We booked early in March for a Dune level oceanfront fully realizing we would not be able to see the ocean, but, we did not want to worry about our 16 month old possibly falling off a balcony. As expected no ocean view, but, was disappointed that the rooms are still elevated and have railings preventing direct access to the beach unless you are athletic enough to hop over an approximate 3.5 foot railing with yet another 2 or so feet to go before hitting the ground. Also, all doors except the main entrance are locked at 10PM. This is not unusual for hotels, but, what is unusual is there was no option to unock the other entrances via room key necessetating an extra block walk and treking sand through the lobby.
Check-in at 4:00PM was crowded and check-in was slow given it took about 15 minutes to check-in the 4 parties ahead of us.
On the plus side, I've stayed in probably 8-10 other hotels in Ocean City and the only one nicer was the Hilton which is literally 3 times more expensive. The hotel was remarkedly sand free given it is beach front; I saw housekeeping using the largest, loudest, most powerful vacumn i've ever seen to clean the hallways daily.
The kitchen was just the right size for our needs. The bathroom was kept clean but there were signs of mold developing between the door frame and the shower; again not suprising in an oceanfront property but it will need to be dealt with before it spreads.
As stated in the title, it is a great midtown location, about 10-12 blocks from Jolly Roger Amusement Park and only 3 blocks from Seacrets, not to mention easy and inexpensive bus service to the inlet and boardwalk areas.
Overall, I give this hotel 5 stars based on Ocean City standards. In a non beach areas it would probably be around 3 stars.
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17 July 2012
Dear valued customer, thanks for the great review! We do keep all our doors locked after 10pm for security purposes, not that Ocean City is at all unsafe, but we like to maintain a higher standard. Additionally, the doors that we do lock are about 50ft from the lobby(which is staffed 24-7) so this safety feature is not an inconvenience.
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