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Thunderbird Beach Motel
Ranked #66 of 103 Hotels in Ocean City
McAlisterville, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Clean, Comfortable, Affordable”
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Obviously, this hotel/motel isn't a 5 star resort, however it also never claimed to be. This was exactly what we were looking for when we planned our beach trip. The room was clean, comfortable, affordable, as well as close to the beach. Staff was very courteous. The room was a little outdated, however that didn't effect its ability to do what needed done. Overall was an enjoyable experience and would recommend again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ocean City, Maryland
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

This place was horrible. We chose it because we had a dog. It's smelly and they say newly renovated - but that is if you are living in the 60's. Dump. The rooms with dogs are the pitts. They have a very stringent refund policy, also. Ruined our vacation.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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troypurn, Manager at Thunderbird Beach Motel, responded to this review, 10 September 2014
You must be talking about another motel. We do not allow pets at the Thunderbird Beach Motel.
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Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Pros:
Price
Location to the beach
Location to attractions (Jolly Rogers is only 2 blocks away!)
Staff and management are both very friendly and helpful
Maid service and maintenance are on the ball
King-Size bed with clean sheets
Fridge is a nice size and had a freezer big enough to fit our grocery bag-sized Packit to refreeze for the trip home
Didn't have to ask for a hair dryer, it was right on the wall in the bathroom
A/C unit was very, very cold, even on low!
In-room books for restaurants and attractions
TV was newer and a decent size
In-room safe, if you need one (we didn't use ours)
Nice pool with regular maintenance
There's a little shower on the side of the building to rinse off after walking down to the beach
Beach is only a stone's throw away!

Cons:
Small bathroom, but still bigger than the place we stayed last year
No plug for the bath drain, had to use a washrag
Shower head was partially out of the wall, and water temperature fluctuated from freezing to scalding frequently
The sink didn't drain, but the maintenance people were quick on fixing it
Parking was a nightmare. Other than when we first arrived, there was rarely a spot available in the front lot. We ended up parking out back for a good part of the weekend.
Thin walls, but our neighbors weren't too loud.
No elevators
Free wifi, but was very slow on my phone

Another con is that I requested first floor when I booked due to my disability, but our room was on the third floor. I don't believe this was the hotel's fault persay, possibly just a communication error with the booking company, or maybe just an oversight.

All in all, our stay was enjoyable, despite the few minor flaws. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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maryland
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

This was the cheapest motel I could find for peak season - we got a great rate (the best rate I could find) in a great location- no crossing highways, and close to the boardwalk. The beach isn't too crowded and the hilton is next door if you want to use their pools, just walk there- the cleaning ladies were awesome- hats off to Brenda for customer service and housekeeping! We felt like we were at a family place that cared about our stay! Years ago we stayed somewhere similar but it got torn down for condos! This place is nice and if your looking for a place with good beds, nice pool, and good location then this place would be good for you! Also has a nice shower area for after you check out

  • Stayed August 2014
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New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The bath rooms are small but I am not living in them, The rooms are clean if you are looking for an inexpensive put to stay. It is close to the beach. There is only one problem the first step of the pool is hard to get in or out. The whole staff last year and this year were really nice to me and my husband. I would recommend this motel to stay at. I will stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Irwin
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The rooms are small especially the bathroom. Not enough room for 4 people. The caulking around tub was moldy and the room had a musty smell. I had to ask for a new bedspread the first night because there were stains. The rooms definitely could use fresh pain and updating. We didn't use the pool bc it was located in the parking lot. We wouldn't not stay here again or recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

The room was just big enough for the both of us, very close to the beach, and clean. I just had two issues and that was with the shower and receptionist. The shower was broke and we had to have a maintenance man come at 8 pm to fix it which took about 2 hrs, i am just happy it was fixable since the hotel was sold out for that night and i had no other options and the receptionist was just rude and offered no help though out the whole problem.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Thunderbird Beach Motel

Property: Thunderbird Beach Motel
Address: 3110 Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3398
Region: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Thunderbird Beach Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thunderbird Beach Motel is a quaint 63 room motel located in the downtown area of Ocean City, MD. It is on the East side of Baltimore Avenue. Rooms come standard with 2 double beds, mini fridge, microwave, color/cable TV, and Free Wi-Fi. There are also King Rooms available, which contain one King sized bed, with a pull out sofa, and flatscreen TV. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool on site, and is a 30 second walk to the beach! ... more   less 
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