If you are looking for the bare essentials in a clean and comfortable beach side room this is the place for you. It's true- there is no pool, alarm clock, phone, ice or hair dryer but the price, boardwalk proximity and cleanliness make up for it.
The hotel is located on 10th street directly behind the Inn on the Ocean B&B, directly next to the boardwalk ramp. The location is great. The whole place is on the honors system. There is no one behind the counter- you pick up a red phone and it connects you to the owner's cell and she answers you wherever she is. This was not at all an impediment to service. We saw her and the other workers around the property and everyone was friendly and accommodating. There is also a wall of beach goodies (umbrellas, chairs, etc) that guests may use, simply take what you need and return it later. My husband and I took advantage of this daily. They don't provide towels for the beach, so we got 2 cheap-o towels at the beach store on the boardwalk right next to the hotel. Near the wall-o-goodies outside, there are two private showers where you can rinse off from the beach if desired. We did use these and it was convenient! There's also a picnic bench and a grill, which we would have used if my husband had caught all the fish he thought he was! lol!
The basic room we had included a totally remodeled and impeccably clean bathroom with stall shower, sink and toilet. We didn't get the best water pressure, but we are not picky about minor things. There is not a lot of counter space but this was OK with me as we were only there 3 nights. The bedroom is just that- a bedroom. On the smaller side, but for the two of us on a quick get-away (without our kid!!) it was perfect. There's a small TV, mini-fridge, night stand, lamp, dresser and queen size bed. The bed linens were crisp and clean. Each room has it's own window air conditioning unit. Ours was a little loud at times but it kept the room very comfortable as it was 90-100 degrees during our stay!
Parking is in a sand lot a few feet down 10th street, we received a decal and were able to take the few steps away from the hotel to peek at the car periodically to make sure everything was OK, and it was!
The building appears to me, to be a refurbished house. It has apx. 27 rooms (from what we could count) and the owner tells you all the rules when you check in. They are family oriented and discourage loud partying- which is fine with us! The hotel is 3 stories tall with the owner's private family residence on the first floor and the hotel lobby on the 2nd, and rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors. Room access is by outside stairwells, and there are no elevators. Two large porches on each guest floor have rocking chairs. We enjoyed a drink on the porch one evening before dinner and met a few other guests. If it wasn't so hot during our stay, I could have seen those community porches being a great congregating space to mingle, or relax!
Overall this hotel does lack many basic amenities that come with chain and larger hotels, but it's an honest, clean, family friendly, "mom & pop" type operation that provides good service, beautiful, clean, refurnished rooms at an extremely affordable rate. Trust me when I say "affordable"! I will add that if we choose to come again with our daughter too, we will be booking a larger room. (Those have two beds, a table, and kitchenette and much more space.) We enjoyed ourselves and would consider staying again.
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Walk Ocean City