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Lafayette's Oceanfront Resort
Ranked #9 of 29 Hotels in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Location, location, location...Lafayette is located on the beach at the end of Mile Road in Wells Beach, Maine. It is made up of several buildings, some of which are on the beach while others are across the street or nearby. Be sure to check the website to see the property maps before booking. Some of the rooms have been upgraded and are nicely appointed, while others still have old Maine knotty pine charm. During the summer, the rates are quite expensive, so make sure you spend wisely by booking at the Panorama, Original, Deluxe, or Annex (adults only) oceanfront rooms. While the Wells Beach Motor Lodge also has oceanfront rooms, the beach in front is inaccessible at high tide. Guests are allowed to cross over to the Deluxe building and travel through to their beach exit to access the sand at high tide.

There is an indoor pool of medium size and a good size hot tub/spa in the pool area. The pool has views of the street and parking lot through 3 windowed walls. Only guests of the resort are allowed to use the facilities. They are always clean and well maintained, but can get crowed and a bit noisy with boisterous children enjoying themselves. Floats and balls are not allowed in the pool, and children under 4 are not allowed in the spa. With no staff on duty, the rules sometimes get stretched.

On season, Forbes restaurant is right next door, but off season you'll need your car to find whatever is open in the small town of Wells or nearby Ogunquit, York, or Kennebunk. Even on season, Forbes offers just casual dining and take out with a limited menu. Billy's Chowder House is open year round and located about a half mile away on Mile Road. On season there are many great restaurants nearby that offer a great variety of dining selections. My favorite is The Steakhouse on Route One, but they don't take reservations, so arrive slightly before opening or understand you'll find yourself having to wait for a table.

I love staying at the Lafayette, but have switched to cheaper accommodations in the summer. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the location can't be beat. In the winter, if you plan to make use of the pool and spa, look for a room in the Ledgewood building so you won't have to cross the street with wet clothes after a swim or heavy coats in tow. You can get oceanview rooms with an unobstructed ocean views across the town parking lot out front.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

A great place, great location, but be aware that the buildings have paper thin walls; I could here the people loud and clear who were in the room down the hall, and with a room abutting the stairwell, we were up with the first person to leave in the morning. Also, it's pretty ironic that this "Family Foundation" is connected with the cancer center in Brewer when the building and all the rooms have a faint smell of tobacco smoke! We had to keep the fan on with the windows open at night in February!

Room Tip: Your better off staying in the AHmpton Inn down the street.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We have been visiting the Lafayette Oceanfront Resort several times each year for over 30 years. We kept coming back for many reasons. We have never encountered a room that wasn't spotlessly clean and well-equipped. The staff has always been courteous, accommodating and have literally "bent over backward" for us. During a couple of years of our visits, I had to have extra furniture in the room to allow for medical equipment I needed during my visit. Not only were they able to provide that extra furniture but also helped us bring our equipment into the room--some of which was very heavy. It is impossible to get a bad room. They are all just steps (literally) away from the beach. The beds are comfortable, the shower water is consistent and there is plently of room. It is a great place for families, couples and relaxing. The sound of the ocean is peacefull and soothing.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

What a great place! Multiple buildings with numerous room styles to fit everyone's price needs/abilities. We stayed in one of their efficiencies that had ample room for a family to enjoy for a lengthy time-frame without tripping over one another. The one common denominator no matter where you stay on property; location, location, location! Steps away from the beach (literally). Thanks to a fabulous indoor pool this was still a great fall destination too. The staff are super helpful and friendly. And what a nice surprise the water pressure and consistent temperature in the shower were to enjoy (it's the little things when you are away from home). I totally plan on returning to Lafayette's Oceanfront Resort.

Room Tip: they do offer rooms both with and without views so if a view is important to you...specify so
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

We traveled with four generations so we had multiple needs. The Lafaette Oceanfront Resort provided easy access to the rooms, (just two steps), a fabulous view of the beach and ocean, and one of the rooms had a large area for gathering that was big enough to let the baby toddle around. I especially enjoyed the double shower heads in the shower.

Room Tip: Some rooms have Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lafayette's Oceanfront Resort

Address: 393 Mile Rd, PO Box 639, Wells, ME 04090-4140
Region: United States > Maine > Wells
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Wells
#4 Family Hotel in Wells
#7 Romantic Hotel in Wells
Price Range: RM202 - RM1,231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lafayette's Oceanfront Resort is directly on Wells Beach, one of the largest sandy beaches in Maine. We have a complex of nine different buildings, five of which sit right on the beach. Many of our rooms have private balconies with panoramic views of the ocean. We are open year round so you do not need to miss any season. Although summer is certainly the most popular season in Maine, the beauty of this coastal area is enchanting throughout the year. Wells Beach is fun for families. Walk from your room onto the sand to swim, build sand castles, stroll in the surf looking for shells and rocks or just relax and enjoy the feel of the sun on your face while you enjoy the view. The indoor pool and the hot tub with a waterfall are very relaxing after a hot day in the sun. The playground and the arcade will entertain the children after the beach. ... more   less 
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Lafayettes Oceanfront Hotel
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