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Castle in the Sand Hotel
Ranked #24 of 104 Hotels in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Sunshine and Jane are just incredible! They run the children's entertainment at the hotel and they are wonderful. Each day they have a schedule of crafts, performances and activities for children of all ages. They are creative, patient, enthusiastic and energetic. They have been doing this for many years and don't seem the least bit tired. They really connect with the kids and have a warm, approachable demeanor. They share their artistic energy with anyone who stops by! They are organized and have their system down pat. These two women make this a number 1 family-friendly place to stay.

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Reviewed 23 August 2012

One of the other reviews warned "don't be fooled by the pictures". They are right, CITS is not as nice as the pictures make it look, but while no one would consider it 'upscale', it is clean, the facilities are new enough (not run down), it's reasonably roomy, and it is a tremendous value for the money. Families especially will enjoy it. The extra bit: the staff were so friendly and helpful it raises everything up a notch. They were so friendly I kept upping the tip to the cleaning staff. Check-in and check-out were a breeze, the pool is big and clean, the outside bar/restaurant/lounge looks nice, and they even have beach waitress service.
Two warnings: (1) Internet service varied from non-existent to poor to almost adequate. I called several times, they tried things, but no consistent improvement. This is the only reason I don't give it a "5". (2) They have several buildings; I was only in the "Waverly", your mileage may vary.

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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Have been staying at the Castle in the Sand for over 10 years. We keep coming back mostly because of the kids activities hosted by Lady Sunshine and Lady J. They have taught all four of my kids how to juggle and they still do it today thanks to them! Face painting is the favorite for my younger ones. They can't wait each year to come back to see them. We usually stay in the bayside penthouse rooms, no view, but a decent room for the price. They have many other style of rooms available. The location is a few blocks from the start of the bordwalk, so you can walk along the street then hit the boardwalk.

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Location was great right on beach. Great for families as the kids activities fun and pool has diving board. The outdoor bar and restaurant was cool but our food was awful. Bathroom was dirty when we arrived called front desk they sent someone straight away. Had to call again few minuteslater as my husband hurt his foot on carpet tack as the carpet strip was missing. We had a condo it smelled musty.we had to move to hotel room it was nicer as we stayed extra night .it needs a total make over . But it is great because it's on beach away from boardwalk which is good.waitress service on beach is nice touch too. Don't have high expectations and you will be happy with this place. The staff were very nice too and lady sunshine who runs kids club is very good.

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

I have been coming to Castle in the Sand for 30 years...and for good reason! They are always so accommodating! Also, they have the most beautiful view of the ocean in Ocean City! It's so close too. I love the pool, so large. Although I love the bar at Coconuts, I do feel as though there food portions could be larger.The rooms feel like home. I have gotten the exact same room for so many years so that my family and I can enjoy our home away from home. Very convenient that there is a kitchen and 3 beds. Overall, I truly love this place!

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Address: 3701 Atlantic Ave, 37th Street & Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD 21842-3338
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Region: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Ocean City
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range: $117 - $452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle in the Sand Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Premiere direct oceanfront family resort with desirable location on two blocks sun-kissed beach. Guest amenities include free wireless internet, Olympic pool with diving board, sand volleyball court, beach equipment rentals on-site, free kid’s activities, and live entertainment daily in season. Beach House dining offers a la carte breakfast and buffet breakfast daily. Coconuts Beach Bar offers open-air beachfront patio dining. Waitress service on our beach and pool deck. Take A Dip Ice Cream Shop open Memorial Day thru Labor Day. ... more   less 
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