We recently spent a weekend at the Impala Island Inn as part of a metal detecting event at the Music Pier. Many of the people attending this event stayed at the Impala as part of the weekend.
The weekend started off on the wrong foot, when we discovered that parking was impossible to find. Several reviews of the Impala have made mention of the parking problem, but none have actually explained it.
The Impala is divided into two buildings, one on each side of 10th street. Each building has a very tiny parking lot, which is not sufficient to accommodate the number of cars for each unit in the building. As a result, both tiny parking lots for both buildings fill up quickly, and you are forced to park your car either on the opposite side of the building, or in a lot about two blocks away.
When we arrived, and could not find a parking spot, I called the front desk. The clerk did not help with the parking situation at all, and we were not made to feel welcome, even though we were part of a larger group. We ended up parking some two blocks away, and hauling our suitcases and other belongings down the street to our hotel room. It literally took us about 45 minutes just to unload. What a nightmare.
Once we got into our room, we found it in disrepair. Even though we arrived early in the season, light bulbs were out in the room, and the towel rack in the bathroom was broken beyond repair. We also had unexpected guests drop by, in the form of silverfish in our shower.
The maid service was less than expected, as she did not clean up the room completely, leaving some trash laying around.
On the plus side.....
The Impala has a nice location, just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. The price of the room was very low and affordable, and the desk clerk allowed us to leave our car in the lot for a while after checkout, so we could have breakfast before leaving town.
The beds were also comfortable, and we slept well each night.
Lastly, when we got home, my sweetie and I both had some kind of strange bites on our legs, and we don't think they were from mosquitoes. Something in that hotel room bit us.
All in all, we would have rather paid more for a hotel with adequate parking and a better experience. When we go on vacation, we don't want to worry about finding a place to park, or parking in a lot that is so dangerously crowded, that someone is bound to bang into our automobile.
A diagram from the Impala Island Inn is attached, which shows the parking problems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Impala Island Inn is a vacationer's island indeed. Located in the heart of America's greatest family resort within the beach block, this intimate inn provides the perfect locale for a memorable getaway. Most of our accommodations overlook a delightfully warm water pool. Each room has homelike amenities that include a refrigerator, telephone with voicemail, color cable TV and two extra long double beds. Select guest rooms also offer a choice of king bed or sitting area with sleep sofa, making every guest's stay at the Impala Island Inn a relaxing and leisurely experience. Activities close to our apartments include sailing and kayaking, boat rides, jet ski rentals, surfing, bicycling, golf, arcades and a variety of amusement parks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Impala Island Hotel Ocean City
- Impala Island Ocean City