I recently booked an impromptu trip as a belated birthday gift for my 13 year old daughter. She'd never been to Ocean City and since I'm a Marriott Rewards Member I figured I'd use my points and I'm really glad I did.
To start with, most of the rooms are "ocean view" but I wanted an "ocean front" room. This cannot always be guaranteed but when I called and spoke with Brandon, not only did he put in the request for me he also was kind enough to have a card and small gift bag put in the room. (NOTE: this is NOT standard practice). He also suggested I call back the following morning to see if my request was granted. When I called the next morning I spoke with Ed and he assured me he was working on it since it was a "special occasion" and would do his best.
I must admit they exceeded my expectations.
Check-in was a breeze with Ed was at the front desk. We arrived @ 2:30, check in isn’t until 4 pm but our room was ready. YIPPIE SKIPPE! We stayed in room 322 (3rd floor) which is on the same floor as the lobby, across from entrances to pool, exercise room and laundry room. You'd think with all the activity going on it'd be really noisy but thankfully it wasn’t. I didn’t hear a peep outside of my room door. The room was big and CLEAN with 2 double beds, lounge chair and a balcony that faced the ocean with 2 chairs. The view was absolutely amazing and made me even more glad I was so persistent with my request.
The hotel is centrally located on 15th street which is where all the "action" really begins. It was great exercise to walk all the way down to the beginning of the boardwalk and back daily. It gets really crowded but that's what happens when you go during "senior week" (total accident). It also got pretty noisy outside when I left my balcony door open but once I shut it; BLISS.
They have a restaurant onsite which we didn’t go to. The prices were a little high but the food surely smelled good.
Not sure what the complaints are about the underground parking. I didn’t have an issue parking my car and I drive a Camry which is considered full size. Maybe being from NYC I'm used to it or maybe those that complained simply can’t drive or park well.
The lobby served lemonade on Saturday next to the coffee stand but not sure what happened Sunday and Monday. Maybe it's only a weekend thing? Also, if you want some of the comp coffee, get there early. Both days when I went to get some the carafe was empty. Can’t really blame the hotel; they we're sold out and it is a complimentary service they provide.
The pool was more of a large tub with a bath tub attached. Kind of annoying when you have 10 people trying to swim in it but hey, you've got a huge ocean out there so why only stay at the pool? Besides seeing the young kids learn to swim was too cute!
There is a staircase by the pool which leads to a walk way for the beach; super easy access.
NOTE: You are not allowed to bring hotel towels down to the beach so please remember to bring your own from home or buy them at one of the many shops on the Boardwalk.
The ONLY reason the hotel isn’t getting a rating of 5 is they entered my room and cleaned it even though I had the "do not disturb" sign up. Of course some people wouldn’t have a problem with this but I value my privacy and I put the sign up there for a reason. That’s one of my BIGGEST pet peeves and a sure way to knock off 1 point when I do a review.
All in all it was a great experience and this is a great hotel. I wouldn’t have paid the advertised price ($468 a night? WHOA!) But using my points I'll definitely come again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City Oceanfront offers the most elegantly appointed guestrooms on the beach. Our hotel is located directly on the boardwalk and is the newest hotel on the oceanfront. Whether you are enjoying a weekend getaway, a family vacation or a business trip you will leave looking forward to your next visit. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises, glorious afternoons and the exciting night life. ... more less
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- Courtyard By Marriott Ocean City Hotel Ocean City