Needed a break and spontaneously decided to take the kids to OC for a night. We live on the Eastern Shore, so we avoid Ocean City after Memorial Day. March and April are when we prefer to visit, especially since rooms are cheaper and dogs are allowed on the beach during these months. Last minute trips aren't easy for pet owners, because it's usually expensive to board them and/or hard to find someone to housesit on a moment's notice. In any case, the Clarion is one of the few remaining hotels in OC that will allow you to bring dogs.
My problem is the exorbitant taxes (which the Clarion can't do anything about), compounded by the $35 pet fee, or $50 for two dogs, which they do have control over. I know there's extra cleaning involved after a pet, but for one night, off season, it cost +$180.00. That's too much...$50 for two dogs? C'mon. It's the same amount of cleaning for two as for one...why the extra $$.
The children enjoyed the indoor pool, and the bar immediately adjacent offered decent happy hour specials. It was nice to relax with a view of the ocean, comfort food (chicken wings), and happy children playing in the pool a few yards away.
The hotel was obviously swanky in its day, but the years are beginning to show. Our base rate was $106 before pets and taxes, which is a fair price. The room was clean, but very basic. Too, keep in mind that "ocean front" hotels aren't necessarily indicative of a great view. This hotel has "standing balconies", which means there's a sliding door that opens to a slab of cement that one person can stand on at a time. When I booked the room and was provided a total cost, I was also told "exceptional view". That helped to sell me, but when we arrived in our room the immediate view was of the hotel next door. Bummer! We had to walk (individually) onto the balcony and look to the left (over the rooftop and a/c units of the bar/indoor pool) to see the Atlantic. Lastly, the beds were just not comfortable.
Also know that for that price, breakfast is not included...not even a danish and coffee. The breakfast bar is $15 per person, which is ok for the honeymooning couple, but probably not so much for the family of 5.
I guess the point of this review is that for an off season price, this hotel is acceptable...but I can not begin to imagine paying summer rates to stay here. $180 per night would've ticked me off had I not known that part of it was for the dogs.
Room 514 has a better view of the building next door than it does of the ocean. Plus, why is the cou...
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I'm pleased that overall, it seems as though you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate that you chose the Clarion Resort for your night away. There are very few hotels in Ocean City that welcome pets, and our rates are right in line with what other establishments charge. We sincerely believe that our buffets are very reasonably priced for the high quality of food we offer. Please keep in mind that we do offer children's pricing for all buffets. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future.
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