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“Motorcourt: Serious moldy smell and uncomfortable bathrooms”
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Motorcourt
Reviewed 9 October 2011

We were disappointed by our Motorcourt cottage. We had originally chosen #3 and got a phone call a few days before arriving to let us know they had to move us to another one due to mechanical issues in the one we had originally selected.
Upon arrival we were faced with several issues.
1- The room had a serious moldy smell. Very strong and constant, despite air circulation with door open and fans on. My husband's allergies were thru the roof while in the room.
2- The bathroom (of which you cannot see ANY pictures on the website) is EXTREMELY small. The toilet is practically on the shower and there are 3 steps up to get to the bathroom door. The final step is literally the toilet.
3- Even though the room appeared to be throughly cleaned, the bed cover had some stains, and one of the robes in the entry closet was used and had not been replaced. After confronting the 'room inspector' the next morning she said she would replace them. Never happened. They took both robes and we never got any after that.
4- We had to call for cleaning service the first day....it was 3:30pm and nobody had come to clean the room. Had to call and a man showed up at the door 10 minutes to 4pm saying "you requested maid service"??? Huh??? It wasn't a request...it was included in my rate.
5- They had a seaside bag that they give away with mugs and some other things. The bag was very dirty and come to find out as I was washing them before use that I cut my finger with the bottom tip of a screw! The mugs have a screw at the bottom and it when in too far and pierced the inside of the mug. WOW.
6- The price paid for this is definitely not adequate for what you get...not to mention the fact (as other reviewers do) that the bed is sideways and one person has to crawl over the other to get out of the bed...there are no 'usable' night tables, light definitely lacks and the AC didn't seem to cool enough.
Seaside is a beautiful place, the location is phenomenal and the places to eat and shop and superb...BUT...Seaside is NOT the only property along 30A, there are soooo many more to consider that for the money we paid, I'm sure we'll find something better next time.

Room Tip: if staying in seaside, avoid motor courts! that moldy smell, aside from being uncomfortable is not g...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank paobar
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

We stayed in the motorcourt over a long weekend and found it more than adequate for us.

The good:

Location! The motorcourt is located just off of the town center, but is secluded enough to feel private. The bed was comfortable ( though my husband did have to climb over me to get out of bed). The price was also outstanding for the location. The room has daily maid service, which is nice.

The bad:

Luckily it wasn't too hot during our visit, because I don't think the ac could have kept up. The highs were around 90 and our room never got quite as cool as we wanted. Had it been 95 we probably would have been miserable. I will probably not stay here in the summer again because of this.

The shower was a bit too small, but was clean and well furnished with plush linens.

We missed having a kitchen to fix a few simple meals, which we are used to having at the beach, but it was tolerable for four days. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants around.

All in all, I would say the motorcourt lodgings are a very good value.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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1  Thank Amy S
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Reviewed 26 November 2008

We love Seaside, having spent five nights there in May, and decided to stop by one night on our way to a Thanksgiving in Alabama. Because there were only two of us, we booked the Motorcourt, which was also the least expensive place at 220.00 a night.

It was infuriating. The bed, a queensize, is built into it's frame SIDEWAYS, so there is no way to use the reading lamps which are attached to the wall along the SIDE of the bed. It is impossible to get out of bed without crawling over the person sleeping on the outside, and the bed can't be moved because it has a headboard that goes along the side. Insane.

The television and dvd player, which can only be viewed from the bed and not the two chairs that are in the entry hall, are on a shelf that sticks out next to the bed, creating a hazard if you have to get up in the middle of the night and an incovenience during the day. There were no useable bed tables.

The room with the toilet and shower have a light under which one could perform brain surgery, and a very loud fan that is connected to the light, which is most unpleasant.

There were two hangers in the closet.

The entire unit also had an odd smell.

We were so turned off by what we consider a ripoff, that we are loathe to return to Seaside with a group of friends who come every year for a week. We normally rent three houses. If it hadn't been so late when we checked in, we would have left and driven to another town to find a place to stay. We had just come from New Orleans where we had a lovely suite at the Hotel Provincal for half the price of this goofy room.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled with family
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8  Thank sistahsays
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Reviewed 21 September 2008

My husband and I just returned from two nights at the Motorcourt in Seaside. We were in Bungalow #8 and we loved it. #8 and #9 share a screened in front porch, which none of the other rooms seemed to have.

The room was small, but clean, and the location perfect, right in the middle of downtown Seaside. The room had a queen sized bed, mini fridge/freezer, microwave, iron/small ironing board, and coffee maker. Seaside has three internet hotspots, a coffee shop, the bookstore, and one other. The motorcourt was right across the street from the coffee shop and we were able to pick up their wireless signal from the room which was nice.

I would definitely stay here again on another visit to Seaside!

  • Stayed: September 2008
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2  Thank floridabuckeye
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Reviewed 6 July 2007

Seaside is a wonderful getaway for couples or families. It's close enough to Destin where there is alot to do, yet far enough away that you can relax. Once we parked our car in Seaside, we actually didn't move it for the rest of the trip. We enjoyed the fact that it is small enough that you can walk or ride a bike all around Seaside. The motorcourt is the least expensive way that we've found to stay in Seaside. The rooms are not large, and certainly nothing fancy, but they were comfortable.
The positives: Located right across the street from the beach, restaurants, and shops. Better prices than a cottage if you only have 2 people and not a big family. Has a fridge, microwave, flat screen tv, and dvd player.
The negatives: We missed having a porch to sit on (as the cottages have), and having a full kitchen to cook our own meals.
Overall, we loved Seaside, and we will definitely be back. And we wouldn't hesitate to stay in the motorcourt again either.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank pokes12
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Additional Information about Motorcourt

Address: 215 Quincy Cir, Seaside, FL 32459-0832
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Seaside
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Seaside
Price Range: RM469 - RM1,061 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Seaside Motorcourts are newly renovated. All nine rooms offer a pleasing blend of colors and comforts. The rooms display rustic Americana art hung along side new plasma televisions. Each suite provides the basic amenities as well as complimentary DVD rentals and full use of the Swim & Tennis and fitness club. Located in the heart of Seaside, they are just steps away from shopping and dining at the town center and the sugar white beaches of Northwest Florida. ... more   less 
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Motorcourt Hotel Seaside

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