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The Best Hotels to Book in Ocean City, Maryland

The DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City has excellent bay views
The DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City has excellent bay views | Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront / Expedia
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24 August 2021
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Move over, Baltimore. Ocean City is ready to deliver the ultimate Maryland experience, complete with crab cakes, sandcastles and enough Fisher’s popcorn – a local favorite – to fill the Assawoman Bay. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in this charming seaside resort, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Be it the shoreline or boardwalk, you’ll never get sick of strolling up and down Ocean City’s vibrant waterfront – especially if you’re bedding down in one of these hand-picked boltholes.

Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront

4.5/5 (525 Reviews)
Interior view of a room at Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront, with a double bed, sitting area, desk, large wardrobe and sliding doors leading out to a balcony
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Now from $73 per night

Don’t be bashful – we know that you’ll have one eye on the roulette wheel during your Ocean City stay. Courtyard by Marriott certainly won’t judge you. In fact, they’re ready to shuttle you down to the Ocean Downs Casino so you can save that lucky dollar for the craps table. Win or lose, you’ll look at the reflections of the city lights twinkling in the surf from the balcony of your king suite and feel you’ve hit the jackpot already.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront

4.3/5 (504 Reviews)
Interior view of a room at DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront, with two double beds, a desk and a floor-to-ceiling sliding door leading out to a balcony
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Now from $78 per night

A 10-minute stroll from the boardwalk and you’re within striking distance of Ocean City’s best sights, sounds and smells – reel in a fish and chips supper, best eaten with toes in the sand and sea spray as seasoning. Of course, you’re welcome to stay in and slide into a seat at the Marlin Moon Restaurant, or why not savor the excellent wine list and steaks under the actual moon, with room service delivered to your oceanfront balcony?

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Aloft Ocean City

4.5/5 (384 Reviews)
Interior view of a seating area at Aloft Ocean City, decorated with dark, modern furnishings and yellow accents
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Now from $73 per night

There’s something uncanny going on with this slick, contemporary-cool hotel. With its monochrome, Scandi-inspired interiors, you’ll be half-expecting to catch city views from the balcony – rather than sparkling blue. It has all the mod-cons of a city pad too, with a fitness center and heated splash pool. But it’s as the sun sets that this hotel comes to life – join other young, fun-loving guests sipping cocktails in the Re:Mix Lounge, followed closely by live acoustic music and more drinks at the bay-view WXYZ bar.

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Bay Club Resort

Interior of a room at the Bay Club Resort by Coolvacay, with a mirrored wall, blue sofa and a floor-to-ceiling sliding door leading out to a balcony with sea views
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Brace for impact, as the kids are going to go wild for the Bay Club Resort. Once their bags hit the floor of their bedroom, they’ll run into yours and rush you right outside. The aspiring surfer in you will pull towards the coast, while the thrill-seeker will insist that a day under the sun is best spent at Jolly Roger Amusement Park. Is there a compromise? Probably not, but you’ll find some grown-up fun at the Sandbar karaoke lounge after the kids have hit the hay.

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Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast

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Live it up like the good old days at this charming Victorian beach house. Atlantic House B&B invites you to watch the world go by from their sun-dappled front porch. You’ll be treated to a hearty breakfast buffet in the sunroom, then offered a towel and chair to take down to the beach one block away. Feel free to explore the area away from the sand, too, stopping near the Downtown Recreational Complex to watch skaters tear up the bowl, or anglers reel in a fresh catch near the Bayside Boardwalk.

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  • Lighthouse Club Hotel

    Independent Hotel
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    Interior view of a spacious room at the Lighthouse Club Hotel, with white upholstery and wicker furnishings
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    The Lighthouse Club Hotel is a five-minute walk from the beach, but trust us when we say that by the time you’ve gotten settled into a seat by the fireplace, with a glass of wine in hand and those shimmering bay views beyond the window, you’ll want to stay put in your suite. Those looking for something altogether wilder can mix it up for the night by heading to the Lighthouse Club Room.

    Francis Scott Key Family Resort

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    Oh, say can you see how spectacular the Francis Scott Key Family Resort is – in dawn’s early light, or otherwise? Hum your way into a star-spangled suite that sleeps up to six and unpack your swimsuits immediately. The Caribbean Key indoor pool’s 6in (15cm) sloped entry is ideal for your little guppies. Thar be pirates outside at Shipwreck Cove, though, so make sure your little ones are armed for fun at the Sprayground and Peg Leg Putt-Putt golf course.

    Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort

    4.2/5 (862 Reviews)
    Interior view of the indoor pool at Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort, which sits inside a four-storey atrium, surrounded by chairs, a bar and rooms with balconies
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    Now from $103 per night

    After a few too many in the Princess Royale’s four-story tropical atrium, you might be convinced you’re in a Caribbean paradise. Even better: you’re in one of Ocean City’s premier resorts, with an award-winning spa and Olympic-sized swimming pool at your disposal. Consider ringing up a few virgin cocktails though, so you can jump on an electric bike and scout out the best bars around this barrier island.

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    Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City

    4.5/5 (699 Reviews)
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    Now from $87 per night

    You’ll find yourself at a crossroads when staying at the Residence Inn by Marriott – quite literally. It’s perched where the road meets the shoreline, so you’ll have to decide if your tan is best topped up on Ocean Beach to the north, or while walking the Ocean City Boardwalk to the south. Need a little nudge? Mull it over at the poolside tiki bar, where the blazing sunshine and comfy loungers might just make your mind up for you.

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    The Edge at Fager's Island

    Independent Hotel
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    Interior of a spacious room at the Edge at Fager's Island, with a four poster bed, sitting area, balcony overlooking the sea and a two-person bathtub
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    Enjoy a little isolated luxury with instant access to all of Ocean City at the Edge on the Isle of Wight Bay. This pint-sized hotel packs a big punch of luxury. A dozen uniquely appointed suites featured imported linens and toiletries and when you aren’t kicking back in the Hang Five Penthouse, you can mingle over drinks in the bayfront club room then rally up the gang for a night of dancing on the island.

    These recommendations were updated on August 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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