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The Commander Hotel
Ranked #7 of 103 Hotels in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
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“Not quite in the heart of it all but not too far away...makes for an Ideal locale”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

This was our first time in Ocean City (OC) and it reminded us of being on the Jersey Shore or Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk scene was mainly made up of college student and young adults. We arrived to OC late in the evening without specific hotel reservations. We tried a couple of hotels on the beach before stumbling upon the Commander Hotel. Actually, the clerk at the Holiday Inn recommended the Commander. I was reticent about staying at a hotel whose name did not ring a familiar bell. Nonetheless, we decided this hotel maybe our only shot in the dark. The Commander had vacancy and was quite accommodating to us as we toured at least 4 guest rooms before deciding to stay. Based on the outstanding views that were offered we choose the Captains Suite to spend the next couple of days.

Before I begin to talk about the room I have to share that the day time clerk named Debi was exceptionally warm, genuine, and helpful. In fact, the staff (room cleaners) were pleasant. Everyone made you feel welcome being at the hotel. The rooms at the Commander were comfortable. The bed was exceptional comfortable. The room décor appeared to mimic a washed out Ralph Lauren feel with the nautical blue coloring. I understand the concept, but the room layout and color made you feel as if you were in a cramped ship cabin.

The bathroom was dated and needed some work. There had been an obvious leak in the celling which was visible. Perhaps they may want to change the ceiling tile to get rid of the water damage stain. While we very much wanted a room with a Jacuzzi, we were not pleased with the condition of the Jacuzzi. Since I was on vacation I wanted to leave my cleaning duties for home.

The hotel is situated in a convenient area, roughly mid-way on the boardwalk which makes for a nice center stroll from end to end on the boardwalk. Boardwalk traffic by the hotel was good; not overly crowded. The wifi in the room was temperamental.

The best feature of the room was the over sized, wrap around balcony which offered ocean, boardwalk, and city views. Waking up to a robust sunrise was quite enjoyable.

Room Tip: Must have...over-sized balcony with both beach and city views. Always go for higher floor. Look befo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

For the price we paid for the night, the view was beautiful, the beds were comfortable, the staff was nice enough but the previous guests hair (from unmentionable body parts) in the bathtub and bathroom floor was gross so much that I waited to get a shower until we went home. My only other complaint would have to be about the cleaning staff all hanging out in the parking lot being loud....very unprofessional.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Pa
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed in one of their Ocean front rooms. We were told it was an updated room but that pretty much probably only consisted of fresh paint. The tv's were old and the one in the living room was nothing but static. The room and hotel were very clean though. The beds were terrible but we overlooked that because the view and location were wonderful.
We were lucky to be close to the 1 ice machine in the entire hotel. They should definitely put a few more around the hotel.
We loved how large the balconies were in the Cabana rooms and asked to see one. They had a huge bathroom w seperate shower and tub. As well as a cook top in the kitchenette. We were able to see the ocean from the balcony as well. We will probably get a room in the Cabana room next year.
I was disappointed that I left 2 shoes there (1 mine and 1 my daughters). I called and was told that nothing turned up. It could have only been there and I just wish they would have looked harder. We found a pair of socks that didnt belong to us next to the bed. Who knows how long they were there?
Also one day while laying by the pool we heard a bunch of yelling and cussing. Turns out members of housecleaning were in a screaming match with eachother in the middle of the street. Totally unprofessional espically when the entire pool area saw and heard everything.
The rest of the staff was so nice and welcoming. Espically the maintenance man whose name I forget and bartender at the pool bar who also waitressed at the restaurant at breakfast.


All and all it was a nice vacation and we will definitly return.

Room Tip: Room on a higher floor. And if you dont have to have Oceanfront room, I would definitely get a caban...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stayed at The Commander in the past but this time we stayed in the cabana building. Our room had windows that pointed out to the alley between the 2 buildings, the garbage truck and staff sounded like they were in our room every morning. The room needed some updating the biggest benefit was being right on the boardwalk. Parking was a problem, upon arrival we had to park 2 blocks away in their parking lot.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

This was at least our 4th stay at the Commander. We go back mainly because of the location. This may be out last stay. It's a decent place but now it's reached over $300 a night and that's WAY WAY WAY too much for what you get. The rooms are ok....JUST ok. Kind of dated. The AC is very uneven. You freeze in the living room area and roast in the bedroom section. The balcony chairs were filthy dirty and the balcony itself was tiny. On the first day, our room wasn't cleaned till 4 pm. The maid didn't clean much....a basic sweep and making of the beds. On the 2nd day, we came up from the beach around 5 and our room hadn't been touched. We ended up just getting some clean towels....as there were 3 of us that needed showers before heading out to dinner. There's NO room service. The Skip Jack restaurant isn't open half the time. The pool is ok and the Tiki Bar is nice, but the service is so slow, we usually ended up going to the room and grabbing a cold beer from our own fridge. It's gone downhill ....for the price we paid, we'll be visiting one of the newer hotels along the boardwalk.

Room Tip: The poolside rooms are much bigger than the ocean front. For what you get.....either are fine.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Nottingham, Maryland
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147 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2013

This was my 5th stay at the Commander. Nothing much has changed - decor is dated, the room is spacious and clean, the balcony (Cabana side) is shaded, large and the best part of the room rental. As with all older OC properties, parking can be a bit difficult but there is free street parking on the street next to the hotel. The north-bound bus stop is just one block south of the hotel which is convenient if you do not want to keep moving your car. The room has a small kitchenette which we used to cook some very basic meals. We brought our own paper products to minimize clean up. We love the large french doors that open up on the balcony that we kept open whenever we were in the room. We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Cabana rooms have large balconies with views of the ocean and boardwalk.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Owings Mills, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2013

I am returning to the Commander hotel in Sep. 2013. I have not been here in many yrs. I was here before they remodeled but know I will be treated the same way I was treated in the past. I remember eating in the hotel for breakfast it was so lovely and the people welcome you to the Commander with open arms you don't get that everywhere these days. Give the Commander a try I hope you enjoy it. I sure did!

Room Tip: I would chose a room on a higher floor less noisy. I think ocean front is nice because you can see...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Commander Hotel
Address: 14th St. and Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21842
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Region: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — The Commander Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Commander unveils a $5 million dollar renovation which features 3 different types of accommodations: Our Oceanfront Suites Our Oceanview Studios Our Cabana Suites overlooking the pool yet are still only steps from the beach. As you set sail for one of Ocean City’s finest oceanfront hotels, the vacation you deserve awaits you! On the corner of 14th street and the boardwalk, we offer you newly renovated rooms and amenities. Onsite you’ll enjoy our soothing new beach colors and modern room decors. While shopping, restaurants, churches, library, nightlife, marinas, water sports and entertainment are virtually at your fingertips. Rediscover the hotel where fun and relaxation have been the standard for generations. Here you can look forward to days spent on the guarded beach. At lunch enjoy a cold drink and bar fare at our pool side bar while soaking up the sun rays, or simply relax in the cool atmosphere of our indoor pool. In the late afternoon, you might find yourself on the private balcony of your oceanfront suite, watching the fishing yachts returning home after a day of fighting the white or blue marlin. This is a great time to plan your evening dining menu with the great variety of culinary delights Ocean City has to offer. If time or weather are an issue, simply make your way to the family friendly onsite Grottos Pizza and see for yourself why they are the first name in pizza here on the shore. After a spectacular sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, you might be inclined to grab your golf clubs and meet downstairs at the Fractured Prune for their famous made to order donuts or a tasty breakfast sandwich before playing one of the area’s fine courses. Our knowledgeable in-house golf concierge is ready to assist you. Family owned since 1930. The tradition continues…..a tradition of service, hospitality and catering to your wishes! The Commander Hotel & Suites Offers: Oceanfront Suites on the Boardwalk Private Balcony or Terrace Refrigerator Microwave Coffee Maker 42″ HD TV with Dish Network Service Guest Laundry Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool with zero entry Grotto Pizza on the Ocean Walking Distance To Major Entertainment & Dining Free Parking Golf Packages Fractured Prune Donut Shop on site Eco Friendly Olive Branch Botanicals Bath Amenities in all guest rooms ... more   less 
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