After having grown up on annual weeklong family vacations in beautiful Ocean City but not having returned for several decades, I thought I'd go back and soak up some nostalgia. Well, what a very pleasant surprise I had on arrival at the Ocean Front Motel and finally meeting this manager John that everyone else had written about. They weren't exaggerating. Apart from 1 or 2 owner/operators of B&Bs, I can't recall any managers that were as helpful and interested in making my stay a pleasant one as he was.
The room while small was perfectly clean with very firm beds and better than average pillows. The bathroom was immaculate but could have used a vanity instead of the plain sink.bowl with essentially no place to lay out your hairdryer, shaver, etc. The A/C was relatively loud which made it perfect for running the blower all night to block out or at least mask outside noise. I never heard a thing. The refrigerator and microwave worked fine, however the room would have been too small for more than 2 people to eat a meal there. But who wants to eat in their room when you're right on the boardwalk?
The location is perfect: right smack in the middle of the boardwalk.on the beach!! Walk one direction in the morning behind quiet residences, afternoon on the beach (the access for which is right at the motel), and walk the other direction in the evening for all the taffy, fudge, pizza, popcorn and amusements. Being located at 14th Street, you're within a reasonable walking distance of all the downtown restaurants and shops. And speaking of restaurants, there are quite a few really good ones downtown although I was extremely disappointed to find out that the Campbell's Seafood Kitchen, a veritable Ocean City institution, had closed several years ago.
You can leave your car parked in the motel lot for the rest of the day after the 11am checkout with access to a bathroom and shower. With the reasonable rates, what else could you possibly ask for? I'll be returning regularly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family Motel directly on the Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Front Hotel Ocean City
- Ocean City Front Hotel
- Ocean City Front Motel
- Ocean Front Motel Ocean City