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Clarion Inn & Suites Atlantic City North
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Absecon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

I just returned from a horrific stay at this hotel. I was here for the weekend with my boyfriend's parents, sister, sister's husband, and two young kids (ages 6 and 3). For starters, we were unable to get an early check-in and the manager yelled at the kids for being too loud. Then my boyfriend and I went out to the casinos and called the hotel to get the free shuttle back to the hotel. At first, the manager started giving me push back about whether our party was checked in or not etc., and then she admitted that the shuttle was booked out for a wedding. Ummm...way to be honest initially. Very sketchy. To be clear, the hotel is about 15 minutes away from the Atlantic City boardwalk. It is not a good place to stay. The manager continued to be condescending after an unfortunate incident with a cab, took forever to clean one of our rooms even though we requested a cleaning, snapped at people during breakfast and then--icing on the cake---the hotel alarm went off at 11:30pm Sunday night waking all the guests up. Also, the bed was not comfortable and it hurt my young back. Honestly it felt like we were in an army boot camp the way the hotel was run. We have never been treated so rudely by hotel stuff. It was unbearably unpleasant. I've read other reviews and it looks like people have had similar complaints. Do yourself a favor and save your money. DO NOT stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stayed there for one night and it was great. The only thing was their wifi was down. But other then that a great job. Clean room, hot food, and good coffee,, Easy to get to, 7 miles from AC and close to the NJ Parkway

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jim L
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

I don't typically post reviews of hotels I stay at just for an overnight for work but I couldn't resist this one. It's important to understand that the Clarion is situated on a busy road packed with awful hotels one after another. So choices in this area are limited unless you want to go to Atlantic City which is a hassle for a work trip.
The Good: Check in was easy, fast and the young lady at the front desk was extremely pleasant.
Wifi was free and fast, the bathroom looked to be updated and the bed was very comfortable and I slept great.
The Bad: The curtains hang so far over the air conditioner that the air couldn't really circulate so I had to get out of bed and shove the curtain bottoms onto the shelf above the air conditioning unit. Breakfast was mediocre but the coffee was pretty bad--I stopped for some elsewhere when I left. The TV was of very poor quality so I had to turn the volume way up to hear it and then it was distorted--gave up on TV pretty quickly.
The Shabby: The credenza that had the TV on it was smashed on the bottom with wood chips around it (no bare feet there!). The desk chair was so worn out there were holes on the armrests and the stuffing was exposed. Also, there was a cable wire or electrical cord poorly wrapped around the divider to the small living area-kind of like someone forgot to drill a hole in the divider so they just ran it on the floor. It wasn't even tacked down--just loose on the floor.

Overall it was an ok place to get some sleep--could be nicer with a bit of effort I think--just edges into the acceptable category for me.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank ASHP222
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

I was so happy to find a hotel that has a true family suite with 3 real beds, not a pull-out couch, and a real door between the 2 rooms. It is not an adjoining room so there is just the 1 bathroom to share. So many hotel chains will advertise a "suite" but it really is just a room with a 1/2 wall between the beds or a pull-out couch on one side of the room.
Our room was very clean with updated furnishings and plenty of towels. We could hear the TV in the room next door but the fan helped to block the noise. Breakfast was basic but good with several tables to sit down. Front desk staff understood what customer service is, which is getting more difficult to find these days. The pool was clean but a little small. Overall, a great deal for a quick trip to Atlantic City.

Room Tip: Get a room on the 3rd floor so you don't hear people above you.
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank PickyTraveler4
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Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for the Junior Olympics June 11-13 with 40 teenagers! The rooms were nice and clean. The wifi wasn't the best and it took a while to get hot water in a few rooms but in other rooms it was very hot! all in all it was a great stay! I would stay again!

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

First off if you plan to go to Atlantic City Boardwalk this hotel is quite a drive, weekend hotels closer to the beach is very expensive and this hotel was affordable and complimentary breakfast is a bonus. However during weekdays though you can find resorts by the beach price dropped, and you do need a car from this hotel to there with the parking fee at boardwalk it is cheaper to stay closer only on WEEKDAYS.

We were very happy with our stay, rooms were big, comfy beds, check in and out was a breeze and staffs are very friendly. Breakfast not many choice but they were good, just wish they have more tables we ended taking them to our room.
All in all we will stay again if we happen to go on weekends.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank IndoVaca
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Good hotel, clean, quiet (even if on a big road) and very nice service. We came only for one night but we were really happy with our stay. Breakfast was included and was simple but good. One negative point is that the water in the shower took ages to become hot. But a good simple hotel for a couple of nights or so

Room Tip: I guess far from the main road would be better
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 342 E White Horse Pike, Absecon, NJ 08205-9565
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Absecon
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Absecon
Price Range: $70 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Inn & Suites Atlantic City North 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Clarion Inn & Suites Atlantic City North, a newly built hotel minutes from the Atlantic City Boardwalk! For your relaxation needs, the Clarion Inn & Suites Atlantic City North boasts a beautiful 33-foot-long indoor heated pool and a well-equipped exercise room. All rooms have a small refrigerator and microwave oven for your convenience. For those who will expect nothing less than the very best, we proudly offer a King Hot Tub Room for the ultimate in luxurious romantic relaxation. If you are traveling with family, we are ready for you! Our Triple Queen Suite is complete with two bedrooms, including a private en-suite room so the family can be together while affording everyone a bit of privacy. ... more   less 
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