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Guest
06-02-2004, 06:25 PM
We have 3 families coming to OC in August. We've narrowed down to the Princess Royale, Clarion Fontainebleau, the Dunes Manor, Sandcastle, BW oceanfront. Please give opinions on these hotels or any better suggestions. I am afraid to choose the wrong one. I have read many reviews of run down hotels. The hotels need to be oceanfront and CLEAN !!!
Appreciate any and all help.

NY-MD
06-02-2004, 08:33 PM
Have you traveled to O.C. before? Your choice has something to do with what you are looking for on your trip.

Of the hotels you have listed my first choice would be The Dunes Manor. It is on the upper end of the hotel scale. The location is right at the northern most end of the Broadwalk close enough to the action but far enough away to relax and enjoy peace and quiet if you need some of that.

Very clean comfortable and well run hotel.

The Clarion is towards the northern end of town and surrounded by mostly condos and little else in the immediate area. You would have to travel to get near the Broadwalk.

Princess Royale also towards the northern end of town and a little out of the way unless you plan to stay in the hotel all the time. This forum and others have been less then kind in some of the reviews for this property.

The Sandcastle has gotten good reviews but might be a step down from the Dunes Manor.

For location, physical condition, service and with the best chance of fulfilling most of your needs I would look into the Dunes Manor.


Just my opinion I hope wherever you decide you enjoy your time in Ocean City.

JON

NY-MD
06-02-2004, 08:54 PM
TripAdvisor user reviews (1-10 of 14)


"Dunes Manor immaculately clean," A TripAdvisor User, Tuxedo, New York, March 30, 2004
After reading several reviews about the Dunes Manor in Ocean City, Maryland, I had some concerns. I was...

"better elsewhere," A TripAdvisor User, mansfield, nj, November 6, 2003
My family and I have stayed in the Dunes over the years. Since last year I have noticed a nice change...

"Forget Breakfast," cmt@jta-atc.com, ROCKVILLE, MD, October 20, 2003
We had guests in town so drove to O/C and stayed at the Dunes Hotel which we always enjoy. The next morning...

"Have had better experiences," A TripAdvisor User, Harrisburg, PA, October 7, 2003
This was my third visit to this establishment. As with the other reviewers, I have loved this establishment...

"I would stay here again...," A TripAdvisor User, State College, PA, October 2, 2003
Our stay here was in the last week of August. What makes this Hotel above average is the location.. and...

"nice weekend," A TripAdvisor User, woodbridge, Va, September 29, 2003
After reading all of your reviews here, I chose The Dunes Manor. I was very happy with the choice. All...

"Loved it! - August 22, 2003," A TripAdvisor User, Pittsburgh, PA, August 26, 2003
I had a wonderful time at the Dunes Manor! The hotel is very beautiful and deserves at least a 3 star...

"Spectacular! Top of the list for me!!!," A TripAdvisor User, Lebanon, PA, August 26, 2003
This lovely, elegant but with an air to the casual and comfortable hotel/inn was the tops!!!!! From the...

"Above the Rest !," A TripAdvisor User, Stewartsville, NJ, August 24, 2003
Just spent a week at the Dunes Manor Resort. Very enjoyable. Full service hotel.. which is a rare thing...

"Between above average & excellent - Dunes Manor Hotel," A TripAdvisor User, a mom from central pa, August 13, 2003
We stayed at the Dunes Manor HOTEL, not the Dunes motel, July 28-August 2. The Dunes Manor HOTEL is a...


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DianeR
06-03-2004, 02:59 AM
I've stayed in the Princess Royale and the Clarion. Both are nice, and have indoor pools and on-site restaurants which are great for families. The Princess Royale has separate bedroom and living room areas and the Clarion is more hotel room like (for the most part). The Princess Royale gives you some privacy because the bedroom is really a separate room and you also have a full kitchen. It's also very easy to get anywhere in OC by car or bus so location is really a personal choice of noise vs the convenience of being able to walk to some things. Some of the best restaurants and activities are north of the boardwalk area. The closer to the boards you are, the busier/noisier it is.

nlfissel
06-03-2004, 04:05 AM
I have stayed in the Dunes Manor Hotel and would say that it is the best hotel in Ocean City by far. It is clean and well-kept. It has even been completely renovated about 2 or 3 years ago. I still frequent the restaurant for breakfast and have always been pleased with the food and service. When you say Sandcastle, I assume you mean Castle in the Sand Hotel on 37th Street. We have stayed next door to that hotel in a condominium for the past 11 years. It has a great location, not too far away from the action, but it is in a more quiet area. All around it are very nice condominium complexes, it really is the only oceanfront hotel for several blocks in that area. Therefore, there are rarely loud and roudy beachgoers in that area. The Castle in the Sand has received excellent reviews in this forum. Check out their website, www.castleinthesand.com. Although it doesn't look fancy from the outside, the rooms are very nice and above average. This hotel is very family oriented. You may prefer it over the Dunes Manor because the Dunes Manor has all interior corridors, so you have to go through the lobby and wait for an elevator, while at the Castle in the Sand, you could just walk the stairs to your room, which may be easier if you have younger children that will need to go back to your room while on the beach. Either way, you can't go wrong. I've never stayed at the Princess Royale, but it has received mixed reviews on this forum and is way up far in north OC. I hope I have been some help and I hope you have a great time in OC!

NY-MD
08-13-2004, 11:49 PM
For location ( you are at the northern end of the Broadwalk take a two block walk jump on the tram ride and enjoy the trip down to the inlet where more of the action is) walk across the street and try COINS a local hangout for the steamed shrimp, seafood skins, and crab cakes, go one more block and the amusement park with rides and miniature golf, indoor pool, good food in the hotel, and large deck facing the ocean with rocking chairs to hang out on and relax, If you have any other questions just ask.

Below is a post I previously provided......









Have you traveled to O.C. before? Your choice has something to do with what you are looking for on your trip.

Of the hotels you have listed my first choice would be The Dunes Manor. It is on the upper end of the hotel scale. The location is right at the northern most end of the Broadwalk close enough to the action but far enough away to relax and enjoy peace and quiet if you need some of that.

Very clean comfortable and well run hotel.

The Clarion is towards the northern end of town and surrounded by mostly condos and little else in the immediate area. You would have to travel to get near the Broadwalk.

Princess Royale also towards the northern end of town and a little out of the way unless you plan to stay in the hotel all the time. This forum and others have been less then kind in some of the reviews for this property.

The Sandcastle has gotten good reviews but might be a step down from the Dunes Manor.

For location, physical condition, service and with the best chance of fulfilling most of your needs I would look into the Dunes Manor.


Just my opinion I hope wherever you decide you enjoy your time in Ocean City.

JON