Can get crowded with rowdy kids, especially in the pool area
A bit far from the boardwalk and heart of Ocean City
Decor throughout is lackluster and chain-like
This beach hotel is right on the ocean, with many of its rooms offering views of the Atlantic from their private balconies. All of the Holiday Inn’s rooms are spacious and comfortable, though they feature rather chain-like decor. The fully equipped kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi in all rooms add to the value. Also, the public amenities are plentiful, with a range of options geared toward children as well as adults. A definite highlight is the hotel's spacious, outdoor pool with a swim-up bar. The property is a short drive from the boardwalk action, but the location is a dream for vacationers looking to maximize quality beach time.
The style is unremarkable, but the hotel is clean, well-maintained, and inviting
The Holiday Inn Oceanfront is housed in a nondescript, boxy, bland building. Inside, the decor is unremarkable; no more and no less than one would expect at a mid-range chain hotel. In the spring and summer, the pool and restaurant area are full of bright, blooming flowers, which add a touch of charm to the space. Overall, the hotel is clean, cheerful, and inviting, albeit somewhat generic and chain-like.
The hotel is relatively quiet until summer weekends, which is when the pool and bar area start buzzing with people and live music. The hotel vibe is casual and laid-back, although it fills up with families, couples, and groups of ocean-loving vacationers, especially during the height of beach season.
Located on the main, six-lane highway that runs through the heart of Ocean City, the Holiday Inn’s oceanfront location makes it a convenient spot for beach lovers and families on vacation, but you’ll need to drive to reach most nearby restaurants and shops. About a 10-minute drive north of the boardwalk, the hotel is removed from the heart of the Ocean City action in a less walkable neighborhood. This means a quieter, mellower beach experience. The hotel backs up onto dunes and a path to the beach, with the Atlantic Ocean visible from many areas of the property.
Clean, if uninspired, rooms that feature kitchenettes, balconies, and free Wi-Fi
Style-wise, the rooms here are run-of-the-mill, with chain-like, generic artwork and ho-hum furniture. They are also spacious, squeaky clean, and comfortable. All rooms have kitchenettes equipped with coffeemakers, stoves, fridges, freezers, and dishwashers. Other amenities include 32-inch, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Private balconies are a wonderful touch. Linens are abundant and mattresses are comfy.
Rooms on higher floors have better views. Ask for an ocean view, and wake up to the sunrise over the Atlantic.
Pretty pools, fitness center, beach access, and more
With an array of features that cater to both adults and kids, this hotel offers more amenities than most of its competitors. A definite highlight is the outdoor pool, which is spacious and features a swim-up bar that is open seasonally. There is also convenient access to a pretty stretch of beach, as well as a fenced-in area for sunning that features sturdy hammocks set up on the sand. Other outdoor amenities include a tennis court and shuffleboard.
For the younger guests, there is a splash pad outside and a a tiny kiddy pool indoors. Both children and teens may appreciate the game room that features arcade games and snack machines.
Additional amenities include an indoor pool (albeit on the small side) with two adjacent hot tubs. There is also a decent-size fitness center that includes cardio equipment, free weights, and a tanning bed.
The free Wi-Fi and guest access to a small business center are nice perks, as are the coffee, tea, and fresh fruit that are offered free of charge every morning. When it comes to dining options, there is a full-service Italian restaurant that offers lunch and dinner, as well as a take-out menu, in addition to the snacks that are offered at the seasonal pool bar.
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