The Best Hotels in Ocean City, Maryland
The DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City has excellent bay views | Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront / Expedia
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 where to stay, bookable on Culture Trip.
There are thrills and tastes along the midway to rival the R&R found in the pubs, spas, and beach cabanas. Be it the shoreline or boardwalk, you’ll never get sick of strolling up and down the vibrant waterfront – especially if you’re bedding down in one of these hand-picked boltholes.
Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront
4.5/5 (495 Reviews)
Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront | Courtesy of Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront / Expedia
From $101 Per night per room
Don’t be bashful – we know that you’ll have one eye on the roulette wheel during your Ocean City stay, and 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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront
4.4/5 (452 Reviews)
DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront | Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront / Expedia
From $104 Per night per room
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?
Aloft Ocean City
4.5/5 (331 Reviews)
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From $98 Per night per room
There’s something uncanny going on with this slick, contemporary-cool hotel. With its monochrome, Scandi-cool 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 pina coladas in the Re:Mix Lounge, followed closely by live acoustic music and more drinks at the bay-view WXYZ bar.
Bay Club Resort by Coolvacay | Courtesy of Bay Club Resort by Coolvacay / Expedia
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 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 conked out.
Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast
Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast | Courtesy of Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast / Expedia
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.
Lighthouse Club Hotel
Lighthouse Club Hotel | Courtesy of Lighthouse Club Hotel / Expedia
A little solitude never hurt anyone, particularly those who prefer the serene sunsets from the Lighthouse Club Hotel. Your Lightkeeper Suite is a five-minute walk from the beach, but trust us when we say that by the time you’ve gotten settled in to 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 – or mix it up for the night by heading to the Lighthouse Club Room.
Francis Scott Key Family Resort
Francis Scott Key Family Resort | Courtesy of Francis Scott Key Family Resort / Booking.com
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 slopes 6in (15cm) sloped entry is ideal for your little guppies. Thar be pirates outside at Shipwreck Cove, though, so make sure your landlubbing little ones are armed for fun at the sprayground and peg-leg putt-putt golf course.
Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort
4.3/5 (844 Reviews)
Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort | Courtesy of Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort / Expedia
From $166 Per night per room
After one too many pina coladas – if there is such a thing – 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.
Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City
Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City | Courtesy of Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City / Expedia
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, yso ou’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.
The Edge at Fager's Island
The Edge at Fager's Island | Courtesy of The Edge at Fager's Island / Expedia
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 May 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.