I had hoped to be one of the positive reviews- but after staying for five nights, I can't be. My husband, 2 year old, and I stayed in a two room "suite" which really consisted of a queen bedroom in front with a TV, a tiny bathroom, and a back bedroom with a full and a single bed. We paid less than the premium summer rate since we stayed after Labor Day- and it still was way too much for what we got.
First, there is only ONE AC unit for the two rooms- and that is in the back bedroom. Which means the back bedroom is super cold while the front room is hot. For almost $300 a night, they can't throw another AC unit in the front room? The door between the rooms is slatted- which means if you have kids who need super a quiet room, there is no point in even having two rooms because they can hear everything in the front room (though the AC did drown out a lot of noise). What is the point of that aside from getting the air from the AC to the front room? We just ended up leaving the door open between the rooms (my daughter slept fine that way). The rooms are tiny- we put a pack and play for her in the back room and it barely fit between the end of the bed and the front of the room and we couldn't put it between the beds. Not a problem really, but if you have multiple kids in there, it could be. Barely room for our luggage and stuff and absolutely no where to relax. We had nice weather so tried to minimize time in our room- but if you have bad weather or are in the room for multiple naps for kids, its tight.
The rooms are dirty- the carpet was old, brown and stained- definitely not part of the "renovation" which allegedly happened. I don't see anything renovated about that place except maybe the stainless steel sinks. And that would be fine if it were clean- but it wasn't. The walls were scuffed, it was dusty and the bottom of the bathroom door was literally chipped/broken. Also the room did not get cleaned every day, which again, if you are paying $300 a night- you expect from a hotel. We also stayed on the first floor by the Rusty Nail- so you could hear the bands in the front room til they stopped. Luckily they were all good and not super loud- but I get the feeling in the summer they are super loud and the place is crazy til late night- so if you get those rooms in the summer, beware. And there is no view from them.
The pool was fine- except that it was freezing cold, the grout around it was totally broken and coming up (and if you have toddlers who pick things up and put things in their mouths). The one nice thing was the towel service- except off season, there didn't seem to be anyone who changed the towels so you had to go early to make sure you got ones that were clean.
The only nice thing about this place is the beach service- the towels/chairs/umbrellas. That is very convenient. And the staff. Everyone was super nice and friendly- which is something to be said. I don't think that the quality of this place is due to the staff- I think its just because the big group that owns it doesn't care and doesn't put any money in it because the other properties it owns are nicer and probably require more of their overhead. So you basically are paying super high prices that end up going to the other properties and you aren't allowed to use any of their amenities.
Bottom line- stay somewhere else. There are a million other hotels/motels in Cape May and most are probably nicer. Don't get sucked into the "cool" hype- its just a dirty motel.
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