by Kristin Franks
Standing as one of the largest hotels on the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk, the Grand Hotel provides perfect accommodations for family vacations. Offering budget-friendly lodging and a number of amenities and services, guests enjoy all the comforts of home and more.
The Grand Hotel features a number of accommodation options for families, including comfortable double bedding, cribs, rollaway beds and kitchenettes. In every room, spacious balconies with lounge chairs offer the perfect place to take in stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features convenient, onsite dining options, and several restaurants are within walking distance, so guests don’t have to go far for a good meal.
There’s always something to do, no matter what the season, so get out and explore! Ocean City, Md., has a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions, including amusement parks, mini golf, water sports, waterparks, arcade games and shopping. Kids will love all this exciting destination has to offer, and the Grand Hotel is located in the heart of it all.
Our Editor Loves
- Great oceanfront location
- Lots of fun activities for kids
- Spacious accommodations with kitchenettes
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The oceanfront Grand Hotel offers spacious accommodations for families, which feature rollaway beds, cribs, housekeeping services, a mini-fridge, microwave, complimentary Internet access, cable TV and bathroom amenities. There are three different room types to choose from, including standard rooms, a king Jacuzzi room and a signature service room. Each unit provides at least 400 square feet of space to spread out in, as well as a convenient in-room kitchenette for storing snacks.
The Standard Room offers budget-friendly lodging for families, measuring approximately 400 square feet and offering a number of amenities and services. Standard rooms feature two queen beds, comfortable bedding, bathroom amenities, a mini-fridge, microwave, wireless Internet access and a spacious balcony with sweeping views.
King Jacuzzi Rooms are more suitable for romantic getaways for mom and dad, rather than the whole family. These rooms feature a king bed, luxury bathroom amenities, a two-person Jacuzzi tub, plush bathrobes, a mini-fridge, microwave and a full-size coffee/tea maker. King Jacuzzi rooms also feature deluxe bedding, wireless Internet services and a spacious balcony with lounge chairs.
Another great option for families is the Signature Service Room, which is located on the 10th and 11th floors of the Grand Hotel. Rooms feature two queen beds, deluxe luxury bedding, bathroom amenities and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave and full-size coffee/tea maker. Signature rooms also include a MP3 clock radio, complimentary wireless Internet service, daily maid service and turndown services. These rooms offer the best views of the ocean with semi-private balconies and lounge chairs. Families love to relax and enjoy the
Met expectations. Quality of rooms excellent. Excellent access to the Beach and restaurants. Vacation too short. No changes to the traffic. Very expensive and had to travel long distance. Same as a trip to Florida vacation.
We've stayed here several times and each time it seems to go down hill a little. Rooms could be cleaner for the price you pay and housekeepers try to clean the room before you're ready to leave. Even trying to access the room.
With the beach just steps away, families can enjoy a day of sand castle building, splashing around in the ocean or just soaking up the sun. If you'd rather relax by a pool, the hotel features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Take a stroll down the 2.5-mile-long boardwalk and check out all of the games and activities it has to offer. Although the Grand Hotel doesn't provide babysitting services or children's programs, there are tons of nearby activities for families to enjoy together.
Trimpers Rides and Amusements
For more than 100 years, this historic amusement park has enticed families with thrilling coasters, boardwalk games and indoor and outdoor rides for kids of all ages. Families also enjoy classic carnival fare, such as funnel cake and cotton candy. Best for smaller children, indoor rides include the Merry-Go-Round, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Water Boats and the Wild West Train ride. There's a wide range of amusement park rides in the outdoor park area for kids of all ages. Smaller children will love the Bumper Boats, Swings and Frog Hopper, while older children and teens will like the Haunted House, Zipper, and Tidal Wave, a twisting, thrilling rollercoaster. The entire park is open daily from mid-June through Labor Day.
Ocean City Water Sports
If you're looking to get the family out on the water, Ocean City Water Sports has a number of rentals and activities for all. Enjoy the view from hundreds of feet up with parasailing, zip through the water on a jet ski or enjoy a leisurely ride on a pontoon boat. Certain age and height restrictions will apply to each of these water sport activities.
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Be sure to visit one of the best amusement parks in town, with tons of games and rides for everyone in the family to enjoy. Made up of six different themed parks, the Jolly Roger Amusement Park has it all. From Ferris wheels and water slides to zip lining and racecar driving, there's more than enough to keep the kids occupied for hours. The six theme parks that make up Jolly Roger include Jolly Roger at 30th Street, Jolly Roger at the Pier, Splash Mountain, Speedworld, Xtreme Ziplines and Jolly Roger Mini Golf. Each offers its own unique atmosphere and exciting activities.
As part of the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Splash Mountain is a great place for families to cool off without hitting the beach or hotel pool. This huge water park features tons of rides for families and kids of all ages. Zip down the slides, hang in the special family activity pool or lounge in a tube and let the lazy river carry you away. For younger children, there are several kiddie pools to splash around in, while teens can take a plunge down the 45-foot tall half-pipe slide. Kids can also take a ride on the water roller coaster, paddle through the rapids or make a splash in the tube flume.
Enter the world of racing and enjoy all the thrills and excitement this themed park has to offer. As another part of the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Speedworld features a little something for everyone, ranging from kiddie carts to a drive on the Grand Prix Track. Speedworld also features stockcart and supertruck racing, as well as a state of the art video and arcade game room.
If you're looking for some fun away from the beach, Baja Amusements offers more than 10 acres of family activities. With go-kart tracks, climbing walls, kiddie rides, bumper boats, mini golf, arcade games and more, families can never be at a loss for things to do.
The Grand Hotel offers several onsite dining options that are perfect for the whole family. Several restaurants are also within walking distance.
Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, the Grand Terrace Restaurant is the best breakfast place around. Surrounded by beautiful bay views, guests enjoy a hearty morning meal.
Epic Bar & Grille
If you're looking for a quick bite to eat, the Epic Bar & Grille, located on the lobby floor of the hotel, features a bar and tasty snacks.
Blue Palama Pool Bar
On the second floor of the hotel, the Blue Palama Pool Bar also provides snacks and refreshing beverages for mom and dad. Kids will love the onsite ice cream parlor, so be sure to save room for dessert!
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All About the Extras
The Grand Hotel features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, as well as a fitness center with free weights, cardio machines and equipment.
Complimentary wireless Internet access is available, as well as laundry facilities and concierge services.
The hotel also features an arcade/game room and an onsite spa with massage treatments and beauty services.
The Art of Smart Timing
Ocean City is a perfect beach destination for families, so the best time to visit is during the summer months. During these busy months, hotel rates will be at their highest, but all outdoor activities will be open and available for families to enjoy.
Hotel rates drop during the winter months when tourism in Ocean City declines. During the winter, not as many family-friendly attractions are open as in high season, but there are still things to do. Families can enjoy lights festivals, arcades, indoor rides at Trimpers Rides and Amusements, ice-skating, indoor mini golf and horseback riding at the Holly Ridge Farm.
For Mom and Dad
Acqua Day Spa
For some serious rest and relaxation, the Grand Hotel's full-service spa offers a wide array of treatments. Get pampered with a couples massage, or choose another treatment like the Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, mineral mask or facial