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Choosing Your Perfect Oasis: A Guide to Motels in Ocean City Maryland

When it comes to planning your Ocean City getaway, you’re spoiled for choice with lodging options, ranging from lavish hotels to cozy vacation houses to classic motels. If you’re seeking convenience, affordability, or a balcony with a killer view of Coastal Highway’s hustle and bustle, or the ocean, a stay in an Ocean City motel might be just the ticket for you.

Originally designed with road trippers in mind, motels offer easy access for those quick getaways focused on fishing, golfing, or catching waves. They’re also a top pick if you’re in town for events like parades, Cruisin’ Ocean City, or Bike Week, where having your own balcony to take in the action is a must.

Compared to larger hotels, motels typically come with a smaller price tag, making them a savvy choice for budget-conscious travelers. Keep in mind, though, that not all motels are created equal—some boast amenities like pools, while others stick to the basics.

While Ocean City itself may be compact and easily navigable by car or bus, the location of your motel can shape the entire vibe of your vacation. So, choose wisely, and get ready for an unforgettable Ocean City adventure.

Flamingo Motel

Dive into relaxation with a great range of amenities, including both indoor and outdoor pools to suit any weather, at the Flamingo Motel on 31st Street. Whether you’re after a cozy suite, a convenient kitchenette-equipped room, or a standard accommodation, they have you covered. Their kitchenettes come fully loaded with all the essentials—a sink, compact refrigerator, and microwave—perfect for whipping up quick snacks or storing your beachside treats. And if you’re traveling with the whole crew, their spacious efficiencies can comfortably sleep six, making them an ideal choice for families looking to make lasting memories. For those seeking a breathtaking view, their rooms with private balconies offer the perfect spot to soak in the ocean vista and enjoy the salty breeze. With elevators available in the Tower Buildings, getting around is a breeze, and for those looking to freshen up post-checkout, they offer a convenient shower facility.

Madison Beach Motel

Madison Beach Motel deck

The Madison Beach Motel is right in the heart of Downtown Ocean City, MD, on 1st Street just a short walk from the beach, the Boardwalk, and all the excitement! The motel is a great location for a day at the beach, a leisurely lounge by their pool, or perhaps a sneaky siesta in one of their comfy deck chairs. You can also kick back and catch your favorite shows on their 32” flat screen TVs, keep your snacks and drinks cool in their mini refrigerators, and heat up leftovers in their microwaves. There’s convenient on-site parking, complimentary coffee and ice in the lobby, and a soda and snack vending machine too. Take a dip in their refreshing outdoor pool or soak up some rays on their spacious sundeck, and if you arrive early or are checking out late, take advantage of their changing room facilities. The Madison Beach Motel is SENIOR WEEK FRIENDLY!

Empress Motel

The Empress Motel on 19th Street is just steps away from the white sands and rolling waves of the Ocean City beach. Take a walk on the beach and Boardwalk, or dive into their sparkling pool for a refreshing swim. At the Empress, you’ll have easy access to all the  attractions Ocean City has to offer, including the rides, local shops and eateries, beach and Boardwalk. There’s a variety of accommodations, including standard rooms, fully equipped efficiencies, or spacious apartments. Each room comes complete with amenities such as air conditioning/heating, a mini-fridge, microwave, flat-screen TV, and daily maid service, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay for you and your family.

The Dunes Court

The Dunes Court on 27th Street, is where charm meets affordability! This 3-story building radiates a delightful 1960s coastal vibe, blending nostalgia with modern comforts for a truly unique experience. The Dunes Court boasts an unbeatable spot facing Baltimore Ave., just half a block from the sun-drenched sands and lively boardwalk, ensuring you’re never far from the excitement of Ocean City.

Sahara Motel Ocean Front

The Sahara Motel has four buildings offering a range of rates and locations to suit your needs. Choose from direct Oceanfront/Oceanview, Poolside, West, or Tower buildings—all at reasonable prices and just steps away from the Ocean City Boardwalk, amusements, restaurants, and shopping. This oceanfront motel on 9th Street boasts one of the best beachfront views in Ocean City, Maryland. Don’t forget to stop by Jay’s Sahara Cafe, a local favorite right here at the motel. Then relax on Ocean City’s famous beach, take a stroll along the bustling Boardwalk, or a refreshing dip in one of the motel’s two sparkling pools. End your day by unwinding on your private oceanfront balcony, soaking in the stunning views.

Kokomo Suites

Kokomo Suites is located on the ocean block at 73rd Street in Midtown Ocean City. This prime location offers the best of both worlds—easy access to all the excitement of Ocean City while providing a serene retreat just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and beach. Unwind in a spacious suites, each equipped with a full kitchen and sleeper sofa. The Kokomo Suites has an oversized outdoor pool, and an onsite restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat without even leaving the premises. The fully equipped kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, stovetop range with 2 burners, and microwave, and on-site parking available throughout your stay.

Dunes Suites

Unpack and make yourself at home t the Dunes Suites on 27th Street. Each of these suites is equipped with a full-size kitchen stocked with all the essentials you need for a perfect getaway. Whether you’re whipping up a beachside feast or simply enjoying a midnight snack, the kitchens have got you covered. 

Seabonay Motel

The Seabonay Motel on 27th Street is your front-row seat to oceanfront bliss in Ocean City, Maryland! Perched directly on the sandy shores and just one block from the end of the Boardwalk, this motel is the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. Take a refreshing dip in their outdoor swimming pool, and find restaurants, shops, and amusements all within walking distance. Plus, for added convenience, the Boardwalk train is located nearby, ready to whisk you away to even more adventures.

Find more motels in Ocean City at https://www.oceancity.com/motels/

Anne grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came across Ocean City for the first time over 30 years ago and shortly after it became her permanent home.  When time allows, Anne still loves to travel. She has been with OceanCity.com since September 2014.

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