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Ocean Club Hotel
Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Cape May has always had the location but now with the Ocean Club they have the place to stay in Cape May. Beautiful rooms...great service. Feels like the Caribean. Cant wait for my next stay which will be sooner than later

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Reviewed July 6, 2011

It's always difficult to know what to expect when booking a new property and we were concerned about booking our stay here. For that reason, I kept my expectations reasonably low and was more willing to forgive "normal" opening season glitches. That said, The Ocean Club exceeded my expectations in almost every way. We are not "regulars" in Cape May, so I wouldn't presume to compare OC to other competing hotels.Thus this review is for OC experience only over the July 4th weekend.

Positives:
+ Attention to service, staff training, and intangibles was excellent. It's clear that the owners/management actually cares abut the guest experience and they often "make the rounds" inquiring if they can help and what should be changed, etc. Example: upon ordering a relatively rare summer cocktail at the Tiki Bar, they did not have a specific ingredient stocked. No surprise, it's a specialty item and not often ordered. However, the next day they had purchased the bottle.
+ Rooms and common areas were spotlessly clean.
+ Beds and pillows were first rate.
+ Nice poolside environment with an upper-deck lounge area removed from the noise.
+ Free and personable lounge chair and umbrella set up on the beach.
+ Free WiFi -- nice since 3G mobile service is spotty in Cape May
+ Ample free parking
+ Perfect weather (surely arranged my this hotel)

Negatives:
- Although completely refurbished, the OC is built within the footprint of the old Atlas Hotel. That means the rooms and bathrooms are on the small side. They are "adequately" sized and not cramped. Just don't expect palatial living.
- Room amenities are missing "standard items" such as coffee makers with set-ups and luggage racks. (Toiletries, hair dryer, refrigerator, and in-room safe we all provided and nice.)
- The inability (so far) to charge poolside drinks and snacks to a room bill is an inconvenience.
- A single small and insufficient elevator. We were told another larger lift is planned.
- The restaurant is not yet open and is past it's promised opening date. Based solely upon the quality of the limited poolside lunches, the restaurant should be a nice addition to the OC and the area once it opens.
- No fitness room.

Bottomline: We would definitely return here if and when we return to the Jersey shore. This is a nice, beach hotel in a nice beach town. Comparisons to a "Miami" experience in other reviews here seem ludicrous. Don't look for that in Cape May and you should be happy.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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OCM_Management_Team, Management at Ocean Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2011

Thank you for your review! We look forward to having you visit with us again soon.

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Reviewed July 3, 2011

They had only been opened four days when we checked in the end of June. They have totally done over the hotel. Bathrooms small but very modern. We had the suite. A living room with a pullout couch and flatscreen tv, bedroom with flat screen tv off balcony. Beds
very comfortable. Everyone friendly and accommodating. They were still finishing touches to be done. They put us in a 2nd floor room. No bedskirt, just the mattress showing. Only sheer curtains. No privacy. We were right by the bar and pool. When we
went back to the desk, they changed our room to the 4th floor. All their 'block out'
curtains hadn't come in yet. So, they have a few quirks to work out. We will be back!

The comlimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas alone would bring me back there. They even set them up for you! Very clean, comfortable hotel. Walkable to a lot
of shops and restaurants. Their restaurant wasn't quite open yet. Can't wait to try it
next time. They bend over backwards to make your stay pleasant.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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OCM_Management_Team, Manager at Ocean Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2011

Thank you for your review and the photos you posted! We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

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Reviewed July 1, 2011

We totally enjoyed our stay. The staff couldn't do more for us to make our staymore enjoyable. The managers,in particular, a Leo Eleza could not have been nicer to us in making our stay a most enjoyable one. Every aspect of the hotel was great. The owner, Nick Nezaj was a very approachable guy who really would do anything to make our stay a most enjoyable one. We enjoyed ourselves so much we made reservations to return again in September. I would very highly recommend this hotel to everyone. Its definetely a KEEPER!!! Thanks again to the entire staff in making our stay enjoyable and most memorable!!! See you soon.

Bob A. Scandariato

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

We just got home from our vacation at this newly renovated hotel and it was wonderful!!
The Ocean Club, formerly "the Atlas" bears no resemblance to it's predecessor.
This hotel is beautiful! The rooms are tastefully done,the beds are so comfortable and the pool and bar area offering poolside waitress service were outstanding.
.We were able to have complimentary chairs, towels and umbrellas set up for us at the beach. The staff here is ready, willing and able to assist your every need.
I must also add that one of the owners of the hotel, Nick, went over and above what any hotel owner has ever done for us in the past to make our stay pleasant. Anyway, I would definitely recommend giving this place a try.I think it will surprise you.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank norm470
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OCM_Management_Team, Manager at Ocean Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2011

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed July 1, 2011

We just returned from 3 days at The Ocean Club and booked another weekend before we left the hotel. This new gem Cape May is bound to breath some much needed life into (although beautiful) dated beach town. The rooms were bright, clean and stylishly decorated. The staff did everything but backward cartwheels to make sure our stay was a good one. Major kudos to Leo, Stephen, Susie & Sarah. Forgive me for not gettting the names of all the rest of you, but you were all so very helpful. It's true that the restaurant had not yet opened while we were there, but the treatment and kindness showed to us by owner Nick Nezaj more than made up for that. I understand the restaurant will be open by this weekend. It looks beautiful even now. Only wishing I were able to stay a few more days. The Ocean Club is certainly going to be our new home away from home in Cape May.

Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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OCM_Management_Team, Manager at Ocean Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2011

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Reviewed June 29, 2011

Stayed here with my wife during opening weekend at this newly renovated hotel and man, is this place impressive. I’ve been to Cape May a few times before and never really cared to spend too much time in the hotel I was staying at since there’s so much to do and see in the area but this place, I didn’t want to leave. Everything is top notch and so inviting. The rooms are new and modern, and very comfortable. The pool area is absolutely beautiful and where we spent most of our time unwinding. They had some free snacks at the bar around mid-day for everyone which was a pleasant surprise.
There was still some work going on in the hotel during my stay. It seemed like it was focused on the restaurant, which wasn’t opened unfortunately. The staff said it was supposed to open very soon. Wish I could have experienced that but I wasn’t aware that there was going to be a restaurant on the premises until we arrived. Maybe next time.
Thanks to the all the staff for making our stay a very memorable one. You guys rock

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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OCM_Management_Team, Manager at Ocean Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2011

Thank you for your wonderful review! We hope you visit us again soon.

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Additional Information about Ocean Club Hotel

Address: 1035 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1613
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Price Range: $201 - $508 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Club Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocean Club Hotel redefines the luxury Cape May hotel experience. Designed by Tyler Duncan of Duncan Design Group, this boutique hotel provides the perfect blend of style and comfort. Indulge in the hotel’s breezy elegance, modern sophistication, lush bedding and chic custom designed furnishings. Leisurely pass the day sipping a cocktail poolside, on our spacious sundeck offering spectacular views of the ocean or bask in the sunshine on the beach with our complimentary beach service. Stroll along the Cape May Promenade, just steps away, and enjoy all the attractions Victorian Cape May has to offer. Finish off the day with stunning floor-to-ceiling panoramic ocean views from your private balcony. Though The Ocean Club Hotel’s greatest amenity is its location and accessibility to everything Cape May has to offer, the grounds and guest rooms also come with an abundance of amenities and guest services to make your stay even more relaxing. ... more   less 
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