Pros: The 9th street location was perfect - easy to walk to everything on the boardwalk without being too close to the amusements. If you want to rent a bike or surrey, there is a rental shop right on 8th. The people-watching from the balcony was great! The beach was easy to access and if you don't feel like walking back up to your room from the beach, the public bathrooms are right in front of you. The size of the room was decent for a family of five (we had a regular ocean front room with two queens and a pull-out sofa). We just stayed for four nights - more than that might have been a little tight for our family. We booked this trip last-minute, so if we had more room choices, we likely would have chosen a little larger room. The staff was friendly and accommodated anything we asked for.
Cons: Fair disclosure: I'm super picky and usually stay at nicer hotels. I read many reviews and I think if you read enough, you get a general idea of what the place will be like and there weren't any surprises. This hotel was acceptable. The room was clean. The bathroom could have used some freshening - wall patches were sloppy and had a bit of a 'motel' feel. There was some rust. The sofabed was ready for the trash (another reviewer mentioned this and we noticed the same - both sofa arms were ripped open). The reviews about the pool were right - it wasn't dirty, but really was just a tiny pool in a "cage" in the parking lot :-). If you choose this hotel, do so knowing the pool isn't your priority. If you want pool, check out the HI on 17th - that was the other hotel we considered, but didn't feel it was worth an additional $200/night - not to mention a much longer walk to amusements. The decorative bedding at the foot of the bed could go - useless and just wound up on the floor all the time.
One thing others mentioned and I have to agree was a problem was smoking on the balconies. The balconies are right next to each other with no wall at all. If you are on the balcony at the same time as your neighbor, you might as well be sitting out there with them. If someone lights up on any balcony nearby, their smoke is your smoke. Not sure how the management can police it, but be aware your morning coffee on the balcony might not be as dreamy as you're envisioning if you have a smoker nearby.
Overall, if you are considering your options on the boardwalk and want to save a few $$ while still having a decent hotel, Paradise Plaza Inn would be a fair choice - especially if it's just a spot to rest your head after a day at the beach and on the boards.
Oceanfront or nothing!
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us and other potential customers. I appreciate your candid review as you pretty much “hit the nail on the head” with your observations. Regarding the “cons” the bathrooms could use some “refreshing” and we have already addressed painting them (other than off white) as well as upgrading some of the amenities found in them. New sofa beds ARE highest on my list of “must have” priorities for next season as these rooms are in high demand. These two issues are definitely being addressed as part of our winter projects. I am the first to admit that the pool is small and not in the beast location and I commend as well as thank you in saying that if you want an oceanfront hotel with a larger pool, be prepared to spend an additional $200 a night and be further from the center of activity. The smoking problem is an issue and difficult to control. If it is occurs in guest rooms we can “fine” the occupants however if it is on the balcony, realistically we can only talk to them and hope they oblige. This was the first season that we became a non-smoking hotel so hopefully our returning guests will remember that when booking next year’s vacation. Lastly, I continue to feel strongly that we are the best price value of any hotel in Ocean City when it comes to location, cleanliness and friendliness of staff. I hope you will at least consider us again for a future visit to see what changes are made. Thanks again for your honesty and your understanding of the issues we are faced with and how some things can be difficult for us to control.
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