We stayed here one night, Sunday, Sept. 15th. This is the "off season", yet it was the very end of OCMD "bike week" and was still kind of a busy night. I researched this hotel on TA, and decided to give it a try. We were pleased, and would go back again if I am able to get a good deal again. I found an excellent deal for an OF room (on line), so my review is of the OF building. The property consists of 2 buildings; one directly OF, and one behind it, separated by a parking lot, which is referred to as "city view" in the rates on-line.
1). NO SCREENS ON THE BALCONY DOOR!? I LOVE to listen to the sound of the waves/ocean, especially at night when I'm sleeping. To me there is no better sound on earth. I looked, and NONE of the OF rooms have screens on the balcony slider doors. I can only speculate that this is either due to security issues OR, concern with storm damage during thunderstorms and people leaving the glass doors open when they are not in the room. Still, this left me in a quandary of sorts ....... do I leave the door open at night and risk flies/mosquitos or, worse still (to me) leave the OF balcony door closed and miss out on my favorite part of an OF room! In the end, I decided to leave the door open after 11PM because I know mosquitos are very weak flyers (and there was a pretty strong breeze) and figuring that flies are mostly out in the daytime. We ended up with 2 flies in the room in the morning when I closed the door shortly after sunrise.
2). The balconies are only "semi-private". The divider between room balconies is a metal panel, but it is not a complete panel, all the way to the floor, and not all the way to the rail ........ it is partially open, so if you have neighbors on their balconies you will not have as much privacy as you might have expected.
3). ONE elevator in the OF building to serve 48 rooms on the 2nd floor and above.
4). The outdoor pool WAS cold as others have mentioned, but then this was Sept. 15th.
5). The bathrooms/shower rooms in the indoor pool area need a bit of sprucing up.
The PROS (and, there are MANY more PROS than cons)!!
1). LOCATION/LOCATION/LOCATION. Gorgeous, wide stretch of beach here!! Within walking distance to Higgin's Crabhouse, Wendy's, McD's, Anthony's Beer/Soda/sandwiches, etc., Papa Johns, small convenience stores, right across Ocean Hwy. from a large theme park for children (sorry, don't remember the name), easy walking distance to one of the best happy hour bars in OC (Coconuts Tiki Bar @ Castle's in the Sand - Live music early - sometimes 12 - 8 or 9 p.m., and they get good bands!!), only approx. 2 or 3 short blocks to the end of the boardwalk, and only 2 properties down from the Dunes MANOR (not the "regular Dunes motel) hotel, which has a nice, cozy, romantic OF dining room, a very small bar, and (main reason I am mentioning it) a very nice, wide OF deck lined with rocking chairs and an expansive view. For the price of a cocktail from the bar you can sit and spend some time just rocking away, enjoying the quiet, the view and even a do a bit of reading.
2). OF building is a small, 5 story building with 60 units, 12 across.
3). EXCELLENT views of the ocean and beach, especially 3rd floor and above.
4). OF units are well equipped mini-efficiency units for the price, with microwave, coffee pot, mini-fridge, storage cupboards, melanine (plastic) cups, plates, utensils, ironing board and iron.
5). Our unit was very clean. The bedspreads/linens were what you would expect of a budget hotel, but everything was clean, smelled clean, etc. All of our towels were bright white and nice smelling, and not the "thread bare" that is often associated with budget hotels. Plus, our cleaning lady (an older lady) was an absolute DOLL, and it is obvious that she takes pride in what she does!
6). They allow you to have 6 people in these units for whatever rate you obtain. There are two double beds and a sofa bed, with a "half wall" between the region of the 2 dbls and the sofa bed (which is near the OF slider door). Sheets for the sofa bed and extra blankets provided.
7). The outdoor pool deck is quite nice, with very nice chaise lounges and a few tables with umbrellas.
8). The indoor pool area was large, had quite a few lounge chairs, and the pool was warm, fairly large and appeared clean.
9). AC unit was efficient and quiet and bathroom has wall heat if needed.
10). Flat screen tv on a swivel stand that can be directed towards the beds or the sofa.
11). Continental breakfast is sparse (coffee/tea/hot chocolate, package oatmeal, watered down juices, bagels, packaged sweet rolls) but available.
Summary: If you can get a deal you are happy with, this place is a good deal. I personally would pay up to $30/$40 more per night for the OF units during summer season, because the view is fabulous ........ trust me on that one!!
- Also Known As:
- Rodeway Inn Oceanfront Hotel Ocean City
- Rodeway Inn Ocean City
- Ocean City Rodeway Inn