About this listing
Spacious 2 bedroom unit in oceanfront Capri building (king, 2 twins and queen sofa sleeper) has great views up the beach. Elevator down to sun deck and straight to beach. Indoor pool, tennis, sauna, plus arcade and hoops for the kids and you!
All new sleep sofa and chairs. Bigger recliners will be replacing the side chairs so you can get your 360 view of the water!
This beachside unit is unique in that it allows a spacious feel with a fantastic view. Some ocean fronts have that bowling alley feel - but not here. From the moment you walk in you can see 25 feet of windows overlooking the expanse of beach and ocean and a sunset view of the bay. At night, especially off season, you can hear the waves crash. Occupancy is limited to 6 people by county statute and we only rent full weeks June-August but will consider 4 night minimums if not booked. Please note you will need to bring linens and towels and paper products.
Indoor pool, tennis court, library, on site convenience store, storage locker for your beach chairs, game room with pool tables and air hockey ($1/game)
Interaction with Guests
We provide lots of suggestions, but we don't live in town, so try to make sure all is good from afar. We want you to love our place as much as we do!
Here in North Ocean City we escape from the hubbub of the boardwalk and are close to Northside park with a fishing pier, ball fields, bike/jogging paths and playground. We are convenient (30 minutes or less) to great food both up the street and into Fenwick Island, Bethany and Rehoboth Beaches.
There is a ride all day for $3 bus that stops just up from the condo. Otherwise there is one parking space assigned to the unit.
Other Things to Note
We only rent for full weeks during the summer season, sorry, you can always ask but still..... The building charges a $30 facility fee - this goes directly to them, so we can't collect ahead of time, and security will provide you with codes to get in and out of the building after hours as well as a parking pass for our ONE spot; after summer there are usually more and security can direct you. Also there is almost always a 3 night minimum or $600 between May-June. Just check to see what the weekend pricing is on the calendar). 6 people max. Those are the county rules and even if they weren't - we don't want more than 6 people - 2 bathrooms and 6 places to sleep are what we provide :) Also the condo association does not allow rentals to those under 25 years old. Piezano's is the mystery word.
No renters under 25 unless in a family.
Limited to 6 people by county statute and condo association rules
No hosting of parties
$30 parking fee payable directly to building for permit and building codes
No beach chairs in unit. Must be kept in the locker
Linens and towels and paper products are not provided
Reference Piezano in your email will get you a pre approval and save you from asking these rules ;)
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Our family has traveled to Ocean City together for years and this time was the best by far! The view was breathtaking and the location and access to the beach was just right. Michele was extremely helpful, responsive and the most caring host we have had in my husband's 30 years of traveling to OC. We would be honored to work with Michele again in the future! Thank you for everything and for sharing your beautiful place with us!!!
This place is awesome. Michele is the best . Great communication always had the answers when we had a question. Place was super clean and cozy . You don't need anything in this place it's really home away from home. We made a lot of memories at ocean city, MD and looking to rebook for next summer. You can't go wrong with this condo.
First, the positives: -Great Views -Direct Access to the Ocean -Building Amenities like showers and bathrooms on beach level -Apartment itself is nice enough, master bed is comfortable and recliner chairs in living room swivel to see ocean which is great. The issues: We originally had a 4pm check-in but the owner told us we could arrive at 2:30, we got a frantic call in the car letting us know the cleaning crew was late. We arrived a little while later and had to wait a short time as they finished. Normally, we would shrug it off, but as we look back this looks like a regular or reoccurring problem here. They left at 445pm Next, the Air Conditioning... Normally we wouldn't have much issue with a maintenance problem except after our Saga and looking back at other prior reviews we realize that this issue should have been addressed before we ever arrived. Instead of upgrades to light switches and a wifi thermostat perhaps replacing the AC sooner would have been prudent. When we arrived the apartment was uncomfortable, we chalked it up to the cleaning crew having left the door open and lots of humidity coming in. Not long after the breaker continued to trip off from over heating. 7-8 times. We called the owner who told us no one would come out now but would come in the morning. This was to our shock, we have a toddler and all of us were not going to spend the night in a sweat box. The owner, continually would tell us the temperature outside, not sure why that was relevant, we were paying to be there and with the expectation of being able to temperature control it. Finally after threatening to leave the owner agreed and called company back to send someone out. They tinkered and said it should help, it didn't. It kept tripping off and next morning I had to go back up to condo to let someone in again. Immediately I could hear them talking and sounded like there was a big problem. The air worked most of day after that but for second night in a row breaker kept tripping. Once again we let the owner know and nearly instantly the owner responded that they would come back again for a third time in three days to replace the entire unit. Just like that, willing to replace entire thing... Odd... Clearly it's been an issue. Clearly the compressed wasn't keeping air cool enough and unit would run too much and over heat. Luckily over night we were able to reset it enough to keep it on. Three hours the next morning and they replaced it. No more issues after that. The owner sent a fruit basket for our troubles. Frankly, we do understand it's a problem and could happen to anyone. But the owner didn't want to send anyone the first night and then tried to continue to do the quick fix,it left just a sour...
We are very glad that this family enjoyed our home, the furnishings, the access to the beach and the building amenities. We would like to apologize again for the problems they had. These things could have happened to any of our guests and unfortunately it happened to them. We were in immediate contact with our HVAC contracted maintenance firm and we worked with them to respond quickly to our call, diagnose and repair the unit. The contractor believed the unit was reparable considering it was well within its lifetime, and had been healthy in May at the semi annual check. The first evening, they attempted to repair the unit. When it didn’t work, they returned and we approved of the option they recommended immediately. However, when these efforts failed, they recommended we replace the entire unit, and once again we immediately approved. We arranged for the repair company to be let in the unit by the building manager both days so that the family could enjoy their time on the beach. The entire unit was replaced within a few hours. There had been no other problems regarding this before July of this year, when it initially was thought to be electrical and dealt with immediately with no further issues with guests that followed.
With the early check in, I spoke directly with Lindsey and let them know they could still come into the unit even if the cleaners were not finished so they could get situated. I also extended their checkout several hours when they departed so that they could enjoy some more time and wouldn’t have to rush out. We are glad they understand that these things happen and we worked to the best of our ability and reliance on our professional contractors, to fix the problems just as we would in our primary home. This is the only caveat about airbnb differing from a hotel. As homeowners we have outsourced maintenance and are dependent on their professionalism and response time to help make our guests stays be the best. We hope Lindsey and Cory come back to Ocean City and stay with us again.
Facility was accurate to listing.
We received several email attachments about rules, provisions, local attractions etc. Views, couches and beds very comfortable clean large kitchen and stove. Beach access quick and easy.
We were locked out of unit on check in TUE @4pm due to broken electronic key pad and no back up hard key. We found out 3 days later from the locksmith that the lock was installed incorrectly and that the hard key would never have been operational. It took MIchele 2 1/2 days to correct problem. First we were told it would take 90 minutes for locksmith to get there on WED. That didn't happen.Then someone would come next day WED but not till 430pm. At that time, we learned a PART had to be ordered. We were offered to go the unit on WED PM but that we would not be able to lock the door. We felt this was unacceptable and dangerous in a tourist environment. So we declined.THUR at 1pm still waiting to hear if lock was repaired we went to the unit to find the locksmith there installing a simple hard lock. We were put up in a 6 floor WALKUP behind the Crab factory with no operational TV,trash cans or porch chairs by Michele. The unit was dark and bedding smelled of smoke. We did not unpack or purchase any groceries as we did not want to put anything personal into the unit. We lived out of suitcases. Horrible.I booked a CONDO to conserve time and money and relax in a home environment. Our food expenses were tripled.I was attending a business seminar while in OC and I pulled out of WED portion due to the stress and disappointment of the situation. That cost is immeasurable. From my first call to MIchele she mentioned to myself and my partner about all her good reviews.About how we were going to give her a bad review. Michele DID NOT expeditiously handle the faulty lock situation to her unit. And she felt putting us in this shack that smelled of smoke and crab was a solution.OC is filled with ancillary services for real estate. A locksmith could of and should have been called that night. It did not happened till THUR at 3pm that we got into the unit. We packed and unpacked out car 7 times, sat inside with rain and no TV. Michele did not show a sense of urgency to correct the problem.She brought us a six pack and bottle of wine on FRI as apology etc. NO MONETARY REIMBURSEMENT WAS OFFERED BY THE HOST.I contacted Air on SAT spoke to Brett who listened to my concerns. Air provided $ refund a couple hundred dollars refund for nights not in unit and a voucher for future bookings. This amount IS NOT COMMENSURATE with what we lost. I will not be booking future trips here. This experience was a great disappointment. I delayed this review as I just want to forget it.
First we want to thank Lara for her accurate description of the unit. Lara and her party experienced a very unfortunate issue with the lock out of the unit; Airbnb is built on kindness and trust. I attempted at every turn to be kind, to put myself in their shoes, and have them trust that I would make things right and do the best I could. I understand that Lara was disappointed and it was not the seamless trip she envisioned. I believe that our response to the situation was exceptional, even though the issue was not resolved as quickly as we both would have liked.
My response will be a point by point commentary addressing this uncontrollable circumstance and some issues that were either intentionally left out, incorrect, or due to lack of awareness.
--Lodging: When it became apparent they would not be able to get into the unit I called the hotel when Lara was having her conference, the Carousel, and had a room on hold for two nights - I did this so they wouldn't have to check out at 10 am and could stay the day if the contractor couldn't get there early enough. They refused this hotel. They then told me they had the partner's daughter with them and would need 2 rooms, so I immediately called several places within walking distance of the carousel, because that is what she specified as she only had one car. So, it is the middle of the week, in the height of season, and I am working hard to find them somewhere to stay that doesn't have a week minimum - just some availability. By 6:30 they had a place. The building they were in is called the Sea Drift. It is on the same block as the Crabcake Factory Restaurant, it is not adjoining the restaurant. It also is a 3 story building (not 6) that is ocean block and has a view and is 2 blocks from where Lara had her convention. I have been in the unit before and have had friends rent there. It is clean and a non smoking unit. I went the day after they left to leave the owner a check. It absolutely did not smell of anything. I know it is not as nice as mine, so I was doing all I could to get them settled. I did find out that the cable boxes had been removed, but I didn't know that until they had left. I also found out I was supposed to have let airbnb find lodging- and as I told them, based on her stringent requirements, they would not have had inventory or a close enough hotel in which to place them.
*** Timeline: They arrived Tuesday and were in the unit Thursday. Two days (under 48 hours) from arrival to getting into the unit.
***Communication: Lara was so upset (and I was too, because I can only imagine her frustration) that her partner got my cell phone and asked me to only communicate to him. This may be why some of the information and timeline she has is incorrect, because she and I were not in communication. Her partner and I were in communication throughout the day and he seemed to understand what was within and without, of my control. For the most part I was contacting him preemptively to let him know what was happening.
--Locksmith: From the time I got the call from Lara around 4:45 on Tuesday, I was working with the locksmith to come out to the unit. I also was in touch with the building manager looking for alternatives. While we are in a resort, only a few people work on these kinds of locks and the building's initial construction doesn't lend itself to less experienced vendors; the issue had nothing to do with a key, it had broken on the inside. I had security come up while they were out to try to get into the unit. The locksmith would not have had the part he needed available as the supply shops were closed by then. I was going on information I was getting from the locksmith about times they could come etc, I was also told that on Wednesday they would bring a temporary lock. When they arrived they didn't have it and it did delay that by a day. I was blowing up their phone and the owners phone about this because my guests were being very inconvenienced. . The piece shipped out overnight Weds and they got it in around 12 Thurs and came to the unit about 2 pm on Thursday. I spoke with Lara's partner around 12:30 letting him know an approximate time they would be out, and he said just call when they get there, which I did. From my perspective I did everything I could with this locksmith to get them to resolve the issue quickly.
--Sense of urgency/expediting: I worked on helping them for 2 days, missing time from my own job to make sure things were moving forward for this guest. I offered to them to come up to my building, use the pool, the beach, my chairs in my locker, whatever they wanted. They had an option to come in Wednesday around 5, which they refused, which was fine. Her concern about staying in an unlocked unit is understandable, but two points here: first we have a 24 hour security system and video monitor to the building as well as lock codes to get in and out, so really, it's safe, but they aren't from around here so I understand their concern, and second, I was trying anything I could to get them to be able to get into the unit.
When I did get down on Friday night to stay at a friends, her partner had asked to meet with me so I came up to the unit and met him and his daughter and brought a little gesture of apology. Lara was at her business meeting. He mentioned she had booked this as a business stay since she had the conference, and told him I would work things out with Lara through airbnb, and that it would involve a refund toward their stay. He also at that time mentioned that Lara didn't want to stay at the Carousel because she had done so last year and didn't like it. Hmmmm. He said she had just had another poor experience with airbnb in arrival in New York that ruined that trip for her. He also mentioned her temperament as emotional and thanked me for dealing with him. I told him I wanted to give them an extra day, but had another guest following, so I would see about a late checkout. When Lara finally contacted me on Saturday, she didn't mention anything about the wine and started in about a late checkout. I called my cleaning service, but Saturdays are her busiest day, so she gave me a later time, and said to call her Sunday because she could probably push it back later and still clean the unit in time for my next guest. Before I could follow up on Sunday, Lara sent me a message that said "Disregard request. will be leaving as scheduled" .
--Reimbursement: I worked through airbnb and I gave them an amount that was not a couple hundred dollars - it was over $300 back to them, which again, was paid by me, not airbnb. This is in addition to the several hundred dollars I paid for them to stay at the other unit.
I went on the airbnb community forum and I was told I did everything I could and that the only mistake I made was trying to find them accommodations. Since we never had anything like this, I didn't know that airbnb had a department to handle this. So now I do. And I reached out to them Thursday for guidance.
Summary: I will say I did everything I could possibly do to help turn this trip back to a good one for them. I also know from coming to the area for 40 years what places are where, how to navigate the hotels, and how to deal with the vendors here. I worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get them settled quickly. Every gesture I made was designed to help them move forward and have a good trip, but it appeared that she wasn't able to let the Thursday-Tuesday once in the unit make her feel much better. We never had a chance to meet in person, and perhaps if she could have personally rebuked me, it would have helped her to move forward. I tried to make things right at every turn. She is correct that I am concerned about the reviews because I want guests or potential guests to have an accurate expectation of our unit and us as hosts. My 14 year old daughter put it this way, "mom, there is always going to be someone who you can't make happy, no matter what you do, so don't worry too much". Airbnb ais a community of people who share their homes, we are not realty companies. We care about the kind of experience our guests have and I am sorry she didn't have a great experience because I want everyone to love their time in OC as much as I do. As I said in Lara's reviews, and as she stated, she won't be booking future trips here, as she is probably not the best fit for the airbnb model of community.
My family and I enjoyed our week at the condo in Ocean City. The condo was clean, comfortable and very convenient to the beach, restaurants and entertainment. The condo was exactly as advertised and fully met our expectations. We loved watching the Northside Park fireworks from the condo balcony - a nice added bonus to being there over a holiday weekend. Easy access to the beach, the indoor pool and tennis courts - all amenities we used and enjoyed.
I only mention this because I think it speaks volumes (positive) about the integrity of the owners. When we arrived to the condo the cleaners had not yet arrived. Michele was EXTREMELY responsive, and apologetic, and made sure another cleaning crew was there within an hour. The mix-up seemed to be on the cleaning company's side and really wasn't a big deal. We also had a small issue with the AC breaker tripping. Again, Michele was quick to send a repairman to look at it. Not a big deal and she was extremely accommodating with a late check-out to make up for the "trouble" (although it really wasn't!). The condo was so well kept, we just chalked the breaker issue up as "one of those things" that happens when you own a home.
All in all a great vacation and we'd definitely stay here again. In fact, if we let our kids plan next summer's vacation we will be. : )
My fiance and I stayed here with my parents, and we LOVED this place. The unit is unique in that you have a view from the bay to the ocean that's better than most condo views. The furniture and carpet are new, rather than the old (loud) tile floors that so many units have. The kitchen is well stocked, and the two full baths were handy given that we had two couples. The king sized bed was super comfortable. The condo building is right on the ocean -- couldn't be easier to walk down to the beach with your towels and then come up and clean off before you go back into the building. We didn't use the pool or other facilities in the building, but I did look in and the pool looked great. I was even able to buy parking for another vehicle in the building's lot. Not one single complaint -- great experience! We tried to leave the place at least as good as it was when I found it, so you can have a great trip too!
The host was very kind from even before entering the property. Was willing to answer any and all questions as she made it a point to be prompt to respond to us as soon as she was available. What was even better was upon entering, I found a card she left wishing me well as I had recently graduated!
As the property, it is pretty much exactly like how it is displayed online, and evenore breathtaking on seeing it! I say that because the space somehow relays a great sense of relaxation. The location is great, with the beach right there, indoor heated pool (with view of the beach), sauna, game room, tennis, basketball, and more on the property! Also, the restaurants and waterfront attractions are all within close reach! Our family had a great vacation, and it was very much facilitated by great and friendly owners. Whatever we needed answered was! Also, the price was immaculate in comparison to what we would've paid for a similar hotel that had LESS rooms! TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!
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About the Host, Michele
Love to travel and experience the cultures of different parts of the U.S. and the world. Self proclaimed foodie from motorcycle dive to michelin starred divine. I'm interested in everyone's "story". I enjoy all outdoor pursuits -ski swim cycle hike but really like to watch fireworks and fountains, and waves crashing.