Francis Scott Key Family Resort

12806 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, Maryland, 21842, United States | Resort
Prices starting from $143.00

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Before the starting gun

A travel blog entry by forwardandback

10'x15'... the past 5 years, 2 bedrooms and 4 floors of our home is now crammed into a one cinder-block cell, the mail has been stopped (doubt I'll miss it) and tenants who will be kindly paying our mortgage for the next 12months are now moved in and we're officially "homeless".
Bethany Beach is where we'll be calling home for the next few weeks, until we jump out on the road at the end of July.

I could think of worse places to lay-low for awhile.

Day 49 - Chincoteague Island, Virginia

A travel blog entry by lbphoto23


... cookies we put down the windows, and preceded to take turns napping in the car. It was quiet, and we had a great breeze off the ocean. To many late nights, and missed sleep are starting to catch up. By now it was time to go check in at our hotel. We unloaded the car, and left again to go visit Assateague Island Lighthouse. It was one of the nicest lighthouses we've seen thanks to fresh paint in the last year. After driving around the wildlife refuge we ended ...

Day 50 - Chincoteague Island, Virginia

A travel blog entry by lbphoto23


We got up this morning hoping to get in a couple of tours today. We managed to get on a 10:00 nature bus tour on Assateague Island. We went to a back area to the north side of the island to see some of the wild ponies. The return trip was the most entertaining when we rolled up on a group of ponies as two were going to town trying to expand the herd. Explain that to the children. As we left the sex show we encountered a ...


A travel blog entry by calicait


It's almost time, people! I've got two days and a lot of stuff to do before I leave. Packing would probably be the most important, and I've put a small dent in it. So far I have clothes, which obviously are the most important items, but I am having a difficult time choosing which shoes will make the final cut. I guess I can't bring every pair of heels I own. Darn it.

The other night I took a look at my suitcase full of clothes and ...

Life's a Beach - Especially in Winter

A travel blog entry by tendashseven


The next day, we take Woody on a field trip to the Dogfish Head Brewery located in Milton, DE where my brother lives. Heading into Rehoboth, we find our favorite "Happy Hour" restaurant “Claws” is closed for the season. So we head over to its sister restaurant “Fins”. We dive into a bountiful selection of fresh Oysters on the half shell. ...

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This resort, located on 12806 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, is near Boardwalk, Trimper's Rides and Amusement Park, Ripley's Believe it or Not!, and Ripleys Believe it or Not!.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Francis Scott Key Family Resort Ocean City

    1st time I stayed at a hotel out of spite


    I was really hoping to write a great review for this hotel, especially since I booked the hotel based on a response given by management to a tripadvisor member review. To me, that meant that management not only read reviews here, but felt responsibility to respond. However, our experience was mixed because:

    Need wheelchair ramps


    I have a child who is nine and she is in a wheelchair. I did ask before I booked the stay if they had wheelchair rooms. They told me that the room I would be staying in only had two steps to the room door. Well, try four steep steps just to get to the hall that leads to the room door. I had to take her out of her chair, carry her in the room first, then pick up and carry the wheelchair. When I was doing this other guest would just stand there and watch me struggle. NO ONE offered to help me. Then the outside pools had no ramps, just steps. So I could never take her swimming in the outside pools. Plus the main house had no ramps, so to check in I had to leave her in the van. The only ramp they had lead to the in door kids pool. Plus, they had no rules on parking, so you could not park in front of your room. Then one morning I woke up, some one ran into the back of my van and left damage. Because the parking was so bad. It was a free for all when it came to parking. I will not be staying at the FSK hotel ever again, untill they get ramps for the rooms and the rest of the place.

    Good Value for the Cost


    Fot the price you can't beat this motel in the Ocean City area. This is a great place for children. The grounds offer many activities for kids. If you are looking to spend a romantic getaway I would not recommend FSK. If you are a family on a budget, this is an excellent choice.

    Note: The motel has well water. It smells like sulfer. If this bothers you, do not stay here.

    Pleasantly Surprised by the FSK


    I was wary of staying at the Francis Scott Key this Memorial Day as I had stayed there a number of years back and had only bad memories of the quality of both the accomodation and the customer service. However, it was in a perfect location for my recent plans in Ocean City, MD, and the price was absolutely unbeatable for Memorial Day weekend, so I booked it. The room I stayed in was in the main building, which was renovated about five years ago, I think, and it was certainly spacious and serviceable. The carpeting did have a few stains on it, but the room was clean on the whole. Some fixtures in the bathroom had been replaced, although the bathtub and shower showed significant signs of age--but everything functioned properly, so who can really complain?

    Fantastic place to stay with kids!


    We have been to the Francis Scott Key several times in the past few years. It is the best place to stay for families on a budget. The outdoor pool is perfect for small children and teenagers. Everyone that works there is friendly. I have nothing bad to say about the place except I wish it was ocean front. We have continued to stay there for all the above reasons but the one thing that I love about the place is a sense of community. Mostly families stay and my children make new friends every year. We will be going again this memorial weekend and I will send a review of the new indoor pool. If you are a mother who wants to have a great time with the kids but have some peace of mind at the same time this is the place to stay! I am getting married in OC on August 30th of this year and all of my wedding guests have booked at this motel. I know they wont be disappointed!

    Very Affordable Family Getaway


    We have stayed here for the past 3 years, and have never been disappointed yet. My kids love the theme pool and arcade and my husband and I love the hot tub and the outside poolside bar. Very clean and affordable, but we do bring our own water to drink as we don't care for well water. The restaurant ajacient to the motel has the absolute best lobster tail!!! That's another thing that keeps us coming back. We love the shuttle that runs during the summer from the motel to the beach (for free!). Saves parking expenses. Everyone is quite friendly. The kitchenettes are wonderful. Helps save money on food. We'll keep coming back! For the price and location, you can't beat it.

    Yellow water


    We stayed in a cottage, which had a sitting room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The water was completely yellow, the showerhead very rusty. Upon arrival, the toilet was stopped up and the tub would only drain very slowly. They did fix the toilet, but requests for burned out lightbulbs to be replaced were ignored (most of the light fixtures took three bulbs, and all had two of the three burned out). There was a very musty smell that permeated the building, especially in the closets. My clothing took on this smell. The sheets had holes in them. We even found a slug crawling across the bedroom floor.

    The location was good and housekeeping did work around our schedule, but overall the stay was very disappointing.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Francis Scott Key Family Resort Ocean City

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent