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“Springfest 2009” 4 of 5 stars
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Sea Bay Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6007 Coastal Highway, 61st Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842   |  
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Ranked #34 of 107 Hotels in Ocean City
New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Springfest 2009”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

Just returned from 3 days at the Sea Bay Hotel for Springfest.

Over the years I have stayed at this hotel many times. For me it offers a great location, pool, pleasant staff, and is in a quiet area on the bayside.

Since my last visit many improvements have been made. Some I noticed were new windows in the hallways in the Sea Bay Inn building. Updated lobby area. Improvements to the pool area at the Sea Bay Inn building. Security staff in the hotel and around the parking areas throughout the night!

The staff was as friendly and helpful as ever.

The hotel offers affordable prices, central location in OC, you can walk to Hall's for a breakfast buffet, head down to Fager's Island for lunch, dinner, or drinks at night ( within walking distance) and there is a 7-Eleven located one block away for any last minute items you might need.

It is clear the people who run this property are working hard to improve it where needed and maintain the good service they have provided for years. Best Wishes to them for the 2009 season.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Florida Keys, FL
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

Our family just returned from a relaxing vacation to Ocean City, MD where we stayed at the Sea Bay Hotel. The room was very large, (even for a couple with a child) with a very comfortable bed. It included all the amenities (and more) you would hope for in your "home away from home:" a stunning view from a spacious balcony, a roomy bathroom, and so much more. There was a cozy restaurant inside of the hotel that seemed to be a local favorite. The new management was always friendly and willing to help out in any way possible. They even seemed to become part of our family by the end of our stay! ;) Overall, the Sea Bay Hotel was a delightful experience and we look forward to returning for another stay.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Boardman, Ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2009

We decided on a golf trip to Ocean City and booked with Sea Bay because Kathy was so helpful and thoughtful and the package price was terrific -blew others away. We were initially concerned because of some of the reviews. We found the service to be good (met our few needs) the room was spacious and very clean as was the hotel in general. It was extremely convenient to all the courses we were playing. Overall our experience was positive enough that we are booking next years golf excursion with Sea Bay.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ocean City, MD
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

Staff provided excellent attention to detail for a party of 32 people from out of town. Within walking distance to beach, restaurants and night life. Even provided a breakast the next day.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 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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london
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

how do these other people give this place 4/5.????????
it was the dirtiest place i have ever been in. i was in the room for 20 seconds and went to the desk to ask for a refund. the room stunk and looked like it was about to be condemmed. i now wonder about the validity of these reviews. i feel sure the good reviews are written buy the hotel owners and staff. i would not let my dog sleep there. not worth $1 a night.

  • Liked — leaving
  • Disliked — arriving
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New Jersey
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

My son plays for an AAU basketball team and we attended a tournament held in Ocean City. We spent a weekend at the Sea Bay and I had some reservations after reading a few of the reviews. Fortunately, my family and I didn't experience any of the problems that previous guests have encountered. Before you book your room, it does help to know the set-up of the hotel. The hotel is actually two separate buildings (A and B). Building A is the old Best Western and contains the main lobby and has an outdoor pool. Building B (where we stayed) is the old Sea Bay motel and also has a smaller, separate outdoor pool. I can't comment on the rooms in Building A, but the building is closer to a very busy main drag (Ocean Ave.) and the pool seemed to be much more crowded in Building A. Building B is on the Bay side and has a number of rooms which have a nice view of the Bay and the pool. Our room faced the parking lot, which wasn't a bad thing, but I know that a few of the families in our party upgraded their rooms to a Bay view when they checked in. I believe they were charged a few dollars more, but it is worth it. Each room in the building has a balcony and the balconies on the Bay side rooms are larger. I was pleasantly surprised when we first walked into the room. The room was very spacious and contained a sitting area, microwave and refrigerator. The microwave and refrigerator were brand new and spotless. The bathroom looked to have been recently renovated with a brand new sink, countertop and shower stall. A hairdryer, soaps and plenty of towels were also provided. The only downside to the room was that the beds were full beds. Queen sized beds would have been nice.

The lobby of Building B has a nice sitting area where free coffee is provided in the morning. The lobby area leads to the pool which is smaller than the main pool in Building A, but is much less crowded. The pool area also has a great view of the Bay. The staff was very efficient and gracious when I asked for local restaurant recommendations and directions. One of our party actually had a problem with the air conditioner not working in their room. When they returned from lunch, the maintenance staff had pulled out the old A/C and replaced it with a brand new unit! I was impressed. Be aware that you have to cross Ocean Ave. to get to the beach. Ocean Ave. is actually a four lane road which has the feel of a highway. Walk south one block and cross at the light. If you don't, you'll be dodging cars like the old Frogger video game. Also, you will have to drive to the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk starts on 28th St. and goes South to 1st. St. Municipal parking is located on 1st. and is reasonably priced and usually has spaces available. A few restaurants to visit would be Phillips Seafood (the lunch menu is more reasonably priced) and a fun place to eat is On The Bay Crabhouse. We ate outdoors and got the "all you can eat" crab special. It gets messy, but it is a fun experience. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Sea Bay in Ocean City and I hope this review helps.

  • Stayed June 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maryland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

Since this hotel merged with what was previously the Best Western Hotel and now both are combined to make the Sea Bay Hotel the level of quality in the facility has taken a dramatic turn for the worse.

Our room was so grimey it had an utter feel of dirtiness in everything. Sheets were stained and literally felt moist! The pillows had an odor to them that my wife and I used rolled-up beach towels rather than put our face in them. A "new" towel folded on the rack in the bathroom had a long enough hair hanging from it that would've made it clearly evident to anyone standing anywhere in the bathroom causing us to think that they were not changing the towels. My wife would not step foot in the shower without sandals on as the tub was clearly still dirty.
Above all and as others have mentioned in their reviews, the hotel staff is completely unwilling to help and take an overall "I don't care" attitude to it. You pay your money to stay, with the expectations that it will at least be clean and then are treated as if you are not worthy enough to complain by the staff.

If you are young and all you are going to do is drink and party and you could care less if you sleep in a closet or on a dirty tile floor then this place would not be a problem. If you have any respect for yourself, please pay a little more and choose another hotel. Please read other reviews as I am not the only one that has encountered this.

As cheap as the rates may be to stay at the Sea Bay Inn they are still overpriced for what you have to endure staying there.

  • Liked — Proximity to the bay
  • Disliked — Condition of the room, hotel staff service
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sea Bay Hotel

Address: 6007 Coastal Highway, 61st Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
Location: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Bay Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sea Bay Hotel is cconveniently located in mid town Ocean City on the bayside. Two buildings make up the Hotel property complex. Some rooms are located directly on the bay. All rooms have balconies, tv, mini refrig, microwave,coffee maker, iron/ironing board, and hair dryer. There is plenty of parking, and additional public parking is permitted on 60th and 61st Streets adjacent to the Hotel. The property has two outdoor pools. The Sea Bay Cafe is located in the Main Building and is open daily from 6AM to 2PM serving breakfast and lunch. The beach is a short walk about 500 ft. Many restuarants and shops located within walking distance. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sea Bay Ocean City
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