My husband and I stayed here in June 2014 for a long weekend. We are both serious beach lovers, and this hotel was exactly what we wanted and expected. The location is simply amazing, and there is ample free parking right behind the hotel. You could park your car here and then not use it again for your entire stay. One caveat: there are no elevators, and the rooms starting with "1" are actually 1.5 flights of steps up. We were in room 306 (recommended), so it was 3.5 flights up. The room was small, sure, but it was clean and had everything we needed for a beach trip: bed, window a/c unit, dresser, mini-fridge, flat TV, free wi-fi, closet, and attached bathroom. Decor is, to be honest, nonexistent -- no pictures on the walls, no throw pillows, no curtains. The shower is a stall, not a whole tub, and the sink is just a sink with no counter. But who cares? You're at the beach! The staff is friendly and nice, and our room was made up in the morning each day.
The building is old, so yes, some of the floors are not level (this is something many reviewers have noticed), but to that I say: Who cares? If you are like us and plan to spend as little time in your hotel room as possible, this shouldn't even be a factor for you. The hotel is on top of Shenanigan's Irish pub, but we couldn't hear the pub at all from room 306. The a/c is a tiny window unit, but the room is tiny, so it works just fine. We were there during "senior week," which always seems to go on for the whole summer, so we'd worried that the hallways would be loud -- nope, not even. They do not allow visitors to come to the guest rooms, so I think that discourages the hard partiers. Now, there are no balconies, so "ocean view" is not going to be as spectacular as it is on some oceanfront properties, but again: Who cares? If you want to see the ocean, just go out on the boardwalk. This hotel is old-school OC. If you are looking for fluffy comforters, free bottled water, room service, elevators, and plush carpet, look elsewhere. But if you want a good place to lie down between trips to the beach and boardwalk, this place is a solid choice. Have fun in OC!
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