My wife and I stayed here the last weekend in April for our annual spring weekend in Ocean City (before the season officially starts and the crowds arrive). Our usual hotels were mostly sold out of good rooms, so I decided we'd try someplace new.
This property is probably slightly better than your average beach hotel, but still not much more than you'd expect from a HoJo. The room was clean enough and had the expected mini-kitchen. The bathroom was very tiny, but did the job. An elevator was great to have since we were on the 5th floor, but the ice machine was all the way down on the ground level, so that was a bit of a pain. (Honestly, there may have been more, but I didn't ask.)
There were plenty of pillows in the room and more towels than we needed, which was nice. The biggest complaint either one of us had was that the beds (two doubles) were very hard. I sleep on my side and found myself turning from side to side in the night to relieve pressure on my shoulder and hips. I've slept on worse, but I've also slept on a lot better.
Despite other reviews warning against it, we ate breakfast in the cafe downstairs and found the food to be very good and the restaurant itself to be clean and comfortable. It was their first day open for the season and they were missing a couple of menu items, but the cook (who I believe was also new this season) nailed my pancakes and my wife's omelet. My biggest gripe here was that they're cash only (there's no real excuse for that these days) and the ATM in the hotel lobby was out of order, which I guess is a bigger complaint against the hotel.
Overall, a solid "average". I would certainly consider staying here again, although it probably wouldn't be my first choice.
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