The Adventurer Oceanfront Inn is a relatively large hotel compared to the many motels in the area. If you’re looking for a more upscale experience in the Wildwood area, this is the place. Yes. It costs more.
My family stayed the week of Aug 6, 2012. My wife and me, my teenage son and daughter and two of her friends for a total of 6. We stayed in one of the double room suites on the 7th floor. My wife has Multiple Sclerosis and my son is profoundly Autistic; both with mobility challenges.
The only time I interacted with the staff at the front desk was when I checked in and checked out. They were friendly and quick and provided me with discount tickets for the Morey Piers.
This was our first time staying at the hotel and our second time staying in the Wildwood area. I did all the research and booking so I asked my wife to rate her experience, 1 for disgusted, 10 for delighted. She answered 10!
This was a very important factor for us. The hotel is right across the street from the start of the boardwalk tram. Also across the street is the beach. It’s a long walk to the ocean once you hit the sand but at least it’s not a long walk to the sand.
I travel frequently for work and have stayed at some of the best resorts around the world. The Adventurer Inn is not at that level. What you have is one of the best hotels of the Jersey Shore. You could pay less per night but then you could also squeeze past chain-smoking guests bar-b-queing on the shared balcony as you go to your room. Having separate balconies and a non-smoking policy is one of the reasons I booked this hotel instead of one of the cheaper motels. With 6 people, we wanted separate rooms and some space. We found the mattresses to be comfortable and the bathrooms roomy and well appointed. The efficiency kitchen and included dinnerware were clean and handy.
The walls between the rooms and the hallway provided an excellent amount of sound insulation. I was surprised since this is a problem in most hotels.
The maid service was efficient and diligent. (Remember, there were three teen girls in one bedroom)
I was very satisfied with the cleanliness of the room, the hallways and other locations of the hotel. The basement garage is cramped but there were no service items left in the way of parking. I witnessed the pool being vacuumed each day and a lifeguard who also cleaned up around the pool area. The restaurant is also very clean and I witnessed efforts to keep it that way while there as well.
The cons, if just barely.
I cannot complain about the elevators. When someone has MS, even a slow elevator beats the stairs. From what I understand, the elevators have been improved from the prior year with both speed and air conditioning upgrades. I timed the elevators to approximately 50 seconds from garage to 7th floor without stops. Each stop was roughly 10 seconds. We did not find the wait for elevators to be that much of an inconvenience even on the 7th floor. In fact, if they were faster, people would complain that they were getting jerked around in the elevator. The fact that it went to the basement garage, allowing us to keep the beach umbrellas and chairs in the car, was helpful. The only time the elevators had a significant impact was during the busy check-out time on Saturday morning. At that time I did use the stairs to bring luggage down from the room and then returned upstairs via the steps several times. (Not bad for a 47 year old)
The restaurant is leased to separate business owner. We had breakfast there but since it was late in the morning most times, some of my party wanted lunch. Ergo, brunch. However, the kitchen does not start serving lunch items (ie Chicken Strips, hamburgers) until noon. Some claim the restaurant is expensive but again, I draw your attention to location. Serving food across the street from the beach is always more expensive than serving food blocks away no matter where in the world you are.
Though I’m thinking about renting a condo or townhouse next summer, the location of the Adventurer Inn can’t be beat. My experience was quite positive making it likely we’ll be back again.
The 7th floor rooms have central air conditioning and were quite comfortable.
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