-long stay, but then the volume started to creep up again. Combine this with an uncomfortable bed and I can’t say I slept very well during our stay there. Not only was the mattress uncomfortable, but the plastic mattress cover kept popping off in the night, causing both it and the bottom sheet to keep bunching up under us during the night. The children that apparently live in other rooms considered the entire property their play area, including under our window. Even though the weather was nice and the windows could be opened, we kept them shut so we’d have at least some privacy. These children were unsupervised much of the time they were out there. As the week went on, and instance after instance of lack of consideration on the part of the longer-term residents built up (I only gave two examples here), our initial positive impression wore off. It appeared to me that the longer-term residents felt a sense of entitlement to the place, and that they felt didn’t need to show any consideration toward the shorter-term visitors.
A few comments on the room (rather minor, but I think they are worth being said): Our room smelled like the hair oil my dad used to use the entire time we stayed there. I never figured out why. Also, since it is an older motel, don’t expect the greatest water pressure in the shower.
On the positive side, the location is nice, right across the street from Rocky Neck State Park, which has a beach and hiking trails. It’s not right by I-95, so we didn’t have highway noise. It has a nice restaurant next door. It’s just a short drive to other restaurants and another beach in Niantic. Our wi-fi worked fine. I’d been concerned about that after reading some of the reviews. The manager was nice and the room was clean.
I really was disappointed, since I was looking forward to staying in a nostalgic, locally-owned business with more character than a chain motel. The motel itself is nice, and I would consider staying there again if they changed their focus more toward the tourist market.
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