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Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The Commander Hotel, Ocean City, Maryland.
The Commander Hotel was recently renovated and is in beautiful shape. It offers oceanfront suites and efficiencies (renovated in the past few years), apartments (built in the 1950s), and poolside cabanas (new in 1992). For our stay, we chose a cabana. Ours was on the top floor, in the furthest corner from the ocean, which afforded us great views of the ocean, pool, and bay. In addition, since we had a unit on the end, we had side windows as well. The Commander's website is actually very helpful because it provides floor plans of all units (beware Disney's "Under the Sea" theme plays on the homepage). The Cabanas really do look like the pictures on the website. There is a huge bathroom with a nice soaking tub and separate shower. Ours had dark green wallpaper and created a most inviting atmosphere for a bubble bath when we added a couple candles. There were two double beds (unfortunately for us, we prefer queen or king, but we made do). A step down is the living area, which consists of an efficiency kitchen (sink, burners, microwave, full-size refrigerator), table and chairs, and sofa. The tv can be angled to be viewed from the sleeping or living areas. There are nice french doors which open onto a covered balcony complete with chairs. We appreciated the fact that the Cabanas overlooked the (unheated) pool. There is a pool bar which also serves light fare and snacks (in addition to drinks). We were there the last week of May, but the pool bar was manned every day (even if we were the only two at the pool). The units were nice and clean and we would return to the Commander.
The Commander Hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools. According to the website, there is a convenience store on the premises (not open while we visited).
We ate some sandwiches and snacks at the pool bar. It was average fare. There also appeared to be a restaurant ocean-front which we did not visit.
There was a bar by the outdoor pool. The Commander's website indicates they have a "lounge;" this may be separate from the previously mentioned pool bar.
We had little contact with employees of the Commander; there were no problems. They seemed courteous.
Ocean City, Maryland is a family-oriented shore resort town. It is a barrier island, with the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. There is an amusement park at the bottom of the boardwalk. The Commander is conveniently located in downtown Ocean City right on the boardwalk.
Fager's Island Restaurant - 201 60th Street on the Bay 888-371-5400 Fager's Island Home Page
Phillip's Crab House & Seafood Festival Buffet - 21st Street & Philadelphia Avenue 410-289-6821 or 800-549-2722 Phillips Home Page
Mario's - 2204 N. Philadelphia Ave. 410-289-9445
Harrison's Harbor Watch - 806 S. Boardwalk 410-289-5121
Seacrets Bar & Grill - 49th & the Bay 410-524-4900
Big Peckers - 73rd Street & Ocean Highway 410-723-0690 Big Pecker's Home Page
Brass Balls Saloon & Bad Ass Cafe - Between 11th & 12th Streets on the Boardwalk 410-289-0069 Brass Balls Saloon Home Page
Ocean Club Restaurant & Nightclub - 49th Street & Oceanfront 410-524-7500 Ocean Club's Home Page
The Angler Restaurant - Talbot Street & the Bay 410-289-7424
Hotel California - 120th Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7776
There are a lot of clubs and bars in Ocean City and many have live music. In addition, many bars are attached to restaurants. If you want to get a good seat, get there early. During the summer, remember the bug spray.
Ocean City, Maryland is in the mid-Atlantic region. The weather is like much of the mid-Atlantic area, although it gets a little warmer here in the summer than further north at the New Jersey shore points. Consequently, the ocean is a little warmer as well. The time to visit here is anytime from Memorial Day through the end of September.
Casual attire is acceptable nearly everywhere, as this is a family resort town. There is an "idiot bus" where you pay one low fee, get your hand stamped, and you can travel up and down the main drag all day and not have to worry about driving if you've had more than a few.