A few days before our visit, I read the 2 bad reviews below and got more than a little freaked out. I can deal with alot of roadblocks on vacations but bugs in my room is not one of them. We even checked around for another place but nothing had any vacancy. So my sister call FSK and spoke to one of the owners about our concerns who assured us that we would not have a problem and I'm happy to say that she was right. Our room was very clean and I didn't see one bug-- not even an ant, during our entire stay (we stayed in the remodled New Jersey building). The rooms are far from fancy but I'd read enough on tripadvisor to know that ahead of time and we were ok with that. We were there for the pools and splashpad and were not disappointed. The ages of the kids in our group were 2, 7 and 10 and they all had a GREAT time enjoying all of those things. Considering the amount of kids there, I was happy to find the pools clean and most often not overcrowded (til saturday night but that's to be expected I think) and little details like fresh towels available. The diner there was cute but we got a bad waitress- she was nice but horribly lacking in experience- our whole section was being grossly neglected and breakfast took forever to get through. There was a male waiter who seemed to be much better; I wish we'd had him. My only complaint has nothing to do with the motel itself- I just hated where it was. Unfortunately that part of OC seems to attract a partcularly redneck-y crowd. I was awake both nights around midnight-1am listening to arguing and cursing loudly and even at the pool during the day had to listen to other patrons jovially but loudly calling each other certain slurs that I'd rather not have to hear on vacation. But that seems to be the crowd, as alot of that is on the boardwalk too. In all fairness, I could have called the front desk and maybe they'd have remedied the late night situation but it wasn't really worth it to me. The beach there on the southern end is gross too- dirtier and much more crowded than farther north, where I've stayed on other occasions. But this will come as no surprise to anyone who has stayed in southern OC, I would think. We did spend our last day at Assateague which I hadn't realized is only 12 minutes from the resort, and it was wonderful. I wish we'd gone there the day before as well.
As I stated my complaints were more about southern OC and not the resort but I wanted to mention it. Overall, the FSK was a great value for the money if you have small kids and I was very pleasantly surprised after reading some of the recent negative reviews.
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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