My wife and I took a three day weekend shift weekend (Tues-Thurs) for a mini vacation in O.C.
We came from Wilmington and drove Rt. 1 S. the entire way but one can easily get to O.C. using US 50 E. also. The hotel was very easy to spot and is on the bayside of the Coastal Highway. It's best to park on the side opposite the Best Western sign to unload your luggage via the entrance ramp. The hotel lobby was very clean and inviting. The front desk agents throughout our stay were very cordial and helpful. There were maintenance workers painting the exterior during our stay who were very nice and helpful during our stay. All of the employees made us feel welcome. We were lodged on the top/fourth floor. The hallway was warm but that is typical of top floors in hotels. The room itself enters into a tile entryway which would be perfect for beach trips.
Our room featured two queen beds, an old box TV, a sofa bed, jetted-tub, microwave, mini-fridge, and an easy to use one-cup coffee maker. The jetted-tub/shower was very relaxing and the water stayed warm while the jets were on (perhaps it was heated). The room did not feature a balcony but we could see the bay at an angle. The room was very easy to keep at a comfortable temperature. The room was clean and the beds were very comfortable for us (firm). The only major flaws were a few tears in the sofa bed.
The breakfast featured waffles, cereals, pastries, hard-boiled eggs, and other breakfast items but no meats. The breakfast area was very clean, well-attended, and comfortable. The breakfast area also featured a computer kiosk and a lounge area.
We also used the fitness room which featured a treadmill, elliptical, bike, weight machine, television, and a water cooler. The equipment all worked well.
The hotel itself is on the bayside of the Coastal Highway but there is a condo complex behind blocking a full view of the bay and another hotel directly beside it. We couldn't find a way to walk to the bay without crossing private property but we could easily access the seaside beach.
We expected Ocean City to be much less busy in October than it is the summer but were surprised by how many attractions were closed already. OC was more "dead" than we've ever seen but we prefer it that way to the crowds of summer.
With so many restaurants closed it was hard to track down good places to eat. The front desk agent recommended Johnny's Pizza and Pub two doors north. The food there was okay, the bar tender was friendly, but the drinks were expensive. The second night we got Dominos on 64th St.
The boardwalk was being repaired and many stores were closed but it was still a nice walk and enough stores were opened to do some shopping. The boardwalk parking was free when we stayed (October 24).
My wife and I always enjoy O.C. for its family atmosphere and beautiful beach. There is a casino outside O.C. but this certainly is a world away from Atlantic City. The Rehoboth Outlets are about a half hour North on Coastal Highway (which becomes Rt. 1 in Delaware). There is also an Orioles-affiliated minor league baseball team about an hour west on U.S. 50 in Salisbury (the Delmarva Shorebirds) that offers enjoyable games.
Altogether, my wife and I loved our stay at Best Western O.C. and would stay again (but only in the off-season because we don't like the crowds).
Rooms on the fourth floor may be hotter in the summer (no AC visible in the hallway) but will have t...
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October 27, 2012
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