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“a bit o'heaven in wildwood crest, NJ” 5 of 5 stars
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Jolly Roger Motel
6805 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260   |  
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Ranked #23 of 74 Hotels in Wildwood Crest
Jackson, New Jersey
1 review
“a bit o'heaven in wildwood crest, NJ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We have been going to Jolly Roger Motel for thirty years and end each of our gatherings already waiting for next years family get-to-gether. We vacationed every year with our kids and now they return every year with their own children. This year we were 22! New owners Joe and Vinny have made upgrates while still keeping true to the historical designs of this wonderful motel. One 12 year old grandaughter said to me, "When I get married, I am going to bring my children here every year too!" For us, it doesn't get any better than that! It is a 'family friendly' atmosphere, and is affordable. I especially appreciate that most of the room's balconies face the new salt water pool and along with the lifeguard it is easy to keep an eye on the kids who are swimming.

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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Being referred to as a "bit o' heaven" is a serious statement we VERY MUCH take to heart and are thankful to hear. We then know that our efforts are being received well and that we are carrying forth the essence of the original Jolly Roger forward but never forgetting to add our flair and expertise in as well. Our parents originally introduced us into the motel industry at the Wildwood Crest shore over 30 years ago as children and, over the years, we have soaked it all in to now bring you a spectacular experience both in the physical improvements and in customer service!! We do not take the fact lightly that a majority of our guests are very long time customers of the Jolly Roger, many since its original days in the 60s & 70s, and know a lot about its history and progress. We love to hear the stories and listen with intent at how we can improve the building, customer service and amenities offered. We are clearly on our way and know we will continue to listen to what you wish to have improved and offer you a BETTER Jolly Roger than you have experienced in the past. We LOVE the look and feel of the Jolly Roger and how it reminds everyone of a step-back in time. We do not wish to change that at all but will definitely do our best to make sure you have a modernized version to play with when vacationing with us.
The innocent statement of a 12 year old making it known that she is going to grow up and bring her own children to the Jolly Roger one day surely warms our hearts and makes us proud to be owners of such an iconic property. To instill wonder in the eye of a child is a GREAT gift and it carries much weight here among us when deciding on how to proceed forward with the next choice of project(s). That goes for adults out there as well...we are always keeping a listening ear to fill those requests and discover what YOU, the Guest, think would be the best path towards full guest satisfaction.
In speaking of our accommodations, our goal is always to remember we are still in a growing but struggling economy and it is not always an easy path for a family to head down to the beach. We feel we have a great responsibility to EVERY guest to be able to give them the opportunity to vacation with us. Our main goal is always that of FAMILY and creating an aura that is open and ready to take on the children, the parents, the grand parents, and all members of the Family Unit. It is true that the majority of our rooms overlook the magnificent and expansive new Salt Water pool surrounded by nearly 100 lounge chairs and over a dozen sets of tables and chairs but, it must be noted, that we also have Tennis View and Ocean View Rooms that are highly desired. The Tennis View rooms remove themselves from the characteristics of being in front of an active pool area and instead overlook the Activity Arena with Tennis, Shuffleboard and Bocce Ball Courts. They face a western direction so the Sunsets are spectacular. Don't miss them!!! As for Ocean View rooms, there are a dozen. These rooms are also some of the largest before reaching the 2-Bedroom Suite size and have a CLEAR View to the Sandy Paradise of the Beach only steps in front of the Motel as soon as you cross over the newly improved BIKE PATH leading directly to the nearby Boardwalk. All of our Efficiency Room Types are equipped generously with various sizes of pots & pans, several sizes of plates & bowls, silverware, a larger refrigerator, stove, stovetop, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, and more. You would not have to worry about bringing a thing!!
Thank You for sharing such a beautiful review. We are TRULY grateful and look forward to seeing your entire family again here at the Jolly Roger!!!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Highland Lakes NJ
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

My family & I have been going to the Jolly Roger with the Jersey City, VFW for many, many years and have not had a better stay as we did this year since it has been taken over by the new owner's. The Staff is attentive, courteous, friendly & the property is impeccably clean!
Also, we can't forget the dog, Bear who does his rounds to make sure everyone is having a good time! :-) Joe, Vince, Cindy, KUDOS TO YOU!!!
Cant wait till next year!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
We are so thankful for the many groups and organizations that vacation and convene at the Jolly Roger during their conventions and gathering times. The VFW was absolutely incredible to have at the Motel and we very much look forward to hanging out with everyone and servicing your needs once again next season. The family atmosphere associated with the Jolly Roger combined with the obvious family concept of the VFW (everyone comes down with children and grandchildren for their time with us) made for an amazing week of great times & new friendships!! To take time out of your schedules once you got home to comment and review our new ownership on here truly means a lot!!
Recognizing us and accepting us as the new owners of such an iconic landmark as the Jolly Roger, we understand cannot be easy for any guest who has been coming for decades but we appreciate the respect and the opportunity to allow us to shine in what we do and how we do it. When given the opportunity to truly show to you all we have planned for the future of the Jolly Roger, you will absolutely be pleased and rest assured not an ounce of disappointment will be in anyone's thoughts. You will definitely see several things happen each year at the Jolly Roger which will bring the motel back to its original energy. We started this 2104 Season with changes already.....re-opening the restaurant, converting the pool to a salt water pool, offering FREE WiFi throughout the entire grounds, and new KOHLER massaging showerheads in EVERY room. While we understand that the motel has been around since 1960 and that some of the rooms are retro-inspired, our goal during this initial season and beyond is to constantly assure that you shall receive a guest room that is crisp and clean!!!!! There is absolutely no wavering on that point and we NEVER shall. Our housekeeping staff is well trained and detailed in their procedures. We, as owners, are here to listen and abide to the wishes of our guests and give back much more than we ever anticipate we can take. It is very much about the team here!!
Bear, our resident mascot, is always out and about trying to find the next recipient of his "fetch" game...And we must thank you for entertaining Bear as he sat by you at the BBQ Pit. He will miss all of you for sure and will look forward to next year, like his human counterparts - US!! Bear definitely seems to have found quite the soft spot in everyone he meets.
Your compliments and great wishes have been very much noted and we are very thankful that you all had such an amazing time. Our role as keepers of the Jolly Roger is taken VERY seriously and we shall continue to make sure that each and every guest receives personal service and attention. See you again soon!!!!
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Staten Island, New York
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My family and I stayed here for a 2 day weekend recently let me say that the owners Cindy and Vincent are wonderful. They will do anything to accommodate you as best as possible. The rest of the staff is just as wonderful. I forgot to take home with me my favorite pillow I called them back a day after we left and behold they shipped my pillow back to me..... For a great family stay please don't hesitate to stay here you won't regret it!!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank You for your GREAT endorsement of the Jolly Roger!!! We do our BEST to accommodate the needs of all of our guests and we LOVE doing it. We are so glad that it shows through in our work and demeanor. Whether you vacation with us for a night or a couple weeks, it is crucial for us to make everyone feel completely welcomed into the resort.
A Family Resort we ARE!!! Families are a large part of our guest lists and the intrigued appearances of a curious child or the frolicking play between parents & children really make the Jolly Roger a fun place to escape to after time spent in your daily lives. There are a ton of activities on the amenity list here at the resort open for all guests to freely use such as our Activity Arena (showcasing Tennis, Bocce & Shuffleboard Courts), our All-New Heated Salt Water Pool, and the "soon" opening of our New Pool Front Cafe serving breakfast & lunch (be seated in our interior or alfresco poolside tables or even be served lounging poolside by our wandering servers). It is very much about total convenience when asked what is important to our guests and we want nothing more than to deliver the best we know how....and after about 30 years in the industry and being 2nd generation motel owners in Wildwood Crest, we have experience behind us to guide our decisions. With that experience, our staff has the best form to get it right and we train each and every member of our staff to be the BEST they can in carrying out their duties....and never along the way be distracted as to our end goal - COMPLETE Guest Satisfaction!!
It was our pleasure to send you your pillow once found. We very much understand that leaving your vacation here at the Jolly Roger puts one in a GREAT mindset and, while we encourage everyone to thoroughly check their rooms prior to final departure, "things" may very well get left behind. We shall always do our best to get those item(s) back to you as quickly as possible. We are thrilled that it all worked out so well for you & your pillow.....and that we shall see you both here again soon!!
Your endorsement is very well received and very much appreciated by ALL OF US!!! Truly hoping to see you all again soon!!
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Reading, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We can't say enough good things about this motel. The staff was so nice and well, we fell in love with Bear the motel dog immediately. Though we love to get away, we miss the morning dog hugs and Bear was generous with hugs every morning. We were very happy with our poolside room. It was wonderful to be steps from the pool and the beach. All of the motel is clean and well kept. We found the salt water pool to be a refreshing change from over-chlorinated hair and skin from the usual motel pools. Though we don't have children, the sounds of children playing makes it an obvious welcoming place for families. The staff was very helpful with suggestions for bike rides, restaurants, and any other questions we had. We will be back to enjoy the Jolly Roger!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
So I will have to say that we gushed and showed GREAT excitement when reading your review. a SINCERE THANK YOU!! We here at the Jolly Roger work VERY hard to make sure things are as Perfect as possible for your stay and we LOVE getting it right!! Even Bear appreciates sharing his hugs and ball playing skills with those who will come along to show care and tender touches to him....we always wonder how he is going to get through the Winter without all his new friends he is so happily making at the Jolly Roger.
The poolside rooms are of great popularity for anyone that travels with children or wants to enjoy a little people-watching while resting on their private balcony. It is a great way to wind down the day or get it started with a spectacular sunrise over the pool area sky. We have converted the pool to one which is consistently heated at 82 degrees and uses a Salt Water filtration system instead of the standard chemical filtration of chlorine. It has received VERY POSITIVE results both in how it appears and in how it makes your skin & hair react after a day in the pool. Your skin becomes soft and your hair welcomes the non-chemical addition. We and the guests are also LOVING the fact that you no longer have the scent of the chemical treatments used in most pools permeating the fresh ocean scents that we all soak in when at the shore.
One of our main goals is to make sure that the rooms and the grounds are extremely well-maintained at all times. It is well-received that guests are noticing the care we put in. From a general daily sweeping of the grounds to a thorough cleaning of all rooms by the housekeeping staff to the resetting of the entire pool area each night to make sure you can relax and enjoy a clutter free area that is well organized, practically & visually!!
Family is without a doubt a very important part of how the Jolly Roger has developed its business plan and customer service guidelines. Children are an important and crucial part in the life and development of the Jolly Roger and its full staff. We are thrilled with the excitement of children all around while in the pool and the activity arena. It is joyful and carefree to recall those times when we too had our share of daily adventures and growingly curious spirits about anything and everything. The Jolly Roger very clearly WELCOMES THE FAMILY!!
Whether it is your first time on the Wildwood Island or you are a seasoned traveler, we here at the desk and the entire staff on the grounds are here to serve you and offer as many suggestions as you desire. We, as owners, have lived in Wildwood Crest for all or most of our lives and continue to be excited about our hometown....and LOVE to share its ever-changing and ever-growing landscape of businesses and activities for you to enjoy. You will absolutely see at least one of us, Joe, Vince or Cindy, behind the desk ready with tons of information. We pride ourselves in being actively involved in the community and so it lends itself to being able to put you in the driver's seat as to your best options for your specific stay.
We are here and hope you COME BACK SOON!!!!....& Bear sends you out a huge hug!!!
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

What a wonderful experience! We had some issues and had to keep changing our check in date, Joe and the staff were so friendly and accomodating! Rooms were very clean and had a wonderful view of ocean and pool. Great place to relax. Looking forward to coming back in a few weeks.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience at the Jolly Roger and we will work at only making it improve from this point on. It will definitely just keep getting better and better with the more changes we can make as time allows. The improvements that we have implemented since our new ownership began in late February 2014 have become very apparent and appreciated by the guests like you who have come to stay with us for their getaways. And that is very thrilling for us and very fulfilling personally and professionally. Hearing comments like yours about what a GREAT time you had and appreciating the care we take in making each and every customer feel welcomed and special, as you deserve, is what it is all about for us.
While it is difficult to accommodate all requests for changes in reservations that come in, rest assured that we recognize life just gets in the way of the best laid plans sometimes and we shall always do our best to do what is possible to accommodate your needs and making your vacation remain a reality. Policies need to exist for guidelines, harmony and just plain "good business practice" but the human factor never leaves the rationale that if it is possible to adjust a reservation, we shall do our best. We are glad it worked out in your specific situation.
The Jolly Roger was designed and built in 1960 as a Beachfront Motel and many of the rooms, especially on the 2nd and 3rd floors, still maintain amazing views of the beach and pool simultaneously. To really feel a bit of the nostalgia of days of old, check out and LIKE our Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/jollyrogermotel )...and continue on to review our photo albums on our page to see a group of photos showing the building and development history of the motel. The pictures will amaze you....THAT is a promise!! Our goal now is to bring back the wonderful vibe of retro mid-century but with modern amenities and always keeping in mind that cleanliness rules if we are to continue to be successful in hospitality as we have been for over 30 years now. We want you to always think of the Jolly Roger as a relaxing escape and not have you worrying about things from daily life....we will handle your room, your daily maid service, your pool & grounds maintenance, among much else. You just sit back and take in all the care we shall offer and soak in the state of bliss we will place with you while with us.
It will be GREAT to see you again in a few weeks. Have an amazing official start to Summer and we will see you once we are all in the thick of it.....Be safe and remember that the Beach is a-waiting with an open-armed Pirate perched on our portico to guide you here to the Jolly Roger!!
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Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Just stayed here for 3 nights. I got a great deal on Groupon. Rooms comfy and clean. Heated pool was wonderful after swimming in the ocean. They are one block from the beach and 1.2 mile from the Boardwalk. The staff was very friendly and my daughter loved playing fetch with the motel dog. The one downfall, there was no coffee pot in the room. The beds were a little harder then what I am use to but was still able to rest.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JollyRogerMotel, General Manager at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
The Jolly Roger is glad and thrilled that you found your way to our motel in Wildwood Crest and look very much forward to serving you again in the near future. We are thrilled that you found things comfortable and friendly as we strive to offer a very amicable and cozy place to rest your head as you are away from your home comforts. Our success in customer satisfaction is very important to us not only as a motel but also as fellow human beings looking out for our neighbors. Even Bear, our "motel dog" and family pet, has now found a place to rest here for the summer as the guests have continuously requested his presence. Bear is thrilled to be able to play his role in the welcoming committee of the Jolly Roger!! Playing fetch is definitely a favorite past-time of his and he will always be excited when he finds a partner to assist....your daughter is well remembered by us at the desk and we are glad that she found a friend in Bear.
Our staff is carefully selected as to each position and fit their roles perfectly. From George, our "First Mate", & Steve, his trusted counterpart, to each of the crew members you see wandering the grounds regularly, they are ALL present and trained to serve your every need and make your vacation positively memorable in EVERY way.
To address the absence of a coffee maker in your room, it must be said that all of our efficiencies and most of our pool view motel rooms are equipped with a coffee maker. ALL of our rooms have a refrigerator present for your comfort and convenience. Unfortunately, the tennis view motel room that you stayed in was not equipped with a coffee maker. A coffee maker is not advertised in any of the tennis view rooms with the exception of the efficiencies. If that feature is important to you, let us know next time and we will be glad to assist you in booking a room with the proper amenities set for your liking. We are glad though that you were able to rest eventhough the mattress was not similar to the softness/hardness of yours at home. It is difficult for us to find the perfect mattress for EVERYone so we choose what we feel the majority is seeking out.
In the end, it seems your needs were met and, for that, we are thrilled!! And cannot wait to be here for YOU and YOUR FAMILY next time you decide to come to Exit 4B, Wildwood Crest, NJ!!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed here 2 nights...staff was friendly and the heated pool was very nice and cleaned every morning..would def recommend and stay again..only thing that was a little annoying was children on scooters in the morning but I understand it is a family motel and not the motels fault.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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JollyRogerMotel, General Manager at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
The Jolly Roger Staff is excited that we were able to have you enjoy your 2 Nights away here at the Wildwood Crest Shoreline. Whether staying 2 nights or over a week, whether vacationing with us once a season or a dozen times, each and every customer's satisfaction is our happily-chased goal!! The Jolly Roger opens its doors each morning to YOU as a guest and welcomes you onto our ship (motel, of course). We appreciate the recommendation made to others to enjoy our motel and very much look forward to having you come back very soon and often.
Our new Heated Salt Water Pool has been a HUGE HIT with guests for weeks now since first introduced. Guests are loving the fact of a very clean pool maintained with no chemicals introduced to your skin or atmosphere. We have heard many comments about smoother skin, softer hair, less irritated eyes and allergy relief. The lack of chlorine smell and the non-itchy skin usually resulting from a day at the pool has definitely become a thing of the past here at the Jolly Roger!! Come on by and check it out to see what all the acclaim is about....
We strive daily to make sure the entire grounds are maintained for the enjoyment of all guests. As to the scooters that were existent this past weekend, we were aware of their presence and did our best to keep it at a minimum. Please excuse any inconvenience. We were a bit more lenient based on the fact that the children were part of the Elks convention here at the motel this past weekend and the convention took about 90% of the motel. We did our best to keep an eye on their prevalence and kept their running around to a minimum. We shall promise to be much more aware of this situation in the future and, if you ever feel an improvement is needed here at the motel, do not ever hesitate to contact the front desk, where you will ALWAYS have an owner present. We are committed to your total satisfaction at all times!!! Thank you for your understanding!!!
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Address: 6805 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Wildwood Crest
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#26 Family Hotel in Wildwood Crest
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Number of rooms: 75
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