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Some of the best places to stay in Delaware are lined along the Atlantic coast and offer ocean views, adult-only sun decks and family-friendly amenities. This guide details beach resorts in Delaware for all budgets and includes boutique hotels, cozy inns, simple hotels and private condos.
Most properties are within walking distance to the sandy beaches of Delaware and the bars and restaurants located on and around the boardwalks.
As always with our accommodation guides, we have shared the room sizes and features as well as what each hotel uniquely offers.
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You may also like our guide to lovely beaches in Delaware.
Now, let’s take a look at where to stay in Lewes.
Beach Resorts in Lewes
Lewes Beach is located on Delaware Bay and families like this location as there are hardly any waves in the water.
If you are looking for a beach with a boardwalk, you won’t get that in Lewes, keep reading to find out which beaches are little livelier.
Lewes, the first town in the first state, puts on a community firework display for July 4th if you are thinking about visiting over Memorial Day Weekend.
We also have this big guide to fun Memorial Day Weekend getaways.
Hyatt House for Extended Stays
Hyatt House (17254 Five Points Square) is located a 10-minute drive from Lewes Beach.
Rooms range from 375 to 450 sq ft and feature flatscreen TVs, coffee makers, black out blinds, AC, free WiFi and private bathrooms.
Some rooms have separate sofa areas and kitchenettes.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy an American breakfast and use of the fitness center.
Hyatt House is pet-friendly.
5-Bed Condo for Families and Groups
This Lewes condo (Lewes, 19958) is 4 miles from the coast.
The apartment has a balcony, 2 bedrooms, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen.
Towels and bed linen are provided.
There is also a screened porch with Adirondack chairs.
Designated street parking is available for one vehicle.
Things to do in Lewes
Drink IPAs and eat crab dip at Big Oyster Brewery, gourmet pizza at Half Full and pretzels at On The Rocks Dockside Grill.
Visit Cape Henlope State Park to see where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean at the Point, tour Battery 519 at Fort Mills and cycle the 3.2-mile accessible Gordons Pond Trail.
While municipal beaches in Delaware are free, state parks with beaches such as Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island incur a $5 out of state fee.
It is $10 for in state residents.
Tour the Zwaanendael Museum, to learn about the history of one of America’s earliest settlements.
Spend the day at the beach, enjoying the calm waves. Lifeguards are present between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Lewes Beach is free and is open from 7 am to dusk.
There are public restrooms and shower facilities at the beach.
You can take your furry friend but only during off-season, dogs are not allowed on Lewes Beach from 8:00 am and 6:30 pm between May 1 and September 30.
Hop aboard the 17-mile crossing of the Delaware Bay by ferry to Cape May, NJ.
If you plan to spend time in Cape May, book this sunset cruise and try to spot some dolphins.
What about parking in Lewes?
There is chargeable on-street parking and parking lots in the downtown area between May 1 and October 14 and at parking lots at Lewes Beach between May 1 and September 30.
Note: Alcohol is not allowed, and events such as bonfires must have a permit.
Read more in our things to do in Lewes guide.
Beach Resorts in Rehoboth Beach
If you are wondering where to stay at Rehoboth Beach you have plenty of choice between luxury resorts and simple inns.
Rehoboth Beach is a great spot for families and couples.
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel for Adult-Only Options
The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel (2 Olive Ave) is beachfront hotel resort in Rehoboth Beach.
Guests adore the Victorian design updated with modern amenities for a comfortable stay.
Rooms range between 268 to 295 sq ft and feature a flatscreen TV, coffee machine, free WiFi, AC and private en-suite bathroom.
Some rooms have beach views and if you book a king and queen you can enjoy a slow breakfast or afternoon drink on the balcony with the ocean waves lapping in the background. Bliss.
Upper floors are accesible by elevator.
The dinging room, The Plaza Pub, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with boardwalk patio seats and fire pits, weather permitting.
Victoria’s Restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate setting overlooking the beach and boardwalk and every table is guaranteed a view of the Atlantic.
Traveling with your partner? You’ll appreciated the adults-only access to the roof deck and hot tub!
This is an all-year round spa resort in Delaware with a compact heated indoor pool and fitness center.
They love all four seasons at The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel and the Christmas decor is sublime!
Parking is free at this Rehoboth beach hotel!
The Bellmoor Inn for Luxury Resorts in Rehoboth Beach
The Bellmoor Inn and Spa (6 Christian St) stole the ‘best hotel design in Delaware’ title so you can expect award-winning decor.
Rooms range from 280 to 460 sq ft and feature flatscreen TVs, free WiFi, AC and private bathrooms.
There’s a variety of room views from courtyard, garden and city views.
The adult-only suite rooms have a spa bath for maximum kid-free relaxation.
Some suites have kitchenettes if you plan to stay for a while.
One of the biggest selling points is the on-site spa with massages, facials, wax services, and nail care services for men and women.
Breakfast is included in the price and served in the sunroom.
There’s also a lobby bar and courtyard dining/drinks area.
The Bellmoor Inn is two blocks from the beach and puts on a shuttle for guests.
This is one of the luxury resorts in Delaware available for weddings.
You may also like our guide to romantic things to do in Delaware.
Ocean Glass Inn for a Boutique Beach Stay
Ocean Glass Inn (37299 Rehoboth Ave) is a boutique hotel 15-minute walk to the beach.
Rooms range from 180 to 300 sq ft and feature a flat-screen TV, microwave, refrigerator and a Keurig® coffee maker.
Some rooms offer a fully equipped kitchenette, perfect for a week-long vacation.
Guests appreciate the free parking at this Delaware beach inn.
American Inn & Suites for Affordable Stay with Swimming Pool
American Inn & Suites (36012 Airport Road) is the choice of Delaware hotels for those looking to shop shop shop.
Its proximity to the Tanger Outlet shopping malls attracts families looking to take advantages of Delaware’s tax free shopping!
300 sq ft rooms feature flatscreen TVs, free WiFi, AC and private bathrooms.
Some also have a jacuzzi bath.
A basic continental breakfast is included in the price.
This is a dog-friendly Rehoboth Beach hotel.
Beach Boutique Hotel
Beach Boutique Hotel (19953 Shuttle Road) is a quiet accommodation close to the shopping outlets at Rehoboth Beach.
350 sq ft rooms feature flatscreen TVs, coffee machines, microwave, refrigerator, free WiFi, AC, private bathrooms and pool views.
Guests appreciate the grab and go breakfast option and free parking.
Hampton Inn Rehoboth Beach for Indoor Swimming Pool
The Hampton Inn (18826 Coastal Highway) is a 15-minute drive from Rehoboth Beach.
Queen rooms measure in at 350 sq ft and feature AC, free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms and a kitchenette.
Guests like the consistency of Hampton Inn hospitality, fitness center and cooked breakfast.
Things to do at Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach is the biggest area around the Dewey-Rehoboth-Bethany beach strip.
Dine on a bucket of Thrasher’s Fries and savor salt water taffy at Dolle’s Candyland.
Sunbathe on the beach but leave the tents, grills, fire and liquor at home as they are not prohibited at this Delaware beach.
Hit the slides at Midway Speed Park waterpark.
Just north of Rehoboth Beach is Cape Henlopen State Park – a popular spot with locals for a quieter beach day.
Cape Henlope also features in our guide to the best beaches in Delaware.
Anglers will love a day trip to Indian River Marina where you can fish from the jetty, take a charter trip, or even a ride on a head boat.
Shop at the three Tanger Outlet shopping malls for brand names at tax-free prices.
If visiting in winter, meet Santa at Schellville Christmas Village.
Tour Delawares only award-wining winery, Nassau Valley Vineyards.
Drink beer at Iron Hill, Dewey Beer Co and Dogfish Head.
Check out our guide on things to do at Rehoboth Beach for more.
Parking for Rehoboth Beach costs $2-$3/hour paid via the meters.
You can park for a maximum of 12 hours from 10 am-10 pm the Friday before Memorial Day through the second Sunday following Labor Day, excluding Mondays.
Beach Resorts at Dewey Beach
If you like a vacation with party vibes this may be the beach for you!
Let’s take a look at where to stay in Dewey Beach, – options are limited but you can stay at either Rehoboth or Bethany and day trip.
The Bay Resort for Simple Rooms and a Secluded Beach
The Bay Resort (126 Bellevue St) offers guests a private pier and waterfront dining at Dewey Beach.
360 sq ft rooms feature flatscreen TVs, coffee makers, AC, free WiFi, pool views, private bathrooms and kitchenettes with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator.
Some also offer patios, balconies and bay views.
Accesible rooms are available at The Bay Resort.
Complimentary coffee can be enjoyed in the resort lobby and guests are free to use the charcoal grill.
You can hire paddleboard and kayaks from the hotel at a discounted rated.
Hotel Dewey for Big Rooms
Rooms are among the biggest in this Delaware beach accommodation guide, ranging from 600-620 sq ft.
They feature flat screen TVs, coffee makers, AC, free WiFi, private bathrooms and balconies.
This is a pet-friendly hotel but there isn’t much space for dogs to go about their business and some guests complain that other dog owners don’t pick up after their pets.
Things to do at Dewey Beach
Dine on the decks of the Rusty Rudder, try over 100 beers at Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill, party at Starboard and experience live music at Bottle & Cork.
Dewey Beach has gained a bit of a reputation as a party beach so if you want to avoid shooters and beer pong skip this area around Spring Break and Memorial Weekend.
Rehoboth Beach attractions are only a 10-minute drive from Dewey Beach.
Beach Resorts at Bethany Beach
This Delaware beach has a mix of resorts and condos, ideal for families or groups of friends.
Again, if nothing suits or all rooms are booked, consider the bigger beach area at Rehoboth and travel in.
Let’s take a look at where to stay in Bethany Beach.
Hotel Bethany Beach for Family-Friendly Hotels in Delaware
Hotel Bethany Beach (39642 Jefferson Bridge Rd) is a six-minute walk from the beachfront.
Rooms measure 320 sq ft and feature flatscreen TVs, free WiFi, AC, coffee machines, soundproofing and private en-suites.
Hearing disability and wheelchair ready rooms also available.
Guests love the cookie on arrival and complimentary breakfast.
There’s an on-site outdoor swimming pool for lazy days and play.
Feast on seafood at Mickey’s Family Crabhouse or order food from the menu to your room.
This is a pet-friendly Delaware beach resort.
Hotel Bethany Beach is one of the best family resorts in Delaware as kids love the proximity to Nick’s Mini Golf where they can play a round, on the hotel!
Sea Colony Perfect Delaware Resort for Sports Fans
This Delaware reset has half-mile private beach, tennis courts and heated outdoor swimming pools.
It is ranked top 20 in the world’s tennis resorts.
Sea Colony is perfect for those dreaming of a home away from home on the coast.
2-bed apartments can sleep up to nine people with sofa beds in two livingrooms.
The apartment has AC, cable TV, a private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a patio.
Luxury Bethany Beach Condo Near Golf Course – Sleeps 6
This luxury apartment at Bethany Beach (Ocean View, 19970) books up quickly during high season so if you see it available, secure your reservation!
This 2-bed condo has two rooms with queen beds and a loft with a queen sofa bed.
There is also a TV room and a kitchen with breakfast bar.
The floor spaces is 1969 sq ft.
Guests enjoy the outside deck with a view over the golf course.
Things to do at Bethany Beach
Exercise the credit card with tax-free shopping at Bethany Town Center, hire a bike and hit the trails or snack on a hot cup of fries while watching the ocean.
The Bethany Beach trolley ride runs from memorial day to mid-September.
If visiting during summer, don’t miss the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market.
Find the WWII Observation Tower at Bethany Beach.
Read our guide for more things to do at Bethany Beach.
Fenwick Island Beach Resorts
Fenwick Shores for State Park Accommodation
Fenwick Shores, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (1501 Coastal Highway) is 150 yards from Fenwick Island State Park Beach.
300 sq ft rooms feature flat screen TVs, coffee markers, AC, free WiFi and private bathrooms.
Some rooms have balconies and baths.
Mobility and hearing accesible king and queen rooms on-site too.
Rooms can accommodate 2-6 people making it a good choice for families.
Fenwick Shores, Tapestry Collection offers a continental or à la carte breakfast and guests can swim in the hotel pool or relax on the sun terrace.
Things to do at Fenwick Island
Sunbathe on the sandy shores of Fenwick Beach and hire watersports equipment to get in the ocean.
Rent bikes and enjoy the trails.
Visit the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum and the oldest lighthouse in Delaware.
Venture to Assawoman Wildlife Area to sit in idyllic peace with a picnic.
Note: while municipal beaches in Delaware are free, state parks with beaches such as Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island incur a $5 out of state fee. It is $10 for in state residents.