We booked a quick trip to OC, Maryland for Labor Day weekend on a spur of the moment. We visted OC in July on a family vacation, and we stayed up on 121st St, which was perfect for "family" outings. However, this trip was adults only, and we wanted to be very close to the boardwalk, so after a quick search, we found Ocean Manor.
Let's start with the GOOD
1. Let me say, the gentleman who runs Ocean Manor is beyond polite. He was kind and accomodating.
2. The hotel is extremely close to the boardwalk and the beach. It is literally a stone's throw from Ripley's on the boardwalk, and a quick walk to the beach. Excellent location. Everything we needed and wanted was within arms reach. I couldn't have been happier with the loction.
3. Cheap. We rented this room on Labor Day weekend for $90 a night.
4. Clean. While the hotel is very, very outdated, it was very clean.
Now the BAD
1. Small...small...small. Literally, I could stretch my arms out and touch both walls. Essentially, this place reminded me of a boarding house with small bedrooms. The room included a full bed, a dresser, small nightstand, tiny closet, a mini fridge, and the tiniest TV I have ever seen. It also had a very small bathroom.
2. Speaking of the bathroom, it was bad. Again, it was clean...but bad. Absolutely no storage space for anything. So, if you are lady who has any products you would like to store- forget it. The shower was too small to even turn around in. I am a small woman, and I could hardly get my arms up to wash my hair, let alone shave any part of my body. The bathroom literally almost made me cry. The shower appears to have been painted or sealed with the stuff they use to paint older, concrete swimming pools. This skeeved me out a bit, but upon inspection, it was clean. But still...so uncomfortable.
3. The bed was AWFUL. First off, a full bed is a difficult switch when you are used to a queen size, but we figured we could manage. The size was the least of our worries. OMG, this thing was like sleeping on a bag of rocks. It also was the loudest, squeakiest thing I have ever heard. I always thought I could sleep through a tornado, but I was wrong. Every single time my boyfriend turned or moved an inch it woke me up. One because it him moving one inch caused me to move 3 inches and two because it sounded like an unoiled trampoline. In the 72 hours we spent in OC, I can say I honestly got about 6 actual hours of sleep.
4. Paper thin walls. You can hear everything. I mean everything.
5. Not exactly the best windows either. Remember, location is everything. The boardwalk has a TON going on, wee into the night, and you can hear it right through the windows and the thin walls. Don't expect to sleep in either, OC does a great job keeping their city clean, and they do it at about 6am. You can hear everything from the street sweeper to the garbage man. They run about 30 minutes apart.
All in all, I am so glad we went to OC, but I can honestly say that I would sleep in my SUV before I would sleep at this hotel again. But, like I said, you get what you pay for. We paid for $90 a night and got it, but I fear after that awful bed, I will be paying for a chiropracter for us both to work these kinks out. Do yourself a favor, if you need a good nights sleep and a decent shower, spend a little more and get a nicer place. If these things mean nothing to you, Ocean Manor isn't a bad deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Manor is a small older hotel with rooms, apartments & cottages. Although it is very old fashion, we pride ourselves in providing a clean, comfortable, friendly atmosphere, at affordable rates. We are in a great location, just one block from the beach, boardwalk, party fishing boats, restaurants, amusement parks & much more. All small rooms have a small refrigerator. Family rooms also have a microwave. The apartments & cottages have full kitchens. ... more less