We had stayed at the Sifting Sands prior to this review, however they were always for one day sleepover trips or quick weekend getaways. This year, however, we decided to take four days and enjoy the last of the season. We only decided to go here because we visited their website and saw that alot of improvements SEEMED to have been made. Prior to visiting their website, we only chose the Sifting Sands because of how cheap they were and their ever ready availability. Based upon what we saw when we arrived, it was obvious that nothing has changed. We booked what we were told was a "Superior" suite, replete with a kitchenette and a kitchen table. As well, we were told on the phone that the room had a seperate bedroom as well as a pull out couch. The room on the website was painted in pastel colors and looked as nice as some of the more expensive motels in Ocean City. When we arrived we entered our room and it looked exactly as all their rooms always have. Drab, spotted and stained white walls in desperate need of repair and paint, disgusting, grease or food stained carpets, sand and gunk caked in the shower, and sand in all of our sheets. It was almost as if they didnt change the sheets prior to our arrival. In addition, there was NO seperate bedroom, NO kitchen table, and the coffee table (think Unclaimed Freight 1.99 special) had a broken leg. We only found this out after moving it so that our son could sleep by himself on the pull out couch (sheets also stained and covered in sand). We decided that since we were down there to enjoy each others company we would just let it go and vow to never return. To hell with tradition. On the next day, after returning to the room at about 4pm, I went to advise management about our coffee table and the fact that the room was far from what was advertised. As well, the maid service still hadnt been in to clean and replace the sheets and towels. I went to the lobby to talk to management but was found in the way of the owner watching the current Nascar race. He kept looking around me and trying to look over me as I explained my problems. I told him that I thought my family and I were staying in the "Superior" suite. His response was, "You are." I advised him that it didnt look like the pictures on the website and that there wasnt a seperate bedroom nor a kitchen table. His response was, "They dont all look alike" I also advised him that the maids hadnt been in. His response was, "Listen, I have five girls here running around, theyll be in soon." To say I was unimpressed is an understatement considering we paid 199.00 per night for this dingy overpriced flea trap. The maid service eventually came, and impressively enough, started coming earlier after I spoke to management. Of course, in keeping with managements keen eye for customer satisfaction, THEY NEVER CHANGED THE SHEETS. I could continue on this diatribe, complaining about the cracked shower door, the cramped and dirty bathroom, the fact that you couldnt shower properly for fear that someone would flush a toilet and you would be scalded (yep, happened 2x with my wife in the shower), but I digress. Suffice it to say, If you have any intentions of ever coming to Ocean City to enjoy the sand, the surf and the boardwalk, please please please DO NOT STAY AT THE SIFTING SANDS.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sifting Sands Hotel Ocean City
- Sifting Sands Ocean City