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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center Rehoboth Beach
Great stay at the Sands
My family and I had a great stay at Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center. We had a room that was right over the boardwalk! Believe me, you can't get any closer to the ocean than that! We found the staff very friendly and accomodating. The kids loved the ocean front pool and so did we. It kept us away from the crowded beach and still allowed us to enjoy the view. We really enjoyed the seafood buffet in the restaurant and the frozen drinks in the Tiki bar! We had a wonderful weekend here and we will definetely return.
This is where you want to go
The Sands is different from all the old & tired beach hotels in the area. Best of all it's right on the beach & boardwalk!
The ocean view, extremely pleasant staff, and option of the beachside pool made it a memorable stay. It has a cleaner, newer, slightly more upscale feel than the other local hotels in the area. When we come back, this is where we'll be again.
Great location but pricey
I chose to stay at the Atlantic Sands because they were one of the very few hotels in Rehoboth Beach that had a website. I like to be able to see where I'm staying before I get there. Their site also mentioned high-speed wireless Internet access, which is important to me since I need to work while on vacation :-( .
I called and made the reservation. The price of over $200 per night for a basic room with "a view of the ocean" seemed steep. I wanted an oceanfront room so the person I spoke to said that for $40 extra per night I could get an oceanfront room with a balcony. Cool, I thought, and I took it.
When we arrived we immediately went to the balcony. It had a GREAT view. It was directly over the boardwalk and had a perfect view of the beach and ocean. It was isolated from neighbor balconies so it felt private. But there was one problem. It was a French Balcony. For those who don't know, and I didn't, a French balcony is barely deep enough to stand on. This balcony was about 16 inches deep (no exaggeration). Now I am a somewhat large person, but even so, I could not stand on the balcony and close the door behind me. There just wasn't enough room.
I however was happy with my balcony once I saw the balconies in the rear section of the hotel. Granted they were full balconies (probably a good 4 feet deep with room for chairs), but the only thing that separated you from your neighbors was a waist-high piece of glass. Zero privacy at all. Neighbors could stand on their balcony and look right into your room. The hotel did also have nice full private oceanfront balconies, but I'd hate to even ask what the price of those rooms was.
The room itself was smallish but nice. It was clean and I didn't have any problems with housekeeping. Taking a shower was interesting because the water temperature kept changing as others in the building turned on their showers or flushed their toilets.
The best thing about this hotel was clearly the location. All I can say is WOW! It was great to be able to walk right out of the hotel, onto the boardwalk, and be only a short block from basically everything. I think we got in our car once the entire trip. We just walked to everything. Coming from a rural area, that is a neat experience.
The beach itself was really crowded, but it was clean and the people respectful. We didn't have any problem with noisy people either in the hotel or on the beach.
The only real negative I can say about the Atlantic Sands is the wireless Internet connection. I had more problems with that than I would have thought possible. It took me almost a day and a call to their tech support just to get my card to see their transmitter. Then there was an $11.95 per day charge, and then the connection kept dropping. I'm not sure what the problem was, maybe it was the signal reflecting through the building, but there was only one place I could get it to work at all, and that was in a hallway right outside the main office. I had a signal strength of 100% but the connection still kept dropping out and I'd have to log back in. I wasn't able to do all the work I needed to do as a result.
Overall a good experience with just a few glitches.
Great stay at the Atlantic Sands
My family and I stayed at the Atlantic Sands over Memorial Weekend. The ocean front room was well appointed and very clean. The kids loved the fact that the swimming pool was right off the room and while the ocean was pretty nippy, the pool was fine. The restaurant, The Atlantic Seafood Co., had a great seafood buffet and the breakfasts were very satisfying. We fouind the front desk was very helpful in giving us directions for bike rentals and ice cream stores. We would recommend this hotel as a truly family oriented place to stay.
Best Location in Rehoboth Beach!
OK, I've read some of the previous reviews so I thought I'd put my 2 cents in. My family and I stayed here the 2nd to last week in Aug. '03.
This is definitely a family hotel (resort would be a stretch) and would not recommend it for a couple looking for a romantic getaway. Pros: 1. We found the location to be #1 without a doubt. Near everything!!!
2. Pool was decent size and right off the beach. It was busy with a lot of kiddies. No lifegaurd though.
3. We had a 1-bedroom suite which was OK (nothing great). One thing worth mentioning is that the suite is designed where so as soon as you walk in, the bedroom is the first room. I like this because when the kiddies are sleeping on the pullout (which was only fullsize - a con) I could come and go without disturbing them.
4. We had an ocean view which is what we were told when I originally reserved the room.
5. 2 restaurants - 1 formal, 1 informal (never ate at either one so I can't comment on the food/service) 6. Room was made every day without any issues
Cons: 1. Front desk and hotel staff was somewhat unattentive.
2. Sometimes there were no towels at the pool 3. No lifeguard at the pool
All in all we had a great time and would definitely consider going back there again. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!
Better than most for the price
Checked prices for the other beachfront hotels at Rehoboth and found this to be the least expensive and it has a pool, sometimes you dont want to deal with the crowded beach. Wont find the beach any less crowded unless you walk to the end of the boardwalk, where there are no hotels. Closeby the amusement area for the kids and great shops for the adults. If you want convenience, this is by far the best value. Good luck finding anything on the beach under 150.00 a night, especially with a pool. Rooms arent the Hilton, but who spends much time in the room anyway.
Not the room you advertise on your brochure
To whom it may concern,We wanted to stay at your Hotel after reviewing your brochures. We made reserations over the phone requesting an Ocean front view overlooking the Beach. After arriving there the roon we were given had no balony and no Ocean front view. We called the front desk and told them of this problem and they then put us in another room which and a half of a balcony and a view of the hotel and parking lot across the street.( We took pictures) But We took it anyway.........unbeknownst to us that Truck driver make there deliveries there in the morning and we had to hear the back-up beeping of the trucks and the idiling of engines which woke us up early. The worst part was the fumes from the exhaust sysem coming into the room.
They put us in a room right over the Resturants exhaust system. Idon't like airconditioning. I wanted to have fresh air come in the room.
Well, I figured I'd try the pool. That was a joke. There were so many little kids splashing water and really no room to even get in the pool without having some kids wet my hair. It was so overcrowed. The best part about this place is the locaion and the food wasn't too bad. But they should also understand everyone dosent eat pork and have some other kind of breakfast meat like Turkey bacon for example for those that don't eat pork. For 350.00 we could have sleep in our van and changed our clothes threr because thats all we used the room for. So in my opinion, I would like to stay there if I could get what we requested and we could have a chance to utilize the pool.Thank You for listening.Matthew Smith and Carol Deane.
Sands is a dump
Stayed at the Sands Hotel (more like a motel) in Rehoboth for a few days in mid august '03 (Just got back). Bait and switch with a promise of ocean front, upon arrival got a ocean "view" room. No changes allowed. Old small bathroom, leaking toilet, chipped and pealing paint. Porch had one chair and was getting a leak from floor above. Nice location on the Boardwalk, but beach out front is SMALL AND CROWDED. Seafood restaurant in hotel had good breakfast buffet. Nice pool overlooking boards, beach and ocean. Stay here only if its your last resort. (No pun intended as this is NO resort.)
Location, Location, Location
We just returned from our stay at Atlantic Sands. The best thing about this hotel is LOCATION! It's right on the boardwalk and walking distance to shops, dining, etc.
The housekeeping staff left much to be desired. After their first day of cleaning they left our room door ajar which could have been disastrous for us. Fortunately, it wasn't. Even after putting out our 'service requested' sign, it took many hours to get our room completed.
The restaurant was a bittersweet experience. When we arrived, we were asked if we were dining from the menu or the buffet. After asking four staff members what was on the buffet, I gave up and ordered from the menu. The food, however, was EXCELLENT! The crab cakes were to die for and my husband's NY Strip Steak was VERY thick and juicy. Despite the buffet issue, I'd eat there again.
Our room location was terrific but not worth the $300/night we paid.
Despite it all, the location was worth going back! (Do I sound like a glutton for punishment? I spoke with others who'd had problems in the past but continue to come back due to the location.)
Great location, ho-hum staff
The hotel was undergoing some renovations, which resulted in unsafe balconies (no warning and we had small children), non-stop noise and the added treat of having mouthy workman just outside our 4th floor balcony sliding door at 7 a.m. The desk people were (with one exception) generally disinterested and unhelpful, the maids were most interested in skirting their jobs (one asked if we needed anything--we said "towels"...she took this asa cue not to make beds or do any other work in the room. ) Worst of all, we left a child's (brand new) bathing suit in the room and although we called immediately, the hotel told us it was never found. Repeated calls and e-mails were ignored. So in retrospect, I'm annoyed we stayed there and paid full price and were treated like the "practice" guests for the summer tourist season. The pool was not open yet, even though the one across the street was open...the restaurant was also closed. On the plus side, the location, right on the boardwalk, is great and the kids (oblivious to service problems) loved staying there. I was hoping for more though and would probably not stay there again.