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“OK, but probably would not return.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel Ocean City Oceanfront

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Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel Ocean City Oceanfront
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1109 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #18 of 107 Hotels in Ocean City
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“OK, but probably would not return.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Location is excellent - about the middle of the boardwalk. Parking garage was convenient. One staff member, Linda, was not very helpful and seemed to have an attitude problem. Beds and pillows were not very comfortable. Bathroom was very small, with only a shower (which was OK for us) and limited shelf space. Rooms very clean and cheerful. Lobby and common areas were dark and not attractive. Balconies were very small and the air conditioner vented there, making them not particularly useful. Even though the price for this location was attractive, probably would not stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Gambrills
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Staff was very friendly and helpful as always. The room is located on Oceanfront, 7th floor which allows a full view of the Boardwalk. Exceptionally good to watch Fireworks demonstration on the 4th.of July. Television viewing is somewhat awkward, but can be satisfied by arranging seating.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We decided to take a short spontaneous getaway and picked OC as our destination. I tend to be picky about hotels, especially beach hotels as I've found that the quality of them always seem to be so-so. We made our decision just a few days before we were leaving so I got right on to searching for something decent but not too pricey. After spending an entire day using Groupon, LivingSocial, Travelocity, Expedia, and good old Google; I had all but given up on the search. We couldn't seem to find what worked for us for a 2 day inexpensive excursion. The next day I started fresh and as luck would have it, Howard Johnson was having a "Spring Sale" and offered 20% off their hotels. I read up on all the reviews for an ocean front or ocean view king size room on 12th ave in OC, MD. The pictures looked decent and the only negative reviews seemed to come from snobby people who didn't like the noise their neighbors were making....because that's the hotels fault, right? I also read that people thought the bathroom was too small. I know I'm only 5' tall....but the bathroom wasn't made for midgets. We both found it very comfortable and exceptionally clean. The decor was great and it looked like they had just redone the bathroom with brand new tile and homey towel racks. The shower head was strong and the water was hot! We were also worried about reviews from people saying that the ocean view didn't allow them a view of the ocean....we were on the 7th floor, which I believe is the top and the view was amazing. Yes you had to turn your head to the right slightly.....but you could clearly see the ocean from the balcony and I even got some awesome sunrise shots. The balconies are also closed off from your neighbors. You can hear them, but you can't see them which was great for privacy. We were looking at a hotel in front of us and noticed that they didn't have a divider and they also didn't have any matching chairs. It looked cheap and made us feel that much happier we picked HJ. Another plus was that the rooms are perched on top of a great restaurant which slows down at night, so you're not looking out onto people buying ice cream every ten seconds or a noisy bar that's opened until 2 am. You can also walk straight out of the hotel and onto the boardwalk. That proximity could sell anyone. The parking garage was super convenient and we didn't feel hassled to jump in the car and drive up the road to grab a bite. Everything was very easily accessible. The hotels location is prime, BTW. If you're into relaxing, great dining or for partying, this hotel has it all. Lastly, and probably most importantly...the staff here is superb. We were pretty sure one employee never left and even got a chuckle at her napping on the couch in the lobby when we came down to get some gatorades in the middle of the night. There was always someone there to welcome you with a warm smile whether you were leaving for the day or coming back late at night. The restaurant staff was also very polite, informative and we gave compliments to the chef because the food was excellent. Unfortunately for us, our trip was cut short due to a family emergency but we've already made plans to come back and stay at this specific hotel. Make sure you pick 12th street and not the other one. Our stay here was fantastic and we will DEFINITELY be back!

Room Tip: 7th floor ocean view balconies are true to advertised...great views of the ocean!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel Ocean City Oceanfront

Address: 1109 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842
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Location: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
#14 Family Hotel in Ocean City
#18 Romantic Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel Ocean City Oceanfront 2.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 90 room hotel located in the middle of the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. We are in close proximity of any amenity you could want. Walk right out our front door to the beautiful Ocean City beach! You’re not just a guest with us, your family! ... more   less 
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