In the summer months, a beach vacation can be the perfect option for your family. Once you arrive, you won’t have to spend too much money on attraction admission – especially for a free public beach. In addition, many beach communities offer great family restaurants where you can enjoy a meal after a long day in the sun.
For those living in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States (or elsewhere on the East Coast), Bethany Beach Delaware is an ideal family destination. It’s a vibrant area, but also a relatively quiet area that is perfect for families. The highlight is the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, a small wooden boardwalk area that borders the free sandy beach.
If you are planning a family vacation to Bethany Beach, you’ll want to know where to stay. We have two recommendations for the best Bethany Beach hotels. Both of these hotels near Bethany are great for families, with amenities that you’ll enjoy.
Disclosure: My trip to Bethany Beach was complimentary, including my stay at the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and a visit to the Hotel Bethany Beach. All opinions are my own.
Fantastic Bethany Beach Hotels For Your Family Vacation
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn
During my three nights visit, I stayed at the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. This hotel, a Residence Inn, has been newly renovated with brand-new room decor, a renovated outdoor / indoor pool, and a brand-new restaurant.
Location of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites (BBOS)
BBOS is located in a prime spot, right along the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Once you park your car at the hotel, you’ll be able to walk to the beach, as well as many shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s the perfect place for your beach vacation. You’ll also find some great beach snacks, like ice cream, boardwalk fries, and popcorn.
As the name implies, this hotel offers suite-style rooms. These spacious rooms have mini kitchens that can be really useful for a family vacation. You’ll be able to prepare food in your room, saving money on eating out. Most rooms also have a private balcony – some with great ocean views.
Hotel room types include:
Studio Suites are available with one king bed or two queen beds. Most have a sofa bed as well as a balcony. Some of these rooms have a beach view, but some have a city view. All have kitchenettes with a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range top.
One-Bedroom Suites have the same features as studio suites but also have a separate living area. These can be a great option if you want more space to spread out.
Oceanfront Suites have a separate living area and also have balconies that are facing the waterfront.
The One-Bedroom Presidential Suite is located on the ground floor and has a separate living area and 1.5 bathrooms. These rooms are beachfront with a terrace.
The Executive Suite is a corner room located on a high floor. These rooms have a separate living area and an oceanfront view.
Amenities at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites
For families, the location and in-room kitchenettes are the biggest draw to this hotel. It’s located in a prime location that is perfect for families who may want to return to their room during their beach day. But, there are other fantastic amenities that will appeal to families.
A newly-renovated rooftop swimming pool is a great way to cool off if you don’t want to visit the beach. It’s an indoor-outdoor pool, located at the top of the main building. There’s also a small fitness center if you want to get some exercise in during your vacation.
A complimentary breakfast buffet is offered in the morning. In addition, free coffee and tea (including iced coffee) are provided in the hotel lobby for guests throughout the day. As someone who likes a mid-afternoon cup of coffee, I really appreciated this perk.
A brand-new restaurant, Via Sophia by the Sea, just opened at the hotel. It offers Italian and seafood specialties in an upscale environment. There’s also a beautiful bar as part of the restaurant. Guests can choose from either indoor or outdoor seating.
While I was visiting, the hotel offered complimentary kids’ activities in the afternoon. This included a juggler that was really captivating the kids, as well as a face painter. A schedule is offered upon check-in.
There’s also a business center tucked behind the front desk. Free Wi-Fi is offered.
As a Residence Inn, this hotel is part of the Marriott Bonvoy program.
Benefits and Features of Bethany Beach Ocean Suites
- Fantastic location right on the boardwalk
- In-room kitchenettes
- Complimentary breakfast
- Combination indoor/outdoor pool
Hotel Bethany Beach
Another great option for families is the newly renovated Hotel Bethany Beach. This fun hotel used to be a Holiday Inn Express but was converted into an independent hotel.
Location of Hotel Bethany Beach
This hotel is located a few blocks away from the beach, on Jefferson Bridge Rd. Although it’s not located directly on the beach, you are still able to walk there, making this a convenient location for families.
There are several room types available at this hotel. Accessible rooms are also offered.
A King Suite offers a king bed with a sofa and a small desk.
Standard two-queen rooms are most popular with families. These rooms include two queen beds and a large chair.
The hotel also offers a family suite. This suite has a room with two queen beds and a large chair, as well as an open separate room with two twin beds. This is a great option for families looking for a little more space, or for larger families.
This hotel offers lots of fun family amenities that can entertain you and help you save some money.
- Complimentary beach chair and umbrella set up is offered to guests through a third-party company
- Guests can receive room service through the adjacent Mickey’s Family Crab House
- Dine-in guests get 10% off their bill at Mickey’s
- An outdoor pool
- Free breakfast
- Fitness Center
- Complimentary mini-golf
Benefits and Features of the Hotel Bethany Beach
- Complimentary breakfast
- Discounts and deals at nearby businesses
- Beach chairs and umbrellas
- Newly renovated rooms
Frequently Asked Questions
While the beach is walkable, I’d definitely recommend having a car to visit the great restaurants and attractions in the area.
Admission to the beach is free, but you do have to pay for parking. It’s best to stay in the area and walk to the beach.
They are not allowed on the beach in the summer season, from May 15th to September 30th.
It takes about 30 minutes to get from one to the other. Keep in mind that there is often traffic in the summer months.