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Beach Shack
Ranked #20 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We spent one night here in june. It was supposed to be two but i made a mistake on the dates. The day we arrived the front desk staff assured us that the manager could "work magic" and be able to help us. Unfortunately nothing could be farther than the truth. She told us she had nothing but a 3 bedroom suite for $400. Despite the fact that the company that owns this hotel has 6 other properties in Cape May she didnt offer to try and secure one for us. Instead my husband walked 2 blocks and booked us somewhere else. I was happy to leave since the air conditioning didnt work and hot water was scarce. Rooms were clean but outdated. I would never recommend this place to anyone.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We took advantage of the non-crowded early summer week and it was great. Even though it rained, we had a good stay at this great hotel. The afternoon music, fire pit atmosphere, ease to the beach all make this place a gem.

Room Tip: Ask for the family room, which has a living room. The extra space is worth it. Overlooking the fir...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Pros - Clean; convenient location close to the beach; free chairs, umbrellas and towels for beach; bars, food and firepit sitting area on-site
Cons - Rooms are dated and expensive; restaurant service is not so great, seems like everyone is new, all week our orders took forever and came out wrong or missing something more than once

Room Tip: If you have 6 people, check out one of the bungelows which have living rooms, dining room tables and...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Jenny13939
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We needed last-minute lodging for a quick getaway on the first weekend of summer. The Beach Shack popped up in search results as one of the few rooms available in CM, and we booked it. The hotel has done a really good job of taking the focus OFF dated amenities (70's style room, chintzy furniture, etc.) by providing GREAT service and a cool environment. This hotel is very family friendly, yards from the beach, and provides chairs, towels, umbrellas and beach food service.

I actually had a debate about this phenomenon with a hotelier friend who's managed Ritz's for 20 years, and his hypothesis has been proven: A well-trained staff and clear service concept beats physical plant any day.

We had a lot of fun here and would recommend it for kids, families, etc!

Room Tip: You probably won't get much choice about room, but if you do, the second floor facing the ocean...
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I have traveled to Cape May in many capacities throughout the years. We have watched the Beach shack turn into a very welcoming popular destination. The Cape Resorts Group has changed some of the beaches and properties in Cape May. They own Congress hall, the Beach shack, the Victorian and the Sand Piper. The Beach Shack is an old motel and bar, the Rusty Nail. It was a place we would not vist but it was transformed to a family friend venue. A sandy area, a grass area, a fire pit, picnic table and outside bar with music playing at 5:00 during the season. Children and thirty something's enjoying family, food and music. Watching the dolphins, drinking coffee in the morning knowing I do not need to drag beach chairs across the street was lovely. They provide patrons with towels and chairs which is wonderful. We have enjoyed many good nights sleep until this weekend. The beds are typically awesome and comfy but we had a horrible bed and terrible night sleep. The room was clostraphobic with the worst mattress we ever slept on. For the price we paid we were very disappointed and will not return.

Room Tip: If you have young children or want to go to bed early chose a room further from the bar area.
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Everything was nice. Easy to enjoy the beach, but we found we drove more to get to things then we did at other places closer in town. It is still a nice place and a great value. Everything is in walking distance of the hotel. They do provide all the beach items you may need. Just show your room key.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Needed a place to stay at the last minute. They were very accommodating. Arrived very late but someone was at the desk and were very friendly. Room was adequate for one night stay. Room air conditioner did not cool the room very well but was still comfortable sleeping. Not much space to move around the room.

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Address: 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
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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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range: $118 - $282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach Shack 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach Shack is a fresh, new, fun alternative for beachfront vacations. You will feel comfortable wearing your flip flops all day long. ... more   less 
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