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Homestead Beach Hotel
Ranked #27 of 32 Hotels in Ocean City
Charlottesville, VA
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
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“Repeat Visitor Every Year Since 2011”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

My fiancée and I first stayed in room 607 at the Homestead Beach Hotel Memorial Day weekend in 2011. We liked it so much that we booked the same room for the July 4 weekend. We've been back at least once a year every year since then. Why? Location, convenience, and price.

The boardwalk and beach are less than a block away. The hotel is located in the heart of Ocean City. You can't go 4 blocks in any direction without practically tripping over numerous restaurants, shops, and attractions. There is also a Super Fresh supermarket about 5-6 blocks away on 8th Street. Room 607 features a kitchenette and mini refrigerator, so we were able to cook meals and save on dining out all the time. Did I mention that you can look out the window of your hotel room and see the Atlantic Ocean and the Music Pier (if you have an ocean view)? One especially nice addition in 2013 is that Tuscanello's Italian Restaurant has finally opened, so there is now an upscale restaurant attached to the hotel. Another nice addition is that the new 9th Street bridge is now complete, and it features dedicated walking and bike lanes to and from Somer's Point. A bike/surrey rental shop is just across Atlantic Avenue on 8th Street, less than a block away.

Want some advice?
1. For the best view and nicest ocean breezes, ask for a room on one of the upper floors with a full or partial ocean view.
2. Remember that this is not a full service hotel. If you want to pay for a pool that you probably won't use anyway (remember that big pool called the Atlantic Ocean is just a block away?), you should rent somewhere else.
3. All the rooms are small, and they can only hold 2 people comfortably - if you have more than 2 people, consider renting an additional room. If somebody tells you that you can fit more than 2 adults in a room, they are being less than truthful.
4. Each room is privately owned, so the quality of the bed, furniture, appliances, kitchen and bathroom will vary - a lot. Some are really nice, while others look like they haven't been touched since 1950. We like room 607, and we always ask specifically for just that room.
5. Each person has to have a beach tag to go to the beach June through September and it costs $5 daily or $10 weekly. That's another reason why we like room 607 - there are 2 beach tags included in the rental, so that saved us $20 right there.
6. Don't rent through an online rental program - call the hotel directly and talk to Beth to make your reservation - she is wonderful. If you don't like your room, ask her to move you to another room. However, if you didn't rent through the hotel rental program and rented through some other online service, she may not be able to help you. Ditto if you rent directly from an individual owner - she may not be able to help you.
7. Remember that the lobby is not staffed full time, so there is no true "front desk" like you might expect at a full-service hotel.
8. Bring your own beach towels and toiletries. The hotel rental program includes bath towels and those tiny hotel hand soaps, but that's it. Bed linens are provided, but you have to make your own bed and clean your room yourself from day to day.

On the downside, parking is still an issue. There is free on-street parking available, but you have to search for it, and you may have to walk a bit. My advice is to park in the loading zone in front of the hotel when you check in/out, and then park the car in one of the nearby free parking spots around the corner or a few blocks away. Then leave the car there and walk to the nearby attractions. Alternately, you can pay for parking in the adjacent lot on 8th Street, but it can cost $15-$20/day. I'm cheap, so I'm willing to drive a couple of blocks to find a free spot.

Another problem this year is that the Homestead lobby sustained water damage from hurricane Sandy. The main lobby and stairs have been repaired, but the lobby by the elevator where Beth sits is still a mess - bare studs, dry wall, plywood - it's just a mess. I was told that they're supposed to fix it, but it hadn't been done when we were there for the July 4, 2013 weekend.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on one of the upper floors with a full or partial ocean view. We like room 607. Als...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Inverness, Florida
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

I stayed there last summer and will be back next month for a week. The units are small but has everything you need. Our unit faced the ocean. It is so close to the board walk. There is no parking unless you want to pay. You just need to drive around alittle and you will find a free place to park. We walked to Super Fresh a few blocks away and bought some groceries and cooked breakfast in the unit. Beth was very helpful. Can;t wait to go back next month!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

This place is dirty and small. Our key to get in the place didn't work. It was VERY hot because the air conditioner didn't work. There was a creepy old man everywhere we went. They said there was ice but we couldn't find it anywhere. It was in a good location but not a good place to stay in. This place is very outdated. I recommend NOT STAYING HERE!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Brigantine, New Jersey
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

. This was a wonderful place to stay. First you have to understand that these are privately owned units. Our unit although small had a nice view of the boardwalk and some of the ocean. It was clean and nicely appointed. Bathroom was small as was the entire unit. This is an older building so things were not as big back then.

The location can't be beat! we parked the car on the street a couple blocks away, they don't offer parking, and walked everywhere the rest of the week. Spadafora's, The Sindia and several other good restaurants are just a few blocks away.

I was surprised by one thing… How quite it was the whole time we were there. I thought with it being in the middle of everything and so close to the boardwalk we would get a lot of noise. But no real noise to speak of.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2012

This place is the gateway to hell. I made reservations with my family. It is certainly not a family hotel. It would be much safer to sleep on the beach or under the boardwalk. We were very disappointed because the website is deceiving. Be warned.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

Myself and a friend stayed for a weekend and rented from the landlord Bill Mich. We were surprised to see such a negative comment about him - we thought he was nice and went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed as he said he was a new owner in this hotel.

The room was nice, clean and comfortable. He gave us a tour of the hotel and even gave us some history on the place. He also gave us some good advice about where to go for dinner in the area and different tourist stops to make.

We also thought that the people at the desk were friendly as well, and we hope to rent from them and Mr. Mich again in the future.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Glassboro,NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2011

As others have mentioned, these units are individually owned. I found this rental on vrbo.com and contacted the owner for reservations, making payments through paypal. Payment and return of deposit went smoothly. This is an efficiency rental,not a full service hotel.

The apartment is small and nicely decorated, as pictured. A cozy space for 1 or 2 people. Kept the futon bed open and moved the coffee table against the wall, next to the end table. Plenty of room to move around. Two closets,one average size and one narrow. The kind of closets common in old buildings. A person's wardrobe was not as extensive back in the old days lol! There is not a storage cabinet/dresser with drawers. I was able to hang my wardrobe,shoes etc.,hide my suitcase,beach chair,boogie board,umbrella and cooler in the closets. Bring your own hangers. There are no heavy drapes to block the daylight. I personally like this as I am an early riser. If you like to sleep in, bring your eye mask.

The futon is firm and a bit lumpy....just like a futon :) 2 firm pillows are provided. Bring your own sheets and blankets.

The refrigerator is not a tiny cube, a bit larger. Room for beverages and other basics. If you plan to cook rather than just heat up leftovers, bring your own knife and cutting board. Plates, pots and pans and some utensils provided. Not a fully equipped kitchen. Bring your own sponge/cloth for clean up.

Small wall mounted TV across from bed/couch.

Water pressure in shower was good. Bring your own towels,soap and toilet paper. Cute fish tiles in the bathroom!

You can open all the windows! Window in the bathroom too. I slept with the windows open during a heat wave! Nice sea breeze and I swear I could hear the ocean. I believe you could get good cross breezes when the window AC unit is removed off season.

Parking is not available at the hotel. There is a lot next door but I believe it is $25 overnight. I had no problem finding a spot 2 blocks away on Wesley Ave, which is not metered.

Amenities not mentioned in the listing:

Ceiling fan
2 bar stools under kitchen counter...pub table could seat 4
coin laundry in building
ice machine in building(free)
bike racks
outside shower


Restaurants on Asbury Ave. and the boardwalk.
Strand movie theater 1 block away for rainy days.
There is a massage/spa place right next door www.compassmassage.com
A fitness and yoga studio a few blocks away www.thetrainingroomofoc.com Yoga on the beach on Wednesday and Friday!
Music Pier between 8th&9th at the boardwalk.....either side of the music pier is also a good place to park your beach chair if you like access to a public restroom.
Bike rental on the corner of 8th&Atlantic...$6 an hour-$15 a day
*If you rent a bike, ride onto the boardwalk at 8th and make a right. Continue riding past 13th street where the boardwalk narrows to about 6 feet across. In the morning, bikers,joggers and meandering walkers vie for space along with zig zagging children on bikes and on foot. Handlebars nearly grazing....this is what a daily commute must be like in China. If you have the nerve(and the balance) to take your eyes off what is in front of you, look to your right and gaze upon the beautiful homes and gardens of the Gold Coast of OC. Gardens that you might be willing to pay to see.*



Everything you need is within walking distance. Oh, Ocean City is a dry town and BYO is not allowed at restaurants. There are liquor stores in Somers Point,right before you cross the bridge to OC....should you care to imbibe.

I highly recommend this place! Loved it!

Room Tip: Photo of building layout shows which rooms have full or partial ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Homestead Beach Hotel
Address: 805 E 8th St, Between beach & Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3747
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Ocean City
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #27 of 32 Hotels in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Homestead Beach Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Under New & Improved ManagementThe Homestead Beach Hotel has fully furnished efficiency condo studios (1 room) in the center of family-friendly Ocean City, NJ. It boasts an incredible beach block location with many studios having ocean or side ocean views. The Hotel is in walking distance to the beach (1/2 block), boardwalk, restaurants, pizza, ice cream, shops, concert hall, rides, miniature golf, etc. Individually decorated studios have daily maid service and can accommodate from 1- 4 guests, depending on room size and beds. Each furnished room contains a kitchenette with cooking/eating utensils, stovetop & refrigerator, as well as basic digital cable TV, window air conditioner (some have ceiling fans also); and a full bathroom. The building has a coin-operated washer & dryer and an ice machine. We do not allow smoking or pets. While other hotels charge higher rates, our affordable hotel rates take into consideration that there is no onsite parking. However, our front desk will provide information about nearby overnight parking lots, and nearby non-metered streets where you can leave your car for your entire stay (parking has not posed a problem for guests). Our staff thrives for customer satisfaction so you enjoy the vacation you looked forward to. ... more   less 
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