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Castle in the Sand Hotel
3701 Atlantic Avenue, 37th Street & Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #21 of 107 hotels in Ocean City
Uniontown, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“best summer vacation ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I have been going to Castle in the Sand hotel for as long as I can remember, atleast 18 years. We started out in the "House" that just had bunk beds,which made fun times for my brother and i, and was the perfect location for everything. Ive been in just about every room option there is whether it be ocean front, regular hotel rooms, and the condos, all are very comfy and very clean. The staff is very friendly whether you are an adult or a child. Through out the years, Castle has changed yes, but never fails to pass my expectations for a summer vacation leaving my family and myself dreading to leave. These is everything you can imagine here. Private beach that you can order food and drinks, family activities, daily children activities, the BIGGEST pool in Ocean City; and trust me you almost want to hang by the pool more than the beach. There is also live entertainment each day, and coconuts, what more can you ask for, great food and a band to listen too.
I highly recommend Castle in the Sand, it had fulfilled my idea of a perfect summer vacation each and every year i have been there, and Im sure it will do the same for you!

  • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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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
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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
1 review
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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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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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:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
#24 Family 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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