We stayed at the Cayman Suites Hotel August 21 to the 24th. We were originally booked to the 25th but found ourselves on our first visit to Ocean City during natural disaster week and we were chased out by the hurricane. We did get to experience the earthquake though…our first! I mean this is a tongue-in-cheek way because seasoned travelers know that events can be planned but not outcomes. It is worth noting that this is a great time of year to visit this area because the rates are reduced and the weather is warm with plenty of vacationers still about.
Finding affordable accommodations in Ocean City can be a challenge but this little gem of a place makes it an easy choice. We took advantage of one of their vacation packages which can be found on their website and provided us with a free night in addition to rates which were all ready running some 30 to 50 percent below the average. Cayman also provides an attractive beach bag, bucket of tasty caramel popcorn and a kite with the package as welcoming gifts. There is probably no better place to fly a kite than on the beach, so if you stink at it, now is your chance!
Located some 100 blocks north of the boardwalk we were concerned about the location but after acclimating to the area we realized that this was perfect for us. With three of us, including mom, this stretch of strand is a little more on the quiet side, which we like. The drive down to the boardwalk is a snap with ample parking there and you get to see what businesses and attractions that you might like to visit on the way there. An affordable bus line can be accessed outside the front of the hotel if you are so inclined. In addition, a lovely park is located right across the street as well as a beachwear store, a few restaurants and ice cream shops including OC’s beloved Dumser’s. A pizza carry-out and a liquor store is also nearby which can come in handy when adult children vacation with their mom.
The Hotel is also a hop and a skip from the Delaware border which affords a lovely and easy 20 minute drive up to Rehoboth Beach with it’s artisan community of lazy tree-lined streets, upscale shopping district and boardwalk. Beach access from the Cayman is short, safe and simple and with OC’s spacious sandy expanses three are no complications with overcrowding. A life guard was also stationed there. The hotel itself is bright and cheery, well maintained and clean. All appliances worked fine as did the shower, sinks etc… A street view balcony affords a repose for some people watching while the room entrance faces the sea and other properties. The area itself is laid back and put us in mind of North Myrtle Beach or any of those places where one stays in the U.S. in the beach condo district.
Cayman has one indoor pool which can be viewed by the front-desk clerk. The kids seemed to be having a great time in it and it was almost always busy as Mid-Atlantic Oceans have cool waters. There was always someone at the desk who often greeted us as we would come and go. The place sports a rather nice arcade and fitness room. Vending and an ice machine were located on the floor below us and were in good working order. As stated earlier we prudently left a day early prior to evacuation due to the onset of Hurricane Irene as we did not want to get caught in heavy traffic on the drive back to Pittsburgh. Mary was very gracious and mailed us a generous certificate that amounted to a free nights’ stay should we choose to return. In these challenging economic times, Cayman Suites Hotel is being a friend by still affording working families a little slice of the good life. We highly recommend this hotel for you and your family!
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- Also Known As:
- Cayman Hotel Ocean City
- Cayman Ocean City