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The 5 Best Boardwalk Hotels in Ocean City

The 5 Best Boardwalk Hotels in Ocean City
If you want to experience the true vibrance and character of Ocean City, there's no better place than the boardwalk. While you can easily access the boardwalk from several area hotels, there's something special about staying right "on the boards." Try these options for doorstep access to some of the best attractions in the area.

The Grand Hotel & Spa - For Pampering Treatments
Step out on the balcony of one of the spacious oceanfront rooms at The Grand Hotel & Spa and it's easy to understand why this hotel's location is so popular. Rooms feature microwaves and mini-fridges for convenient in-room snacks and small meals. When it's time for a more luxurious meal, guests have several options ranging from the Buona Vita Pizzaeria to the Grand Terrace Restaurant. The on-site spa offers ample opportunities for relaxation and pampering with massages, facials, nail treatments, and hair services. For an affordable Ocean City hotel with ample amenities, this is a prime choice.

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Ocean City Oceanfront - For the Comforts of Home
Howard Johnson hotels are well-known for offering guests a comforting home away. Rooms at this hotel feature microwaves and refrigerators so it's easy to keep favorite snacks on hand. The on-site Brothers Bistro and Lounge offers a convenient option for dining out. Adjoining rooms, cribs, and roll-away beds are available to easily accommodate large parties. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and keep up with the latest happenings with a complimentary newspaper. Guests here feel right at home on the boardwalk.

Plim Plaza - For Unparalleled Views
The Plim Plaza Ocean City Boardwalk Hotel is an iconic site in its own right. This hotel is best known for the large front porch that overlooks the boardwalk, offering an ideal spot for guests to take in the sights of Ocean City. The second floor pool deck is home to the Caribbean Pool Bar & Grill where live seasonal entertainment is on hand for an unforgettable afternoon. Guests can start the day with free coffee, tea, and fruit, and end with the affordable all-you-can-eat Paul Revere Smorgasbord. 

Harrison Hall Hotel - For Family Friendly Amenities
Like the Plim Plaza, the Harrison Hall Hotel offers a wide front porch with boardwalk views. Soothing rocking chairs offer the ideal spot for relaxing with little ones. This hotel also caters to the smaller set with its shallow baby pool. Rooms feature refrigerators so keeping kid-friendly snacks or baby food and milk on hand is easy. Umbrella and chair rentals will keep the whole family comfortable on the beach. When the adults need a grown up afternoon, the poolside bar is happy to accommodate.

Quality Inn Boardwalk - For Poolside Fun
The Quality Inn Boardwalk offers two outdoor pools so there's plenty of room to relax between the pool and ocean. The hotel features a heated indoor pool as well, complete with a hot tub and waterfall. An on-site restaurant and in-room kitchenettes make dining easy at this relaxing retreat.
Share these suggestions for your next oceanfront vacation, and add your own hotel suggestions in the comments below.

Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways. She is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.

Our day in Madri Gas World in New Orleans

Our day in Madri Gas World in New Orleans was fabulous. My  family and I had a chance to see the so called "behind-the-scene" of different floats, the processed of making the Madri Gas was one of a kind.

Before our tour started,it was funny how we ended-up in the tour. My family and I had no plan on that day. We woke up so early and walked around the downtown in New Orleans. It happened I saw  the name and  curious about it. With my surprised we walked too far and husband was tired-so do I. I kept talking to him we almost there and we have to take the tour since we're on the area. Well, husband is so good with me, without any complaint, he agreed and arrived in Madri Gass World with sore feet.

The tour started in a small room were you can watch  the short and brief history of Madri Gass, then the  tour guide given us the  chance to wear the traditional Madri Gas costume for us to be photographed in custome next to the sculptured (if you want) after that, served with a slice king cake- the traditional Madri Gas snacks then headed to the factory for more exciting.

The story was interesting.My daughter was  excited to see some  sparkle and breathtaking floats.Being on the festival is phenomenal but one thing I knew I can't handle the crowd with my little ones with this kind of activities. 

Good thing, one woman asked us about the free shuttle which brings you in downtown locations. After the tour we just waited  at the front door, around 10 minutes the bus arrived  and headed back to our hotel without walking for many miles under the sun.

Six Best Modernist Marvel Hotels in Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs, California is like a living textbook of midcentury architecture. You'll find examples of midcentury modernism almost everywhere you turn. Whether you're a student of architecture or just want to experience a bit of the desert modern style for yourself during your Palm Springs vacation, browse this collection of the six best midcentury master hotel designs in Palm Springs.

1. The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
It looks like someone got happy with paint cans at The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie De Vivre Boutique Hotel. Architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat weren't afraid of using bold colors in the guest rooms. The hotel is like a living, lodging epitome of a PANTONE color swatch book—a one-of-a-kind attraction in the Coachella Valley.

2. Parker Palm Springs
Renowned renovator David Mann and interior designer Jonathan Adler's personal, modernist stamps are all over the interiors and infrastructure of the Parker Palm Springs. Located on East Palm Canyon Drive, this posh retreat features incredible gardens and a five-star spa on the premises. And here's something you probably didn't know: The famed "singing cowboy" Gene Autry lived on the property in one of the villas that now bears his name.

3. Viceroy Palm Springs
Here's a glam, 1930s-era resort worth exploring. Situated on South Belardo Road, the Viceroy Palm Springs guest villas are infused with the personal aesthetic of fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Wearstler is known for packaging unique materials in extraordinary ways. Just as attractive as its design, the Viceroy Palm Springs boasts one of the city's top restaurants, Citron.

4. Riviera Palm Springs – A Noble House Resort
When it opened in 1958, the Riviera Palm Springs – A Noble House Resort made waves for its spoke-wheel shape construction, the only hotel in the country at that time to bear such a look. The Starlite Lounge is truly a work redolent of '50s architecture and home to an award-winning cocktail bar. At night, the Bikini Pool comes alive with lights, people, and drinks in a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood movie.

5. The Curve Palm Springs Hotel & Resort
Recent renovations to The Curve Palm Springs Hotel & Resort didn't take away of the midcentury charm from this hip boutique hotel and resort. Located only a mile from the downtown area, it's close enough to explore all the shopping, dining, and doing in Palm Springs.

6. Movie Colony Hotel
Noted Palm Springs architect Paul Frey embarked on the design for the Movie Colony Hotel soon after his arrival in the city from his architectural tutelage under Le Corbusier in Paris. The simple, clean lines and restraint in making this hotel part of, not in opposition to, its surroundings continue to put this place high in the annals of midcentury American architecture.
Check out some photos of these modernist marvels in my guide to finding affordable hotels in Palm Springs on And if you have a modernist marvel in Palm Springs you can't stop talking about, we want to know about it, so share it with us.

 Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael's tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum. He is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.