Serendipity Bed & Breakfast

712 9th Street , Ocean City, NJ 08226 USA (Show map)
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Like it's name, Serendipity is a beautifully renovated and fully air conditioned 1912 seashore inn where the best of delicious and healthy food, spring water and comfortable rooms, decorated with wicker and pastels, are blended into a memorable get-away for you! One-half block to clean, wide beaches, fun-filled boardwalk, restaurants and concerts on the Music Pier, and 8 miles to Atlantic City's shows and casinos. For breakfast in the morning enjoy your choice of entrees prepared by Karen. Vegan, vegetarian, high protein diets easily accommodated!



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Excellent getaway in Ocean City.

5 on July 09, 2017

Karen was a gracious host and the inn was lovely. Breakfast was great. Karen thought of all the little things, like lotion in the room and lip balm after a day at the beach.We enjoyed the bath salts and the bed was so-o-o- comfy. A great stay. Carole Mangels

Wonderful experience!

4.8 on June 29, 2016

We recently returned from the Serendipity having stayed four nights for a family wedding. Karen, the innkeeper, could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. The breakfasts were delicious with fresh, sweet fruit, accompanied by a different baked delight each morning (think scones, breakfast cake, etc.) as an opener followed by the main course of your choice. My wife and I tried various omelettes, blueberry pancakes, fruit stuffed French toast and the waffle. All were excellent, as was the free flowing coffee, juices and milk. Karen also baked an afternoon treat each day around 4:00pm, e.g., brownies and shortbread, which were also delicious. All aspects of the service were excellent, and Karen was most pleasant to speak with and answer questions. We would be remiss if we didn't mention the wonderful front porch, where we spent a lot of time since we experienced one especially rainy day. It was the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by, or to consult your iPad, or whatever. It is also very conveniently located, we were able to walk almost everywhere. Bottom line: highly recommended! ...Pam & Don New Orleans, LA

Innkeeper Response
Don and Pam Thank you for the kind review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Ocean City and at Serendipity. The porch does have the best seats in the house! I try to make every guest's experience a positive one. I love to bake and am happy when it is appreciated. I hope to see you both again! Karen

- Karen (innkeeper)

Yummy breakfast!

4.0 on June 18, 2016

Loved the fresh muffin and the apple cinnamon pancakes. The bed was very comfortable. We found this place on your website for a spur of the moment one night get away and it was worth the trip.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for staying at Serendipity Bed & Breakfast! I love to bake so I am glad you enjoyed the muffin. I enjoy making everything "from scratch" so it is nice and fresh for my guests!

- Karen (innkeeper)


3.4 on August 14, 2015

Great location !wonderful breakfast !highly recommend!

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your time at Serendipity! Thank you for the recommendation!

- Karen (innkeeper)

Best location, best breakfast

4.0 on September 24, 2014

Located about a block or a block and a half away from the boardwalk. You can walk right to the shore. And don't skip breakfast - it's as good as it gets in Ocean City! Great value. Thanks Karen!

A Lovely Place

4.6 on July 16, 2014

First time there & it was wonderful. Karen is very sweet & goes out of her way to accomdate your needs. She makes you feel like you've been a client of hers for years. Will certainly go back again for her fabulous breakfast. It's not only outstanding, but she gives you more than enough to eat. Thank you Karen!! D & F--Wilmington, DE

Innkeeper Response
Dottie and Fran I am so glad you had a lovely time at Serendipity! I do try to make each person's stay here a special time. Can't wait to see you again!

- Karen (innkeeper)

Great Location, Breakfast and Service

4.2 on June 24, 2014

Stayed there for the first time 2 weeks ago. Great location, wonderful breakfast and the service was outstanding. Karen is a lovely person that goes the extra mile for her guests.

Innkeeper Response
I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at Serendipity! I love making breakfast for my guests and I am always happy when people enjoy it!

- Karen (innkeeper)

fabulous time!

5 on April 25, 2014

Karen was wonderful. We had a very relaxing weekend. The room was lovely and breakfast was delicious. I would highly recommend this bed and breakfast!

Great Inn With Great Hostess

4.4 on June 18, 2012

We have visited Serendipity twice now and we will continue to return. Karen is very nice and an excellent cook. She has always been happy to accommodate our dietary needs (vegans) and can provide great suggestions for area dining and activities. The rooms are attractive and (best of all) you are a half block away from the gorgeous sandy beach of Ocean City! Also, there is a robust video and book library at the inn. I would encourage ANYONE to check this place out!

My Vacation

4.0 on October 10, 2011

I went on vacation last week had reservations for the Serendipity B&B. The owner Karen made me feel right at home!! Upon my arrival I was greeted by Karen where she checked me in and I filled out a menu for the next morning. The food was terrific!! This was my first time staying in a B&B as I have always stayed in motels. This was a great first expeirence!!! Centrally located near all attractions! I would highly reccomend!

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Rooms & Rates

Queen Bed Room

Queen size bed with private bath, TV/DVD. In room air conditioning. Wi-Fi throughout house, guest computer available. Full breakfast. Off-street parking. In season beach tags, beach chairs, beach towels available. Complimentary hot/cold beverages and snacks available through the day/night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $217

Ocean Breeze

Full size bed, private bath Wi-fi throughout house with a guest computer in dining room. Off-street parking. During season beach tags, beach towels and beach chairs provided! Hot/cold beverages and snacks available throughout day/night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $115 - $193

Suite Dreams

King-size bed with sitting area, private bath, electric fireplace, individually controlled a/c. TV/DVD. Wireless Internet access. Off-street parking. Complimentary hot/cold beverages and snacks available all day. In season, beach tags, beach chairs and beach towels provided. Only room on 3rd floor - very quiet and private!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $135 - $227

King Room

King size bed, private bathroom, electric fireplace. Terry robe and slippers. Hair Dryer. Sound machine. Free wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

$133 - $220

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Location Type

Island, Oceanview

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Cape May activities, Atlantic City Casinos, Rt. 9 Antique Shopping, Historic Cold Spring Village, 40 Mile Ocean Drive, Leaming's Run Gardens, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, 1/2 block to beach & boardwalk, Jet skiing (drive to), Boat tours (drive to), Vacation activities, Historic Walking Tour, Whale & Dolphin Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2pm-6pm
  • Check Out:: Before 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On porch and veranda
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited For children 12 years and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night weekend, 3 nights holidays, and July/August weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of reservation.
  • Cancellations: 14 day notice for full refund, less $25 handling fee
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Karen Morella

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About the innkeepers

Becoming disenchanted with corporate life, I decided to work for myself. I bought Serendipity B&B in 2006 and have not looked back once! I love living so close to the ocean and I especially love welcoming guests to my home. I love to bake and bake daily. Come and enjoy my freshly baked bread, muffins warm from the oven and a constantly filled cookie jar!

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian Gluten-Free, Vegan

Signature Dish

Serendipity Apple Crisp
Fresh apples seasoned with cinnamon, with a topping of butter (margarine for vegans), oatmeal, brown sugar and flour. Served either fresh from the oven or slightly cooled. Either way is fantastic!


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