We stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel over Labor Day weekend and had a lovely time. The staff was extremely helpful and pleasant, the hotel was very clean and in the process of modernization (tiki bar, pool, restaurant, rooms and lobby all redone but hallways not yet). The beach and pool service was impeccable and you definitely felt "taken care of". We could tell that this property is striving to be a 4+ star hotel. However, for a Ritz Carlton price ($500 a night with all of the taxes for a standard suite) you expect more of a Ritz Carlton atmosphere and unfortunately the hotel falls a little short. For example, the valet parking (and very cool attendant) is only available until 6-7pm, so for those of us who are New Yorkers who have 8pm or later dinner reservations you have to get your own car and repark it (not a deal breaker but for a luxury hotel not really acceptable) Also, you are only allowed 1 towel per person at the pool or beach (yes they bend the rules a bit and to be fair I got a second towel) but common sense tells you that you need a towel to lay on your lounge chair and one to dry off with, towel rationing should not happen at a 5 star hotel. The air conditioning works properly (to discredit all of those reviews that say the air doesn't work it does you just have to remember to keep your room key in the slot next to the door), however the thing is so loud that my BF who is the heavier sleeper out of us two said he felt like he was sleeping in the subway and had to sleep all day on the beach to make up for his lack of sleep due to the AC noise the night before. (The AC is really that loud and makes you get up at least 3 times a night which negates the super comfy bed). Also the exhaust fan in the bathroom is extremely loud as well (very annoying and you can't shut it off). Additionally don't ask for glasses to take back to your room from the tiki bar (if you brought your own bottle of wine)...we were presented with disposable plastic cups (not the ones that look like glasses).
All in all we had a very good and relaxing stay and I would recommend this hotel to others looking for an "upscale" experience because in reality for Cape May this is as good as it gets, there isn't much competition because most of the hotels/motels are so rinky dink. So we would come back, it's on the beach, has beach and pool wait service, very comfy beds etc...another good thing is that you can use the hotel amenities and stay parked after check out.
- 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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