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.