Princess Royale Ocean City Hotel Review

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9100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City MD 21842
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Editor’s Review of Princess Royale Ocean City Hotel

Remember faded postcards from summers long ago? They pictured seashores and boardwalks with strolling kids clutching cotton candy, dripping cones and bright balloons. That's Ocean City -- all sparkling sand, mild blue surf and a charming yesteryear boardwalk. However, as you might expect, a property sitting on such a quaint boardwalk will cost you a pretty penny. But here's a pearl of travel wisdom that will transform your vacation bill: stay in a fabulous property on the periphery of the main action and drive home with money in your pocket.

Case in point, the Princess Royale Resort sits four miles up the coast from the Ocean City boardwalk, but packs a wallop of a deal. This all-suite, all-kitchenette beachfront property has most of the
... more amenities of the fancy boardwalk hotels, but for a more affordable price.

Sun hats off to whoever designed the Princess Royale -- parents will love both the suite's kitchenette with a full refrigerator, small stove and dishwasher and the close proximity of the hotel to the ocean. Kids will be delighted with the four-story atrium that umbrellas the large indoor pool and video and arcade games. Just keep doling out those quarters and sink into your frozen daiquiri while the kids have a blast.

The 10-story Princess Royale gives you the choice of glorious oceanfront, side ocean or pool-view guestrooms. Plan to enjoy your first cup of coffee watching the sunrise over the Atlantic. Later, hit the glittering beach that fronts the Princess Royale. Don't feel like schlepping everything you need to the beach? Rent a chaise, umbrella, and even a boogie board at a rental spot in front of the Princess Royale, whose staff is ready to set you up for a beautiful day in the sand.

If in the mood for a home-cooked meal at the end of the day, drive across the street to the Super Fresh grocery store and pick up practically everything you could possibly need for a complete dinner. Don't feel like frying so much as an egg on your trip? Stop in at one of the many dining spots at the Princess Royale. How about a bit of pampering? Stretch out in one of the two outdoor hot tubs while the kids play in the pool or get a massage or manicure in the spa or salon that both beckon from the first floor and offer a large menu of services. Parents will also appreciate the small fitness room, laundry machines and convenience store in the Princess Royale Resort. In the evenings, turn off that TV and hang out on your balcony as you listen to the night music of the crashing waves.

It's true that a stay at the Princess Royale won't put you on the boardwalk, nor does the Princess Royale have a fancy outdoor activity pool that the ritzier properties boast. But you will enjoy an old-fashioned beach vacation minus today's scary price tag at this Ocean City gem. less
Our Editor Loves
  • All-suite beachfront hotel with kitchenettes
  • Four-story atrium enclosing spacious indoor pool
  • Two- and three-bedroom condos with kitchens
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  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Sharrikelly13
I had read mixed reviews on this hotel, so as I booked a last minute vacation, I was a little nervous. I am just wondering if those people who gave negative reviews were staying at different hotel. This hotel is perfect for just ...
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axiegirl
Worst Travel Experience of My Life
Reviewed on 06/04/2010
I was eager to check into the Princess Royale as I read a few good reviews. I should have read further. Our room was hotter than hades. So we turned on the AC and went down to the beach. We returned an hour later and the room was ...
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The Princess Royale is an all-suite and all-kitchenette hotel that comes close to perfect for a quintessential beach vacation. Check out the Princess Royale Web site for good deals throughout the year. When you book one of the 340 guestrooms or suites, choose between an oceanfront, partial-ocean or a pool view room. Tip: Consider requesting a second floor suite that's level with the pool. Kids can run in and out of your suite to the pool and you can supervise almost effortlessly.

Need more square footage than a one-bedroom suite allows? Ask about the Princess Royale's two- and three-bedroom oceanfront condominiums that are available with ocean views, full kitchens and a washer and dryer, located on floors six through 10.

The one-bedroom-suites -- on floors one through five -- boast a small living room with a sleeper sofa, TV and a small dining area that leads to a kitchenette, a small bathroom and a bedroom. The bedroom comes with your choice of one king or two queen beds (some king rooms come with a Jacuzzi). Large families will love that a suite with two queens and the sofa bed can comfortably sleep six people (keep in mind that kids 12 and under are free, while kids 13 and older are $20 extra a night, plus tax). The bedroom also has a large flat-screen TV, dresser and two small deck chairs on the patio.

The best part of the Princess Royale suite is the kitchenette with a two-burner stove, tiny dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and full-sized refrigerator. The cupboards hold plates, bowls, cups and glasses for four. You'll also find cooking pots and pans. Tip: This kitchenette doesn't have an oven, blender, toaster or cutting board, so bring items along if needed.

The bathroom is small with a regular-sized tub, and a clothesline for wet bathing suits! These babies are fantastic because you won't spend your vacation with wet bathing suits and towels draped throughout your suite.

You won't find an iPod docking station or a DVD player in the suite, but you will find complimentary Wi-Fi and a cable package that includes HBO and several channels for kids.

A cot can be requested at a price of $15 per night, and Pack 'n Plays are available for $15-per-night fee.

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