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“would definitely stay here again!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Castle in the Sand Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3701 Atlantic Avenue, 37th Street & Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #26 of 108 Hotels in Ocean City
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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“would definitely stay here again!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

superb location. friendly staff. very clean and spacious rooms. unbelievable ocean view!! affordable tasty food at bar area. breakfast buffet decent. loved our server, Jack. Happy hour was indeed happy for all!! great entertainment!!
Only complaint was that we had to ask for toilet paper 3 times (6 women in our room - 1roll at a time? Really???)
overall, best stay ever on beach!!!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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castleadmin, General Manager at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2014
Thanks so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed the stay. Sorry about the toilet paper.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Fairfax
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This place is really close to the beach. Some rooms are actually on the beach, however the one I'm in is facing the pool & parking lot. They've got a great bar & tons of kids activities however it's really loud. The door does a decent job of cutting down the noise level but I can hear the conversations going on next door. Also the wifi sucks. I get a perfect signal outside my room on the balcony, but as soon as I step 4 inches into my room, I loose all signal for the internet. Since I'm on vacation I don't intend to be online a whole lot, but I do need to check my work emails, etc. so I'm not very pleased about that. Overall I think this place is too pricey for what you get. Lots of ghetto-fabulous people too...

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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castleadmin, General Manager at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2014
Thanks for the review. We are glad you liked the kids activities with Sandy and Lady J as well as Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Ocean front location, on site parking - but very old & run down infrastructure, the dead bolt on the door does not lock from the outside & clear marks of prior forced opening on the doors. The front desks response when I asked why I can't dead bolt lock the door from the outside was " you can do it from the inside" - you are only paying for location at $320 per night in August! 2 stars given as location compensates for everything else

Stayed August 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great place, with a super friendly staff. Very pleasant atmosphere. From the North Castle, where we stayed, beautiful view of the beach and ocean, especially at floors four and five.

The location is right on the beach, with convenient and very reasonable prices for renting chairs and umbrellas. Plus, waitress service on the beach. The pool is very nice too--it's behind the hotel, and I was concerned that it was "in the parking lot," but it is surrounded by other cottages and has trees around it, so it works well.

Rooms are clean and well maintained, as are the grounds; you won't be "wowed" by the facilities, but everything works well, albeit the North Castle elevator is a bit slow--it encourages walking!

Food at the outdoor restaurant is very good; not a huge choice, but everything that we ordered was good--actually very good, including the calamari, shrimp tacos, and burger. And the prices are good. The on-premises ice cream shop is great--we loved it. And the breakfast buffet is a great deal with very good food--tasty, fresh, and often refreshed. I had pancakes, french toast, bake-your-own waffles (excellent), sausage (excellent), bacon, grits, oatmeal, and more (on different days!), and it was all very good to excellent. We ate there several days.

Overall, we had a great time and a very nice experience at the Castle in the Sand.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are very large, with a living room.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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castleadmin, General Manager at Castle in the Sand Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2014
Thanks for the great review. We appreciate the kind words and are very glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back and see us again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

I liked just about everything about Castle in the Sand. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the pool was clean and we'll maintained, as was the rest of the property. Poolside bar service was a nice touch. Coconuts: the open air bar, was great with live entertainment. The breakfast buffet at the Beach Club Restaurant was extremely tasty and reasonably priced. All the staff i ran into were courteous and helpful. I will be back!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westminster, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is the first place I have stayed in OC that has waitress service on the beach. Those girls are working their butts off delivering drinks and lunches to the beach and on hot sand!! I hope everyone continues to treat them well! That is hard work. We stayed in the Waverly Castle in a standard room, two double beds. The room was somewhat updated and clean; however, the age of the building still shows. This hotel has two dinning options, Coconuts Tiki Bar Cafe
and The Beach House Buffet.
First, Coconuts is a fun, outdoor bar area with an outstanding happy hour from 5-6 where the drinks are 2 for 1 and serves decent food. Second, The Beach House is in the "basement" of the North Castle. You go down a flight of stairs and walk past an operational hotel service area to reach the entrance. Average breakfast-just wasn't our favorite place.
Location, Location, Location! You can't beat the central OC, oceanfront location. Easy access to town buses, within walking distance to the Convention Center and Jolly Rogers Amusement Park- and almost everything else!
We loved the beach service, view from our balcony and all of the staff were friendly. We will return to the Castle in the Sand.

Stayed August 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My family and I visited for 2 days and 1 night. We stayed in Waverly Castle on the 3rd Floor. You could easily see the ocean though yes, from floors 1 and 2 you will see the dunes. Room was nice and clean! Staff very friendly! And location is great!

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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:
#10 Business Hotel in Ocean City
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
#23 Family Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle in the Sand Hotel 3*
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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