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Sifting Sands Motel
Ranked #28 of 32 Hotels in Ocean City
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beware of the Manager”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We stayed at the sifting sands motel this past Memorial Day weekend. We stayed for one night, it started out well but quickly went downhill. We had 4 people in our room, with a fifth along for the ride but was staying in Sea Isle. We checked in with no problem, went to the room to get situated. We left to go to grab something to eat on the boardwalk and when we walked past the office, the manager asked us "How many people are staying with you?" We told him 4 and that the 5th person was staying in Sea Isle. He told us "no more than 4 in the room at any given time" About 15 minutes later we walked back to the room where again the manager was standing outside the office. He once again asked us how many people were staying in our room. Once again we responded 4. We left for Sea Isle for the night and did not return until 6am the next morning. At 845am, we were woken up by LOUD banging on our door as if the police were outside. It was the manager, who walked right into our room while we were all sleeping and for the third time asked how many people were in our room. He was surprised when he saw that only 4 of us were there like we told him from the beginning. Needless to say, the manager harassed us the whole time we were there. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ANYONE!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2013

I have stayed at this Motel on 4 different occasions now and have never had a bad experience. The location to shopping, boardwalk, and places to eat is incredible as it's located just about near the middle of the boardwalk entrance on 9th street, which is very convenient. Parking in the season can be a little tight, but the spaces are reserved and each room is supposed to have 1 parking spot. The Manager, Arnie, is very friendly and very accommodating if needed. I read some of the reviews about how he is not available after 6pm if you need him, and that is simply not true. Arnie is always on property, as he stays there, and if you need help in the middle of the night, he will jump to help if you need it. I have always had a different room when staying and I highly recommend checking out their website for the room pictures and descriptions. Also, when booking, be sure to let them know how many will be staying so they can attempt to provide you with a room that has adequate space for all your guests and belongings. Another thing to remember is that each room is owned by someone other than the motel. The management simply rents these out for the owners, so they have minimal control over the type of flooring, dressers, couches, bathroom, etc. If you ever have an issue, speak with Arnie and he will work with you to provide a resolution. He is not mean and harsh as some people make him out to be, but very understanding.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Glendora, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I would not recommend staying here, very dirty ,spiders in the rooms ,ceiling fan was so covered with dust also had burnt out light bulbs. Bed was so bad in bedoom, big divit in the middle.Bunk beds had mold on the top mattress. Table and chairs were so wobbly you were afraid to use them. Just a very bad experience I will never stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2013

We called a couple months before our trip to reserve a choice room. [All rooms here are not created equal!] A few weeks later they called to tell us the room we picked was no longer available and they were 'upgrading' us to another room.
We decided against coming after all and when we called to cancel our reservation, the guy on the phone was VERY, very rude and unprofessional! He told us we would have to cancel through booking.com and that we did not make a deposit. He also said we had reserved two rooms. [Such a mess!!]
Fortunately I had kept careful information, told him we called THEM to reserve and the exact price we had paid in deposit. After giving a lecture on what a terrible decision we were making, [and asking to speak with my *mother*] he grudgingly said he would refund our money.
Beware if you stay here and know all your information!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank simplyunique311
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Plymouth Meeting, PA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 August 2013

The motel rooms were very clean and decorated nicely. It is very close to the boardwalk and the beach. The price was great and beach tags were included. There were 4 of us and we had enough space to move around. The bathroom was also clean and had a shower.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank BcK2013
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norristown, pa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 August 2013

I have stayed in this motel about 5 times. The closeness sto the beach and boards is fantastic. That they accommodate for one night only is a big plus. The fact that there is a seperate bedroom from the pullout is also good. However, on three seperate occasions when items have been left in the room and i called back a while after check out to tell them i would be back to retrieve the items, they told me "they could not find them". Basically then the employees/cleaning people are stealing the items then saying they cannot find them.. Don't know why i keep staying there..

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank barbaradd
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Love it and hate it - The location of this hotel is awesome. The beach, shopping, boardwalk, fantastic restaurants...nearly everything you will probably be visiting OC for is within walking distance. The staff is friendly. The room is small, but setup in a manner that makes the most of the space. The pool is clean and nice, but the pool hours are only from 10-6.
The hate it part- when we arrived our room was messy - a water bottle and food crumbs (chunks of food, really) were under a dresser by the front door, and our feet were black from the floor within 20 minutes of walking around. On days one and two we had housekeeping and all was acceptable- except no washcloths were left and not all trash was removed. We left an advance, standard tip on both days. On day three no housekeeping came - trash and dirty towels not removed, etc. At 6pm we had to go to the office on a towel search. The following day we did not leave a tip and housekeeping then left us a note and an envelope! Day five - no housekeeping. The office staff brought clean towels within an hour of going on another clean towel search. This is our last night and its hard to say whether or not we would stay again...if they could have reliably clean rooms/housekeeping, this would be a gem.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Sifting Sands Motel
Address: 840 Ocean Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3621
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Ocean City
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Sifting Sands Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just paces away from the beaches and boardwalk. We offer a retriet that includes a heated pool thats open till 10pm, daily maid service, free beachtags, and free parking to just name a few. ... more   less 
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