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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel - Ocean City Oceanfront
Ranked #12 of 103 Hotels in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
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“Fantastic Service and Great Location”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

My friend and I stayed here for 1 night but we arrived early in the morning even though check in wasn't until late afternoon. However I spoke with the woman at the front desk (Linda I think) and she gave us our parking pass early and took my phone number so she could call me when our room was ready. She went out of her way to accommodate us. The rooms were clean and beds were great. The location was perfect, right on the boardwalk, with a lot of restaurants in the area. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tioga, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stayed here for a mini-vacation and loved almost everything. The staff were courteous and welcoming. We had originally planned to stay for 4 nights, but ended up staying an extra night. Due to our last minute change of plans we thought we would have to find another hotel, as we called the front desk and no rooms were available for that night. However, after we checked out and packed the car we found a room available online and brought it to the front desk's attention. They apologized for the inconvenience and said that rooms can change quickly due to online reserving. We were able to get a different room that worked out fine in the end. Our first room had a king bed and a partial view. It was clean and the bed was comfy. We felt very comfortable in the room. The fridge and microwave were very helpful. The shower pressure wasn't good, but we found it to be better in the second room we were in (which had two double beds). Both rooms worked well for us (parents and 5 year old). The king size room had a sofa which was convenient.

The hotel is right on the boardwalk. Next to restaurants, bars, shopping. We had breakfast at the hotel's restaurant for 2 mornings and it was good. The beach is right there as well. Just steps away. Very convenient to go back and forth during the day when needed. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation. Dan's bike rentals are right next to the hotel, which was convenient for us.

I will say I was not impressed by the small size of the bathrooms. Also, the pool is on the ground level indoors. It is dark and a bit uninviting. The pool and hot tub had sand in them, but we still used the hot tub on occasion, which was nice and hot.

All in all it was a great stay and we would stay here again! Again, the front desk staff were great and the female manager (?) was always present with a smile on her face.

Room Tip: We had a room on the 2nd floor and 4th floor... both were good with partial views. Try to get a room...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Smithsburg, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Had a wonderful time. the staff was extremely helpful. Ashley and Aydrian went above and beyond in accommodating our family. We were on the 7th floor (Top Floor) and we were able to see both the ocean and the bayside every morning. We were in the middle of the rooms on that floor. The bed was comfortable and the shower was hot every night. As this hotel in located on 12th street, you can just walk out on the boardwalk and go straight to the beach and not have to worry about dragging sand back into hotel as there a spray shower to wash off the beach sand.

Room Tip: 7th floor as you see both the ocean and bayside.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

I was a bit worried to stay at a Howard Johnson but I was completely satisfied during my stay there. The hotel is VERY NICE with a great lobby area and very nice rooms. The view of the Atlantic Ocean and beach cannot be beat. This hotel is simply incredible and what makes it even better is the staff. The front desk staff was amazing and they gladly accommodated my request for adjoining rooms prior to my check in. The housekeeping staff was very thorough and even left a small flower made from tissues in the bathroom when they cleaned the room the first day. The price is right, the rooms are very nice and the location is incredible. I can't wait to stay there again.

Room Tip: Side view rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

My spouse, 2 adult children & I shared a 4th floor side ocean view room for 4 nights in July, 2014.
PROS: Great location about half way down the boardwalk which makes for easy access to all downtown activities. No large hotels beside it so the beach was not as crowded as other parts of Ocean City. Staff was very friendly. They greeted us every time we walked through the lobby. The room had 2 doubles (queen size would have been nicer) but it was as advertised. North side much better than the south side which faces another building. Parking garage was very close, convenient & easy to use. We were able to use our car to store our beach chairs, umbrella & other beach things so we didn't have to drag them up to our room each day. There is a small indoor pool, connected restaurant & bike rental, none of which we used.

CONS: The bathroom was small. You could literally sit on the commode & reach the light switch, sink faucets & shower faucets. There was no bath tub which didn't matter to us but could be an issue to some, especially those with small children. It was a tight fit to change clothes in the bathroom. There were some small maintenance issues. The room door & the bathroom door both stuck. The drop ceiling in the bathroom had a few bent supports. The main access from the beach/boardwalk is through a side porch door which enters to the lobby. There are nice Adirondack chairs on this side porch. The CON is that this is designated as a smoking area which you must pass through when entering or leaving the hotel.

We would certainly consider staying here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Zurich
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Got a 2 double ocean view. It was great! Complete bathroom renovation, carpet, bedding all fresh! Fridge worked perfect, microwave too. A balcony with Adirondack chairs and not noisy in the room at night despite being close to boardwalk because the door was soundproof and updated too! Love that there was a pull out makeup mirror in bathroom and a shelf to put your things! Nice touch - two thumbs up! WIFI worked every time and was quick to log into. Coffee in the lobby and rocking chairs on side patio. Bike rental and a restaurant at front of hotel was convenient! A 5 story parking garage direct behind meant no hot car - perfect! We were able to switch to a room away from elevator (I am light sleeper) Manager was more than happy to accommodate request and the desk staff were very friendly and helpful and professional during our 3 day stay. Would definitely book here again! Thank you to all there for an amazing stay!

Room Tip: you can choose which floorplan/style and location of room you need on hotel website! side oceanview...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel - Ocean City Oceanfront
Address: 1109 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842-7347
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Region: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
#13 Family Hotel in Ocean City
#15 Romantic Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel - Ocean City Oceanfront 2.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 90 room hotel located in the middle of the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. We are in close proximity of any amenity you could want. Walk right out our front door to the beautiful Ocean City beach! You’re not just a guest with us, your family! ... more   less 
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