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“The best hotel for families in Ocean City!” 5 of 5 stars
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Castle in the Sand Hotel
3701 Atlantic Avenue, 37th Street & Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #20 of 106 hotels in Ocean City
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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“The best hotel for families in Ocean City!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This will be my 23rd year in a row to visit the Castle! I can't imagine staying anywhere else! We reserve the same hotel room (one of the beach cottages) every year for two weeks in July. It is our home-away-from-home in the summer. We love the Olympic size swimming pool and how close we are to the beach. The Coconuts waitresses walk both the beach and pool deck taking drink and food orders and bring them right to you. The hotel is family oriented, as we see the same happy families visiting every year, but it offers something for everyone! There is a bar and restaurant on-site as well as live entertainment daily.

One of our favorite parts has always been the kids activities organized by Lady Sunshine. There are different activities like crafts, story-telling, balloon twisting, and the famous face painting Sunday thru Friday. The Castle wouldn't be the same without her!

Our cottage is always clean and the staff never hesitates to bring additional amenities or service our room if needed. Upgrades to our room are noticed every year and are very nice. The hotel is only a few streets away from the boardwalk (27th street) and it is easy to walk to. The convention center is across the street from the Castle and is easy to get to as well. There is plenty of parking as well around the hotel, some of which is gated and only accessible to Castle vacationers.

We are excited to visit this year and will be here for many more!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Morgantown, West Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

In July of 2013 this will be my 12th year of staying at Castle in Sand in OCMD. I have stayed in numerous rooms and sections of the hotel each room being very clean and well kept. The Castle in the Sand has something for everyone: for families with small children they have daily activites, the largest pool in OC, and movie nights. For adults they have a wonderful live local entertainment daily at Coconuts which also has the best happy hour specials. If you happen to make it to Coconuts you will have to try the Queen Anne Slam but becareful after a long day in the sun you will only need a few of these drinks. For beach goers Coconuts will also deliver food and drinks on the beach, which is great for the long days of tanning. Overall, this hotel is wonderful the staff is very nice, courteous, and helpful. The price of the hotel is very reasonably priced for an oceanfront hotel with all the wonderful amenities. I truly look forward to returning year after year for another wonderful beach trip! Actually on 79 days til I return!!! A very satisified returning customer from Morgantown, WV!

Room Tip: Need to ask for an Oceanfront room, the view is amazing!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Uniontown, Pa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

2013 will be the 19th year in a row that our chosen vacation destination will be the CASTLE in the SAND in Ocean City, MD.

The Castle provides an excellent vacation getaway for the entire family. A pristine beachfront, the biggest pool in OCMD, excellent cuisine, live entertainment, movies and activities for the kids...they do indeed have it all.

The rooms? Spotless; very clean and well kept.
The restaurant? Some of the best Crab Cakes you will ever have.
Adult beverages? Try the Queen Anne Slams at the Coconuts Beach Bar and Grille. Awesome.
The pool? The biggest one in OCMD
Beachfront? They Castle staff will bring you food and beverages to the Castle's private beach
Entertainment? Live music every weekend throughout the Summer
The Staff? Wonderful people. These people wrote the book on OCMD hotel customer satisfaction

All in all, Castle in the Sand is a wonderful summer destination, and, more importantly, reasonably priced.

Highly recommended from a VERY satisfied family from Pennsylvania.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We have been staying at the Castle for over 20 years. We look forward to this vacation every year. It's the best pool and happy hour in Ocean City. I highly recommend saying at the Castle if you have the chance.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely disgusting. The bathroom was gross..the shower was rusty. The pull out couch was very uncomfortable as the springs were popping out of the very thin and stained mattress. As the last day was coming to an end we found what looked like a cockroach and we had told the people that ran the hotel and all they said was "thanks for letting us know well check it out" definitely not the response we wanted. Terrible service. Never would go there again!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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castleadmin, Owner at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
I am afraid this person may have confused The Castle in the Sand Hotel with some other property and not realized it. The Castle is a very well maintained oceanfront family-oriented beachfront landmark hotel. Our staff is excellent and attentive. The rooms are very clean and most have been beautifully renovated over the past three winters. We are very proud of The Castle in the Sand Hotel and it is an Ocean City, Maryland favorite.
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the Castle with a group of friends. This was our second stay at Castle and we couldn't have been more pleased. Very clean, courteous staff, great breakfast buffet. Will definitely book again!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Wilmington, Delaware
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Me and 4 of my girlfriends stayed in Caste in the Sand last May, 2012. We booked one of the rooms (I forget the name) on the lower level with the back door leading to the beach and we loved it! The place was clean, we heard no noise from the other rooms, and overall we enjoyed the spaciousness of the room. We had a small problem with ants on the last night of our stay, but nothing too concerning. The maid came every day and gave us fresh towels and trash bags. We were unaffected by any of the other vistors and it felt as though we had the place to ourselves. It was a little outdated, but as are most of the hotels in Ocean City. It was also a little bit of walking distance from the action, but overall it wasn't too bad. Parking was right in front of our room, which made getting our luggage to the room super easy. It was a little pricey, but I would for sure recommend this place for anyone who wants to truely relax on the beach!

Room Tip: Get one leading out to the sand, it was great to tan!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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castleadmin, Owner at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Emily D,
Thank you for your comments. I believe you stayed in one of our Castle North Suites, on the 1st floor. All of our Castle North Suites have been completely and beautifully renovated for the upcoming 2013 season. These suites now have all new furniture and lighting. There is new flooring throughout the suite and new kitchens with granite countertops; new plush eurotop bedding with new linens and draperies. These suites have always been popular with our guests because of their great proximity to the beach. We expect they will be even more popular this year after the extensive renovations.

I am glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you at The Castle again this season.

Sincerely,
Adam L. Showell, Sr., Owner
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Additional Information about Castle in the Sand Hotel

Address: 3701 Atlantic Avenue, 37th Street & Oceanfront, 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 Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Ocean City
#20 Family Hotel in Ocean City
#21 Romantic Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Premiere direct oceanfront family resort with desirable location on two blocks sun-kissed beach. Guest amenities include free wireless internet, Olympic pool with diving board, sand volleyball court, beach equipment rentals on-site, free kid’s activities, and live entertainment daily in season. Beach House dining offers a la carte breakfast and buffet breakfast daily. Coconuts Beach Bar offers open-air beachfront patio dining. Waitress service on our beach and pool deck. Take A Dip Ice Cream Shop open Memorial Day thru Labor Day. ... more   less 
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