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Sea Esta III

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The pictures are deceiving. The floor was filthy, our feet turned black from walking on the floors. We had a large area in the kitchenette area that was actually wet under the flooring, If you walked on it, you left wet footprints behind. The sheets were so thin you could see thru them to the mattress & the elastic worn out so they didn't stay on the mattress. The room was not only old & outdated, it needs a total renovation. Was not worth the price!

Floor was filthy - feet turned black after getting out of shower. Needed repairs while we were there - sink stopper, sliding door wouldn't open, light bulb missing. Maid only showed up one day after asking her to clean room. Will not be returning. Only positive was pleasant front desk manager.

Pleasantly surprised with a nice , clean room with fridge and microwave. The AC kept the room cool all the time. The view of the bay from the balcony (esp. at sunset) was awesome. It is close to the beach and has ample parking. You can walk to the beach and eateries. Erin was so helpful and friendly. She gave great recommendations and directions. Thanks, still thinking about the delicious ice cream.

Stayed here with spouse and another couple. Room was ready when they said it would be (3pm) but after we checked in we overheard a few people complaining their rooms were not, even after 4 pm. Room was clean, bed was comfy enough, pillows were plentiful. This place is old though and you can tell some guests are not respectful of the furnishings. Balcony was adequate. Staff were friendly to us. For the price, the location CANNOT be beat. We didn't need oceanfront, just wanted to be able to walk to restaurants and bars. Perfect for us.

my wife said it best. Pictures to follow shortly. The mold mentioned isn't a little mold. It's rotted drywall with flies living in it. Don't stay in room 209. The location and the fact that it's dog friendly were huge draws for us. All of the staff was very friendly. There were some small issues (poor WiFi, spotty cable, broken burner in the room) but overall these weren't a big deal when weighed against the great location and the low price. However, the shower in our bathroom had a serious issue: water was leaking behind the wall, causing serious water damage and visible mold. When we told employees, on two occasions, they said they'd notify maintenance, but that was the end of it. Don't know that we'll book here again.

I stayed Friday to Sunday. I had a room on the 3rd floor, with a balcony that had a nice view of the bay! Never been to Dewey before, so I lucked out with how close this hotel was to everything. Was able to get dog license across the street; dog friendly restaurants right next door. The front desk staff were super friendly! Room was clean. It's an older place .... you can tell. But walk dewey and many look similar. My only complaint was the noise. The rusty rudder is right behind the hotel. They had a live band Friday night which was incredibly loud. Thought they were in my room. I think lighthouse had one Saturday night. I just kept my TV on to cut out the noise. The biggest plus was I was able to have my dog there. The location is very convenient. They had easy parking.

We travel pretty much everywhere with our golden retriever in tow so finding a pet friendly motel is crucial and in the off season that can be tough in Dewey Beach. We booked our room through for a long Thanksgiving weekend and actually loved our room/view so much we stayed an additional day. As some other reviews have mentioned there are times when the office is not open (in the off season) but hubby and I aren't "needy" travelers so I really don't understand why the front desk being at your beck and call 24 hours a day is a necessity. I really loved when I got a call from the Sea Esta the day before we were to arrive to let us know we could check in as early as 10 am on Thanksgiving day (the office was closing at 5), our go to place at Dewey closes for the season in October and one of the main reasons it is usually our first choice is the early check in option. Check in was smooth and easy and I was pretty excited when I realized that pretty much all the rooms had balconies with a view of the bay but when we got to our room and I realized that not only did we have a bay view but the wrap around balcony afforded us an ocean (albeit a little distant) view as well. The room was clean and very roomy and I loved the large bathroom set up plus I was pretty psyched to find that not only did the room have a mini fridge and microwave but it also had a sink, electric stove top, coffee maker and ironing board. The wi-fi reception was spot on and lots of tv channels to choose from. Since the motel is located near the end of the strip I would imagine that even in the busier season it would be fairly quiet. Our golden retriever is a seasoned, well behaved traveler but most of the motels in the area have windows in the front and he can see every stranger that walks by but at the Sea Esta 3 once the door is closed the only window is the balcony which I really loved being able to keep the curtains open without worry of some stranger looking in as they passed by. The beds were super comfy and the rooms were pretty much sound proof, I don't know if that was because the motel was fairly empty or just that the doors are that solid but not once was Riley disturbed by foot or auto traffic. Lots of bars and restaurants along the strip and the beach is a few hundred feet away. We already have reservations for Easter weekend and will definitely keep this place as our new go to. On a side note, when I booked our room for the Easter weekend thru I included a message to management which was promptly returned, very impressive since hubby and I shut the Sea Esta down when we left on the Monday after Thanksgiving, loved being the only people in the entire motel. There are 4 Sea Esta Motels in the DE shore area so be sure you are reserving your room at the Sea Esta 3. Another plus - the police department is right next door which is a huge plus when it comes to the noise level staying appropriate.

It's really just an average motel/hotel, but it's close to the beach without an actual view. (that was promised on, but it wasn't clear why) place is very expensive but so are unfortunately all motels and hotels in this area.

Booked a long weekend mid-summer. If you walked across the carpet after getting out of the shower, the soles of your feet turned black! Made you wonder when the carpet was last cleaned? We got clean linens and towels everyday from housekeeping, but changed the bed ourselves.....I think you can guess why? Basically, a bed and shower, not real clean, but not filthy. We survived.

We just stayed for 3 nights. We were very worried with the reviews but thought we would still give it a try. Yes, it is older! Cleanliness for our room was suffient. We opted for no maid service while we stayed. There is an elevator, so that was very handy being on 3rd floor. Our view was nice. We had a microwave, mini fridge, 2 burner stove, coffee pot. King bed. We were in walking distance of bars and eats. 1 block to the beach. And only 5 min drive to Rehoboth and Bethany. Location was perfect. Free ice and free parking. Free ice might not sound so fabulous but when your going to the beach everyday with a cooler and you don't have to drive to the nearest store to get it, it was fabulous to us. We decided we would return for the $ and location it was worth it. Older but not horrible!

1409 Highway One Dewey Beach DE

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Sea Esta III places you next to Baycenter for the Performing Arts and within a 10-minute walk of John Waples Memorial Playground. The 33 rooms at this hotel include kitchenettes, balconies, and refrigerators. Also near this Dewey Beach hotel are Silver Lake and Anna Hazzard Museum.


The 33 recently renovated rooms feature kitchenettes and balconies. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Coffee makers and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Sea Esta III, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Staff members can help with accommodation requests, and provide tour or ticket assistance.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

50% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 55 reviews