The Commander Hotel
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Today we try and use up all the leftover food and so an eclectic menu of sorts. No beach but will go poolside. Sam is much better at his "swimming" and moves about the pool with much less anxiety. William seems to like the water too. We continue to try and eat our way out of leftovers so we won't have too much to throw out ...
And so we are back at the beach which looks the same. Mild mishap with Sam getting some sand in his eyes but lucky for him his dad is an eye guy. Lunch back at home with Dan grilling up some hotdogs, sausage, shrimp and corn. Ben was off to practice with Dan and family off to visit their friends. We had dinner at Espuma which was very good and as bonus was close ...
Rain on and off so after breakfast, we did indoor stuff like reading and Sam playing with uncle Ben. We ventured out for lunch and managed to avoid the rain at the Dogfish Head restaurant. While the kids napped (Dan too) we read and watched some videos. After they woke up, Lenore and I went for a walk while Dan, Ben and Sam went in the pool as the sun finally came ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Commander Hotel Ocean City
Stayed here on a women only weekend; expecting a great room, based upon other reviews here, price ($85 per night). VERY DISAPPOINTED. Room was musty, and had dust everywhere. Furnishings were old and sparse. Remote for TV in bedroom did not work. Layout for the oceanfront suite had bedroom in the back with little to no ventilation. Had to keep the window open and A/C running to get any air. Bathroom was clean, but paint job was poor, drips and drabs everywhere. Could use a professional correction. No soap cakes-only dispensers with liquid, harsh soap for body and face. Towels were not soft, felt like sandpaper. Topping it all off, when we pulled the bedcover off to go to bed, found a pair of old dirty socks underneath the pillow. Called the manager, (at 11:30 PM) and complained. Only offered to change the sheets immediately. If the view hadn't been so great and the hour late, would've moved to another hotel. This hotel used to be one of the old Grand Dames of Ocean City, and respectable, clean and friendly. I am saddened to say I will not stay there again.
We stayed at the Commander for Labor Day weekend.
I have to say I was a little worried because of the one review, but it's actually really nice The room was nice and clean and all the maid service was great. Everybody was nice and friendly also. The pool was awesome with the fountains and handicap access ramp. I have never seen one of those before in a pool. The only complaint I had was that the air conditioner was in the living room and it took awhile for the air to reach the bedroom for comfortable sleeping so yes it was freezing the living area and in the bedrooms a little warm but not unbearably so and the restaurant isn't that great either. But other than that everything else was fine. I would probabley stay there again.
30 years of excellent lodging
I have been staying at the Commander since I was 12. My grandfather took me there for many years! It was nice then. Now that I am "older" and can choose where to stay on my own. I choose the commander. The renovations are excellent. We enjoy the captains suite and feel like we are treated like kings. Clean, spacious rooms with everything and more!
Just returned from OC and stayed "somewhere else" because my sister was paying. WHAT A MISTAKE!!!! We always stay at the Commander. Hats off to a great hotel for my 30 years and hopefully 30 more!!!!!!!!!!!
Always stay at The Commander
We have stayed at The Commander for the past ten years and never considered staying at any other hotel. The decor, the staff, the hospitality, and the service are very, very satisfactory to us and keep us coming back year after year. I find it very difficult to accept the review written by Dover, Delaware - perhaps they are not only lacking in spelling skills - "dubble" - but also in taste!
Can't believe the people from Dover stayed atthe same hotel we did.
Staff was great andvery friendly. The rooms are the cleanest I'veever stayed in and the decoration of the roomsis beautiful. Will stay again and again
We stayed at The Commander Hotel for one night, July 27, which was one night too long. Actually booked it, because it has such good reviews. Paid $279.00 including taxes for a room that was an absolute dump for the money. The fun started when there was no parking. Had to wait to even dubblepark, so that we could check in and get rid of our luggage, before parking the car two blocks away from the hotel. Yes, that's what they call: one parking spot for each room (2 blocks away from the hotel). My husband had checked the room out while I was waiting patiently with the kids. When my husband returned to the car, he told me not to expect anything. When my husband says that, you can expect the worse. He had even asked if they had another room available, but was told that we had an upscale ocean front room, so in short, that was the best they had to offer. When I entered the hotel, the lobby looked pretty nice, so I thought my hubby was playing. When the elevator doors opened on the 3rd floor, I knew he was serious. Tackiness is too nice of a word to describe the interior of the hallway AND the hotel room. Part of the furniture was either bought at a do-it-yourself store or at someone's garage sale. The contractors must have been the owners' relatives from the mountains of West Virginia. Nothing was actually finished. The dreadful dark blue paint on the wall stopped short in numerous places but for the vanity top, where the dark blue splatters formed an unusual piece of art. The carpentry, sheet rock and painting had to have been done by some drinking a 6-pack every hour on the hour. There were no hangers in the closets, no complimentary soap, shampoo, but for an industrial dispenser on the wall. The biggest towel was not even big enough to dry my baby, and the micro-wave was there for pure decorational purposes. It was not able to even warm up a cup of milk in five minutes on high. No complimentary breakfast either. The icing on the cake: You get charged $50.00 for every 30 minutes late checking out. As if anyone would like to stay there any longer than they had to. Oh, there is a no-refund policy, obviously, because otherwise the hotel would be empty. If you want quality for your money, stay at Paradise Plaza, Holiday Inn Suite and Hotels, or Quality Inn. They are both in the same vicinity and on the boardwalk, and offer what you expect for your money. The Commander should not be asking more than $99.00 per night, and that is while taking its location into consideration. However, in our opinion it is an absolute low budget hotel for a top dollar price. Never again!
Nice but for the pool
The Commander Hotel is nice. Clean rooms, friendly employees. But the pool closes at 6:00 has fountains in it looks nice but splashes the kids in the face. they wont turn it off. In the rooms you freeze in the living room and roast in the bedroom
June 2002; Great staff, Great room, Great view Great location. We're staying here again next visit! We stayed in the 7th floor Captain's Suite. Wow, were we impressed! The bathroom was big with not only a jacuzzi tub big enough for two, but also with TWO shower heads in the shower! In the kitchenette (very small area, but adequate) there was a full size fridge and toaster. The dishes, towels and dishcloths were provided. (You do your own dishes) The maid changed the towel and dishcloth. Queen size bed and sitting area with sofa bed and TV. Small 2 person table & chairs. The balcony was HUGE! The windows had louvered shutters on them. Unlike some hotel windows, these actually opened so we could hear the surf. All of the staff were very friendly. We loved the small indoor pool. (go at lunch time, there was no one there but us!) There is an oceanfront restaraunt. We never ate Lunch or Dinner there, but we had the breakfast buffet. It was okay. If you like Italian food, there was a good one right next door (DaVinci's). The only negative comment on this suite was that there was very little storage for our clothes. There is a small wicker closet to hang some clothes with 2 shelves. This was only about 2 feet wide. And there was a wicker trunk at the foot of the bed. And although there was adequate accomodations for 4 people to sleep in this suite, we didn't think that it had enough space for clothes for 4 adults, (unless they keep their clothes in their suitcase for the whole visit). That was the only small problem. We totally reccomend The Commander.
Our stay was wonderful. Really impressed with the accomodations and location
Excellent place to stay with your family. Full size refrigerator in the efficiency apts are a must when you have four or more kids. All rooms are oceanfront. The bedroom is separated from the living room/efficiency kitchen. The bathrooms are large enough to move around in and very clean. I love the oversized pool with bar/grill. Parking could be better, but then there is always a problem parking in Ocean City no matter where you stay.