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“Relaxing and StressFree Beach Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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Safari Motel Boardwalk
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1 13th Street and Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #32 of 107 Hotels in Ocean City
hanover twp
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“Relaxing and StressFree Beach Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I would like to thank the Owners and Staff at the Safari Motel for another enjoyable vacation with my husband and dogs. You could not ask for a Better Place to Stay In Ocean City Md. I can not say enough kind words about the staff for there hospitality and there extended thoughtfulness by being a Pet Friendly Motel. The coffee is a great way to wake up in the morning available courtesy of hotel. The fridge in the room is also an added plus. The motel is clean and right in the heart of everything on the boardwalk you can sit and watch the sunrise over the ocean. Now they also have bikes to rent so that you can take a bike ride and enjoy the boardwalk. We stayed there for eleven nites and honestly I never wanted to leave. I have been going to this Motel for aprox fifteen yrs and a couple times a year and I cant wait to go back. I never experencied any bad times at this motel. They treat my husband and I and our dogs Starr and Eddie, like family. Anyone planning a vacation in Ocean City MD should check this motel out. I am sure that your experience would be great just like all of ours are. The location on the boardwalk and porches are also an added plus. It is right in the middle of all the shops and restaurants on the boardwalk, and also there is bus availability, so you can go wherever you want. I have always found this motel to have very clean rooms and a very helpful staff. Give it a try and I guarantee you wont be disappointed. Lookin forward to going back , shortly.There also is internet available as well. Cecelia , Al, Starr and Eddie. from PA.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011 via mobile

Room
Overall the room size was a plus. Very nice that you get a refrigerator and microwave. Only problem was that we could hear people walking up and down the stairs and moving chairs in their room. Would not be good if your dog is a barker. Or Uf you're a light sleeper.

Location
Excellent. Could not ask for more in terms of enjoying the beach, boardwalk, and neighboring streets.

Check In/Out
Safari staff is great. No problems with reservations. Process was quick and easy.

TV
While you won't have a flat screen, you get a decent size, not too old box tv. You get all the cable channels you would need if you stay in one night.

It definitely beats the Knights Inn so worth the money, especially if you have a dog. And they don't restrict based on the size of your pooch. In fact they'd never even see your dog. Just lie and say he/she weighs 45 lbs and you'll be fine. I will admit the hotel may look creepy from the outside, but it was clean and not disappointing. If it had thicker walls, I would give it a 5

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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towson,md
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We have stayed here for the past 14 years. The motel is perfectly located for us--on the boards and away from the honky tonk noise. The facility is old(built in 1962), but is mostly well maintained and above all...CLEAN!!! They accept pets and there is absolutely no evidence of pet odor! We stayed on the fourth floor right next to the balcony and it was like almost having a private deck. The free coffee is a great asset. This year they have added bike/surrey rentals. There is a security system which monitors the corridors and parking lot--making you feel safe--it is not intrusive at all. We take TV trays to use in the room and on the deck. Looking for an older motel that accepts pets? Try the Safari for value and above all cleanliness.!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Rockville, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

I've just came from a stay on the Safari motel and I have mixed feelings about it.
The location is superb, but the rooms are not very good it was full of ants. On the other side the staff is nice and helpful. The good thing is that allows pets in the hotel and I couldn't feel any noise from other rooms.Ahh, no breakfast, but Wifi and TV included.Free Parking and coffee.

The main concern is that the price is like a 4 star hotel in Fifth Avenue,maybe because the Labor day weekend, but for that price i will expect much more.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

The Safari was wonderful and located directly on the boardwalk. Yes, the rooms are a little small and there is no pool but if you are on a budget and want to walk out on the beach this is the place to stay. I base a good review on how clean a hotel is.....this place was immaculate. The maid service was great, the staff were all friendly and it had a feeling of home. I took a last minute trip with my teenage daughter and one of my main concerns was feeling safe. The staff watched out for us just like family. It is also pet friendly (some were there during our stay) but we never heard any barking or noise. I can see why many of the people staying there go back year after year.

Room Tip: There are large shared balconies on the top floor rooms
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

As advertised: right on the boardwalk, clean, pet friendly. The beds were firm, the staff was friendly. But it is just not a place that I would stay again. I didn't feel safe here because there was no deadbolt on the door, the door wasn't flush with the frame, and the keys were the old fashioned metal kind that anyone could have copied or kept from a prior stay. Dogs barked all around us in adjacent rooms. There was no pleasant air conditioned lobby to read a newspaper in while the rest of the family slept....and no newspapers anyway. The air conditioner went on and off during the night and was very loud when it was on. The parking lot was a tight squeeze for our minivan. Convenient to the beach, but just not a pleasant place to spend a vacation.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011 via mobile

If you plan on spending alot of time in your room and enjoying hotel amenities do not stay here. There are no amenities and rooms are very small. However, room is very clean and its in a perfect location. Its nice how the rooms are tiled and not carpeted because carpet is dirty alot of times in hotels. The beds are stiff, so if you like sleeping in soft beds you wont be comfortable. My dad woke up with back pain because of the bed, my mom couldent wait to be home sleeping in her own bed. Also, the water pressure in the shower is low. Overall, we enjoyed it for what it is: a clean room in a great location. I wouldent reccomend this to anyone looking for luxury. If what your looking for is a clean place to rest your head, stay here. If you want more, stay at the hilton and pay $300 more a night. Your choice :)

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 13th Street and Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21842
Location: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Safari Motel Boardwalk 2*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Safari Motel offers a unique lodging experience that includes clean, comfortable, and affordable rooms. Start your day with our complimentary coffee and tea service at the lobby or relax at our common oceanfront balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Boardwalk. Booking at the Safari Motel, you will enjoy courteous personalized service and a welcoming home away from home atmosphere. We are a pet friendly motel (limited availability & fee.) ... more   less 
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