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Welcome to Laurel Bay Inn

We are Sharon and John Szabo, the inn's owners and your hosts.

We purchased the inn in 1997 and named it Laurel Bay, after the Bay (Grecian) Laurel trees on our former property. Choosing a Mediterranean theme for the inn's decor, we immediately begin to restore and update it to our artistic standards. John contributed the physical labor, while Sharon contributed her talents as a fine arts painter and mosaic artist. Today the inn is a comfortable, spacious, artistic haven one block from the beautiful Ocean City beaches.

The inn's first floor is one flight of stairs up from street level. There is a large wrap-around porch that's perfect any time of day for relaxing and enjoying Ocean City's ambience. The conversation area in the living room is furnished with huge comfortable sofas. Sit down and you just may not want to go to the beach.

There are 8 bedrooms in the inn, each with a unique color scheme and themed art and furniture. The bedrooms are comfortable, fresh and clean, and a bit quirky. We embellish them with designer bath products, CDs and CD players. We guarantee you will love getting back to basics in style. In the summer months, each bedroom has an in-window air conditioner controlled by you.

A stay at the inn includes a breakfast of fresh baked goodies, cereals, juices, coffees and teas from Positively 4th Street, our cafe on the ground floor of the inn. The cafe is renowned for its fabulous food and welcoming atmosphere. You won't want to skip breakfast.

To help you travel lighter in the summer, we supply you with beach chairs and beach tags in exchange for a returnable deposit. What could be easier? Come and stay a while. We're looking forward to your visit.

Inn Accommodations

There are two bedrooms on the first floor off the main hall.

Room 1 : Ocean Room
Decorated in ocean greens and blues with a painted mosaic wave wrapped around the ceiling, this room has a queen bed, A/C, a ceiling fan, an in-room sink, and a private bathroom with shower accessed from the hall.

Room 2 : Roman Suite
Decorated with frescoes to resemble a Villa at Pompeii, this room has a four-poster king bed, an en suite bathroom with a shower, an over-sized claw-footed Kohler tub, A/C, and a sitting area. This room is a romantic step-back in time to a hedonistic era.

There are six bedrooms on the second floor up one flight of stairs off the reception area.

Room 3 : Tree Room
This room is laden with tree motifs, including a tree mural that wraps around the room and branches onto the ceiling and floor. It has a four-poster queen bed, an in-room sink, two corner windows facing southeast for wonderful breezes, A/C, a ceiling fan, and a warm, enveloping faux finished wall treatment. There is a pass through door to room 4, making it feasible to rent rooms 3 and 4 as a family suite. This room shares a full bathroom with room 4.

Painters, poets, photographers, and writers are drawn to the inn. We thought you might like to see Laurel Bay through the eyes of a few artists who have painted it. Move your cursor over a thumbnail to see it enlarged.

 

Room 4 : Blue Room
This room is named for the indigo treatments on its door panels. There are two beds in the room: one is a single bed; one is a full-sized beautifully restored iron bed rescued from an old hotel in Ocean City. There is an in-room sink, two corner windows overlooking the historic life saving station, A/C, and a ceiling fan.
Historic Life Saving Station
by Marie Natale
There is a pass through door to room 3, making this room perfect for children, while adults enjoy their privacy in room 3. It's also feasible for a couple to stay in this room with a child. This room shares a full bathroom with room 3.

Room 5/7 : One Bedroom Suite
Unavailable... Has Been Rented for the Season

In this suite you will enjoy a queen bedroom with a privacy door, a living room with a twin day bed, a refrigerator, a full en suite bathroom, southern facing windows, A/C, and ceiling fans. If you're visiting us with a child, this could be the ideal room for you.

Room 6 : Tangerine Dream Room
This over-sized room has soothing tangerine colored walls, a queen Bernhardt iron bed with a pillow top mattress, two windows, a leather covered Versaille-style desk, A/C, and a ceiling fan. Additionally, a single murphy bed is hidden in the wall. This room shares everyone's favorite bathroom -- the lemon tree mosaic bathroom -- with room 8.

Room 8 : Yellow Room
This room has a queen-sized, black wrought-iron bed with a pillow top mattress, one window, A/C, and a ceiling fan. The room shares the lemon tree mosaic bathroom with room 6.

Inn Rates

The inn is one block from the beach and the rates are great. Rates do fluctuate with the seasons, but within the summer season stay consistent. The chart shows the lowest and highest published rates for each room. Please call or send an email requesting rates for the dates and rooms you have in mind. We will do the best we can for you.

Making Reservations at the Inn

To reserve a room in the inn, please call (609.814.1886) or send an email to laurelbay400@aol.com requesting the room(s) you want to reserve, the number of people, the check-in date and the check-out date. We will respond promptly, returning your email or phone call telling you if the room(s) are available and the rate(s).

We ask for a credit card number with all room reservations. However, we accept only cash or a check for room payment. Therefore, to finalize a reservation for three nights or longer, we request a check in advance for half of your stay.



In the summer season, weekends have a two night minimum; holiday weekends a three night minimum. There are, of course, exceptions. So please call and check with us.
Inn Check-In/Out
Inn check-in time is 2:00pm; check-out time is 10:00am. Late checkout is sometimes possible with a $25 fee.

We prefer to receive payment when you check in. For payment, we accept cash or check only. We do NOT accept credit cards.




Those were the days... The days when an Ocean City phone number had four digits and the Laurel Bay Inn was named Margo. Move your cursor over the thumbnails to see three other guest houses from the same era and a 1963 photo of three friends (courtesy of Cathie Harvey) who spent their summer working at the Margo Cafe.