Motel Recommendations - Ocean City, MD

From a community member:

Does anyone have recommendations for motels in Ocean City, MD for a person who is a paraplegic? This will be her first vacation since being paralyzed.

We stayed at the Doubletree which is right on the beach and the wheelchair accessible room was good. There is also a Hilton right next door as well. In my experience staying in a chain hotel is “safer” as far as wheelchair access goes… you pretty much know it will meet ADA requirements… the mom and pop motels you never know…

Hi Patch, I’m Pinky; one of your Forum Moderator’s. You have picked an amazing place to visit for someone who is paraplegic, because as I’m sure you have already noticed; is wheelchair friendly beach town. They have 13 different beach access locations with beach mats and beach wheelchairs to loan (available at the lifeguard stand). You do need to fill out a “Beach Wheelchair Waiver” form from the city’s accessibility website and make sure to read the instructions about hot the program works:
" 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., wheelchairs are available at a first-come, first-served basis and can be found at the Inlet Lot and at Somerset, Talbot, N. Division, 7th, 27th, 30th, 40th, 48th 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th and 145th streets. Lifeguards provide access to the chairs, which can be used within one block of where the chair is assigned."
And… I even found a place that has motorized beach wheelchairs for rent called Sand Helper. Based on the beaches I have visited in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, thats AMAZING!

But I know you came to us for some hotel help, so I wanted to offer some suggestions for you:

Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums: They have several ADA rooms available, but you may need to contact reservations to guarantee room type; or have one of the folks at AccessibleGo request for you (they will contact the hotel directly and handle everything). This place has an indoor pool with a lift and two beach wheelchairs on the property.

Grand Hotel Ocean City: The have quite a few different options for ADA rooms here. They do list roll-in showers for the rooms even though they show bathtubs in photos. The AccessibleGo booking agents can also secure the room type for you here. Everything at the hotel is Accessible and you are only about 6 blocks from the closest free beach wheelchairs and beach mat.

Aloft Ocean City: If you are looking for a more modern, chic style hotel; give this one a try. Full ADA rooms with roll-in showers. Just across the street from the beach on the intercoastal side, so more possible water sports options (and close to the casino Ocean Downs).

Monte Carlo Boardwalk Hotel: Just learned about this one, but discovered they had a secret ADA room that only showed up when I checked the reservations. What’s nice about this place is that has a little kitchenette, which is so handy on vacations; and it’s a smaller boutique style hotel (so less crowds). This hotel is just 4 blocks from an Accessible beach entrance and free chairs.

Hoping this is enough to get you started? And check out Cycleboy99’s suggestions for the Doubletree by Hilton in Ocean City too. They’re accessible room is enormous and more like the size of a condo.

Let me know if you need some more suggestions or help with getting your trip planned? We need to help make sure this vacation is AMAZIING so that they will keep wanting to travel. And also make sure you come back and tell us all about how your stay was and which hotel you ended up going to? It would be so helpful to the Forum community and myself so to learn more about the hotel and how it went at the beaches. Thank you

  • Have a great trip. :flight_departure:

  • Keep on traveling everyone; It’s our world too! :wheelchair: :earth_americas:

  • -Pinky :kissing_heart: