5 alt hotel views you shouldn’t miss

5 alt hotel views you shouldn’t miss

Many of the big hotels offer sweeping views of the ocean and bay. Striking hotel views are something many of us have come to expect from a stay in Ocean City. But besides being able to see for miles, there are hotels that are ideally placed to get a different view of Ocean City. Alternative views that are particular to the place and maybe show something a little different if no less stunning.

Catty-corner views at The Grand

The Grand long has been known for its spectacular oceanfront experience as well as its distinctive look. The hotel’s pool deck looks out onto the strip and anticipates the sunset, while providing walk-on beach access from the Boardwalk exit. These two photos were taken from the 28th Street exit and the Grand Hotel parking garage, so from the bottom left and top right, respectively.

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Boardwalk level in front of the Grand Hotel. Sometimes the ground-level shots get you perspective you might otherwise have missed.
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People enjoying a bright day at the Grand Hotel pool. As sunset approaches, it’s a great place to enjoy the coming on of evening.

Crossing State Lines

Heading uptown, the newly-opened OC 360 at the top of the Fenwick Inn provides the kinds of views pretty particular to a rooftop bar and restaurant. On the one hand, you can sit inside and enjoy the sites while having your dinner or hanging around at the bar. Alternatively, you can slip out onto the roof deck and enjoy the sun during the day and the sunsets in the evening.

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From your seat at the bar atop the Fenwick Inn you can watch the uptown scene in complete comfort while people bring you food and drinks, pretty sweet.
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Jen White and Matt Reidy on the deck outside of OC 360 on top of the Fenwick Inn. During the day there is plenty of sun but as the evening comes on you can watch it set while enjoying an evening cocktail or even a meal.

Rethinking grandeur at the Holiday Inn and Suites

Setting aside the multiple deck-pools indoors and out and the astounding views from the rooms, the Holiday Inn and Suites has one of the most astonishing beachfront facades mostly because of its sweeping staircase. Running from the boardwalk to the hotel’s entrance, the staircase has a vaguely hourglass shape that has framed thousands of vacation photos over the years. In fact, it is so easy to get distracted by the beach views that you may forget to appreciate some of the other views the place has to offer.

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Coming up the sweeping staircase of the Holiday Inn and Suites it’s easy to forget to look up and get the full measure of how impressive a place it really is.
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The bayside view from the Holiday Inn and Suites is absolutely serene and too often overlooked in taking in the town’s vistas.

A sublime afternoon at the Dunes

Even at the height of summer it is easy to feel a pleasant solicitude at the Dunes Manor. Even among other people who are enjoying the view from the storied deck just above the beach you feel as if you have the place all to yourself. But another underrated alternative view is from the beach on the way back to the hotel. Seeing the people relaxing and the solid, stately oceanfront facade of the Dunes gives you a better appreciation for staying inside as well as hanging around outside.

The view from the deck at the Dunes is like no other because it is often from a solid rocking chair with a cold drink in your hand.
The view from the deck at the Dunes is like no other because it is often from a solid rocking chair with a cold drink in your hand.
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After a long day of relaxing on the beach, it is nice to know you can come back up the sand to the Dunes and get right back to relaxing under the cover of the deck with a drink in hand.

Hiding Out at the Clarion

As a resort hotel it isn’t shocking that the Clarion Fontainebleau is designed in a way that you only have to go out if you want to. What’s fascinating, though, is that its nearly imposing front hides a veritable paradise. In addition to providing grand views both up and down the beach, the outside bar provides a paradoxical combination of privacy and public profile.

Coming out of the back deck on your way down to the outside bar provides one of the more peaceful views in Ocean City.
Coming out of the back deck on your way down to the outside bar provides one of the more peaceful views in Ocean City.
Once the sun passes over the hotel at midday, you can spend the afternoon and evening just lounging in the shade between dips in the ocean.
Once the sun passes over the hotel at midday, you can spend the afternoon and evening just lounging in the shade between dips in the ocean.

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