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I am among three adults and one toddler that is considered going to Ocean City for a weekend in August or September. We have looked at trailers and cabins to stay at down there but I'd like to know: What would be a good hotel in the area that would be safe for small children?
Submitted by Kenneth D, Millerstown, Pennsylvania April 10, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 10, 2014

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Almost any hotel in the area would be fine for kids. below are a few places I routinely recommend. They are not listed in any particular order, but are all solid choices. I've included properties with a mix of locations, amenities, and price points to help you find one that meets your family's specific needs.

Dunes Manor is a couple of blocks north of the boardwalk at 28th street, all rooms are ocean front with balconies. Any easy walk to the north end of the boardwalk. They have an indoor/outdoor pool. This is one of my favorite properties in OC, and the place I always recommend if I am only recommending one place. My family stays there often. They have adjoining rooms.

The Dunes at 27th Street is the sister property to Dunes Manor and is an great choice. They are ocean front at the north end of the boardwalk. They also have non ocean front rooms that are less expensive in their west building. They have several different room configurations. They have an outdoor pool.

The Castle In the Sand at 37th street is a great midtown location. The hotel is ocean front; they have several buildings and all types of rooms. They have lots of amenities including volleyball and an outdoor pool.

Holiday Inn Ocean Front (67th Street) is a great ocean front property with a large outdoor pool, tennis, indoor pool, game room, and lots of other amenities. My family as stayed there many times.

Holiday Inn Suites at 17th Street is right on the boardwalk.  Many rooms are ocean front with balconies.

Courtyard by Marriott at 15th Street is ocean front on the boardwalk. New property built about 4 years ago, lots of amenities including ocean front and ocean view rooms with small balconies.

Quality Inn and Suites at 33rd street has nice ocean front rooms and indoor and outdoor pools.

Princess Royal at 94th Street. I stayed here last spring. It is very nice and has lots of amenities.:

Carousel at 118th Street. I stayed here last fall. A very nice hotel with an Ice Skating rink, indoor and outdoor pools, and lots of other amenities.

The Spinnaker is a one block off the boardwalk at 18th Street. It is an ocean block property, so it is more affordable, and they just renovated their rooms. It is also a great place that I highly and routinely recommend. It is an easy less than one block walk to the beach. All rooms have balconies with a view of the beach and ocean. They have an outdoor pool.

Sahara at 19th Street on the boardwalk with ocean block buildings too. A basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. Outdoor pool.

The Flamingo is just north of the boardwalk at 31st Street. It is ocean block with 3 buildings and an indoor pool so it will be more affordable than the ocean front places. They have indoor and outdoor pools.

You might want to consider renting a condo. Many of them will do mini weeks, and you can often rent for just a weekend in September. A condo will give you more space and spearate living and sleeping areas for about the same price as a hotel. Take a look at some realtors' websites to figure out what you are looking for, and them give them a call to finalize your choices. Two realtors I've used in the last few years and been very happy with are:

Coldwell Banker:  800.633.1000

Shoreline Properties: 800.492.5832

Have a great trip to OC!

Dunmore, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 11, 2014

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Ocean City, MD is a year round family resort and motels and hotels are loaded with families including infants and toddlers.  I will give you some properties that are child friendly and let them know what you need like if you  a crib or anything else for a child.. The Holiday Inn on 17th street, The Executive motel, lots of families are at. The Princess Royale Resort is where my sister and her family have stayed every summer with my nephew since he was an infant. all of the properties at The Spinnaker property at The Hilton on 32nd street, and many, many more.  The town of Ocean City, MD caters to families and I hope you have a great vacation!!





Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 11, 2014

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Once you decide on a place to stay, try for discounted hotel rates.  My advice is to pick a hotel with an indoor pool.  That way, your toddler can always have a place to swim.

Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 11, 2014

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All hotels/motels in OC are safe for kids. It's a very family friendly resort. I would suggest staying on the boardwalk, it's only a few steps to the beach and you'll be close to all of the shops & restaurants! Here are some hotels I recommend: 

The Commander-

Tidelands Carribbean-

The Spinnaker-

Holiday Inn (search ocean city MD) 

Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 10, 2014

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the carousel would be the best hotel to stay with the kids. they have lots of stuff to do.

Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 10, 2014

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There are so many hotels in OC that are safe for children. It's the most child friendly place I know of.

It kind of depends on what your budget is.  Hotels go anywhere from $160 - $450 a night depending on location, among other things.

For a hotel, check

Also try . They offer freebies when you book through them.

Have you considered a condo over a hotel?  Yes, you have to bring more stuff, but the advantage of a condo is more room, and more like home. And most times, a condo costs less for a week than a hotel.

Check these OC realtors sites to check out condos:


Coldwell Banker

Long and Foster



As for area........... OC is 10 miles long and starts at the inlet and ends at the Delaware line. At the inlet, the boardwalk starts and proceeds north to 27th Street. All of the rides and games are located below 1st St on the named streets like Caroline, Somerset, and Division Streets. So this area might be too congested and busy for a toddler.

Right off of the boardwalk at the most northern end is the Dunes Motel. This is a great family motel with efficiencies and rooms. There is an outdoor pool as well and the motel is oceanfront. It is right next to the boardwalk tram station so it would be convenient for those times that you want to visit the busy end of the boardwalk. You can just walk over and hop on. There is a fee per ride though.  Dunes Motel has a sister hotel just two blocks up the street called the Dunes Manor Hotel. Every room is oceanfront, and in the afternoon, they have free tea and cookies and crumpets in the lobby. Very nice place.  Right next to it, a brand new Econolodge has opened up.  I stayed there when it was the Rodeway and it was a great place to stay. Be sure to look only at the oceanfront hotel there, not the streetside one. 

One more great family place to stay is the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th St. EXCELLENT for kids. Fantastic pool, game room, tennis, wonderful beach, and an on site restaurant called Touch of Italy for those nights when you're all just too worn out to go out for dinner.

The best thing about OC hotels is that most have kitchenettes in their rooms, and a refrigerator and microwave at the very least.

But no matter where you stay in OC, your child will have a good time. 

One thing I like to tell people with small ones is to buy a small inflatable pool, one of those 3 ring types and blow it up on the beach next to your chairs. Add a few buckets of sea water and your little one will happily play in that all day. They'll have fun without worryiing about the "big water" getting them.

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Have a wonderful stay.

Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 10, 2014

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All of Ocean City is safe, not a bad spot in town. It's just your preference as to ocean front, bay side, inlet or the northern end of the city. I will say with a toddler you might want to consider a 2 room hotel or 2 BR condo so if the adults want to stay up later and not disturb the little one while he/she sleeps.

For a condo you can look into

Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 10, 2014

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Hello Kenneth,

The Princess Royale on 91st St is a reasonably priced, clean, ocean front hotel with kitchenettes.  They have a gated indoor kiddie pool as well.  If you get a chance, take your toddler up to bayside on 125th st.  They have an awesome kids playground.  Of course, your toddler will enjoy the rides at Trimpers on the boardwalk as well.