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Sandpiper Beach Resort
Ranked #12 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is our 3rd summer taking a family vacation in August in Cape May and I think the 3rd time is the charm. We finally found a hotel we like! We rented a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom condo on the 2nd floor with an ocean view for me, my husband and our two sons 3.5 and 6.5 years old.

Pro's:
- great location, easy to walk to beach, restaurants, ice cream shops, mini golf, etc.
- great view of the ocean.
- clean, nice Aveda toiletries, full kitchen, cable TV, free wifi, in-room laundry
- attentive staff - friendly, informative and responsive
- we were able to eat several meals in the condo and save some money, as well as the "fun" of eating out with two young kids
- beach service - was nice not to shlep chairs or umbrella to the beach. NOTE: When I booked I was told that beach service was right in front of the Sandpiper, separate from Congress Hall but that was not the case. Sandpiper guests used the CH beach service, which is only 2 blocks away and not a big deal, but just not what I had expected.
- sister to other Cape May Resort Properties.... loved that I could charge to my room at CH (for Monday carnival tickets as well as lunch on the beach), Star Inn (where there is a starbucks) and Beach Shack (where we had a great, casual meal). Made it so easy.

Cons/suggestions:
- rooms could be bigger. the manager told me the rooms are bigger in the 2bed/2bath units but I didn't see them myself so can't confirm. Both of our bedrooms were small, as was the living room area. I have seen some reviews say the balcony was small but I thought it was a nice size.
- there was a breakfast counter & the coffee table but no kitchen/dining table for eating in our unit
- no place to unpack clothes. There was a double closet in the master bedroom but no shelves or drawers. That said, I spoke to the manager and right away he sent someone with a glass bookshelf-like unit to put in the closet and we used that for our clothes. He was very nice and responsive but considering that Cape May is such a casual beach town, I'd recommend they install shelves in the closet for t-shirts, shorts and bathing suits as I'd think many people come with mostly casual-wear vs. hanging clothes.
- pool was cold... they could heat it to make it a bit warmer. We went in a few times to cool off but didn't spend a lot of time there since it was cold.
- could use an in-room safe
- wish they would create floor plans and post them on the website so that you could be more informed as you choose your room when you book.

Overall, we had a fantastic week at the Sandpiper and would definitely stay there again. It is expensive, but relative to what we paid for at other hotels in Cape May we got much more for our money.

Just for reference/comparison, our first year we stayed in La Mer, which was a nice hotel, but bad location -- too far to walk to the Washington Street Mall and our second year we stayed in Marquis de Lafayette which had a fantastic location but was a dump (you can see my reviews for both places by linking through my profile).

Room Tip: Call SP directly to get a sense of how big the unit you want to book is.... Whether it has a kitchen...
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed in a one bedroom oceanview room in mid-August 2012 and were very pleased. The location was ideal - it's within walking distance to the Washington St mall and all the major restaurants and shops, as well as the bike rentals and of course across the street from the beach - all of this is very useful since parking at peak points in the summer is not always easy, and you often have to pay meters. They have an excellent set-up of their own beach chairs and umbrellas/towels between Congress Inn and Sandpiper and the beach is very large and clean with lovely sand and few waves. The pool at the hotel is tiny and there are relatively few lounge chairs around it - so if you expect to have a large pool set-up you will not like this one. We went for the beach and proximity to the main areas, so were not disappointed. The king bed was extremely comfortable, and our daughers were very happy with the sofa bed in the living room. The bathroom was tiny, and really not what you would expect for a one-bedroom accomodation. The terraces are tiny, but servicable, and have lovely ocean views (we stayed on the 3rd floor, and I'd recommend staying at the 2nd floor or above to avoid the street and pool noises below. The common areas are a bit tired-looking, but since the main focus is on the beach and the surrounding area that didn't matter to us.

Room Tip: Stay above the first floor if you want to avoid the street and pool noises.
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

We had a great time. The staff was top notch and the room was very clean. Twice a day made service was a nice touch. We made use of the kitchen for breakfast and a few take out dinners.

Close to the beach and use of the Congress Hall beach facilities ( beach chairs, towels, umbrella's ) really made this a great vacation spot.

The Rusty Nail and George's restaurant were very good and both just a block away.

Highly recommended and would definately stay again. Much better then most NJ beach hotels with just a room.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Very updated rooms,very clean, great showers, nice porches, the staff is very friendly. Great clean pool. Can walk to everything. Right across the street from the beach. On premis parking. Twice a day room cleaning, nice sheets and towels. All around a great family resort .

Room Tip: Get a two.bedroomif possible the hide a bed, well is a hide a bed. Not the most comfortable but wil...
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed at the Sandpiper for a week this past July. We are a family of four, with two young children, and stayed in a 1 br, 3rd floor unit. its a little pricey, but the separate bedroom and kitchenette were perfect for us. The access is through the bedroom via an outside walkway, and there is also a balcony off the living room that had a great ocean view. The kitchen was high end, with stainless appliances and granite countertops. The unit was a little plain otherwise (walls, carpet, furniture all white) but very clean.

What really made this hotel great was the staff. This was the first hotel we've stayed at where we requested a crib and it was actually in the room before we checked in! Normally, we request a crib and sit around waiting for hours for them to deliver it. At the sandpiper, it was right there waiting for us. When we requested additional blankets, it was brought up immediately. Housekeeping did a fantastic job, even doing the dishes every day. The pool was very well maintained, and they provided clean beach towels daily. There is a small fenced in kiddie area in the pool that looks like a "shark cage", which is a little odd, but the kids loved it. The beach service was awesome! They set up chairs, towels, and umbrellas for you at no charge, and the area of the beach is reserved for the Sandpiper guests. Very nice. They even offer beach food service - its extremely expensive, but a nice treat.

I do, unfortunately, have 2 complaints. First is the unit's air conditioning - it was extremely loud, was located in the closet in the bedroom, and when it kicked on overnight it started up with a loud bang each time - made it hard to sleep. Second is the bird houses in the parking lot - every other lamppost had a huge bird-condo on top, and the mess the birds made on the cars in the sandpiper's lot was horrible. I don't understand why the property has all these bird houses, but if they could be relocated, that would be a definite plus.

I would definitely recommend the Sandpiper to any families staying in Cape May. So much better than your typical Jersey Shore lodging, great location, and awesome staff.

Room Tip: go for 3rd floor, make sure its ocean view, and be mindful of the bird poop on your car.
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Back from our 3rd trip to Sandpiper.The location is excellent. Very short walk to the Washington Square outdoor shopping area, as well as many restaurants. It is a condo but with hotels ammenties like daily maid service, bellhop,etc. The place is very clean and service very attentive and friendly. Having all the amenities of the large hotel Congress Hall is great. Our kids enjoyed movie night under the stars there, the family cermics, kids kareoke,dinner at the Blue Pig Tavern and the beach service (chairs, umbrella set up, cabanas available). So you basically feel like you are a guest of both Congress Hall and Sandpiper. What is nice is the Sandpiper's pool is pretty quiet, which was great for the kids because it was never overly busy. I will say units do vary. This year the 2nd bedroom of our unit was smaller than others we have had and had no dresser, making it hard to find places to store clothes. However other years we have had a better second bedroom, larger with dresser space. So I would say when booking to really get a good idea of the exact unit you are getting. It worked out fine, but space for the kids was a bit tight,not that you are in your room a whole lot. Cape May in general is great, some stand out resturants are Rusty Nail (outdoor seating in the sand or patio, live music, great food, fun atmosphere). Tishas in town is excellent as is Cucina Rosa. Blue Pig is good. Don't miss Sunset Beach one evening, though we have been to Cape May many times we just discovered this. It is known for the amazing sunsets and won't disappoint. There is a nightly flag lowering ceremony, gift shop and is a great place to find shells, with 360 degree views of Delaware Bay. Is about 2 mile drive from downtown Cape May. Enjoy

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

I have three children ages 1-8 years old Cant get better than this. Rooms are clean facility is clean pool is clean and staff are awesome! Me and my kids loved it. Having a Kitchen washer dryer was added bonus. I will be back

Room Tip: with kids pick 1st floor room facing pool
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Additional Information about Sandpiper Beach Resort

Address: 11 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Cape May
Price Range: $170 - $349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sandpiper Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for unmatched quality, location and outstanding amenities in your vacation rental, the Sandpiper Beach Club, Cape May NJ, is the perfect fit. Offering 51 units on a beachfront block in Cape May, New Jersey, the Sandpiper is available for daily, weekend, or weekly rentals year round. Located in the heart of the famed historic district of Cape May, across the street from the area's best beaches, the Sandpiper boasts a walk-to-everything convenient. ... more   less 
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