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Top 10 Oceanfront Hotels in Ocean City, Maryland 🌊

Waking up to the sun rising over the ocean, the sounds of the waves crashing against the sand, seagulls calling as they whirl and chase the waves — Wouldn’t you love for your summer to sound like that? Well, it can when you choose one of the many oceanfront hotels in Ocean City, Maryland! This resort town stretches along 10 miles of beach lined by many beautiful oceanfront hotels, with some of the best views you’ll find on the East Coast.

To convince you that the oceanfront hotels are worth the splurge, check out some of the images of the Ocean City, MD waterfront during the day, and at night.

Renee Calhoun Kiesel – Beautiful Sunrise, perfect time to just stop and enjoy life
Rick N Alisha Hoke – My daughter, niece and nephew having a blast in OC, MD between 3rd and 4th Street.

Hotels on Ocean City’s Famous Boardwalk  (Downtown)

The prominent boardwalk runs along the shore from the inlet all the way to 27th street and is home to many hotels with easy access to the boardwalk, the beach, and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Grand Hotel Pool
Grand Hotel and Spa pool

Hotels on the Ocean in Mid-Town Ocean City (Mid-town)

From the end of the boardwalk to the route 90 bridge, there are hotels for every type of visitor. From large to small, luxurious to beachy, your perfect hotel is just waiting for you to come and find it.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront Pool Ocean City Md
An oceanfront hotel gives you lots of options. Here, the Holiday Day Inn Oceanfront has a new pool bar as well as lots of lounging options.

Hotels on the Ocean in North Ocean City

From the Route 90 bridge all the way to the Delaware line, there are oceanfront hotels to choose from.  While many hotels in north Ocean City, like the Carousel Hotel, are surrounded by condos, you can still find hotel accommodations on the ocean up north where it is a little quieter.

Getting ready for a beach movie! Taken at The Carousel hotel on July 3.


Here are OceanCity.com’s top 10 Oceanfront Hotels (in no particular order because they are all fabulous accommodations!).

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View from a room at the Grand hotel on the Ocean City boardwalk.


Located on 21st Street, the Grand Hotel & Spa is a pretty grand option for someone who wants an oceanfront stay on the boardwalk. Whether you’re coming as a family, as a couple or on business, this hotel has what you need. With balcony views and direct boardwalk and beach access, the Grand includes amenities such as on-site dining, an indoor and an outdoor pool, a fitness room, a full-service spa, a coffee shop – Java Beach Cafe, and a business center.

After you take a boardwalk stroll, head to the spa for a nice calming massage, and then dine at one of their five dining options – The Grand Terrace Cafe, EPIC Bar & Grille , Buono Vita Pizzeria, Blue Palama Pool Bar and Scoops Ice Cream Shop! If you’re coming to Ocean City for a summer vacation, the Grand Hotel & Spa is a grand option!


Park Place Hotel on the Ocean City Boardwalk
The Park Place Hotel is located on the famous Ocean City boardwalk in walking distance to the inlet and all the rides.

Located between 2nd and 3rd Street on the boardwalk, this hotel has a prime downtown location that puts you in the center of all the action. It’s just  a short walk from the Jolly Roger at the Pier and Trimper’s rides, and right on the beach and the boardwalk to boot.

If you don’t want to head out to the beach or boardwalk, you can head over to their pool deck which includes two heated pools, or head down to Bull on the  Beach, which serves great BBQ at the outdoor deck bar.

(The cover image for this article was taken at the Park Place Hotel!) 

You can dine in one of the newly opened restaurants at the Ashore Resort Hotel on the ocean in Ocean City, MD.

Located on 101st Street, this resort provides you the serenity of uptown Ocean City without all the chaos of downtown (we love a little chaos, but it may not be for everyone!). Not only does the Clarion give you outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean, but it also provides an assortment of packages like their Craft Beer Tour Package, Family Fling Package, Romantic Getaway Package, and golf packages — helping you save a little cash while enjoying all the things you love.

This hotel features oceanview balconies, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a health spa, Horizons Oceanfront restaurant (which is a frequent winner in the Best of Ocean City‘s Best Buffet category, by the way), Breakers Pub, Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill, and the Ocean Club Nightclub with live entertainment.

Doubletree Ocean City
Doubletree Ocean City

Located on 33rd street, DoubleTree Oceanfront by Hilton puts you in the middle of everything and is within walking distance of the boardwalk, the amusement park, and the Jolly Rogers waterpark! Located right on the beach you can step out right onto the beautiful beach of Ocean City to enjoy the sun and surf.

Ocean City Hotel Group, Property Map

More than just a breathtaking panoramic  view, this hotels contains two outdoor pools, the Sandshark Pool Bar, the on-site restaurant Marlin Moon, a fitness center, and beach volley ball just outside your back door.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Ocean City
Outdoor children’s pool at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites gives customers a stay right on the boardwalk with an oceanfront view and quick beach access on 17th Street. After a morning dip in the ocean, head up to the boardwalk and up the stairs to two outdoor pools, and even grab a drink if you’d like.

If an indoor and outdoor pool (slide included) is not enough, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites has an outdoor tennis court, a fitness center, two restaurants, two bars/lounges and a swim up bar! For a family friendly stay, the Holiday Inn on 17th Street is the Ocean City hotel for you.

Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza room

Located on 12th Street on the Boardwalk, just far enough from the hustle and bustle of downtown OC, Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel allows for an amazing oceanfront stay. Guests can enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean from their balcony and can walk just a few steps to the beach.

Along with amazing views and amenities, Howard Johnson has many packages for guest to choose fro including a June Weekday Special. a ‘Stay, Splash & Save’ package, a Best of the Boardwalk package, Meal Deal packages, and golf packages. No matter what you like, Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza can accommodate you.

The Quality Inn Oceanfront has a tropical atrium and is located just south of the Route 90 bridge. That makes this oceanfront hotel easy access.

Further uptown on 54th Street, Quality Inn Oceanfront is the place for an tropical oceanside escape. This location puts guests right on the oceanfront with easy access to all of Ocean City’s family-friendly attractions. Quality Inn Oceanfront has an atrium including exotic birds, palm trees, and a koi pod!

If that doesn’t seal the deal on your tropical retreat, the hotel also includes amenities such as a fitness room, a sauna, a tennis court, a kids’ play area, an outdoor and indoor pool, and your own private beach. If you are looking for a getaway in Ocean City, birds and bearded dragons included, this is the place for you.

The Carousel Hotel

Denise Ayers-Gross – I’m not a morning person. But my first morning here, this past Sunday, I woke up to this beautiful sunrise from my view at the Carousel.

The Carousel is an iconic hotel on the north end of Ocean City at 118th Street and the ocean. This is a resort hotel where you never have to leave.  You can actually ice skate on their huge indoor ice rink.  There is an ice cream shop, a big restaurant and bar, and an outdoor tiki bar.   Of course they have a large indoor swimming pool and unparalleled ocean frontage where there are few hotels near you.   This is the quiet side of Ocean City and you’ll love it.

The Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites

Hilton Hotel Pool ocean city
Hilton Hotel Pool

If you are looking for a suite hotel, try the Hilton.  This is luxury on the beach!  You can’t miss the light blue exterior, and you won’t want to miss all the amenities inside.  There is a fabulous bar with Prohibition style happy hours where your appetizer prices are low and the drinks traditional!  You can play in the game room, lounge by the indoor pool, or the outdoor pool, or eat at one of the many restaurants and snack bars located here.  Expect the amenities of a Hilton anywhere and then add the oceanfront location and you have a magical vacation in the making!

Make sure to have a wonderful stay in Ocean City Maryland (and enjoy those oceanfront views)!! And remember please leave only your footprints!!


Carrie Dortenzo
Carrie Dortenzo
Carrie is an Ocean City, Maryland local and attends NYU with a major in Business Technology Managment.  She is currently an intern at State Ventures LLC and is interested in entrepreneurship and marketing. In addition, Carrie works at Smokers BBQ Pit in the summer months.


  1. I was trying to find a 1 night hotel with 1 bed for my husband and I to spend together. We are not rich and we are goin to be in Endless summer cruise . This was going to be a treat for us cause we can only afford 1 night and wanted to watch sun go down and coming up on Sunday morning on our own balcony. But I guess it’s not meant to be.

  2. You’ll get a surprise $100.00 security fee when checking in at the Princess Royal and it has gone from 3 days to get it back to 30 days. I doubt we will ever see it. It’s really not that nice of a place for the money.


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