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Castle in the Sand Hotel
3701 Atlantic Avenue, 37th Street & Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #23 of 107 Hotels in Ocean City
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Castle In The Sand for our anniversary in October a few years ago. The weather was a little gray upon arrival but the hospitality was second to none. I had mentioned it was our anniversary when I booked the room and when we checked in there was a bottle of champagne waiting in our room for us with a Happy Anniversary note. Our oceanfront balcony offered wonderful views of the sunrise every morning of our stay. Coconuts Bar had awesome breakfast buffets which we took advantage of every morning we were there and met some wonderful people. It is in a great location with easy access to Coastal Highway and we enjoyed the bar and palm trees in the early evenings before the sun went down. The staff was very friendly and booking was a breeze. Check out their website and live webcam for some beautiful beachfront scenery all year round. Once you stay here, it's like family!

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  • Stayed October 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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castleadmin, General Manager at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks for choosing us for your anniversary stay! We are glad you enjoyed the champagne as well as the great views and good food. We think our beachfront location is second to none and we work hard to keep it looking great so everyone can enjoy views. Thanks again, we appreciate your very kind comments.
Bob Borello, General Manager, Castle in the Sand
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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
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Newark, Delaware
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

My family and I have gone to Castle In The Sand, OCMD for the last 20 years for vacation. We enjoy the very clean and friendly atmosphere. The staff is helpful and go way beyond caring for you when you are there. We love the activities for the adults and children. The Castle is a family oriented vacation spot that will hold many special memories past and future. This year we were blessed to have 4 generations staying there. As my grand daughter says..".I love my castle" and we do too. Swayne, Ehle and McMaster families

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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castleadmin, General Manager at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks guys! We love it when our Castle families tell us how many generations are now visiting! Since the Castle has been owned by the same family for many years, we understand how important families are and how important it is to give you the same quality vacation year after year. Hurry back, we cannot wait to see you again.

Bob Borello, General Manager, Castle in the Sand
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Mercer, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I absolutely love Castle in the Sand, this is my family's vacation spot every year.We always have a Awesome time, the kids love the activities, movie nite.. pool, you name it.. And for the Adults,, Coconuts Bar is a Great Fun Place , Bartenders are Super nice..Happy Hour is a Blast..and everything you need is there, Food, Sun and Fun....

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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castleadmin, General Manager at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks so much for your review. Our kid’s activities are always a favorite with our guests. Lady Sunshine and her troupe are great with the little ones and our family movie night is a favorite with guests and locals alike. We appreciate you kind words and thanks again.
Bob Borello, General Manager, Castle in the Sand
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

* Sorry about my grammar, English is not my first Language

This place is a nightmare. Great amazing location,is truly beachfront and in the middle of everything. Beside that, everything that you can want or expect for a hotel they lack of. This place is filthy. Look like in the past have some years of glory and now is just neglect. It make sad that one of the few family own hotels in the area just dont care anymore about keeping a standard.
The main access to the beach is through the outside bar, which is very loud. I cant emphasized enough how dirty this place is. The pool area is a joke. When I raise my complains I was refer to "Joe" the manager. Who was rude and unapologetic, as you can read his responses to other reviews, he refuse to take responsibility for any negative comment. Please check my pictures about this place. Do yourself a favor an avoid this dump.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, February 4, 2014
Dear "ComunaMarie",
The Castle in the Sand Hotel is a beautiful property. Yes we are privately owned and now being managed by the second and third generation. We are on property daily along with an excellent management to insure its cleanliness and maintenance. Our staff is warm and accommodating. Over the last four years we have renovated 177 rooms including the 56 in our Waverley Oceanfront building just this winter. We encompass over a block and a half of direct ocean frontage with food and beverage service right to your beach chair. Our 25 meter pool and private gated parking are appreciated by our guests. Coconuts Beach Bar and Grill is the most popular restaurant on the oceanfront in Ocean City with live music and fun happy hour daily. We are focused on the family with in-season children’s activities, beach volleyball and movie nights. The Beach House Restaurant offers a delicious and affordable breakfast buffet daily to get you on your way to the beach. We are the closet oceanfront hotel to the Ocean City Convention Center. For the value it is hard to select a better place to spend you summer vacation then The Castle in the Sand Hotel. We look forward to serving you this season.
Sincerely,
Adam L. Showell, Sr.
Owner
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I was a little disappointed in the music but other than that it was a great weekend
The breakfasts are phenonmenal and the pig roast was great. Still watched the game from my room though, I could see more. hearing wasnt a problem but couldnt see the TV. I wish they would have done karaoke this year

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baldwin, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We went this past July and stayed for a few days in North Tower -ground level behind the dunes and we loved our location with such easy access to a great beach. we had a full kitchen which was wonderful for saving some money with breakfast lunch and 2-3 easy dinners. the nicely decorated bedrooms were located in back past the kitchen and were in need of some a/c - it is located in the living room and does not reach the back too good. But at least there is also a ceiling fan in back bedroom. I think at some point central a/c would be nice. Also when you sit on the porch, the heat from the a/c blows out hot air on you - which is the last thing you want in July..We loved Coconuts for drinks and lunch and the guys played volleyball 2 days with some of the guests/visitors at the bar. Nice they also have beach service for drinks! I would go back and tell everyone I know how they should come with us this time!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Thank you Castle for another awesome 4 day stay. Love the Rockin Raven's weekend. Not a Raven's fan , but we use it as a reunion weekend with dear friends. As always the food was great. Like the fact if we want to cook, every thing you need is there.

The only thing we didn't like was the slow internet. It really needs to be upgraded.

All in all we love the Castle !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
#19 Family Hotel in Ocean City
#25 Romantic Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 180
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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