My fiancée and I stayed a weekend in room 607 of the Homestead Beach Hotel in June 2011 and had a wonderful visit. In fact, we’ve already made plans to return July 4 weekend. The room was clean and cheap, and the location was amazing! Room 607 had just been renovated. The bathroom, although small, had all new tile and a cute little sink; the fully stocked kitchenette (half-size refrigerator/freezer, 2-burner electric stove, sink, all new cabinets, coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven, plates, silverware) had a facelift too; plus the entire unit had a fresh coat of paint. The room was small and cozy, but it was just right for the two of us, with a comfortable full-size bed, old fashioned dresser with mirror, a wall-mounted TV with a "hidden" DVD player built in to its side, air conditioner, ceiling fan, and a cute little breakfast nook with a view of the famous Ocean City boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean less than a block away. We could look out the window and see the Music Pier! The things we liked best about room 607 though, were the two FREE beach tags that we found hanging in the closet (beach tags are required June through September and cost $5 daily or $10 weekly), so that saved us $20 right there. We also liked that we could walk to the boardwalk and the beach. There’s a great breeze coming off the ocean, and we were so close to the beach that we had to sweep away the sand that blew through the open window at night (we took out the window-unit air conditioner because the weather was so nice). Of course, we realized that the units at the Homestead Beach Hotel are all privately owned, and not all of the units have been renovated as nicely as room 607. My advice is that you ask to see the room before renting it. In general though, the rooms are nicer the higher up you go, with rooms on the 5th and 6th floors being the nicest.
Having said all that, all is not perfect in paradise. The rooms are old European style, and that means small. Two people are comfortable, but no more than that. Parking is an issue. There is no free parking, and it costs anywhere from $15 to $25 per day to park in the adjacent lot. A better idea is to drive a block or two away and find a free parking spot on the street, and then leave your car there. Honestly, everything is within walking distance – shopping, restaurants, grocery store, boardwalk, beach - so there was no need for the car after we unloaded our luggage. Speaking of restaurants, we found a great little breakfast/lunch place called The Varsity just a block or so away on 8th Street. It’s my new favorite breakfast spot in Ocean City, New Jersey! In addition to parking, the hotel has the world’s oldest and smallest elevator. Two people barely fit inside it. It does seem reliable though, so I learned to trust it (or walk up 5 flights of stairs). We were pleasantly surprised to find that room 607 came with towels and bedding (not all the rooms do!), but there were no beach towels. We came prepared, so this wasn’t an issue for us. Lastly, there is no maid service. So be prepared to clean up your own mess, just as if you were renting an efficiency apartment, which is basically what you’re doing. What maid service there is exists just to clean the common areas and clean the room/change linens between rentals. So if you realize that you’re not staying at (or paying for) a full-service hotel, then you won’t be disappointed.
In summary, the room is cozy, but perfect for just 2 people. Room 607 had just been renovated, and it has a great view of the boardwalk and the ocean. And the location is right in the heart of Ocean City – walking distance to… everything!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under New & Improved ManagementThe Homestead Beach Hotel has fully furnished efficiency condo studios (1 room) in the center of family-friendly Ocean City, NJ. It boasts an incredible beach block location with many studios having ocean or side ocean views. The Hotel is in walking distance to the beach (1/2 block), boardwalk, restaurants, pizza, ice cream, shops, concert hall, rides, miniature golf, etc. Individually decorated studios have daily maid service and can accommodate from 1- 4 guests, depending on room size and beds. Each furnished room contains a kitchenette with cooking/eating utensils, stovetop & refrigerator, as well as basic digital cable TV, window air conditioner (some have ceiling fans also); and a full bathroom. The building has a coin-operated washer & dryer and an ice machine. We do not allow smoking or pets. While other hotels charge higher rates, our affordable hotel rates take into consideration that there is no onsite parking. However, our front desk will provide information about nearby overnight parking lots, and nearby non-metered streets where you can leave your car for your entire stay (parking has not posed a problem for guests). Our staff thrives for customer satisfaction so you enjoy the vacation you looked forward to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homestead Hotel Ocean City