Let me start off by saying that I fully understand that I chose to stay in a motel room on the strip of the Jersey Shore. By doing so, I gave up certain luxuries that comes standard in most other forms of lodging. That being said...
My girlfriends and I rented the 3 bed room of the Sea Palace last summer for a night of fun on "THE Jersey Shore." Minus the fact that one of the lamps was missing its shade, the entertainment center was sans a door, and the bathroom shower curtain had an interesting mildew pattern, we figured it was standard for a place in the area, and chalked it up to an experience to be had.
When it came time to rent a room for this summer, we figured we might as well go with the same hotel, which turned out to be the exact same room. A few upgrades seemed to have been made: the light missing a shade had been replaced by an industrial outdoor light, and the other door had been ripped off the entertainment center for a more centered look. Lucky for us, the bathroom only came with ONE towel with hairs on it, and even a complimentary loofa from a previous guest. What a deal.
When we made the reservation it had been for 6 people. When one of the girls could no longer stay overnight, our vacation planner (VP we shall call her) called to see if there was a discount for one less person (there was not). So we changed our reservation to 5, while still paying for 6.
Upon arrival, the employee at the front desk reminded VP "only 5 people... only 5 people... no guests"... although technically, we were still paying for 6. After spending the afternoon on the boardwalk, our 6th friend headed up to our room to use the restroom before heading home.... Mr. Employee was standing outside of the hotel COUNTING us as we came down the street- and told us she couldn't come upstairs, even though she was still paying her share of the room.
About an hour later, Mr. Employee CALLED my VPs cell phone to confirm that girl #6 had left... and about an hour after THAT (as we were getting ready to head out for the night) we heard a knock on the door... You guessed it! Mr. Employee didn't trust us that she had left, so he came to do a head count on his own. I was confused... were we 5 young adults staying in a hotel room that WE paid for or 5 teenagers hiding out in their parents basement?
The next day we headed down to the beach to escape Mr. Employee's prying eye, and came back to their version of "housekeeping" : emptying our trash and leaving 4 new pathetic "paper towel" quality towels. No extra rolls of toilet paper, but it was really sweet of them to leave the loofa again.
I think the final icing on the cake would have to be about 4:30am on our last night (morning?). After coming home from the club we had all climbed into our beds (consisting of 2 flat sheets and a couple of wafer-like pillows) and crashed. About an hour later, I woke up to a repeated banging on the door. I was in the bed facing the door, and opened my eyes to see someone throwing their body against our door, attempting to break the lock and get in. We all woke up screaming and feared that whoever was on the other side was going to break through the glass window, so we panicked and called 911. (Note to self: make sure your phone is charged for moments like these, because there is not a room phone in sight). Apparently it was another drunken hotel guest who was too inebriated to find his own room- but we figured it was better to be safe than sorry.
All in all if you like minimum service, bathrooms that smell like cat pee, and a parental figure supervising you-- Sea Palace is the place for you!
Stay somewhere else.
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Thank you for your feedback. Our employees are just protecting yourself and other guests from harming or damaging the property. With the young teenagers we do follow this policy strictly because they tend to damage and disturb surrounding guests with partying and loud noises. I am sorry if housekeeper left something behind in the room. It is front desk personnel duty to check the room before guest ever enters the room. We will retrain and advise them to check the room after each cleaning. We will give train our housekeepers in regards to cleaning.
In fall of 2011 we planning to do improvement on the room decor.
Each of our front desk staff will read this review and will be asked for there input.
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