The Sneaky Difference Between “Oceanfront” and “Ocean View” Hotel Rooms

Planning a beach vacation is stressful enough without throwing confusing hotel terminology into the mix. It can be easy to fall victim to hotel scams, which is why it’s so important to pay close attention to what type of room you’re reserving.

When it comes to beach getaways, it’s especially important to understand what kind of “view” you’re signing up for. Take, for instance, the difference between “ocean view” and “oceanfront” rooms. Many travelers make the mistake of assuming that they mean the same thing. But as business entertainment consultant Jeff Russel recently explained to Business Insider, that’s not the case at all.

"'Ocean view' simply means you get at least a sliver of a view from somewhere in the room," Russell said. "An oceanfront room actually faces the ocean. If a hotel lists both an oceanfront room and an ocean-view room, know for a fact that the ocean-view will not be looking right out on the ocean.”

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If your booking options are unclear, don’t be afraid to call the hotel and ask for an explanation of the rooms you’re considering. And it never hurts to confirm with reception when you’re checking in. If they have availability, they might be able to move you to a room with the view you really wanted.