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Matador Oceanfront Resort
Ranked #6 of 41 Hotels in North Wildwood
Certificate of Excellence
Benton, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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“Best place on the boardwalk, hands down!”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

We just returned from a five night stay at the Matador. It was our second year at this motel, but our tenth summer of visiting Wildwood. The price you pay is worth every penny. The location is excellent. Right at the end of the north side of the boardwalk, it is just a short walk to water's edge. The staff goes out of their way to ensure that you are comfortable and having a good time. Our room was clean and well kept. The sun decks away from the pool are fantastic. If you just want to lay out and get some sun or watch the people on the boardwalk, you don't have to worry about the noise or being splashed. The outdoor furniture is comfortable and updated. The elevator is fantastic when you have a weeks worth of bags to haul in and the luggage carts were very helpful. Although we didn't use the grills on the premises, we have decided that next year we will pack food to cook as eating out every night does get expensive. After walking the entire boardwalk and looking at the various hotels and motels that line it, I can honestly say I would highly recommend that you check out the Matador and all it has to offer. The family that runs it really does make you feel like a welcomed guest. I'm confident you won't want to go anywhere else either!

Room Tip: I don't think you could get a bad room at this motel, but I would request 3rd or 4th floor for a...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Outstanding rooms!!! Wonderful location++ BUT... After 1 year of staying there the prices kept getting higher and higher.... FOR 4 NIGHTS @ THE MATADOR YOU CAN GET 7 DAYS @ THE HORIZON! The horizon may be a-little outdated but it is such a wonderful place to stay and around 100yds from the beach and bwk. Check them out online or on facebook. I LOVE THE MATADOR, BUT NOT FOR THE PRICES!!!

Room Tip: *NOTE- stayed in July od 06' date wouldent let me put the date further back.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Sparta, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2012

This place is good if your looking for a hotel on a beach and with great service! This would be the greatest place to come.

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Reviewed October 12, 2011

This past weekend wife, daughter and decided to go to Jersey Shore at the last minute because the weather supposed to be great. We arrived on Saturday afternoon without reservations and stayed at the first place we saw on the oceanfront with a vacancy- the Matador Motel. It is a typical Wildwood motel, but it was very clean and the front desk was helpful in recommending restaurants. Price was reasonable and they moved us to a room with a ocean view after the first night with no view. It is in North Wildwood right at the beginning/end of the boardwalk. Bike rental place was right there on the boardwalk and we enjoyed riding the boards in the morning. You can also drive on the beach here. I assume you need some type of permit although I'm not certain. Although the beach here is wide, it is not excessively wide as it is further south. We went to Cape Ma y in the early evening and did the pedestrian mall there. It was very crowded in Cape May. We had dinner at the North End in North Wildwood. Menu was American, the food and service was ok and it was a nice room with indoor and outdoor dining available. Sunday lunch was at Shoobie's. Sandwiches were good, especially my burger which was outstanding. Sunday dinner was at FlipFlops in North Wildwood again. Very good food and nice atmosphere. Good breakfasts at Marivs' and the Star Cafe Diner. Nothing better than relaxing on the beach in Jersey in October.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

Tried the Matador for the first time. With their quirky layout, there was only four rooms with a genuine ocean view that were worth staying in. Only one was ready on the day we checked in. Admittedly, we arrived unannounced in the off season and caught them off guard. Some of the little things were nice, such as the flat panel tvs and an elevator which, according to the competing hotel websites, did not exist elsewhere. But I missed other little things, such as a front-to-back room layout that made for an effective cross breeze, a partitition between the rooms so you have some privacy when sitting out front, and a screen door at the front.

Staff was very professional and responsive.

Nonetheless, due mainly to the quirky layout of the rooms, pool, parking, and grill areas, I'm going to be inclined to stay at the places I've stayed at in the past.

Room Tip: Only four rooms with genuine ocean view. Pick ones that end "19" or "20".
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Ive been going to the Matador for 6 years now. We always go back because they have the perfect ingredients for a great vacation.

1) The location is perfect, right at the start of the boardwalk.
2) All the conveniences right at your doorstep if you need milk, flip flops, any extras.
3) has a playground attached.
4) you are right on the beach
5) rooms are clean, neat, and airconditioned.
6) Its a family place not party central (BUT...see next one)
7) I have the freedom to sit out with a group and drink at night without be watched like hawks.

The last place I stayed at a few doors down watched every cotton pickin thing you did. You couldnt relax. Was more like vacationing at a prison.

This place is the perfect mix of great location, family fun, and excitement.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Ledyard, Connecticut
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Coming to the Matador for vacation, is like coming home for the holidays. The personal attention that Rosalie and Carmen provide, makes this the true gem of the Wildwoods. The hotels great location puts you in the center of the action and the rooms are great. From the excitement of the boardwalk, to a quiet morning cup of coffee watching the sun rise on the Jersey Shoreline on an awesome upper deck, the Matador is the greatest. One stay, and you'll keep coming back.

Room Tip: Study the brochure. Depending on your needs, you'll get a great value.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Matador Oceanfront Resort
Address: 16th and the Beach, 511 East 16th Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > North Wildwood
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in North Wildwood
#5 On the Beach Hotel in North Wildwood
#7 Family Hotel in North Wildwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Matador Oceanfront Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, the Matador Oceanfront Resort is one of the most renowned North Wildwood NJ hotels located directly on the beach and boardwalk. Affordable rates for family vacations. Rooms, suites, vacation rentals. Hotel rates and specials available. Our hotel is on the beach, ocean and the boardwalk in North Wildwood NJ. ... more   less 
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