Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums
Travel Blogs from Ocean City
... and their families....in-flight movies: "Avatar", "Matrix" and TV clips from the 80's. No excuse not to sleep through all of the on board entertainment!
Arrived in Seattle and attempted to reactivate my TracFone......yeah, no so easy. Pull out iPad, connect to free SeaTac WiFi, bring up TracFone webpage on iPad, start reactivation process,.....copy serial number from contacts to webpage, ...
Today we try and use up all the leftover food and so an eclectic menu of sorts. No beach but will go poolside. Sam is much better at his "swimming" and moves about the pool with much less anxiety. William seems to like the water too. We continue to try and eat our way out of leftovers so we won't have too much to throw out ...
And so we are back at the beach which looks the same. Mild mishap with Sam getting some sand in his eyes but lucky for him his dad is an eye guy. Lunch back at home with Dan grilling up some hotdogs, sausage, shrimp and corn. Ben was off to practice with Dan and family off to visit their friends. We had dinner at Espuma which was very good and as bonus was close ...
Rain on and off so after breakfast, we did indoor stuff like reading and Sam playing with uncle Ben. We ventured out for lunch and managed to avoid the rain at the Dogfish Head restaurant. While the kids napped (Dan too) we read and watched some videos. After they woke up, Lenore and I went for a walk while Dan, Ben and Sam went in the pool as the sun finally came ...
Cloudy and some rain today. Didn't get great sleep last night when the pump for the pool went off at 2 am and wouldn't stop, the problem being it needs new bearings and was quite loud. Lunch at home from Arenas and then a walk to Funland where Sam won some stuffed toys, which is good because doesn't have many toys. Early night as we are all pretty ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums Ocean City
My family stayed at the Carousel approx 8 years ago. Some things never change, I see. We entered our room to find a filthy mess also. We sat at the bottom of one of the beds only to have it fall to the floor. The electrical panel box was in the bathroom at the ceiling at the foot of the tub. We were leary of showering for fear of electrocution. The sofa bed had a white stain on it making us wonder what someone may have been doing on it. The railing to the balcony had missing wooden slats making us on edge for our two year old child at all times. The floor in the kitchen area was so disgusting we called maid. She came in with a spray bottle and then used her foot and a paper towel to "clean" it up. We thought maybe we were on candid camera or something! We complained and to our "delight" we were told we could take two other rooms for the price of one with a street view after they informed us we couldn't get our money back...the sign on the desk said "no refunds" after paying.
Loved it, had a great time, but wish the pool water was warmer.
Great Place off season
Great place and low prices off season nice queit hotel with great prices. We have stayed there sevral time a winter for the past few years and are always satisfied.
Great time October visit
Really enjoyed our visit. Had an ocean front room, very spacious, clean, and great view with large balcony to enjoy the spectacular ocean view and sunrise. Really lucked out on the weather for the time of year that we went, the beaches were almost secluded. (not the normal fare for this resort town) Cool but yet could still take a dip in the ocean.
We were traveling with a 4 year old who enjoyed the indoor pool as well. Looking forward to a return visit.
Nice visit in the off-season with a 16 month old!
We just returned from a one-week stay at the Carousel from Sept. 6-13, 2003. We have a 16 month old and stayed in a 2 BR condo. The condo was very nice and clean. This is a great place to go if you have young kids. A few caveats - 1)The balcony rail spaces seemed to be a bit unsafe for a toddler - she was able to fit her head in between the bars; 2)There is a large open rooftop directly below the condos (which all have oceanfront views) that can take away from the view of the ocean. After a few days, though, you hardly even notice it. 3)If you are counting on using the ice skating rink, check out their schedule ahead of time. There was a conference going on in the middle of the week which required them to melt the ice and use it for a trade show.
Stayed at Carousel approx. 2 years ago, room was right near ice rink, so loud, only other room was down hall, still loud rink sounds, very old fashioned, rooms were nothing special. Would not recommend at all.
As another reviewer noted, the Carousel was a happening place 15 years ago. Unfortunately, a hotel should rely on more than just complacency and a fading reputation to justify the high prices charged at the Carousel. Despite demanding 4-5 star money, the Carousel is really no more than a 3 star hotel with some extras on the side. While there's nothing terribly wrong with the hotel, there's also nothing at all that grabs your attention and helps explain why you're paying up the you-know-what to stay there. PROS: great location in O.C. far away from the more crowded end of the beach, nice appearance from the outside, attractive lobby with plenty of amenitites, fairly family-oriented.
We didn't have reservations and shopped around and decided the carousel was the best choice. The big high-rise impressed us from the coastal highway. We booked a room for one night for $159. Fifth floor ocean side. Our balcony was even with the roof of the atrium where the ice skating rink and quick foods are located. If you looked out the window and to the right you could see the ocean. We had to sign a no party tolerance policy....if we had a party we'd be asked to leave the premises with no refund. The people across the hall didn't have a party, exactly, they just opened their door and slammed it closed as people left all night long. Every time they did that we could hear it and it made our door vibrate as well. Our room had two double beds with a handicapped accessable bathroom. The sink was chipped and the water in the shower was hard to control. If the water was too chilly and you moved the control less the the thickness of a dime it was scalding.
Not for kids
I searched for weeks for a place to stay with my family. We chose the Carousel because we figured that it would our kids something to do if it rained. Well upon asking for private lessons for the ice-skating rink we were informed that the instructor was on vacation. I feel that they should have informed us of that when we made the reservartions. I told them that was the major for staying there and they negleted to inform me. The housekeeping was terrible. They had housekeepers on our floor and it was never until 5 or 6 in the evening when our room was cleaned. I WILL DEFINTLY BE STAYING SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR VACATION THIS. For the money we paid we should have top notch service.
Upon arriving at 4:00 pm, we were told our 2 bdr/2 bath condo would be ready in a few minutes. Almost 40 minutes later, we were escorted to the filthiest accomodations I have ever seen. And don't forget the shaky, slow and dirty elevators! The mildew smell hit us immediately, as did the dishwashing machine in full wash mode upon our arrival. Lights were not working, with a broken lamp on the floor. Carpeting was sparse, and what there was of it was full of large, dark stains in the main bedroom. The sliding back door was broken (didn't close all the way), along with a window sill thick with dust. The vertical blinds in the living room and bedroom had many slats missing with no other way to cover the windows. Closet doors and wash room doors did not close or open fully/properly. In one of the bathrooms, the ceiling sported a huge wet stain from the floor above- so wet to the touch, it felt like the ceiling would cave in. Floor tiles and mirrors in the living room were cracked, stained and dirty. And a living room chair was covered with red crayon/marker on the seat cushion. The only saving grace to this terrible experience was that we were able to get a full refund due to the fact that the room was so deficient. Luckily, we arranged for other accomodations immediately, and were thrilled with a one bedroom suite in the Princess Royale Hotel instead. We definetly learned a few good things from this experience: 1) Speak up when you don't get what you're promised 2) Just because we wanted bigger accomodations, bigger isn't always better.