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“Boardwalk Hotel in Ocean City, MD” 3 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1109 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #19 of 107 hotels in Ocean City
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“Boardwalk Hotel in Ocean City, MD”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The facility is dated; bathrooms are okay. Rooms are clean and well-furnished. Staff at front desk extremely friendly and courteous. The indoor pool is actually in the basement...a big disappointment...and smells so strong of chlorine that I wouldn't go near it. There is free coffee in the lobby. It is in the middle of the boardwalk. Plenty of restaurants in walking distance.

Room Tip: Best rooms are oceanfront but are also most expensive.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Extremely disappointed with booking....paid for ocean front and got side view....little satisfaction from staff..manager would not even meet with us. Have travelled extensively and found this to be costly for availability. Hotel is definitely dated. Would not recommend. Other places comparable for less on ocean...a definite case of buyer beware and passing the buck...absolutely no accountability.....

Room Tip: Not possible front desk blamed booking agent and booking blamed hotel....
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bowie, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The front desk staff was very good. Each person I dealt with was professional, mature, and warm. They really seemed to care about giving good customer service. They all spoke English very well. Actually it is their native language! Many people you deal with in OC don not have strong English skills, so that's a big deal.

Some problems with the room, which I reported. However in spite of the bathroom door that sticks and the seemingly "dead" electrical outlet I would go back on the strength of the excellent staff and the really great location - right on the beach and an easy walk to either end of the boardwalk.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Not the best view of the ocean but we were not in the room that much.
Staff was helpful and responsive to requests. Room was clean and bathroom was recently rehabbed. All appliances were in working order.
In summary, we would gladly book here again in the future.

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

There was a little mix up with my reservation, I booked ocean front but they had me down for Ocean View. I booked through the main 800 # for Howard Johnson hotels. Its much better to book through the hotel directly. The lady at the counter was apologetic about the mix up. Upon check out she told us that she shared the mix up with the manager and the manager "did a little something for us". Overall the room was nice, good for a 4 night stay. The elevator in the hotel was so very slow. We ate buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant it was so-so but there are plenty of other options on the boardwalk. The hotel is in a great location - right in the middle of the boardwalk. It was great walking onto to the boardwalk and right on to the beach on the morning.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel

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:
#11 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 2.5*
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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Also Known As:
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Howard Johnson Plaza Ocean City Md
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