We took a chance on this resort when a groupon appeared and booked a total of 4 rooms for a family get together - 6 adults and 6 kids. This resort is on the main road leading into the Ocean City boardwalk and about a mile away from the boardwalk - in season it offers a shuttle to the beach/boardwalk. The grounds are large and well maintained. There is a mini-golf course, a play ground area and a volleyball court. There is also an outdoor pool and spray park that are open in season, as well as an outdoor grill and pavilion.The main lodge has a room where they show movies and provide free popcorn, you can also "rent a movie" (its free) to play in your room. Our rooms had two double beds with memory foam mattresses, a mini fridge, a flat screen TV, and were quite spacious and clean. I found the beds to be very comfortable, my nephew didn't like them. The indoor pool was quite large and, while very nice, it is the reason I did not give this resort an excellent rating -either it is over chlorinated (to the point of making your eyes burn even when you are just sitting poolside) or they need better air filtration in that area. Also, the first day we were there they ran out of towels and the second day, when we arrived, they were out of towels. When I inquired with an employee she told us they had been out for a couple of hours and didn't know when they would be getting more - she didn't make any effort to obtain towels for us. I finally called the front desk from my cell phone and, to the resorts credit, towels arrived fairly quickly after that. So why couldn't the employee do the same????
The poolside snack bar has a decent menu and drinks for the adults - prices were reasonable compared to most poolside venues - I purchased 5 specialty drinks(mudslides and others that contained several alcohols) and a corona for $39, a price unheard of at most poolside bars.
The resort advertises wifi and, in the main lodge, it worked great for us. In our rooms, which were in the Virginia Building, the wifi was awful. It constantly booted you off and, if you were lucky enough to stay connected, it was incredibly slow - it took nearly 20 minutes to download a game from the google play store to my tablet - at home the same download would tale about 20 seconds. This was a problem for my niece as she was expecting to be able to work from her room at night while her son slept and was unable to. So, if you are a telecommuter either plan on working from the main lodge or bring your own connection.
Overall, if you are traveling with kids, this is a great place to stay. If you are not traveling with kids, and you don't mind being around them, you should also consider this resort as it is clean and in a great locaton.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Year-round family resort offering affordable rates and packages surrounded by many free amenities creating a unique, fun, memorable vacation trip and experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Francis Scott Key Family Hotel Ocean City
- Francis Scott Key Motel
- Francis Scott Key Hotel Ocean City Md