Desperate to find a decent place to stay last minute near the Jersey Shore, I booked this place on a Friday for a Saturday night stay. I don't regret my decision necessarily -- I liked the area and the proximity to a great beach (Brigantine) and there were great places to eat around there (Sunryser Cafe - Yum! Oyster Creek Inn - Great!).
Pulling up to the Seaview, it doesn't look quite as majestic as the website's photos make it appear and it is overrun by golfers, clubs and carts (don't mean to offend any aspiring Tiger Woods here). So, you get the feeling you're pulling into a country club, rather than a resort. Anyway, the lobby area was very nice, spacious and pleasant. The front desk and concierge service was excellent. The Grill Room and Pool Bar had excellent food for a quick lunch.
This hotel has a lot going for it in terms of ambiance and location but it is in dire need of an upgrade/renovation. My room was musty and was definitely suffering from mold issues and old carpet -- there was dust and mold coming from the air vents and the carpet just felt damp and icky. Needless to say, we left our windows open to air the place out a bit and turned down the A/C. The room was not particularly clean -- everything felt like it had a layer of grime on it; the towels were rough, old and stained; the bathroom was screaming for an update and the clover motif was just um, i don't know how to describe it.
There are two pools here -- an indoor and an outdoor. I would stay far away from the indoor pool -- it is old, not maintained and just gross. The outdoor pool, while way too small for the size of the hotel, is excellent and I had no complaints about it or the pool area. We enjoyed it a lot.
I probably wouldn't stay here again, although in terms of choices there aren't many alternatives available in this area, aside from budget hotels and questionable motels so...maybe if I was really desperate to get back down to the shore and had an extra $400/night to burn, maybe I would. I would just be sure to pack some Clorox wipes, Lysol and Windex, as well as some Febreeze or something to "refresh" the air, and then maybe I'd return.
For the prices they charge and the seemingly upper-scale clientele this resort caters to, you'd think they could do much better than this. This is not quite as nice as other Marriott properties I've been to.
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- Also Known As:
- Seaview, a Dolce Hotel Galloway
- Seaview a Dolce Resort
- Marriott Galloway Township
- Galloway Township Marriott