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Empress Motel
Ranked #59 of 104 Hotels in Ocean City
Reviewed August 5, 2011

The motel is modest but clean. I've stayed here a few times and each time i found the rooms clean and well cared-for. This is not an upscale hotel but a decent place to stay while in Ocean City. The location is great. There are no streets to cross to get to the beach and the boardwalk. Although the property is a bit old, it is kept up nicely. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: there are no coffee makers in the rooms but you can bring your own.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

One of the older and smaller motels at the beach. I was so surprised when the room key was an actual key!! The room was SMALL. My husband and I kept bumping into each other while we were unpacking. No alarm clock, no coffeemaker. The WORST mattress I have ever slept on! The entire motel is non smoking which I liked, but they do provide these "lovely" white buckets filled with sand marked "butt buckets" that everyone seemed to have in front of their rooms. So as you're walking to your room you're passing through clouds of smoke. YUCK!! Great location, but not a place I'll be returning to.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

The Empress's location is a plus - half block from the boardwalk/ocean and close enough to a number of mid-town restaraunts & nitespots. The motel appeared well cared for but was obviously stuck in 1957 which was probably near to when it was built. The tipoff should have been when the room key was an actual key - not an entry card. The bathrooms are clean but small allowing only a 1 foot by 9 " stainless steel shelf for all your toiletries - kinda' like a prison might have. The toilet's handle needed to be held down during the entire flush otherwise it wouldn't work. NO coffeemaker. Since we were only staying 3 nights this year (a bigger Disney trip planned for next April) we decided to save a few bucks on length of stay and accomodations. Usually we enjoy the Grand Hotel 2 blocks away. Clearly the Empress is not the Grand. But we knew that going in. Even so, if you are looking for clean but spartan accomodations - the Empress might suit you.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank robmac57
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

The pool is more like a library than a swimming pool. The staff there seemed they would rather shoot daggers at you than assist you in any way. Although the staff was not the friendliest, the place was immaculate. The location is terrific being as close to the beach as any establishment is without being ocean front. If you do not have small children, then this place would be absolutely perfect(minus the courtesy of staff).

  • Stayed: June 2011
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1  Thank Jyd2
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

We returned to the Empress Motel this year and found it just as nice as our first visit. The entire staff cares about keeping the hotel clean and your trip enjoyable. We see the same people working at the Empress year after year. The front desk, maintainance, and housekeeping were friendly , helpful and wonderful to talk to. The motel is simple. Two double beds, mini-frig, microwave and flat screen TV. The outside pool gets sun all day not like some hotels on the boardwalk that block the sun. The Empress is not on the boardwalk (only 175 feet away) but from our back window we could see the ocean. It was nice to sit outside our room at night and see the activity on the street. Linda from housekeeping kept our room clean as did the other hotel staff to the pool and grounds.
If you plan to come to the Empress motel to be loud and party, then find another place. The motel has three floors and no elevators. We loved the third floor but consider the first or second floor if you have problems climbing stairs with your luggage. This place is quiet and enjoyable and always has repeat customers. The Empress is near many restaurants, like my favorite FishTales. We totally loved the Empress Motel as it is an Oldie but Goodie or better yet, a Classic.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Edward S
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

We stay here each year. The motel is soooo well kept. They do such a great job. They also wifi! Very quiet at night, which is wonderful.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Kerri T
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, we booked a weekend stay at the Empress Motel in late August. The good reviews were spot on: the motel is in a fantastic location just off the boardwalk. The rooms were clean and we enjoyed the flat screen tv and the mini fridge and microwave were very convenient. Even though our room was just off of the highway, it was fairly soundproof and we got a good night's sleep (although the mattresses were not the most comfortable). This motel is for those who want a basic room in a great location at a low rate.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Empress Motel

Address: 20th Street and Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842
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Location: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Empress Motel is a fabulous place for a family vacation. Choose from a standard room, fully equipped efficiencies or apartments. Each standard room includes a air conditioning/heat, refrigerator, microwave, flat screen TV, and daily maid service. Relax on Ocean City's white sandy beach and let the ocean wash over your feet. Stroll the Boardwalk or take a refreshing swim in our sparkling pools. Sample one of Ocean City's nearby golf courses. We are convenient to all of the most exciting attractions in Ocean City, Maryland. Discover and enjoy Ocean City, Maryland at the Empress Motel. We are your family's place at the beach. ... more   less 
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