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“Capri Motor Lodge Epitomizes Hospitality”
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Capri Motor Lodge
Ranked #13 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
“Capri Motor Lodge Epitomizes Hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

What a lovely place to stay with reasonable rates! Beautiful view of the ocean with convenient beach access directly across the street. Very clean and comfortable rooms, well maintained property, and staff that epitomize the true meaning of hospitality. I happened to mention with no expectation to the housekeeper the absence of a TV remote that would enable the closed captioning; soon after, there was a knock at the door with the needed TV remote in hand. At the Capri Motor Lodge, they really do aim to please!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

We spent a few nights in early September (parent with a 5 year old.) The location and amenities were perfect. My daughter loved the free shuffleboard, ping pong, popcorn, pool, beach (right across the street) and wild rabbits hopping about at night. I appreciated the free parking (a huge challenge in Cape May), free internet, and in-room kitchen which made for easy breakfasts and snacks. We both relaxed on the common balcony to enjoy the beach view. The hotel also has barbecue grills which we saw some groups of friends using for dinner as they relaxed in the hotel yard and played bocce ball. Overall, a relaxing and enjoyable place.

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shelton, connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

First time in Cape May, NJ. Took my daughter for a weekend as a birthday gift. We stayed in Room 301, what a view! Absolutely spectacular! And, it's in the corner, so nice and quiet. On the balcony outside the door is a double Adirondack chair which my daughter enjoyed each morning as she read the local paper (free to guests). The room is very spacious and I love the little kitchenette! The only thing I would recommend is that they add a small microwave so you could reheat leftovers, etc. The fridge was good and there is a nice set of cooking/eating utensils/plates, etc. The beds were very comfortable and look brand new, as did the bedding. The furniture is a little dated, but more than functional. Flat screen TV is a nice perk for an older hotel. The bathroom, although functional, is badly in need of updating. There's a free standing sink and absolutely no prep room (counter) at all; no where to put your stuff. it's a good size bathroom, so they could easily just put a nice white beach-style small cabinet which would add charm and functionality. The only plug in the bathroom is the old kind right under the light above the mirror. It's hard to maneuver your hair dryer plug into this thing. There's another mirror in the bedroom, but no nearby plug to use while drying your hair, unless you unplug the TV. The bathtub is yellow and dated, but the wall tiles are in pretty good shape. Always plenty of hot water. There's a window right over the tub, but it is frosted glass and has a blind on it, so that was fine. The AC is a regular window unit and that's in the kitchen over the sink. It can be noisy. Word of advice, it you keep it on the lower setting with the temp set at around 72, the room is very comfortable and the unit is a lot quieter. The pool is very well kept -- clean and sparkling. It's a smaller pool and the area gets crowded fast, so we didn't spend much time there. The lodge has two cute rocking chairs with pillows in front of the office, and we enjoyed those on one occasion, very relaxing. There is an elevator in the back to get to the upper floors but we took the stairs most of the time as you want to soak in these views as often as you can! We stayed September 7, 8, 9 and checked out on the 10th. All in all, the weather was pretty good, but you could feel Fall coming as the wind was tough at times. I would, however, go again at this time as the rates were great and there were no crowds; easy to get into restaurants. As far as that goes, Harry's right across the street was very good, wonderful people, good food. Don't bother with the Rusty Nail, substandard food, no indoor ambiance and uninterested waitstaff. We would recommend the Harbor View. Great food, large portions, fair prices, beautiful views, great waitstaff. They have a gorgeous outdoor eating area, but again, the wind was pretty bad that night, so we ate inside on the 2nd floor, it was wonderful. We also had lunch on our last day right before leaving at the Blue Pig located in Congress Hall. Had the Mac & Cheese, which was wonderful and their outdoor eating area is exceptional. For things to do, we would recommend the combo Trolley tour along with the Emlen Physik Estate visit. Very nice, very relaxing. We also enjoyed the Trolley Ghost tour, several trips to the Washington Street Mall (loved that place!), the lighthouse, and, of course, the magnificent beach. Oh, and yes, more than likely, you will see dolphins. On our last full day, at about 1:30 pm, we saw what had to be a school of about 20-30 of them; and some came pretty close to shore. That was a wonderful experience. All in all, Cape May did not disappoint at all. And the Capri would be my choice next time and I would want the same room as you cannot beat that view. The staff there are also very friendly and more than willing to answer questions and help in any and every way they can. Oh, and lastly, the Capri has these beautiful hanging flower baskets all around the balconies; believe me, pictures do not do them justice, they're gorgeous and the staff works on them every day. What a great place; I hated to leave! Give it a try!

Room Tip: I would definitely choose room 301 again -- very comfortable and you just cannot beat that view!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We have been going to Cape May for quite a long time now and decided to stay at the Capri in August for the first time. Ultimately, we came away with a positive experience. First, the location is excellent as it is right across the street from the beach and is a stone's throw from many shops and restaurants. As a bonus, a liquor store is right across the side street as well. If you enjoy walking the town, it's about a 15 minute walk to the Washington St shopping area. The property is not overly big, but does have a pool and a kiddie pool, both of which were clean. They also have an outdoor ping pong table, shuffle board, bean bag toss game (tailgate style) and a few grills and picnic tables for barbecuing if need be. Overall, the grounds are quaint and pretty well kept.

As for the rooms, we stayed in one of the deluxe suites. It seemed to be on the recently remodled side, was cean and had a good amount of space. The living room and kitchen area had ample room to hang out or prepare a meal. The kitchen comes with most of the basics, a full size fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. There was also a small assortment of spatulas, spoons, and pots/pans for cooking plus place settings for about 8. The bedroom was also a good size, with a large sink area in the main bedroom itself and a separate bath.The suite also had a nice side street private deck angled to see a view of the ocean. (One note, while at the Capri one of our friends was staying in one of the standrad motel rooms. That review would be a little different. The only time we were in it, it seemed pretty outdated and quite musty. So overall, this recommendation is written only on behalf of the suite.)

The only negatives during our stay were that the Wifi was down and that this property does not accept credit cards. However, the latter seems to be a Cape May phenomenon not exclusive to just the Capri. We understand the mom and pop aspect of things, but it is not convenient to have to acquire bank checks or money orders.

Overall, we would stay at the Capri again and recommend it to those traveling to Cape May. It's an above average motel experience and you'll have a good time. Safe travels.

Room Tip: Unless the standard motel rooms are being remodled anytime soon, stick with one of the suites.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

I loved the Capri! We had a great room and liked the ping pong and shuffle board games to play when we had a couple of hours of downtime. The staff was pleasant and helpful. We used to stay at the Grand Hotel, which was falling apart, little repairs. The room we had at the Grand had a carpet SATURATED with water and they did nothing. The Capri was very different. It was nice and clean. The carpet was dry and the room was well kept. This will be our new "regular" hotel to stay at in Cape May!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Hunterdon, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed at Capri for 4 nights in a family suite - August 27-31. Our room #213 was large and we had no problem with the space. The unit is on the second floor and you will hear the people on the third floor above you. Kitchen area is very small and the table is inadequate for 4 people, we took shifts eating our breakfast. Compact refridgerator and mini 4 cup coffee maker and toaster included. No microwave in the unit. 2 bathrooms appear newer, but the furnishings and kitchen area should be updated. Ping-pong and the shuffle board were well utilized and a great feature. The on site washer and dryer will cost you $1.75 for washer and $1.25 for dryer. The free popcorn in the lobby was a hit with the kids and adults.

The staff was friendly and helpful. I stopped in for a few things during our stay and they were always very accomodating and approachable. We stayed after check-out and they do have a shower for changing after the beach. We felt no pressure to leave and extended our stay to the fullest.

The Capri is across from the beach and trolley pick up is right at the corner. Great location and walking distance to the arcade and other shops. Kids liked the pool, although a bit small and did get crowded with limited seating on occasion. Cape May beaches are excellent -- clean and well maintained. You will need to pay $5 for daily access passes or $10 for a 3 day pass. Kids (under 12 I believe) are free.

We were fortunate to have great weather during our stay and will visit again. I might consider the townhouse next year. Thanks for a great first time stay in Cape May!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed one night recently at the Capri Motor Lodge. There was plenty to recommend this place (location, clean etc) BUT our room was very DAMP and SMELLED quite badly. The carpet was damp under foot, so much that we kept our shoes on at all times. We asked at the office about the smell and they recommended we leave the air conditioner on. They also mentioned that they sometimes use an ionizer for an hour or so but that you can't be in the room while it is on. We were in a ground floor room. We asked guests on either side of us and they both also had damp rooms.

I'm surprised that when the rest of the place seems to be clean and well run that they don't do something about their carpets. The smell was STRONG and very unpleasant. We did leave the airconditioner on all night, but it made no difference. Even the bedding felt damp. There was also a toothpaste lid stuck down their bathroom sink covered in what looked like black mold. I would NOT recommend this place. The cost was $215 for the night and we arrived late unfortunately. Their pool wasn't open till 10.30am, but they allowed us to use the facilities after check out time at 11am, though we were told we would have to move our car by 12nn. I can understand that they would have that policy but their car park was pretty much empty, so it seemed a bit strict and it meant we basically had to go at that point. Otherwise we could see how much effort the staff put into maintenance, just a shame they don't spend a little money and fix their carpets. Do not stay in a downstairs room. TERRIBLE.

Room Tip: Do not stay in a downstairs room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Capri Motor Lodge
Address: 1033 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1613
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:
#4 Family Hotel in Cape May
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Capri Motor Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are seaside accommodations located directly across the street from Cape Mays beautiful beaches. We offer a family friendly environment for the whole family to enjoy while vacationing. Enjoy the pool, BBQ on the grill, play ping pong and shuffleboard or just take in the wonderful view of the beach. We offer efficiencies, suites and townhouse in the historic town of Cape May, NJ. ... more   less 
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