Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Size: 300 suites
Meeting capacity: Up to 400 guests
Access: 20 minutes from Ocean City Municipal Airport
Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Isle of Wight Bay, the 4.5-square-mile barrier island of Ocean City has been a relaxing escape since the Algonquian tribes first arrive to the sandy shores for fishing and soaking in the Maryland sunshine. Today, the island includes a roughly 10-mile stretch of beachfront property, but it’s about halfway through the island where many visitors find their perfect spot in the sand.
The Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort is the largest beachfront property in Ocean City. There, more than 30,000 square feet of convention space provides a fantastic setting for hosting memorable gatherings with room to roam and reconnect along the Atlantic shoreline. The resort is in a prime location on the island, close to the boardwalk but just far enough away to allow a crowd-free, relaxing experience on the beach. Each of the 300 one-to-three-bedroom suites and condo-style accommodations features a spacious living area with a sleeper sofa, a full kitchenette and a private balcony.
Water is a main feature of this oceanfront resort, both inside and outside its towering walls. Guests can dive into the Olympic-size, indoor, heated atrium pool that acts as a tropical oasis with four-story glass windows that look out on the ocean beyond. An indoor arcade and hot tub round out the pool deck at the Princess Royale, where guests can order tropical drinks and light gourmet fare direct to their chaise lounge chairs. The resort is best known for its signature crab cakes at its oceanfront steakhouse Schooners, but kids and adults alike enjoy the homespun ice cream flavors from Maryland’s own Chesapeake Bay Farms Ice Cream at Ice Tiki on the East Lawn.
Meeting guests can take advantage of everything the resort offers, from an on-site spa and fitness center to electric bike rentals to cruise up and down Highway 1 before or after meetings. Every day is an adventure at the Princess Royale, where on-site meeting professionals work alongside planners to ensure that events are inspired and engaging, from small, intensive work sessions to major corporate summits.
There are 12 different meeting options within the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort’s venues. Each of the two ballrooms can be divided into five sections for breakout sessions and dining options; the Palmetto Ballroom’s 10-foot ceilings provide an elevated ambiance for up to 400 guests, and the Caribe Ballroom’s direct access to the Exhibit Hall offers optimum meeting flow for up to 400 guests. The four-story Atrium, for up to 250 guests, is located poolside and offers views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the East Lawn provides an al fresco option for those wishing to break free from the traditional four-wall setting for events and meetings.
The culinary team at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort has decades of experience catering for all types of events. The team can customize a menu to meet the dietary needs of any group. Menus take an experiential twist at the resort, where meals can be served cafe style on the East Lawn. Outdoor favorites include displays of vegetable crudité and passed hors d’oeuvres and crab cakes. In the banquet rooms, groups can opt for such wide-ranging four-course wine-tasting dinner options as chicken cordon bleu, beef tenderloin of beef and lightly breaded and baked eggplant parmesan. Alcohol is available.
Guests at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort can take advantage of on-site grocery service, which delivers fresh produce and pantry staples directly to guest rooms. During events, the resort provides a complimentary green-screen photo booth for some in-house fun; younger meeting guests can have fun anytime during their stay at Finn’s Cove Kids Activities Center. Parking at the resort is complimentary, and the on-site shopping boutique makes it easy to never have to leave the resort to find locally made products and must-have beach staples like sunscreen, lotions and beach supplies.
There’s never a dull moment at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort, where days can be spent relaxing in the indoor tropical atrium pool or outside on the beach, where chair and umbrella rentals are available. Wellness classes are complimentary and include such wide-ranging options as yoga on the beach, aqua fitness and Zumba. Art classes are available along with the chance to view local art in the Princess Gallery, and live music is a weekly occurrence throughout the property. Just outside the resort, guests can enjoy a selection of 16 award-winning golf courses or soak in the excitement of the Ocean City Boardwalk.