Scarborough Inn

720 Ocean Avenue , Ocean City, NJ 08226 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Experience the true luxury of a haven designed to sooth your senses and appeal to your appreciation for beauty and comfort. With individually decorated rooms featuring lovely fabrics and furnishings plus the perfect mix of modern amenities, each guest room pays gentle homage to a love of the seasonal flowers & plants that circle this historic inn. Revel in the true luxury of space as you enjoy the many options for rest and relaxation or enjoy the friendliness of the international staff and the convivial conversation of fellow guests. Settle into a rocker on the 100-foot wraparound porch, or nestle in front of the fireplace on chilly autumn afternoons in the double living room. Enjoy a book in the cozy library, perhaps a game or the guest computer in the top floor Sojourn room – where you’ll catch a glimpse of the ocean. Awake to the enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee and take breakfast in the comfortable dining room or outdoors, if you choose, when the weather is balmy. Enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients and plentiful options for healthy eating or more indulgent culinary creations. Enjoy the true luxury of a location that places you within easy walking distance of the beach, boardwalk, recreation, restaurants, and main street shopping as you settle into our Historic District neighborhood.




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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Our home away from home!

4.8 on July 16, 2015

Steve and Brandie make you feel right at home the moment you enter the house. They address you by your name like they known you for years. They make you feel right at home. They go out of their way to add all the personal touches in making your stay a memorable experience. Brandies home made strata is the best! Can't wait to have it again! Thank you for the above and beyond hospitality, We will be back! Ed and Maribel.

Innkeeper Response
Ed and Maribel....thank you so much for your wonderful review! We pride ourselves on making sure every detail of your vacation is addressed and fulfilled. It was a pleasure having you as our guest and we look forward to your next visit!

Very pleasant experience

4.0 on May 28, 2015

The owners were very friendly, breakfast was good, with a daily entrée, along with cereal, waffles etc. The room was small, but clean and comfortable. Man in the next room was quite the snorer, which we could hear. Not necessarily the owner's fault, just due to the age of the building I'm sure. We were pleasantly surprised, it was nicer than our expectations. Would stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review and comments. We are thrilled you had a pleasant experience during your stay. I have to apologize for the "snorer", and also say if you had brought this to our attention during your stay, we might have been able to move you to a similar room, if we had availability...can't remember if we were full then? Anyway, our goal is always to meet or exceed expectations, and it sounds like we did that during your stay. We look forward to your next visit.

We will return!

5 on May 07, 2015

Lovely historic inn, well-maintained (no easy task), on-site & friendly owners, superior service & food offerings. You will enjoy your stay.

Innkeeper Response
Pleasure to read your comments. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and will be visiting us again! We take great pride in our historic inn, and really strive to keep it looking great for our guests; you're right, it is no easy task, but we LOVE doing it, and hopefully it shows...thanks again, see you soon!

very nice

4.0 on July 23, 2014

The inn was clean annd comfortable. It was only 2 blocks from the beach. We had a lovely time.

Fun weekend

4.0 on July 22, 2014

My husband and I booked the Scarborough Inn for a weekend away. Ocean City is a cute town with a great beach. The Inn was very clean, staff were helpful, breakfast was delicious. The TV in our room did not work (the cable actually, I think something was disconnected accidentally but I'm not sure), but we weren't there to watch TV and I forgot to mention it to the staff when we walked past them. Our room was quiet and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again, and we are contemplating coming back next summer for another weekend bringing our daughter this time.

Amazing place!

5 on July 17, 2014

We visitied Ocean City New Jersey for the first time last weekend and stayed at the Scarborough Inn. The innkeepers, Steve and Brandie are so friendly and helpful. We stayed in the Seaside Apartment with our grandkids and we each had our own room along with refrigerator, stove, microwave toaster and coffeemaker. The breakfasts provided were simply delicious!!! We were able to tour most of the rooms on our last day and they are breathtaking. I have nothing but high praises for this wonderful Bed and Breakfast. We will definatley be going back!

What a great place!

5 on May 24, 2014

The Scarborough Inn is an amazing place to stay. The Innkeepers Brandie and Steve are wonderful. The food was great. The porch was relaxing and the room was comfortable. I highly recommend!

Charming and Comfy

4.6 on June 11, 2013

My friends and I have been staying at the Scarborough for over 12 years. In our opinion it is the finest, cleanest Inn in Ocean City, and the food and afternoon tea is the best. It's so great when you first arrive, they great and treat you like your family.I highly recommend the Scarborough Inn to everyone who wants to feel at home. Rita M.

Home away from home

5 on May 28, 2013

The Scarborough Inn is one of our favorite Ocean City destinations. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. We eagerly await our longer visit in August!

A wonderful bed and breakfast in Ocean City, NJ!

5 on May 19, 2013

About 20 years ago, for my wife and I, The Scarborough Inn served as our vacation home away from home. It was always a welcoming, clean and cozy place to stay for a number of years. Sadly, our family outgrew the Inn and we haven't had a chance to go back until this weekend. We so much enjoyed our return! We were greeted like no time had passed at all. Amazingly, Gus and Carol recognized us and knew us by name. The inn is so bright, lovely, clean and quiet. Breakfast was very good. Service was fantastic. Parking was a breeze in their adjoined lot (which for those that know OCNJ, parking can be a challenge!) Rooms are very nicely decorated and it appeared each had a unique them. All rooms have a private bath. You can sit and enjoy their large wrap-around porch, sit by the fireplace in their living room, take in a book in their library or play a board game/listen to music in the Sojourn Room, located on the top floor. Plus, you can walk to everything in the heart of OCNJ. Thank you to Gus, Carol and their staff for making us feel welcome in your home!

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Rooms & Rates

Rm 26: Sherwood

Situated on the top floor, this very spacious suite is filled with light from its six windows and with special amenities - Scarborough Inn bathrobes, refrigerator, a flat screen television with DVD player, and a Melita coffee bar tucked in the armoire. The Sherwood features a king size bed, bistro table and chairs overlooking the garden, and a love seat fronted by a coffee table. The colors are warm and inviting - soothing ivory, forest green and lively terra cotta featured in pictures, prints.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 27: Jardin

The Jardin (Garden) Suite is just that – a soothing retreat featuring cool greens, soft beige, and crisp white. Throughout this spacious room, depictions of various ferns adorn bedding, furnishings, and decorative touches. Garden- inspired prints add to the tranquil ambiance. A comfy love seat and two armchairs provide ample seating for reading, TV viewing, or tête-à-tête. In-room coffee bar, robes, and refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 28: Chelsea

The imposing oak Pencil Post bed - centerpiece of this spacious suite - is adorned with a tasteful duvet in richly colored hues. The fresh, nouvelle interpretation of traditional fabrics is also found on coordinating pillows, accessories, and artwork - contributing to the striking, yet soothing, environment. The spacious sitting area contains a love seat, plus there’s a table with two chairs near bay windows overlooking the courtyard garden below. Thoughtful touches include a flat screen TV with DVD, in-room coffee bar, refrigerator, and robes for guests’ use during your stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 29: Primavera

Like springtime, this lovely guest room is filled with sunlight and flowered fabrics in an exuberant mix of rose, pink, aqua, turquoise, yellow and lime. The appealing textiles are complemented with bright modern art, glassware, and decorative touches that create a dreamy ambiance. With a re-designed layout, this room feels more spacious and includes a bistro table with chairs, Victorian-style white iron headboard, andCable TV – the perfect combination of vintage with contemporary. Diminutive (small) private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 30: Still Meadow

Surround yourself with the beauty of traditional oak furnishings and the delights of garden-inspired fabrics in rich, jewel tones on a striking black background that cover the plump comforter. Bold stripes on the dust ruffle and Euro pillows further accent the graceful, queen-size Spindle bed. A wing chair is a comfortable choice for reading or enjoying a cup of tea from the Sojourn Room on the same floor. Diminutive (small) private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 31: Fonthill

The rich cranberry and cream tones and familiar floral designs that embellish the furnishings in these two adjoining rooms have a fresh point of view with the unexpected addition of bright raspberry accents. One room features a queen-size bed and the second can be arranged with two twin beds or one king-size bed (your choice!) making this the perfect accommodation for families or close friends traveling together. Two TV's; one with VCR.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rm 08: Seaside Apt

Using traditional nautical colors like navy, red, and crisp white, combined with décor that has a modern edge, is Seashore style – reinterpreted! The main room has a well-equipped galley kitchen, eating area, and sitting area with sleep sofa and flat screen TV. The bedroom has a queen size bed with plump navy comforter and carved headboard with subtle seashell motif. There is a reading nook and another flat screen television. The 3-piece bathroom is compact. Enjoy a little home-away-from-home!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rm 32: Florial

A modern interpretation of a classic Damask print adorns the beds in the Florial. Accents of blue highlights the rich chocolate in the bedspreads. Two TV's; one with DVD/VCR.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rm 10: Aurora

Like the dawning of a beautiful day, this room is awash in gentle colors on coordinating prints – pastel yellow and pink, sky blue and white like billowy clouds. Rich wood tones on the carved headboard, bedside tables, and antique dresser add traditional elegance and a crystal chandelier adds a touch of romance. Two armchairs and a circular table provide a comfortable nook for reading or morning coffee in this lovely sun-drenched room. Queen bed with full bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 09: Summerfields

Traditional Jacobean motifs rendered in garnet red, sapphire blue, emerald green, & golden topaz embellish the plump quilt & complementary dust ruffle, valences, & pillows in this richly colored and appealing guest room. Overstuffed armchair paired with reading lamp & small oak table invites repose or reflection. Very traditional designs & furnishings are pleasingly juxtaposed with a modern impressionistic print “Violet Horizon” by artist Peter Wileman.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 11: Fairhope

This guestroom now features an intriguing combination of traditionally styled oak furnishings with sophisticated contemporary fabrics. Organic linens in complementary gray and white designs cover the duvet, mounds of pillows, and window treatments. Lively yellow accents throughout the room contribute a dash of panache. Upholstered side chairs next to a small table create a comfortable spot for coffee and conversation.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 12: Sindia

The “Sindia” room is named for Ocean City’s famous merchant sailing ship of the same name. Fanciful, import-style accessories are reminiscent of her cargo. A lively print in brilliant royal blue and white dresses the queen-size bed and is complemented by coordinating accessories. Framed prints on the wall picture sailing vessels of the period. An upholstered swivel-rocker is the perfect spot for reading or lounging in this charming room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 14: Provence

Inspired by the colorful fabrics of the French countryside, the bed is dressed in a sunny floral of royal, goldenrod and white with touches of crimson. A dramatic folk art-inspired wall border echoes the continental theme. Queen size bed with full bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 15: Ashleigh

The graceful, queen-size Spindle Bed is adorned with a flamboyant print in richly colored chocolate and a lovely assortment of warm jewel tones accented with touches of cool aqua. The contemporary flare is repeated in the impressionistic artwork, lighting, and accessories for the perfect combination of traditional style with a dramatic modern attitude. Two comfortable armchairs, flat screen Cable TV with DVD player, and signature toiletries in the full bath add to the appeal and comfort of this lovely guest room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 16: Palma

A lush and colorful print on dramatic black background creates the exotic mood in this striking tropically-themed oasis. Graceful palms on pillows, prints, lamps, and accessories complement the theme. Queen size bed with full bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 17: Ballade

Sunny yellow, royal and white in print and floral fabrics combine gracefully on bed, table covers, and valances. A china table lamp and potpourri bowl feature the same hues. King or 2 twin beds with full bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 18: Victoriana

A white Victorian-style iron Queen bed, old-fashioned floral prints, and bas-relief draped with tulle creates a romantic retreat. Periwinkle, lavender, pastel lemon, and celadon color the imported floral fabrics.Full bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 19: Amalyra

Ivory garland roses adorn the vibrant quilts which accent the beds in both rooms. A dash of burgundy in the carpet and wall border adds warmth to these homey bedchambers.. Adjoining room (1 Double/2 Twins): full bathroom: TV in both rooms: 1 VCR

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rm 20: Cotswold

Re-connect in this lovely room featuring an imposing carved mahogany Pencil Post bed with matching bed step and a matching tall Victorian dresser. The décor is unabashedly romantic with bed coverings and accessories in soft pastels and floral prints – with a touch of lace and embroidered bed hangings framing the headboard. A comfortable upholstered chair is the perfect spot for enjoying a book from the inn’s Library.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 22: Lismore

The newly redecorated Lismore is actually two rooms connected by a full bath. The queen size bed with tall, carved oak headboard is adorned with a striking black and white toile coverlet and matching shams. The same classic fabric - plus coordinating prints - adorns the comfy daybed (in a separate room), drapes, pillows and valances. An infusion of lively turquoise, pastel blue, and a touch of vibrant primary colors keeps the palette unexpected and fresh. There's a bistro table with two chairs near windows that overlook the patio garden and two televisions - one a flat screen; one with VCR player - to provide ample diversion and comfort. (The daybed has a twin-size trundle to accommodate families with children.). Adjoining room (Queen & Daybed); full bath; TV in both rooms: 1 VCR

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rm 24: Aerie

Enjoy this sun-filled room with an ocean glimpse. The “Aerie” features a striking, modern-interpretation of traditional paisley in bold colors on white as used on the bed cover and pillow shams. A playful pachyderm fabric on two armchairs, plus whimsical accessories, provides a fun counterpoint to more traditional accents. Diminutive (small) private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 25: Cafagialo

This generously sized suite is named for the Italian countryside that inspired its décor and is pictured on a half-round over the King-size bed. Both romantic and elegant, the bed is lavished with satiny fabrics that feature Cabbage roses and the use of appealing colors - rose, cranberry, and forest on a golden ground. Artwork and accessories are also inspired by Tuscany, as are the beautiful window coverings. Two swivel armchairs may be angled for reading or for watching the flat screen Cable TV with DVD. A personal-size jetted tub, in-room coffee bar, refrigerator, and Scarborough Inn guest robes all contribute to a memorable experience.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rm 03: Sonnet

A striking jewel-toned, impressionistic floral print adorns the padded headboard and window valances. Beige and black floral duvets with coordinating linens dress the bed and enliven the decor. Two armchairs and various accessories add a touch of purple pizzazz within this comfortable retreat. The hand-stenciled armoire houses the in-room coffee bar; a flat screen Cable TV with DVD, charming artwork, and the inn’s signature toiletries create a room that is pure poetry.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 4


Location Type

30 miles North of Cape May, 8 miles South of Atlantic City, 1-1/2 blocks to beach & boardwalk, 1 hour drive from Philadelphia, 1/2 hour from Atlantic City International Airport, Airport, Downtown, Island, Oceanfront, Vista oceano


Atlantic City, NJ (ACY) 15 miles

Directions to property:

Garden State Parkway South Exit 30. Follow signs for Ocean City Rt. 52. Once in Ocean City stay straight on 9th St. to Ocean Ave.,turn left and continue two blocks to the Scarborough Inn.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, 2 1/2 mile Boardwalk, Wheaton Village, Historic Cape May, 8 miles of Beach, Atlantic City Casinos, Bird watching, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Iron & Ironing Board on site, Concierge Service, Bath House Facilities after check out, 100 foot wraparound porch, Morning Newspaper, Afternoon Refreshments

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Beach & Boardwalk, Whale/Dolphin Watching, Basketball & Running Track 1 1/2 blocks away, Water Skiing, Fee based Fitness Center, Guided Nature Walk, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only on ground floor patio only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights, 3 nights holidays
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full Payment upon reservation
  • Cancellations: first night cost retained if cancelled within 21 days, inclusive of 21 days; entire stay if cancelled within 14 days, inclusive of 14 days



Steve & Brandie Cesari

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  • Time Served: 8:00 - 10:00
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat