Ocean City's oldest hotel, Scarborough Inn was built in 1895. Take a break from the 21st century and spend a few days at OCNJ's last standing Victorian hotel. In the past one-and-a-quarter centuries, no fire, flood, hurricane, or developer has managed to take down this rare gem from the golden age of these barrier islands.
Located in the heart of the walkable Downtown Historic District, park your car in our on-site lot and then spend the weekend walking stress-free to the nearby beaches, Asbury Avenue shopping, cute Queen Anne neighborhoods, boardwalk amusements, and our innkeeper's kegerator. Step back in time and enjoy Victorian surroundings, mid-Atlantic porch culture, nostalgic music, the personal touch of the traditional B&B, and the privacy of a hotel.
The inn has 29 individually decorated guest rooms combining old style charm with modern amenities, such as air conditioning, flat screen televisions, mini refrigerators, and high-speed Wi-Fi (I just clocked it at 98.8 Mbps down and 23.4 Mbps up, but who's counting?).
Property Name: Scarborough Inn
Address 1: 720 Ocean Avenue
City : Ocean City - New Jersey
Postal Code : 08226
Contact Name: Sne Avichal
- Baggage storage
- Laundry service
- 24-hour check-in
- Air conditioning
- Non-smoking rooms
- Beach tags
- Parking onsite
- Wraparound porch
This property has the following check-in and check-out times and policies:
Check-In: 4:00 PM
Check-Out: 11:00 AM
Late Check-out Hour: 2:00 PM
Late Check-out Fees: $100.00
Late check-out (after 11:00 AM and before 2:00 PM) may result in a fee.
Property and Cancellation Policies :
Terms and Conditions
- The front desk is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. I live at Scarborough Inn, so you'll likely see me well before and after these hours too. If I look tired, pretend you didn't see me. Unless it's an emergency. In that case, buy me some Johnson's popcorn first.
- Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. If your room is ready before that, I’m happy to let you check in early. Otherwise, show up anytime after 12 noon, and I’ll give you a parking pass and beach tags so you can get on with your day. I'll even let you store your luggage so it doesn't bake in your car next to the ice cream you brought me.
- Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
- You have to be 25 years old and present to book a room. It’s not that I don’t trust young people. Just kidding. It’s completely because I don’t trust young people. You’ll understand one day.
- A valid photo ID is required upon check-in. If it makes you feel better, I’ll show you my ID too.
- All requests to reserve a room must include the first and last name of all adults occupying the room and a valid credit card for a guarantee of arrival.
- My room rates are always awesome, and they are subject to change. Nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes.
- Speaking of taxes, all rooms are subject to a 5% lodging tax and a 6.625% tax. To quote the Beatles, "Should five percent appear too small, be thankful they don't take it all."
- Summertime guests, please return your beach tags when you checkout. If you want to keep them, that’s cool too. I’ll charge $35 to your room per beach tag. Sure, City Hall charges $25, but I'm charging you $10 for the 25 minutes' sleep you just cost me. Win win.
- When booking, keep maximum occupancy rules in mind: two people max for rooms with a single bed (Queen or King) and four people max for rooms with multiple beds. Got more than four people? Maybe splurge for that second room.
If you arrive before your room is ready, we'll gladly store your luggage in our luggage closet.
I highly recommend that you pack lightly. Elisha Graves Otis invented the safety elevator in 1852. I'm not convinced that contraption works so I'm gonna wait a few years before installing one in this old Victorian. As such, I'll gladly help you carry your bags up the stairs. If, however, I'm not around, you're lugging those bad boys up the stairs. So maybe pack like you're going to the beach and not traversing Antarctica. Side note: my opinions about vacation packing have absolutely nothing to do with the 300 pounds of luggage I just hauled up three flights of stairs.
Someone said I couldn't work the word new-fangled into these terms and conditions. Challenged accepted and completed.
They also dared me to use the word kerfuffle, but that's probably not gonna happen.
But, Sne, pot's legal in New Jersey.
As are pet skunks. I just don't want my hallways smelling like either.
I don't have anything against that jazz cabbage, but please smoke your left-handed cigarettes off premises.
And knock off the amateur-hour weed-in-a-Ziploc BS. That still stinks up my hallways whether you smoke that indo in your room or not. So please follow these Scarborough Inn official guidelines for storing that chronic:
1. Put your Ziploc of marriage iguanas in a mason jar of coffee grounds and activated charcoal.
2. Then put that in a gallon can of KILZ® Odor-Sealing Primer.
3. Place that in a five-gallon bucket of Fiberlock RECON Extreme Duty Odor Counteractant.
4. Finally, gently lower that into a 55-gallon drum of Maskomal™ Agricultural Deodorant.
If that seems like too much work, just leave those dank nugs in the car. Cool?
The inn, however, doesn't allow pets between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I relax my pet policy during spring, fall, and winter. Give me a call and I can see if I can accommodate your fur baby in our pet-friendly room during our slower months.
You must be with your pet at all times, so no leaving Katy Purry alone to tear up my room while you're having the time of your life at Castaway Cove.
During peak season from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, all kids need to be 10 and older. I know your 9-and-under little ones are angels. So do them a favor and take them someplace with games, swimming pools, and soundproof floors. The only thing we have hear is Victorian wood construction, singles and couples trying to get away for a weekend, and one innkeeper that's still sour about the 7-year-old that trashed his antique typewriter (You know who you are, Jenny. Those pink hair ribbons aren't fooling anyone. You're a little tornado. Consider yourself banned from Scarborough Inn... until on your 10th birthday you buy me two scoops of lemon cookie pretzel from Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor around the corner at which point I will reevaluate your inn access privileges).
After Columbus Day and before Memorial Day I will begrudgingly host your 9-and-under little sacks of... joy.
As for the rest of you, if you caught my intentional hear/here switcheroo, pat yourself on the back.
Come down to the dining area and one of our morning assistants will tell you what we're serving that day. We can't accommodate special requests during peak season because you try cooking 65 simultaneous breakfasts in a residential kitchen every morning. We're happy to entertain special requests in spring, fall, and winter.
And any suggestion that I start breakfast earlier will be met with snarky comments that I'm not inclined to make my 18-hour workday a 19-hour workday.
Please pull up your car until your tires touch the curb in front of you. If not, the garbage truck that rips through in the morning will leave a souvenir on your rear quarter panel. And please leave enough room on either side so your neighbors can get in and out of their car. Otherwise, I will leave a passive aggressive note on your windshield, which I will post on Instagram because that’s what I do sometimes.
The hotel assumes no responsibility or liability in Covid-19-related incidents. We're following CDC guidelines and procedures. Wash your hands. I'm currently making masks optional for guests and employees. I'll wear one if I need to come into your room to fix something. If you're not vaccinated, I ask you do the same, but I won't make a kerfuffle.
Have fun. Stay safe. To quote two esteemed philosophers from my youth: Be excellent to each other.