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Sifting Sands Motel
Ranked #28 of 32 Hotels in Ocean City
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“a hidden gem!”
Reviewed August 3, 2005

Call me snobby but the pink exterior and the yellow flashing arrow had me thinking this place was a sure dive. We were having some car troubles and had to stay in OC. We stumbled across sifting sands and what a treat! The room was great and the people at the front desk were willing to do anything to help with any needs we had. They welcomed us like family. The bathroom shower was a tad small but VERY clean. I have been in ritzy hotels in NY that had hair and grime all over and cost 3 times what this did. It is clean, perfect location to beach and a great enviroment. Kudos to the new management as considering some other not so good reviews they must have done a 180 on this place.

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Reviewed December 8, 2004

Loved this place...my husband & children came down for the block party & it was the only place we could get a nightly rental on short notice. they have new owners & was truly suprised how much it had changed in the past few months. we stayed there this summer & it was in much needed repair....how suprised were we to find it clean & redone. a new family has taken over the motel & were just lovely to deal with, & anything we needed was provided for immediately. the girl at the front desk was helpful & gave us much needed info on the area & a listing of restaurants & their menus, as well as suggestions for spas, florists & stores to shop. a big A+++ over the last time we were there. we will definately stay there again this summer.

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Reviewed October 5, 2004

Loved the sifting sands, 9th & ocean...they are under new management & are currently redoing all their rooms. they were reasonable & clean & a block from the ocean. they have a great pool & are in the heart of ocean city, close to restaurants, boardwalk & shopping. they had a kitchenette & was close to grocery stores & wawa, & that saved us a bundle. the girl at the front desk was GREAT & so helpful....was one of the best experiences we had in ocean city in a long time.

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Reviewed September 18, 2004

We were in Ocean City because we had to be. The city had been completed booked until, finally, there was a cancellation at The Sifting Sands, leary, but having no other choice I took it.

There was no phone or clock in the room and it was pretty filthy (The windows had gunk all over them, there was hair all in the bathroom, and dust and dirt everywhere....). There was no microwave like there website mentions. There was a mini refrigerator with a freezer compartment but our items in the freezer thawed and the refrigerator wasn't cold. There was a pile of particle board furniture stuff next to the refrigerator and outside our door as well.

The outside of the motel had mass lights so our room never got dark at night. We had a toddler with us who couldn't sleep because of it. At around midnight my husband suggested we just leave. I had plans in Ocean City the next day but as I watched my toddler wide awake and a cockroach running up the curtain I couldn't argue. We were out almost $150 for this experience, (a motel that might as well been off a freeway next to a truck stop and only $40), can you believe it.

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Reviewed August 8, 2004

Decent price, nice location, parking, but no phone in room. Looks like parts of hotel was redone, but it could have been cleaner. Many parts of the room were dusty and dirty including airconditioner. Also our room had a door that would not lock properly, so we kept our valuables in the car. Also the room was too bright at night to get sleep. They should put in some "darkening" blinds or curtains. Other than that not a bad stay.

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Property: Sifting Sands Motel
Address: 840 Ocean Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3621
Location: 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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