Motels in Dewey Beach, Delaware

by Meg Jernigan

Dewey Beach, known for its nightlife fueled by 20-something college students, is just two miles south of Rehoboth’s boardwalk, amusements and entertainment. Shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of beachside motels, line Coastal Highway, Dewey’s main street. Motels in Dewey Beach, Delaware, are generally more affordable than motels in it’s more famous neighbor to the north.


Room prices are highest during the high season at Delaware beaches, which lasts from late May until Labor Day. Visitors make reservations at their favorite motels and hotels months in advance, though rooms are sometimes available on the spur of the moment. Check for discounts during the shoulder season, which includes April and October. Many of the businesses are closed during the low season, when it’s cooler and there are fewer visitors, but lodging bargains abound and plenty of rooms are available without reservations.

Chain Motels

There is only one chain motel in Dewey Beach. Best Western Gold Leaf is located half a block from the beach in the heart of the village. The motel’s free, secure garage parking for guests relieves the hassle of finding a parking space. Best Western is across the street from the Rusty Rudder, a local favorite that features live entertainment from April through October and hosts an ElvisFest every September. Pets are not allowed in guest rooms.

Privately Owned Motels

Dewey’s two privately owned motels are both beachside. The Atlantic Oceanside, owned and operated by the same family since 1983, is 100 yards from the Atlantic. Open from mid-March through early November, the motel offers budget rates during the shoulder season. Adam’s Ocean Front Resort Motel and Villas, open from April through October, boasts the area’s largest outdoor swimming pool and free on-site parking. Rates are highest from the end of June through August. Upper floors of the motel have ocean views and the property offers weekly rates.

Surviving the High Season

The Jolly Trolley makes stops every few blocks along the Coastal Highway, allowing guests to leave their cars at their motel in this area where parking spots are hard to come by during the high season. Check Visitors Guide Network’s website for money saving coupons for restaurants and amusements and Dining Delaware Beaches’ site for discounts on meals. Plan for a stay during the week, when the crowds are smaller and the beach less visited.


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