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Forum Motor Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   800 - 814 Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226   |  
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Ranked #9 of 34 Hotels in Ocean City
S E Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Room for a Night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

After reading Trip Advisor reviews for Cape May, NJ and Ocean City, NJ, I had decided to pick a Cape May hotel as my first choice for a one night stay in September. Sorry, all booked up. Okay, second choice, The Forum in O.C.

The other O.C. hotels where I‘ve stayed in the past were the Port O Call and the Beach Club Hotel (many years ago). So I knew the Forum would not fall into that same category.

I can’t imagine staying here during the peak season. The parking would be next to impossible and there would be people everywhere. This off-season September night was peaceful.

The location is a full block off the boardwalk plus one street to cross, so this is not an ocean view hotel. But, the location was not bad by any means. And just a half block walk to the Sindia restaurant.

Okay, the room…The living space was plenty big enough. There was a mini-refrigerator which brings new meaning the word mini. And I thought Courtyard by Marriott had small refrigerators. The king bed needed a new mattress. Don’t sleep too close to the edge. The bathroom reminded me of a 1960’s suburban house bathroom. Not very big but not cramped either. The tub water was hard to shut off all the way. There was a round table with two chairs next to the AC unit. Be warned if you need to turn the heat on. There is an unusual odor which may change your mind about needing heat. The room was clean but it might not be a bad idea to replace the carpeting. And even with all of the lights in the room turned on, maybe one more lamp would be a good idea.

The room had two doors; one leading to the lobby via a hallway, and the other door facing the pool area. Anytime people walked by the pool door, the talking was very evident. Again, I can’t imagine being here during the summer. It must be constant noise.

I know I’m sounding as though there are negative aspects about this stay. Actually, my overall impression was good. However, with so many hotel choices in Cape May County resort towns, I’d be willing to try another location next time; whenever that would be.

Check-in and check-out were easy and friendly. Staying on the ground floor was convenient. And the off-season room price was certainly a plus. But as predicted, this is not the Waldorf Astoria.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Florence, NJ
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

For this type of property this place was excellent. The rooms are clean, good sized and they have a little mini-fridge and microwave in the unit. The staff is super friendly.

This place is not the Ritz and does not advertise to be. If you are looking for a high end hotel this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a clean place in a great location for you and the family this hotel is perfect. You are one block off the ocean and boardwalk. There are two ice cream places within 1 block. Bike rental place is across the street and it is two blocks from downtown shopping.

There is also a Superfresh right up the street which is open until 1am. We used that to grab snacks and drinks.

It has a pool and a children's pool which was a plus for us. They also have an outside hose and shower to use once you are off the beach. There is a small restaurant open for breakfast and lunch attached to the hotel. The breakfast was very good, did not try it for lunch.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My daughter and I just stayed at the Forum Motor Inn last weekend for the United Methodist Youth Conference at St. Peter's Church. We had a wonderful stay. The room was clean. The bed was extremely comfortable. The pool was immaculate. The onsite cafe has great breakfast food and is reasonably priced. We ate their both mornings.

I can't say enough about their staff. They are so friendly and helpful. They speak to you every time that you walk by. They are very helpful and accomodating. They even found a disposable fork for my daughter after 9pm when the cafe was closed.

We plan on staying at the Forum Motor Inn again next year. Keep up the great work!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We stayed at the Forum Motor Inn this summer for the first time. The room was very clean and quiet, the beds were firm but comfortable, the location was great, and it was convenient having a good cafe on site. However, what was most incredible and outstanding was the service. They went above and beyond. We will be back next year.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We've been staying at the Forum Motor Inn for at least the past 7 years. The staff is wonderful and the rooms are always clean. The pool area is a great place to relax and the boardwalk and beach are a short walk from the motel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights. Close to beach, boardwalk and downtown OC. Instead of holding a cash deposit for beach tags they just charge your card if you don't return them...I love this idea because other hotels hold $25 per beach tag, I want my cash handy.

Pool area is nice with lots of seating and there are chairs outside of each room.

My only complaints/suggestions to management are leave the pool open later; OC pools all seem to close do early, some as early as 6 pm. 10 or 11 pm would be so much nicer.

Secondly, the room I had was very dark as in navy walls, carpet and dark bedspread. I understand the reason for having dark carpet but the wallpaper and bedspread could easily be a lighter, neutral or beach themed color.

Overall I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
81 hotel reviews
Reviews in 95 cities Reviews in 95 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

This centrally located (one block from the boardwalk) motel has been a staple in Ocean City for decades. Despite its age, however, it's well maintained. Even though the dated architecture cannot be changed, the exterior looks good with management obviously making sure it stays refreshed. The same can be said of the room we occupied - the furnishings appeared relatively new with fresh draperies and paint and wallcoverings. Special kudos to housekeeping for keeping the room very clean with no dust bunnies or other obvious areas of neglect.

But in the same way one cannot expect lots of closet space in old homes, one cannot expect older motels to have all the space of newer ones. The bathroom/shower is extremely small. The microwave sits on the vanity and the small refrig. below it while your clothes hang right next to it. While in very good shape, the furnishings are fairly standard if not somewhat outdated by AAA standards - no armoire with TV as AAA prefers but instead it's mounted on the wall. Suppose these issues are reflective of limited space. Beds were comfy but you cannot run the A/C fan continuously so you are subject to the on-off cycling of the A/C air conditioner all night.

The Good, Bad & the Ugly:

1. Charging for ice (25 cents) is awful; free ice is standard nowadays;
2. Parking is limited and, to say the least, not ideal. You must leave your car keys at the front desk if you park behind someone else;
3. The overall decorating style of the motel is a personal choice but to me appears to be more circa 1970's;
4. Lot of stations on TV;
5. Pool is clean and in great shape - enjoyed by all;
6. Room service is typically not available at most motels but it is here - great idea;
7. Game room available but we didn't try it out;
8. Family friendly - kids everywhere;
9. No continental breakfast - restaurant on-site but did not use.

So . . . . maybe not a slice of heaven in this reviewer's mind but certainly clean, centrally located accommodations. Just don't expect the space and upgraded furniture, fixtures and decor you might see in a Hampton Inn or Hilton Garden Inn, for example. Overall rating is very good vs. average due to its cleanliness.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Forum Motor Inn

Address: 800 - 814 Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Ocean City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ocean City
#11 Family Hotel in Ocean City
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Forum Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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