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Harris House by the Beach

1201 Ocean Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3251
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 22/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 28 hotels in Ocean City
Travellers' Choice
The Harris House Motel is located right where 12th street meets the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J. We are just steps away from Ocean City's world-famous beach, winner of 2016's "Best Beach in America" competition by Coastal Living Magazine. Along with our unbeatable location, we also take great pride in our ultra-clean rooms and facilities, as well as our superior customer service. We offer a host of popular amenities, including our large heated pool, free parking, complimentary beach passes, free Wifi, DirectTV and fresh coffee in the mornings. If you're planning a trip to Ocean City, come join us at the beach and see why The Harris House is consistently rated as one of the top motels in town.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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24-hour front desk
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
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Diana K wrote a review Oct 2020
Cherry Hill, New Jersey1 contribution1 helpful vote
This was my family’s first time staying at the Harris House. We were celebrating my daughter’s 11th bday during covid-19. It’s The perfect location. Right off the boardwalk and close to rides. Reception and was fast and friendly and socially distanced. Rooms were very clean and smelled nice. Ice machine is close by. Pool was really clean and family friendly. Towels were provided. My daughter even got to ride her new electric scooter around the parking lot. We’ll definitely be back. Had a great time!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Mike B, General Manager at Harris House by the Beach
Responded 16 Apr 2021
Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are thrilled your daughter was able to celebrate her 11th birthday and create special memories during these trying times! In many ways, Ocean City offers a respite from the pandemic, with most, if not all, activities being outside. From the beach and boardwalk, to our very own large outdoor heated pool, to simply sitting outside your motel room and enjoying the warm breezes and people watching, it's a great option for families looking to get away. We're glad the island worked its "magic' on your family, and that we were able to provide safe, clean accommodations that helped you enjoy your vacation. Specifically, we want to thank you for mentioning how clean the rooms are, as this remains our top priority always, but particularly during this day and age. We hope you'll consider joining us again this coming summer, and again... thank you!
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IhnaCho wrote a review Jul 2020
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This was our first time staying here as we used to stay next door at the pricey Beach Club Hotel. Harris House was much cheaper and we made the right choice! The location was perfect and we loved the heated pool. The beach was a few steps away. Room was clean and quiet (we had the 2nd floor facing the pool). Free beach passes and free parking was a plus. Friendly staff and quick service. Appreciated all they did to keep the place safe and clean due to Covid-19. The only 2 complaints we had was that one of the bed sheets had sand in it – we asked them to change it and they came right away. The other tiny complaint is that they don’t have conditioner – so ladies with long hair might want to pack your own conditioner! An added plus in my book is that the price of our stay dropped a few days before our stay. I asked the manager if they can match the price and give us the lower rate and they surprisingly gave us the lower rate! Didn’t think they would do it. For that reason, we will be back again for that great customer service!
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Date of stay: July 2020
Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 2nd floor facing the pool (no elevators).
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Response from Mike B, General Manager at Harris House by the Beach
Responded 28 Jul 2020
Thank you so much for this awesome review, we truly appreciate it! We're glad you feel you made the right choice by staying with us at The Harris House by the Beach, and that you found the location to be perfect. Also, we appreciate you mentioning our heated pool, the largest in Ocean City! As a side-note, your comments about the safety measures we have instituted to keep our guests safe amid the pandemic, along with what others reviewers have written, has really hit home with us. This is some of the earliest feedback on this topic, and to hear through and through that we are addressing our patrons' concerns is honestly the highest praise we can receive this year. We researched and incorporated the proper safety measures into our property, using guidance from the CDC and the broader hotel industry, to create what we feel is a safe and secure environment. It appears we have succeeded so far, and we don't intend to take our foot off the gas. Cleanliness, safety and security remain our highest priorities this year, and every year. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, and we are thrilled to hear you will be returning to stay with us again. It's our privilege to provide you with your Ocean City accommodations.
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Christine N wrote a review Sep 2020
Sewell, New Jersey250 contributions36 helpful votes
Harris House was just the place to stay with family. Right off the boardwalk, very clean and well kept. The fantastic pool and the short distance to the beach were exceptional benefits. The refrigerator and microwave in the room made our stay very comfortable as well as the crib provided for a little one. Plenty of evidence that COVID-19 was taken very seriously. We rented a scooter from a local vender and were provided an easy place to plug in for a charge. I would recommend this hotel for a family. Fantastic Stay!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from Mike B, General Manager at Harris House by the Beach
Responded 16 Apr 2021
Thank you for this extremely positive review, and specifically for mentioning how clean and family friendly you found the Harris House! We do take cleaning extremely seriously, and have intensified our already rigorous standards in the wake of COVID-19. We are happy to report that not a single guest or employee contracted the coronavirus during the summer of 2020, and we plan to enforce our comprehensive protocols once again for the upcoming summer of 2021. We're also happy to hear you enjoyed easy access to your electric scooter, which we provide parking for up front, right outside the office for safekeeping. Again, thank you for choosing the Harris House for your stay, and we hope to provide you with clean, safe accommodations right beside the beach and boardwalk the next time you vacation in Ocean City! Sincerely... Mike B.
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Toyatravels wrote a review Jul 2020
Rockaway, New Jersey99 contributions46 helpful votes
I've been very skeptical about traveling anywhere since the pandemic but my daughter and I decided to go to the Jersey Shore overnight to get out of the house for a bit. From the outside, the Harris is your typical motel but on the inside the room was very clean, simple and nicely decorated. Its not a 5 star hotel but I don't think its trying to be one. Besides the fact that its clean and afforable, its steps away from boardwalk. You can't beat the convenience. I would come again and recommend to others.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
3 Helpful votes
Response from Mike B, General Manager at Harris House by the Beach
Responded 18 Aug 2020
Hello - thank you so much for this detailed and extremely positive review! Like you, we also had hesitations about what this summer would bring, however after researching the data and diving into the guidelines provided by the CDC and the hotel industry as a whole, we put together a comprehensive series of safety protocols that have worked incredibly well. We are so happy to have been able to provide you with clean, safe accommodations right by what many consider to be the best beach in all of America. Thank you for giving us the ultimate compliment - that you would stay again, and would recommend to others. We can't ask for higher praise, and we thrilled the motel met your expectations. Again, thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback, and we hope you have a great 'rest of the summer'.
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H4119RLjennyb wrote a review Jul 2020
Cliffside Park, New Jersey83 contributions4 helpful votes
While we have never stayed in a motel, with Covid restrictions we made a last minute decision to go to Ocean City for the weekend. Only found this motel available and it had decent reviews. The staff is very nice and accommodating and we had an issue with the water not draining quickly in the tub and they came right away and fixed it. While the room and bathroom definitely needs updating ... it smelled cleaned and we felt safe. It was very close to the beach, and in the center of everything. Did not give 5 stars because it was pricey for an old room. Would consider going there again if we can’t travel out of state. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$144 - US$397 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Harris House by the Beach
Which popular attractions are close to Harris House by the Beach?
Nearby attractions include Playland's Castaway Cove (0.3 km), Congo Falls Adventure Golf (0.10 km), and Jilly's Arcade (0.05 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Harris House by the Beach?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Harris House by the Beach?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Harris House by the Beach?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Harris House by the Beach?
Conveniently located restaurants include Johnson's Popcorn, Bennie's Bread & Italian Market, and Hula Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Harris House by the Beach?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Harris House by the Beach located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Ocean City.
Are there any historical sites close to Harris House by the Beach?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lucy the Elephant (7.7 km), Somers Mansion (4.4 km), and Ocearn City Life Saving Station (1.4 km).