What’s located off Coastal Highway, has two pools and a spa, features luxurious ballrooms and meeting rooms, and houses three restaurants? No, I’m not talking about nirvana, although this Ocean City, Maryland hotel is close. I’m referring to Clarion Resort Fountainebleau Hotel at 10100 Coastal Highway. Don’t fear if you haven’t stayed there before; the article below supplies all the details necessary to convince you that Clarion Resort is worthy of your stay.
Much like many other fabulous hotels in Ocean City, Clarion Resort offers great accommodations and amenities. In terms of luxury, you’ll find the hotel’s spa and pools above par. As part of the spa, guests can enjoy a Russian steam room, Eucalyptus room, sauna, and whirlpool. To get the most out of your spa date, utilize the many exercise machines in the spa. If your idea of a workout is more aqua-filled, swim away in the indoor heated pool (bottom left) during the cool months or the outdoor heated pool after Memorial Day. Outdoors at Clarion Resort also features a hot tub.
There are several room types lucky guests can choose from, but all are non-smoking, include ocean views, have WiFi, a flat screen TV, a microwave, fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, a safe, dry cleaning service, and wake up service. Clarion Resort offers a double double room (right), which includes two double beds. Also, Clarion has an executive king room, studio king room with seating area, and a cabana suite that includes a living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs. In this case, the room pictures speak louder than words. Head to Clarion Resort’s website, www.clarionoc.com, and click on “Hotel Information” and then “Amenities” to see pictures of the rooms offered. Once you’ve found the room of your dreams, reserve it quick via phone: 800-638-2100.
Booking a special package is easy with Clarion Resort. What’s more, there are plenty of packages available. The Family Fling and Summer Fling packages run from June to September, the Beach Retreat package goes from March to May, and the Romantic Getaway special runs from March to December. Most of the packages include two nights in a room of choice and $150 food/drink credit to Horizons Restaurant, Breakers Pub, and a few other participating restaurants. You can also enhance your stay with wine and snacks, Old Pro Golf, Jolly Rogers Splash Mountain, and fresh flowers upon finishing reservations online. Call for pricing.
Indulging in a luxury stay at Clarion Resort will surely make you hungry. Fortunate for you, the hotel features three restaurants right on its property. For those nights (or days) when simple cafe food won’t cut your culinary cravings, head to the award-winning Horizons Restaurant in the Clarion Resort. For breakfast, Clarion staff display succulent buffet food starting at 7 a.m. Lunchtime brings entrees at 11:30 a.m. Dinner runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Devour prime rib, crab legs, and other seafood while watching the tide come and go on the beach. Another of Clarion Resort’s eateries, Breakers Pub, gives guests a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and other hearty food. Two other great elements to this restaurant: they entertain happy hour specials and face the lovely Atlantic blue. Guests during the summer can satisfy their appetites with a third restaurant, Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill. Think all American BBQ food when you go to Lenny’s; they serve hot dogs, char-grilled chicken, and hamburgers. Live music will enhance your dining experience at Lenny’s. Don’t forget, there is live music and good fun at Ocean Club Nightclub in Clarion Resort too. This club carries no cover charge, so guests can dance and groove while being financially savvy.
How is it possible that such a marvelous hotel can bring you desirable deals and features? Just like Dunes Manor and Park Place, Clarion Resort has a cherished history. Let’s hear from Renee Seiden, Director of Sales at Clarion Resort, about the hotel’s beginning that established its character.
“Dr. Leonard Berger bought the hotel in the mid 70s,” Seiden says. Dr. Berger, now a retired physician, moved to Ocean City to relax and retire. Of course, he did anything but rest and instead, purchased what is now the Clarion Resort. “He got bored and purchased the hotel,” Seiden laughs.
Dr. Berger didn’t just buy a hotel during his retirement, he created a one-stop-shop right in the heart of Ocean City. He added a conference center to the hotel, in which stands the second largest ballroom in OC. There are 16 rooms in the spacious conference center, which is about 40,000 feet. Amongst these rooms, there are boardrooms, a ballroom, and Captain’s Quarters, another fancy meeting room. The ballroom is absolutely stunning; it includes 18 foot ceilings, chandeliers, and pillars. So, if you need to host an exquisite party, want to meet with co-workers in style, or want to coerce a friend into entertaining there and inviting you, Clarion Resort can accommodate all your needs. In fact, this versatility makes the hotel unique. “We’re the best place in
Ocean City for big events,” Seiden says proudly. The meeting rooms bring in many returning guests, which works out well for the hotel and its staff. “About 85% of the group business is repeat,” Seiden says, “It’s more like having friends come back!”
What’s also great about the Clarion Resort is that the hotel contains a separate kitchen for the entertaining rooms. There’s no waiting around for delicate hors devours or sparkly drinks while having fun. Clarion Resort is serious about the old adage, “Eat, drink, and be merry!” If you are planning a get-together, follow this link for pictures and more information about reserving a room: http://clarionoc.com/ocean-city-maryland-meeting-space.
On top of the great service, rooms, and hotel capabilities the Clarion Resort offers, there’s still one more unique aspect. “We own the beach in front of our hotel,” Seiden says, “We’re one of only two hotels that does so.” This ownership entitles guests to the same beach access as normal, but in the summer, Clarion staff can serve drinks and food from the hotel to the shoreline.
Aside from the beach service during the warm months, Clarion Resort knows how to serve its guests. It all starts in the mindset of its staff. Seiden’s pleasure in her career comes through helping deserving guests like you. “If you don’t love people, you shouldn’t be in the hotel business,” she says. Among many other things, running a hotel requires good communication between staff and guests, and the staff at Clarion Resort exemplify this bond. “It’s good to know you help putting together someone’s vacation,” Seiden says.
Not only can the staff at Clarion Resort serve you out of their enjoyment in the hotel business, but also out of their experience. “We’re really lucky to have longevity of staff,” says Seiden. In fact, some of the staff members are so loyal to stay at the hotel, conference guests ask for them on visits. “It’s kind of like coming home,” Seiden says. Even Seiden has been at the hotel for quite some time–16 years.
So, what are you to do with all this information? Stay at the Clarion Resort! They have the experienced 800-638-2100.