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“Great for younger couples who want night life”
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Beach Shack
Ranked #20 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Reviewed October 16, 2010

I expected this hotel to be horrible because of the reviews. But we stayed here because all hotels were filled up. I was pleasantly surprised. The room was very spacious, clean, and updated. Huge living area with updated furniture and flat screen t.v. Bedroom was small, but in a separate room and clean.
There is a bar and tiki area in front of the resort which has partying going on most of the night, and music that is very audible from the rooms. If you want a quiet place, this is not for you. If you want a little music and nightlife, and an updated room, this is for you.
Complaints are that there was a dumpster behind our room that they used throughout the night and you would hear huge crash noises every time they dumped anything into it. The showers/plumbing need to be fixed. The shower went from hot to cold to hot to cold. Not fun. The bedroom had no t.v.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

The Beach Shack is a great place. I'm a 29 (as of 2010) year old guy who stayed there with a couple of friends for a wedding at Congress Hall. No it is not Congress Hall, but it is owned by the same company who operates Congress Hall, along with several other of the nicer hotels in Cape May. It's ahead of most of your options in terms of location, for several reasons. It's on the beach, they provide umbrellas, towels, and chairs. It's located next to the Rusty Nail, a beach bar and grill that has live entertainment (ends around 9:30 to be in compliance with noise ordinance). It is three blocks south of Congress Hall, so that was nice for us - and a short walk to the center of the strip where we entertained ourselves for a night or two. There is a pool there, which is clean and towels are provided.
The rooms are comfortable, clean and big enough for 3 people easily. I could find stuff to complain about but overall the place is great, and I'll probably go back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

We called Congress Hall to book a room and were referred to this newly renovated hotel with kitchenette etc....perfect for a family with kids right? Wrong!! Very high prices - not even a microwave in the room! We couldn't believe it ....and get ready to rock and roll your way in to each night as this is basically an outdoor night club for every 20 something in Cape May! Not a great stay for family with young kids or for anyone looking for a relaxing place to stay - won't stay again!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

They have done a great job turning a motel into a mini boutique resort right in front of beach.
Great family place to spend a weekend and spend all day at the beach.
The restaurant Rusty Nail was awesome, with great summer ambiance and live music by a fire pit and mini beach.
Rates can be high but blame it on demand and location.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

We stayed at tthe Beach Shack for 3 nights and were told over the phone we would have a blacony overlooking the beach they forgot to mention the car park and the road before the beach. The balcony was a shared walk way with 2 chairs and as you looked along at people sat outside their rooms it just looked like a council estate block in the UK. I paid extra for a suite which just meant we had a corner sofa rather than 2 double beds, I was told there was a kitchenette but there was no kettle just a coffee maker and a microwave and porrly equipped cupboard. Had to make tea in the coffee maker so it tasted of coffee. I would never pay $350 per night in England for a room that looked like a Travelodge room and would certainly expect a DVD player and i pod dock or CD. we watched films on a lap top and luckily took i pod speakers. This is a motel that's had a minor touch up and hiked the prices. The reception staff were sour and awkward when we arrived said they'd ring when we could check in but when we turned up at 3pm the room was ready - no phone call! when we were leaving i queried my bill and they insisted that's the rate i had agreed and wouldnt budge until we spotted on second trip back to them from the car that they had given u someone else's bill - the sweet false smiles come across as condescending. However the staff at the Rusty Nail were fantastic expecially the bar staff and the food was great. The beach staff were all moaning about how hard work it was to beds out and umbrellas made you feel like you would rather do it yourself rather than have them get hot and bothered on your account. You have to buy a beach pass so not included in hotel room but chairs and towels are but it rained for 24 hours in our 3 night stay. We couldn't even phone reception when a light wasnt working and told the cleaner but she didnt report it so we just left it. There's no lifts so be prepared to carry your luggage on way out as had help on the way in.
On the whole wish I'd paid $70 per night more for Congress Hall as the Beach Shack is a rip off.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

This is one of the hotels that Congress Hall bought and upgraded. Congress Hall has done a great job with their properties and we expected just that. However, for $300 a nigth, we had a motel room with no central air, the smallest bathroom I've ever seen with a tub from the 1970's and kids galore. There was a small air conditioning unit in the window which did not work well and left the room musty. It smelled like a basement. The onsite restauarant is pretty good and I liked the outdoor fire pit and music. It's a bit of a long walk to town. Their beach service was a mess. They didn't check your name to see if you were a guest. Theye were running all over the place and it took 20 minutes to get set up. Do yourself a favor and use the money to stay at a nice hotel. This was a a big disappointment.

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Reviewed August 18, 2010

Just finished our stay at the Beach Shack. While it has a nice vibe the rooms are lacking quite a bit. The room we stayed in was musty and the air conditioner very noisy and inadequate, making it difficult to sleep. Another review pointed these same things out, so obviously unless someone is asleep at the switch these should have been corrected, but have not. They claim to have "refurbished" the place, but in all honestly they didn't do too swift of a job. Small bathroom,stained tub, rusted radiator, no soap dish. On the plus side, employees are very friendly and helpful, beach service is nice, Rusty Nail has decent food and is fun. BUT you will be sorely disappointed by the quality of the rooms. My wife, and interior designer summed it up by saying it would be so easy to fix some of the problems, but I guess they feel they don't have to. My opinion, eventually people will catch on and not want to stay here. By the way the hotel was not full, so maybe they are already catching on!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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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: $129 - $367 (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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