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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 oldest 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. And if you haven't yet, check out our website <>. I spent a lot of time on it. You'll laugh, you'll cry. It's better than Cats.

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?).

You have a choice of rooms with a queen bed, a king bed, two queen beds, or family suites. So skip the house rental and book your next OCNJ family get-together here. Cause no one's got time for all that house drama.

Property Name: Scarborough Inn

Street Address: 720 Ocean Avenue

City : Ocean City - New Jersey

Postal Code : 08226

Contact Name: Sne Avichal

Phone: 1-609-399-1558


  • Baggage storage
  • Concierge
  • Laundry service
  • Printer
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Non-smoking rooms

Check-in/Check-out Policies

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 Cancelation Policies :
I get it. Stuff happens. That's why reservations are fully refundable 14 days prior to check-in. Reservations canceled between 1 and 14 days of check-in will be credited towards a future stay. To cancel a reservation, please call me at (609) 399-1558. Cancellations received after 3 p.m. the day prior to check-in will not be refunded or credited, and will be charged in full. But I do not charge a cancellation fee of any kind. This cancellation policy is by far the most lenient in Ocean City, NJ (or Maryland for that matter) so you're welcome. For those of you who really, really don't want store credit, if you whine enough I'll give you a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee.

And if you plan to cancel your trip because of a weather forecast, just know that I will first lecture you about the meteorological phenomenon known as "The Cape May Bubble" before reminding you that I'm not budging on my criminally lenient cancellation policy. I will also like you a little less.

Illness of any kind is not an extenuating circumstance. Wash your hands. But if you're sick, please stay home and accept my generous offer of a fee-less credit toward a future stay.
Terms and Conditions

Business & Check-In Hours

  • The front desk is open from 8:00 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 Shriver's chocolate first. Dark chocolates are the best. Just sayin.
  • 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.
Reservation Policy

  • At least one member of your party must be 25 years old (or older) 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 $45 to your room per beach tag. Sure, City Hall charges $35, 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.
Check-In Policy

Reservations should be paid with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or debit cards. Upon check-in, a charge will be made on your credit or debit card for the total remaining amount of the room and tax. At least one guest must be 25 years or older to confirm guest room accommodations at Scarborough Inn. A valid photo ID must be presented at the time of check-in for age verification.

Room Policy

I want you to have a great time when you are here. But if things get too crazy, I go by the old you break it, you buy it rule. Property damages or missing items will be charged to your credit card at market value. Pre-existing damages or room issues must be reported to the front desk immediately after registration to avoid responsibility and potential charges. The hotel allows guests, with permission, to receive occasional packages and special deliveries at the property. I am not responsible for the packages or their contents or the storage of them.

The inn is, by nature, a relaxing and subdued place. From 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. we keep things especially quiet. That means turn your music and/or TV volume down. It also means please don't use the guest laundry after 8:00 p.m. This is a wooden Victorian, not a concrete mid-century. If you wanna rage till dawn, you missed Atlantic City and Wildwood by a few exits.

Luggage Policy

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.

Smoking Policy

Breathe easy. Scarborough Inn is a non-smoking property. This applies to both traditional smoking methods and all the new-fangled vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs), e-pipes, and any variations of the foregoing regardless of the product’s name. Any smoking in the rooms or strong lingering smoking scents in rooms will result in a disappointed look and a $250 room-cleaning fee.

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.

Marijuana Policy

I don't allow marijuana at Scarborough inn. I know. Bummer.

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?

Pet Policy

I looooove dogs! Cats are fine, but you know they'd eat you if you were bite size. Yes they would.

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.

Child Policy

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. But they must use their "indoor voices," refrain from running, jumping, or otherwise having fun because they're staying at a bed and breakfast, not the Please Touch Museum.

As for the rest of you, if you caught my intentional hear/here switcheroo, pat yourself on the back.

Kitchen Policy

Only one of the rooms has a kitchen. If you’ve booked that room, please practice safe cooking habits. Do not leave burners unattended. Please do not cook with strong-smelling ingredients. Lingering smells that require room closure and deep cleans will be charged a cleaning fee of up to $100. Maybe leave the ghost chilies at home this time.


We serve a full hot sit-down breakfast every day from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Not some continental or chaffing-dish-buffet version of what breakfast used to be. We're talking the real deal. Seven days a week.

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 snide remarks that I'm not inclined to make my 18-hour workday a 19-hour workday.

Bon appétit!

Parking Policy

We have optional on-site parking for $15/day between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. It's free the rest of the year! You get one spot per room. If you opted in for it, please find your parking pass in your welcome packet.

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.

Make sure you display your parking pass. If not, my towing company will gladly take your car elsewhere. They get paid per tow, so it’s out of my hands at that point. I also don’t accept liability for damage, accident, or loss to your vehicle or personal property. If something happens to it, the best I can do is probably buy you a drink, but I’m not making promises.

Alcohol Policy

Speaking of drinks, Ocean City has some interesting and restrictive liquor laws. I have no interest in changing any of them. These laws are what make Ocean City the family destination it is. I may legally offer guests a beverage, but I do so at my own discretion. You are welcome to drink on the porch or lower patio as long as you’re respectful to the other guests. If you’re getting too rowdy, I’ll ask you to take the party to your room, or to a neighboring town. Remember: you’re in the New Jersey Ocean City, not the Maryland one.

If, however, you’re having just the right amount of fun, I’ll probably ask you to share some of your drinks with me.

Pool Policy

I don’t have a pool. That’s my policy. There’s literally an ocean of water a block away.

Room-Cleaning Policy

Should you want a ROOM REFRESH, be sure to request one at the front desk before noon. Should you want TURNDOWN SERVICE, be sure to book a room at a hotel with heavy, complicated window and bed coverings that need to be professionally "turned down" as Scarborough Inn's light and modern curtains and already-turned-down bedding don't call for such anachronistic evening housekeeping theatrics.

You can request extra towels at the front desk or help yourself at one of the towel and toiletry shelves located in the hallways.

Guest Safety Policy

As part of our commitment to guest safety, employees will not disclose the identity, room number, or presence of a guest to anyone other than appropriate law enforcement. This includes the taking of or delivery of messages or indirect forwarding of phone calls. It is the responsibility of guests to communicate their presence and room number to any person they wish to receive calls or visits from. Safety cameras are used throughout the premises, and anyone on our property may be recorded.

The hotel assumes no responsibility or liability in Covid-19-related incidents. We're following CDC guidelines and procedures. Wash your hands. Masks optional. Cover your mouth when you cough. I'll give you a leery glance if you don't, but I won't make a kerfuffle.

Have fun. Stay safe. To quote two esteemed philosophers from my youth: Be excellent to each other.

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