The motels that populate Ocean City, Maryland are predominantly mom-and-pop type places as opposed to more familiar, nationally recognized brand-name chains. Such accommodations are ideal for visitors whose tight budget won't allow for a larger hotel, but who still want friendly local service and amenities that make their stay more enjoyable. In addition, the motel properties are usually convenient to the beach, shopping, restaurants and area attractions.
The Oceanic Motel sits right along the water, with its own private bayside beach, while points of interest like the Assateague Island National Seashore and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum are just a few miles away. Guests can make use of an outdoor swimming pool with sunning area, free outdoor parking, ice machines and a complimentary morning newspaper. Unlimited coffee, tea and fruit is served each morning, while the nearby Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant serves fresh local seafood entrees for lunch and dinner. All 69 guest rooms are outfitted with plush wall-to-wall carpeting, refrigerator and private bath. In addition, visitors who stay for three nights or longer are eligible for room rate discounts.
The family-owned-and-operated Burgundy Inn provides easy access to attractions like Ocean Downs Racetrack and Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Friendly staff can help out-of-towners locate any one of 18 area golf courses or arrange large group accommodations for those organizing local shows and tournaments. The property has an outdoor pool and tropical sundeck, off-street parking and daily maid service every month but June. The Ocean City Factory Outlets are just six minutes away, and several bars and restaurants are within walking distance. Smaller units can sleep between two and four people comfortably, while the three-bedroom unit is large enough for up to 17 people. Basic amenities include a microwave and climate controls, while bigger units have small kitchens and fireplaces.
The Safari Motel sits at the heart of Ocean City Boardwalk, close to the Ocean City Fishing Center and an abundance of local area shops. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and tea each morning in the lobby or soak up some rays outside on one of two large, common balconies overlooking the ocean. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, vending machines and free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the property. For meals, popular eateries like Conners Beach Cafe and Shenanigans Irish Pub are only minutes away. Guest rooms offer a choice of one king, one double or two double beds, while cable TV and fully tiled bathrooms come standard. Additionally, well-behaved pets are welcome to stay for an extra charge.
The 112-room Flamingo Motel is located just steps from the beach and is also convenient to area attractions such as the Roland E. Powell Convention Center and Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Property amenities include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, elevators, and parking for cars and trucks. Golf lovers can also book stay-and-play packages to several area courses. Dining options include the Anchor Restaurant and Satellite Coffee Shop just a few blocks down the street. All guest rooms are nonsmoking (although smoking is permitted on private outdoor balconies) and feature expanded cable with HBO. Efficiencies and suites with kitchenettes are available on request.
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