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Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #16 of 27 Hotels in Rehoboth Beach
Philadelphia,Pa
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2008

We stayed at this location for a weekend convention. At check-in we were greeted by a friendly staff member. Our room was very nice it seemed as if the hotel has recently gone under some renovations. I spoke with several different employee's at the front desk and all of them were very helpful and pleasant. The conference was held in the large banquet room which was comfortable for 400 people and they did a great job with the food. I would stay here again

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled on business
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2008

My family has been renting a weekly summer home in Rehoboth for the last 6 years. The summer of 2007 was the 1st yr we decided to stay at a hotel. We weren't sure if we would love it but now have no plans of ever renting a house again. We have already reserved our rooms for the summer of 2008. The rooms were clean and believe me, I am very picky. The pool is facing the boardwalk/ocean. The pool was clean and relaxing. The deck was very spacious and sometimes there was a steel drum band for entertainment. There were waitresses taking beverage orders which was great. There is a tiki bar off the pool area that serves lunch and beverages. We had lunch there everyday. All drinks and food could be billed to your room. Very convenient. The salon "Bad Hair Day" is located next to the tiki bar and there was usually someone sitting outside giving $1 per minute massages. How perfect...morning at the beach, come back for lunch, spend some time at the pool and end my afternoon with a 20 min massage. Doesn't get much better. Oh, and umbrellas for the beach are complimentary (we never had trouble getting them) and they also have towels available for pool side use. Everything is walking distance. Plenty of restaurants, shopping and family fun. You will never have to get in your car unless you really want to.
Overall my whole family loved this vacation and we can't wait to go again.

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  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No lifeguard on duty at pool
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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2 Thank deweygirl11
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2007

The best hotel in Rehoboth, especially for a big family! My room was superb! Even when choosing the South room without the view of the beech, the view was amazing. The room was humungas, an ant in a mansion! For $300, I could fit 7 people in there with more room, not 7 people with three in a bed, 7 people in all, with room. Great pool, EXCELLENT food, well kept hotel all around, I would give it a 6 out of 5 if I could, STAY HERE!

  • Liked — The room, and view!
  • Disliked — Some cleaness, a little messy in the hallways.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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5 Thank WhalersTravel
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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227 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2007

I stayed at the Atlantic Sands for two nights in September 2007 in a King ocean view room on the front right side of the hotel-the side opposite the entrance- with a side view of the beach and across from another hotel. The front of the hotel is adjacent to the boardwalk and 50 steps from several different beach access points. The room had been redecorated within the last year and the change was apparent compared to a stay 2 years prior. The room has a small fridge, coffeemaker, small closet, and modernized compact bathroom-- the sink of which appeared to be strangely sized to rest almost at one's knees--and a small balcony. If I recall correctly, free internet access was available in the lobby. Breakfast was included in our seminar rate as were 2 catered dinners--food was well prepared with a wide ranging breakfast buffet including hot and cold cereal, eggs, fruit, etc. Hotel staff was friendly and informative. Nearby restaurants are steps away on the boardwalk and side streets within 2 blocks of the hotel. The Route 1 malls, including LL Bean and Timberland are about 3 miles distant. Overall, a decent hotel for a nice beach weekend. Lewes, Del. a quaint small bay community with some nice Victorian homes and quaint shops, a modernized hotel and b&bs is about 15 minutes driving distance away and has a small beach with limited pay parking. Henlopen State park is situated between Rehobeth and Lewes.

  • Liked — central beach location on a quiet street
  • Disliked — not apply
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
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5 Thank Bruce B
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Hartford, Connecticut
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2007

We booked reservations on their "Girls Getaway" package, which guaranteed a room in one of several room types. When we arrived, the room we were assigned was not among the promised room types. (We'd been given a King Room with a partial Ocean View in the newer section, but had booked a "King Suite North" with a 2-room suite.) We were told by the desk attendant that the hotel was sold out, so there was no way to have a different room. I asked to speak to a manager, who waited patiently whilst I explained that with the Package, we'd been guaranteed rooms of the types listed (I had brought a printout of the Package offer with me to check-in, and we wanted a Suite for a reason), and that we would need either a discount off the package price back down to a standard-rate room at the time of booking (which I'd printed out), or a room change. In the end, the manager granted us the room change to a King Suite North room. (I'm not usually so fussy about such things, but I was concerned there might be such a "switch," and there was.)

The "wrong" room we were assigned had been ready and waiting with our Package amenities "extras," a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates. (If it had been the correct room, this would have been fantastic!) We were able to retrieve these from that room and bring them to our new room. (Chocolates were of excellent quality; champagne was a decent mid-range label.)

The King Suite North room had a small "living room" at the hallway door with a pull-out sofa, a table, and a large footrest, and a television entertainment center cabinet. A small wet bar area (fridge, bar sink, counter) across from the bathroom (very small) was on the way to the bedroom at the back of the suite. King bed was of standard size; mattress was acceptable. Two bedside tables, plus a dresser with a second television, and an armoire. The linens, bedspread, etc. were of "typical" beach-hotel quality in the Suite. The linens, etc. in the Ocean View room (newer/remodeled section of the hotel) seemed much nicer.

Overall, the whole suite was clean to good standards. The one window in the Suite was in the bedroom, and overlooked the back parking lot. Overall, the hotel room was acceptable. Noise in the hallway became quite loud in the mornings with the sold-out rooms emptying out in the mornings with kids and parents in-town for a Little League/baseball tournament. (The bedroom being on the back of the suite away from the hall was very helpful in avoiding the hallway noise.)

Only one parking space was available per room, with a parking permit, and this was strictly enforced due to the sold-out status of the hotel due to the baseball tournament. We parked our second car on the street in accordance with Rehoboth Beach's system of maps, parking passes, (available and payable at the Parking Office, which is open nearly 24 hours a day), and pay meters. The beach was crowded; umbrella rentals were available from beach stands; the workers there set-up and retrieved the rented umbrellas.

Most things in Rehoboth Beach are within walking distance of the Boardwalk, so we tended to leave our cars parked where they were, and walked everywhere. Recommended restaurants: Dogfish Head Alehouse, Red Square Caviar Bar (over 100 vodka brands at the bar; prices were high and food and drink quality were excellent, and worth the price). We absolutely recommend the Bad Hair Day salon & spa (original location on Lake Ave; new location just-opened at the Atlantic Sands Hotel); coffee, champagne, mimosas, juices, sodas served; excellent service, attentive staff.

Our package also included gift certificates to the Bad Hair Day Spa, and daily breakfast at Atlantic Sands' restaurant, the Atlantic Seafood Grille, provided by Breakfast Coupons we received at check-in. Service in the restaurant was... slow to non-existent. Flagging down a waitperson was extremely difficult on Saturday morning when we arrived at 9:30 AM-- the restaurant looked a bit like it'd been hit by a hurricane; we were able to determine that the hordes of baseball kids had been through there in the preceding couple of hours, severely taxing the staff and the restaurant's resources. When we dined Sunday morning, we were seated by the Boardwalk windows, where we could see porpoises swimming in the ocean. (Service was *much* better on Sunday morning.)

The hotel elevators are *extremely* slow-- be forewarned. It's much faster to take the stairs. The housekeeping staff were friendly and helpful. The bellhops were very helpful, and hauled a *lot* of luggage for us in sweltering heat. The front desk staff wasn't particularly friendly during check-in, despite our attempts to be friendly and agreeable in resolving our room switch.

I will be returning to this hotel in November for a convention; I will be curious to see how the service compares in the off-season to the early Summer season; I will take photos then to post here at TripAdvisor.

  • Liked — So close to the beach
  • Disliked — Overcrowding
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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8 Thank CastaLusoria
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New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2007

We were the only people in the lobby approaching the desk, and we still weren't greeted by Lana, the receptionist. Of all the staff members, only 2 acknowledged us; others would barely respond even when we greeted them first. There was no security check when staff changed; we just walked straight in and up to our room. There was a glitch in the alarm system, so they began repairs at 9:30 at night, and continued past 11:00 p.m. with no warning to patrons. The freezer was so heavily iced over we couldn't use it. The safe was not operating, but they automatically charge for its usage—you must request the charge be removed at the end of the visit (wasting more time in line). The key cards did not work after the second day because someone miskeyed them. The cell phones did not work in the room--something about a 'security shutdown'. The air conditioner was fabulous in the humid 86 degree heat, but staff turned it off after cleaning the room. The Plexiglas on the balcony was grimy with a toddler's hands (from a prior patron) and never cleaned. We were disappointed in the Plexiglas since it blocked the ocean breezes. The workout room was closed and we had to pull teeth to find out their sister hotel, 2 blocks away, would accept our cards. Our 2 positives: you can't beat being on the beach ;-) and the cleaning staff did a decent job (excluding the Plexiglas!). We would not recommend the Atlantic Sands Hotel to anyone who expects common courtesy, respect and manners to be the basis of a pleasant hotel stay.

  • Liked — It was on the beach.
  • Disliked — Lack of respect and consideration, common courtesies almost non-existent
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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New York City, Baltimore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2007

This hotel was actually pretty decent considering it's an ocean- front hotel and most of those are usually hokey. The best part about the hotel is it's fantastic location. It's right near a ton of bars, shopping and restaurants (both straight and gay) and it's right on the boardwalk. I stayed in an ambassador suite which had a jacuzzi in it (nice treat). The staff came around with extra towels and bottled water around 4pm, although the second night they did not do that. There is a tiki bar near the pool which has great cocktails and cheap light fare. There is complimentary breakfast during the summer. The hotel is in good condition, but little details at a hotel this expensive (such as a broken tub stopper, non-fitting sheets, or burned out light bulbs) should have been addressed by the staff immediately. The bottom line is that you are paying for location. I have stayed at five star resorts- this is not one of them. It is perfect for a weekend frolic, but don't expect the Parker.

My main complaint would be that the pool area leaves a lot to be desired (it's very small) and doesn't allow much privacy (it's right othe boardwalk). Also, as far as ammenities are concerned there were no extras included such as turn-down service, pay per view or free wi-fi. There is a good room service menu. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, but a little weak with their English. I would give it a solid three stars.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Over Priced
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 101 N Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2160
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Location: United States > Delaware > Rehoboth Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Rehoboth Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront and on the boardwalk, the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center is centrally located within walking distance of a wide variety of restaurants, clubs, galleries, live theatre productions, arcade games and (of course) the beach! Our seasonal restaurant, outdoor oceanfront beach bar, coffee shop and outdoor pool are added bonuses! With over 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space too, the Atlantic Sands is host to weddings, conferences, meetings and banquets of all kinds. Our oceanfront rooftop patio can be reserved for cocktail events, wedding ceremonies and more. Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking for overnight guests, comfortable rooms, the friendliest and most capable staff in town, and a location that can't be beat has made the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center many people's first choice for decades! ... more   less 
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