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    Commander Hotel, or Quality Inn Boardwalk

    Down to two hotels for a mid October trip. I haven't been there in 25 years and the wife and 25 year old daughter, and husband have never.. 1 year old granddaughter also.
    It is between the Commander oceanfronsuite, or quality in boardwalk oceanfront suite. Ink now that they're differnences in quality, which has the better views.
    Also does the smell from Grottos Pizza make the whole complex at theCommander smell like pizza? There's only a $120 difference in the rooms for three nights, any thoughts appreciated.

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    Also possibly Flagship Oceanfront, but that only if I can get an oceanfron room, and it's kind of farther down on the boardwalk then I would like.

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    The Commander just re-did all their rooms last winter and is very nice. I stayed there this spring and there was no pizza smell. Some Quality Inn rooms have been reworked recently, but I think some have still have not been updated. Both places are likely fine, but you have slightly more risk at the QI. If you plan to spend much time in the room, I'd go with the Commander. If you are going to mostly just sleep there and be in and out, I'd stay at the QI and take the $120 difference and go out to a nice dinner with it!

    You can never go wrong at the Dunes Manor, but it might be more expensive, and it is definitely further north.
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    Thanks for the input. Granddaughter only 15 months so I'm sure we will be stuck in the room a little than usual, and they want an indoor pool since it will be mid October.

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    Quality Inn 17th Street

    I have always enjoyed staying at the Quality Inn on 17th Street. The tower building is especially nice and the rooms have new carpeting as well as flat screen TVs. The indoor pool area was recently redone and is no longer stuck in the early 1970's. I stayed in the main building once and didn't like it. It seemed like an oversized motel, as the rooms in that building have exterior corridors and it really shows its age. There are two large outdoor pools, one in front of each building. Most rooms are oceanfront efficiencies with private balconies. If you decide to stay here, ask for a room in the tower building. Hope this helps.

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    Well after all that we ended up going with The Grand Hotel and Spa, Choice direct room. Hopefully it works out. Thanks for all the input.

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    Well after all that we ended up going with The Grand Hotel and Spa, Choice direct room. Hopefully it works out. Thanks for all the input.

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    The Grand Hotel is a good choice as well. Nice place with decent amenities.

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    The Grand is nice. Stayed there several times. The balconies are not private though if that's an issue. And if I were you, ask for the highest floor possible. They have stores on the first floor and if you're on anything lower than the 4th floor it can be noisy and smelly from the fans, etc. for the businesses. So you might want to call and tell them you want a high floor.

    There's a lot going on in October from car shows (Corvettes one weekend, Endless Summer Cruise In another weekend) to Halloween events. Check out www.ococean.com/events to see a list and if there's anything you want to avoid. 21st St is a good spot to be. Walking distance to Coins, Fractured Prune, and Embers. The tram doesn't run then, so if you're wanting to see the lower end of the boardwalk where the rides and shops , etc. are located, it's a good mile and a half to two mile walk. Rides won't be open, but some arcades will be and Trimper's indoor rides for the little one will be open, at least on weekends. I love going off season. We're there nearly every year for the Corvette show and it's still warm enough to enjoy, but cool at night. Great time to go.
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