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“not so nice place in a pleasant new jersey shore town” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Periwinkle Inn
Ranked #21 of 38 Hotels in Cape May
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bloomfield new jersey
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“not so nice place in a pleasant new jersey shore town”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

The hotel could have been cleaner and the room could was in need of remodeling at the very least. We had to go to the front desk twice for clean towels and extra small bars of soap. The room had a slight oder and needed new carpeting. I thought the hotel was a bit pricey and not worth the stay. If your going to stay at Periwinkle Inn bring plenty of cold hard cash, thay don't except credit cards or personal checks only CASH. Payment is in CASH only.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
47 Thank gerard_c154
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PeriwinkleManager, Front Office Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Hello and I am so sorry that your stay was not 100% enjoyable here at the Periwinkle Inn. I only wish our guests would tell us when there are problems like this with vacuuming! We certainly would have jumped right on it to send someone else down to your room and vacuum immediately. All guests need to know that we are in the process of renovating our hotel before the 2013 season. We thank you all for your patience!

We look forward to serving you again in the near future!

Sincerely,

Periwinkle Inn
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We booked last minute to this Cape May hotel and were influenced by the reviews that mostly used adjectives such as clean and pretty. It's very hard not to notice that the property is truly well maintained and landscaped. The pools are clean and the guests are generally quiet. It kind of went downhill from there. The elevator was quite roomy and clean, and was an unexpected plus in an older building such as this one. However, once we opened the room door, we were daunted by the dirty-looking reddish brown, speckled, and worn-out carpet. The bathroom was clean and it appeared this is where anyimprovement had been done. The wall-to-wall green glass tiles were quite beautiful, and the small toilet looked new. However, there were no hooks on the doors or elsewhere for towels or anything else, and not stall shelving for soap or shampoo. Speaking of soap, once we got those two small, flat bars of hotel-sized soap, we never got anymore for the next 4 days. We called front desk, and after they were done accusing us of leaving the room too late for housekeeping as the reason we didn't have soap, and we rebutted that the housekeeper had come, made the bed, but not vacuumed or left soap, we were told to come down to get some ourselves. Our room was not vacuumed for our entire 4-day stay, and we finally got soap the last night only because we went to get some ourselves. Apart from that, the room was fine and the hotel is across from the beach, so very convenient. We had two beds that were a bit hard and very high pillows. We wouldn't stay here again. At almost $300/night for the weekend nights, we felt customer service and houseekeeping left much to be desired, and the carpet was just disgusting to walk on.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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34 Thank macksammy
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PeriwinkleManager, General Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Hello my valuable guest! We at the Periwinkle Inn do appreciate your business more than you know! I just wanted to tell you that we are doing a MAJOR renovation before the 2013 season hits! Hope to see you this season coming up!

Sincerely,

Periwinkle Inn
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

The hotel is clean, a little dated but decent. This was my first time in Cape May and my family and I loved it. The hotel is a little pricey but most of Cape May is anyway. The pool was really nice except the lawn chairs were on the outside of the pool area which was a little strange. I have a 5 year-old and there is no way I could sit outside of the pool area so I had to sit on the ground. The location isn't the best but with a little one, it was nice to be in a quieter area at night and early morning. I do agree with the other reviewer...the beds were not comfortable at all. I have to say that overall, we had a pleasant stay and although I would try another hotel next time (just because that's what we like to do) I would stay there again.

Room Tip: The one bedroom suite is definitely worth the extra money if you have children.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mchase92
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hello our Dear Past Guest,

The Periwinkle Inn wants to tell you that we appreciate your thoughts on our services and we hope that you will consider us again. We have just reopened and all is brand new! We renovated each and every room just for wonderful people such as yourself.

Thank you again we try every time to make your stay memorable.

Sincerely,

Periwinkle Inn Staff
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livingston, NJ 07039
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

This was the 1st time in Cape May that we stayed in a motel rather than in a B&B, and only because it was last minute booking for Labor Day and nothing else was available. No wonder this hotel was the only one that had vacancies, even during Labor Day. The price was very-very high, no breakfast included, no restaurant on premises either. We payed $1089 for 3 nights in a standard room with 2 queen beds ( by the way, very uncomfortable beds). The hotel has neither the Victorian charm that B&B offers, nor the luxuries that really nice hotels provide ( and there are a bunch of luxury ones right near Periwinkle). If all of this is of no significance for you, if you come to Cape May not for it's ambiance but only for the beach, then this review is not for you, just disregard it. As for me, never again! Not worth the money!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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36 Thank tsilia
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PeriwinkleManager, Front Office Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Here at the Periwinkle Inn we are responding to your review to tell you that we appreciate your feedback and do take all concerns seriously. We would like to invite you back and hope yo will consider it because we have renovated each and every room here at the Periwinkle Inn hotel in Cape May

Sincerely,

Periwinkle Inn
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Telford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

Even though on our second day my wife and I were accused of smoking in a non-smoking room and burning the rug, after a brief conversation with the desk representative the situation was remadeed. We were there for almost two weeks even though we were scheduled to go home after five we just could'nt leave. The staff knew my name after the second day and were always curtious and attentive. I wish I could remember the names of the two younger girls, they just could'nt do enough for us. I handed one of the girls the over twenty thousand dollars to place in the safe while I went to the beach, and even though she knew there was an extremely large amount of money there I had no reservations and every dollar was there upon my return. What else is there to say, even though the Periwinkle was not my first choice as I attempted to make my reservations I will have no second thoughts of staying there again!

Brian C Buono
Philadelphia, PA

p.s. I do not blame them for the misunderstanding about smoking, the way I see it they were watching out for the welfare of the other guests and their property. Who could blame them for that!!

Room Tip: Rooms on the west side give you the best view of the ocean but you must be on the second level or hi...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brian B
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Mr. Buono,
We at the Periwinkle Inn are extremely happy that you picked us for your vacation. We remember you and your wife well. You were always pleasant. The girls at the office said you were nothing but a treat and would love for you and your wife to come back and see us. We have great news! we are newly renovated. Everything is brand new. If your looking to come back call anytime. Hope to hear from you soon!
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Secaucus, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We just returned from four days at this lovely hotel right across the street from a quiet(er) stretch of Cape May beach. The location is perfect. The grounds are beautiful. The rooms are clean, and perfect for a beach stay. Quiet. Nice people. Nice staff. The only downsides is that the water tastes awful, so when you make coffee in your room, it helps to use bottled water. The other downside is that the beds are not comfortable, but everything is very clean. Overall, a great place to vacation with kids. We would go back again anytime.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PuffyWinks
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Valued Customer,
Thank you for writing about your experience here at the Periwinkle Inn. We are actually newly renovated this year! Everything is brand new including the mattresses. We would be very happy to see you again and experience another relaxing vacation. Give us anytime. Hope to hear from you soon!
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Benelux
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59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

A lovely motel that combines an ideal location directly across the road from the beach, and a pool as a beach alternative. The rooms are well-equipped, clean and well-situated. The only downside I found with the stay was the absence of a strong wi-fi network. The personnel are pleasant and willing to provide tips and useful information for your stay. The motel is close to restaurants and a walk away from downtown. Its the third time we've been there and I'd gladly return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank ExPatBorderWorker
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Valued Customer,
Thank you so much for the kind words. We appreciate your business and would love for you to stay again and experience the new renovations. We worked really hard all winter and are very proud of how it has all come together. Keep us in mind for your future stay. Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank You
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Property: Periwinkle Inn
Address: 1039 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1613
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Cape May
#14 Family Hotel in Cape May
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Periwinkle Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As Cape May Hotels go the Periwinkle Inn is top of the line! Cape May, NJ is Americas very first seashore resort, and it is the home of the oceanfront Periwinkle Inn Hotel. Cape May is located at mile zero on the Garden State Parkway. The Periwinkle Inn is located on famous Beach Avenue, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and steps from the white sands of Cape May Beach! All boutique-like rooms offer modern amenities including flat screen TV's, free wi-fi, microwaves, refrigerators and ocean views with private balconies or patios. We have 7 different styles of rooms including 2 room suites. Our Five star outdoor pool is heated and includes free pool/beach towels. We offer new chic designs while giving our guests an unmatched level of service. We care and we do everything to service our guests and provide wonderful vacation memories. Our hotel attracts travelers from all over the world. The Periwinkle Inn has a distinctive waterfront location, and is right where the Cape May promenade starts. We are located in the heart of Cape May City around many restaurants, sightseeing and everything else Cape May's got to offer. With a large heated pool, shuffleboard court, sandbox, BBQ grills surrounded by flowering gardens, we provide an ideal location for your Cape May family vacation. Stay with us, you will call it your home away from home. ... more   less 
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