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The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort

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#1 of 1 resort in Wildwood Crest
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.7
Value
4.6
2023 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort is located directly on the beach in beautiful Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. Here you will find the cleanest, whitest expanse of sandy beaches on the entire East Coast. There is surfing and water sports nearby and we boast the best amusement boardwalk on the coast featuring Morey's Amusement Piers and Water Parks within walking distance. Our 40+ year reputation is a benchmark in cleanliness and hospitality. We look forward to serving you.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Beach
Billiards
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Vending machine
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Telephone
Clothes rack
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Refrigerator
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
4.5
490 reviews
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The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort earns rave reviews for its exceptionally clean rooms and modern atmosphere, with guests frequently commending the housekeeping staff. Its location, a stone's throw from the beach and boardwalk, is consistently highlighted as a prime perk. The hotel's value is another point of praise, with affordable parking and fair pricing. Amenities such as the well-maintained pool and the convenience of kitchenettes contribute to a comfortable stay, while the friendly and attentive staff enhance the overall experience.
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Josh W wrote a review Oct 2023
Union, Connecticut3 contributions
We travel about 6 hours from CT. I discovered the Crusader about 5 years ago while looking for an affordable oceanfront place to stay. Our first stay was in 2020 and we have returned every year since. Our most Recent being June 2023. We always book in December via the "special deals" page on the crusader website. This year we also invited 2 other parties to join us and Crusader was able to accommodate all 3 parties requests for oceanfront rooms. We enjoy the full kitchenette, the updated flooring / couches, easy check in / out. I have NEVER had an issue at crusader. Maintenance man is always friendly. Housekeeping check in daily and they are always willing to restock/take out whatever is needed. A/C in room works great. This year the wind gusts were wild so it was not great beach weather but our daughter was just as happy spending time in the resort pool. I highly recommend Crusader Resort for young families/ couples looking for an affordable oceanfront option. Thanks for the memories Crusader!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from bruce Hamlin, Owner at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort
Responded Oct 31, 2023
Hey Cosmic Charlie, thank you for the great review. We appreciate you taking the time to do so, see you in 2024!
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Deerhuntr436 wrote a review Aug 2022
Stockholm, New Jersey5 contributions
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First time guests but definitely will be returning. My wife and daughter wanted to stay in an oceanfront hotel on our trip to Wildwood Crest. After much research I chose the Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort and we are very happy we did.Our stay at the Crusader was amazing !!! The room was beautiful and very clean. We absolutely loved the oceanfront view from our balcony. The pool and patio areas were neat, well maintained, and fun. The entire staff from the front desk at check in to housekeeping, and maintenance we're extremely pleasant, friendly and professional. The Crusader restaurant was excellent serving delicious food and large servings. The location of the resort was optimal and convenient. Staying at the Crusader really made our vacation enjoyable and relaxing. We fell in love with the Crusader and enjoyed our stay so much we already reserved our room again for next year before we left it is now our goto vaction spot. I highly recommend staying at the Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort on your next trip to the shore, you won't be disappointed!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Aug 23, 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you on your return visit!
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Irene L wrote a review Aug 2023
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Hey, I am a mom of 2 and right before we were to leave for our end of summer trip my 14 year old son fractured his tibia at a trampoline park. I called the resort and was told I would not be receiving a refund. I didn’t even want a refund but a credit to return as soon as my son heals. The manager Bruce was supposed to call me back. I called again and spoke to another rep and was immediately told the same thing. No sorry for what happened. No compassion, empathy, sympathy; just cold as ice. Was told to email the manager which I did. Submitted proof of ER visit with the diagnosis. I actually cried in the phone with one of the reps I was so drained! The manager called me back with a rude tone and said “I heard that if we don’t issue you a refund, you will be giving us a bad review” HUH? This was only one remark I had made after complimenting the place and how family oriented it is. It is clearly not! I asked if we could start this conversation over again. Bruce listened to me about our situation but was short, curt and irritated with me, a mom who Begged for a credit to return to their fine establishment. He could care less and as tears started to form he stated I think we should end this conversation now. Ahole! I believe I uttered. I have since emailed the owner. No reply. Bruce had stated in a rude tone how the room would be vacant and another room as well. I empathized with him about this and reminded him that our situation was unavoidable sadly. Rooms are all booked as we checked back. This place is NOT family oriented after all. All about the money and not the people. Customer service needs major improvements! I lost $420 while giving a 48 hr notice. My son and all of us really needed this trip! We are so sad and now truly disheartened by this treatment. Advice: if you’re going there get travel insurance cause they don’t care about you or your finances! Crooks, liars, and jerks. Karma comes for us all…
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Sep 3, 2023
Clearly your theatrical response only shows how our mostly one sided conversation went. Canceling inside of 48 hours to your arrival and we only retained one half of what we were entitled to is the best we can do as we were not able to resell your reservation over the last week of August which is not prime time. Clearly this is one of the many reasons for all of us to purchase trip insurance for as a business which only operates May - Sept cannot withstand losing revenues for 2023 after holding the reservation for many months. Sorry to see you had no intention of honoring your confirmation.
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Storyteller632785 wrote a review Aug 2023
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We love the Crusader! We’ve been going to Wildwood for many years and have tried numerous hotels and I can honestly say that the Crusader is the best of them all. While not the cheapest, you do get what you pay for and the extra few dollars are well spent. The rooms are clean and comfy and the staff is top notch and so friendly! Can’t wait for next year!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 31, 2023
Thank you for the wonderful, comprehensive glowing review. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with others who may be considering the crusader
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larissaI4279YM wrote a review Aug 2023
Bridgewater, New Jersey1 contribution
We love the Crusader. The location is great close to the beach and boardwalk. Pool is very nice and the cafe being so close is a bonus. We plan on returning for many years to come. Staff is friendly and very helpful.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 27, 2023
Larissa, we very much appreciate your continued support! See you in 2024
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Deerhuntr436 wrote a review Aug 2023
Stockholm, New Jersey5 contributions
Second year staying at the Crusader Oceanfront Resort and we were as happy and enamored with this hotel as the first time we set foot in our room, already reserved our week for next year. Amazing ocean view from our balcony, beautiful clean and comfortable rooms, friendly and professional staff, great location close to everything and the Crusader restaurant is not to be missed! Very family friendly facility. We love everything about the Crusader and highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 27, 2023
Thank you and so nice to hear second time was the charm!!
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liz362023 wrote a review Aug 2023
Fair Lawn, New Jersey1 contribution
Location was great as it was very close to the beach and the boardwalk area. The staff at the front desk area was nice and professional as well as the cleaning crew. The only thing that was negative and it has nothing to do with the hotel is that some ppl in the pool area where the umbrellas were would leave their towels on the chairs and left somewhere else for hours while others that were present in the pool could not use the umbrellas during a very sunny day. But overall we had a great time at this hotel. Recommended
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Bruce Hamlin, Owner at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort
Responded Aug 27, 2023
Thank you and in the future a call to our front desk (anonymous of course) would rectify that situation immediately. It is very rare to hear of this issue
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jkcakes113 wrote a review Aug 2023
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From the warm hello as we entered to check in to the heartfelt thank you as we checked out. The staff was awesome. The Crusader was perfect. The very clean and spacious room and comfortable bed. The pool(which was my daughter’s favorite) and sunning area was relaxing. The food area was delicious. I couldn’t have asked for a better place for my family. Thank you Crusader. Arsenal Gunners.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded Aug 27, 2023
Thank you for the glowing review
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Elissa B wrote a review Aug 2023
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We stayed at The Crusader for three nights this past week. The rooms were kept very clean, the staff was friendly, we walked to the boardwalk (though it felt very long in the heat) and the ocean is right there, so that was nice. The restaurant was good but only open until 3. Our room had a living room and a bedroom with two beds. The kitchen was a sink, full size fridge and microwave. Our only complaint with our room is that a ceiling tile fell as it floated up when the ac turned on. The pool was OK, kids enjoyed it. The best part I think is that it was nice and quiet.
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Responded Aug 20, 2023
thank you Elissa
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IneTrillanes wrote a review Aug 2023
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As a single mom this is my first time to go on vacation with my children. Sometimes I have fear whether the places, the crime, but crusader hotel makes me feel safe. For sure I will book this place again.
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Responded Aug 20, 2023
thank you Ine. We work hard to keep our property in tip top shape! i see a rating re: service feel free to send me an email if this is something we need to address. Bhamlin@shoreresortpm.com
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THE CRUSADER OCEANFRONT FAMILY RESORT - Prices & Reviews (Wildwood Crest, NJ)

Frequently Asked Questions about The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort
Which popular attractions are close to The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Nearby attractions include Kona Surf Co. (0.7 miles), StarLux Mini Golf (0.6 miles), and Mulligan's Shore Bar and Grill (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Jellyfish Cafe, Surfside West, and Key West Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Is The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Wildwood Crest.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Crusader Oceanfront Family Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Historic Cold Spring Village (4.5 miles).