I stayed at this Holiday Inn Express for one night on Sunday over Labor Day weekend before checking into the new Hliton Suites the next day.
The location of this hotel is quite pleasant. Right behind it is a very nice park on the bay with nice walkways going around bay inlets with a bridge, softball fields and also a fishing pier that goes out quite a way into the bay. I overheard a local resident walking there with some friends who were visiting with her saying to them it was one of her favorite places in Ocean City. I can certainly see why. Locals are not wrong about these kinds of things. In the surrounding areas of the park are residential areas of very nice homes and condiminiums.
When I checked into the hotel I was waited on by a very nice young woman from Belarus named Anna. I asked her if my room was facing the park and she said it was not. I asked her if it was possible to change it to the park bay view I had requested with my online reservation. It took her a couple minutes of double checking but she arranged for me to have a room on the top floor with a view facing the back. Anna was very nice about helping me and I appreciated her extra effort. It is great to have that view instead of the one in front facing the parking lot and Coastal Highway.
The room was pleasantly adequate, nothing special but clean and comfortable with easily enough room for two or three people. The two queen beds were not great but they were slightly better than those at the Crystal Beach Hotel where I stayed the previous weekend. The small refrigerator and microwave were convenient to have. There is no balcony and you cannot open the window, but the view is very nice of the park and bay.
The bathroom was okay to good, clean and modern, with plenty of towels but the Hotel has an interesting message for their guests posted there. If you want to take one of the towels or the room iron, there is a price list of the items which will be added to your bill. That is why whern you book this Hotel online it says "total estimated charges " after the room rate plus tax. If you want to take things out of the room with you when you leave you are definately going to pay for them when the maid does an inventory of the items after you check out.
The complimentary breakfast is not great but certainly adequate enough featuring hot cinnamon rolls as well as a variety of standard cold fare such as cereals, hard boiled eggs and breads, pastries and bagels.The staff working at the breakfast room in the morning is very pleasant to guests and their families. One of the ladies made a special effort to talk to each child who was having breakfast to ask them about their family and how they liked their vacation in Ocean City. I thought it was great to see such pleasant people working for the Hotel greeting families in the morning and taking interest in the children to make them feel welcome and special.
This excellent staff attitude was evident everywhere in the hotel. When I asked about restaurants in the area at the front desk I was given excellent advise. There is a Seafood Buffet restaurant one half block to the north on the same side of Coastal Highway as the hotel which was excellent. In addition, when I asked a couple of general Ocean City type visitor questions I was given good helpful answers by the front desk. These people put the arrogant concierge at the Hilton Suites I was about to experience the following day to shame. What can you say when staff at the front desk of a Holiday Inn Express do more to help you and offer suggestions than the concierge of a Hilton and all of it in a professional and friendly courteous manner?
A few words about beach access from this Hotel. You can walk across the Coastal Highway and go one to two blocks to the ocean. Or, you can easily drive your car from the hotel and park in the free parking along 125th street very close to and almost directly next to the beach and the ocean less than a half block away. There were plenty of spaces as it is not crowded for public parking near the beach like it is down by the Boardwalk.
As for parking at the Hotel, the front lot semi shares space with a restaurant next door so you may need to park in the lot next to the hotel on the left that shares parking with another restaraunt located next to the back. There is also a third parking area behind the Hotel for guests to park.
Overall, I found this hotel pleasant to stay at and while not situated on the Ocean or Ocean block, it was close with the nice adjacent park bay setting adding to the stay there. The online rate for Labor Day Sunday was $149 plus tax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located on 126th street in North Ocean City. The hotel has 122 rooms with 66 suites, some of which have whirlpool tubs. We are only a block and a half from the beautiful beaches that Ocean City has to offer. We are also conveniently located in front of Northside Park Sports Complex that host s lacrosse, soccer, basketball and softball tournaments. The hotel is just a short drive away from the world famous Boardwalk as well as some of the finest restaurants in Ocean City. If you want to play a round while you are here, some of the best golf courses in the area are within a fifteen-minute drive. Our guest room amenities include free wireless high-speed Internet access, refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and a hairdryer. For your convenience a guest laundry is also available. You will enjoy starting your day with our complimentary Express Start breakfast served daily from 6:30am until 9:30 am. The tropical atmosphere of our outdoor pool and sundeck (open in our summer months) will make you so relaxed you will not want your vacation to come to an end. We also have an indoor pool with whirlpool that is open year round. Located between the beach and the bay, Holiday Inn Express is the place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Ocean City Hotel Ocean City
- Holiday Inn Ocean City
- Ocean City Holiday Inn