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“Impala Island Inn - - a so-so experience”
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Impala Island Inn
Ranked #14 of 31 Hotels in Ocean City
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We recently spent a weekend at the Impala Island Inn as part of a metal detecting event at the Music Pier. Many of the people attending this event stayed at the Impala as part of the weekend.

The weekend started off on the wrong foot, when we discovered that parking was impossible to find. Several reviews of the Impala have made mention of the parking problem, but none have actually explained it.

The Impala is divided into two buildings, one on each side of 10th street. Each building has a very tiny parking lot, which is not sufficient to accommodate the number of cars for each unit in the building. As a result, both tiny parking lots for both buildings fill up quickly, and you are forced to park your car either on the opposite side of the building, or in a lot about two blocks away.

When we arrived, and could not find a parking spot, I called the front desk. The clerk did not help with the parking situation at all, and we were not made to feel welcome, even though we were part of a larger group. We ended up parking some two blocks away, and hauling our suitcases and other belongings down the street to our hotel room. It literally took us about 45 minutes just to unload. What a nightmare.

Once we got into our room, we found it in disrepair. Even though we arrived early in the season, light bulbs were out in the room, and the towel rack in the bathroom was broken beyond repair. We also had unexpected guests drop by, in the form of silverfish in our shower.

The maid service was less than expected, as she did not clean up the room completely, leaving some trash laying around.

On the plus side.....

The Impala has a nice location, just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. The price of the room was very low and affordable, and the desk clerk allowed us to leave our car in the lot for a while after checkout, so we could have breakfast before leaving town.

The beds were also comfortable, and we slept well each night.

Lastly, when we got home, my sweetie and I both had some kind of strange bites on our legs, and we don't think they were from mosquitoes. Something in that hotel room bit us.

All in all, we would have rather paid more for a hotel with adequate parking and a better experience. When we go on vacation, we don't want to worry about finding a place to park, or parking in a lot that is so dangerously crowded, that someone is bound to bang into our automobile.

A diagram from the Impala Island Inn is attached, which shows the parking problems.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stayed here on the off-season for Doo Dah weekend. The room was clean and had a nice sized TV. Rooms are outdated but it is a beach town motel so that is to be expected. The location is awesome! Only a block to the boardwalk and beach. The rides at Castaway Cove are literally in the back yard! We enjoyed our stay and will return! The only down side was the front desk clerk didn’t have much knowledge on what would be open in the area at the time of the year. Otherwise a great stay!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Our family has stayed here every summer for the past 16 years. It's perfectly located right off the beach and is clean and convenient to everything in OC. A bit noisy sometimes since it's right next to an amusement park, but we wouldn't stay anyplace else. Of course you pay dearly for the experience of being that close to the action but you can park your car and walk to and from the hotel from anywhere. The staff is always friendly, and there's a decent breakfast place right on the property. One thing we'd recommend--bring your own pillows unless you like yours really soft.

Room Tip: Consider staying across the street behind the restaurant. It's further from the noise of the rid...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

The location and access to beach and showers is great. Decor is a little outdated and could stand to be updated. We come every year with friends and the kids love the pool and adults love that there are showers for after the beach and after we've checked out of the room.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Less than a block away from the busy part of the boardwalk. Bright, clean rooms. Courteous and helpful staff. Reasonable prices, even during the crowded summer season. Off-street parking. When you are in Ocean City, STAY HERE!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

This is a great place to stay never short of fantastic, Its a block from the beach and the cleaning staff is very courteous. The beach is close enough that if you have bad knees or just want to be able to run the boards in the morning its near enough that you can get there without worrying about crossing any streets or it taking very long to get to it. I have been going for years and although at certain times of the year it can be pricey the price can be worth it. And the food at the Bloomin' Tulip is unmatched for a morning cup of coffee and some breakfast, though the prices there seem to be getting up there too.

Room Tip: If you get a second floor room the view of the adjacent park is pretty at night.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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jaabarlow, Manager at Impala Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2014

We are so happy to have such loyal customers. Our goal is make sure you always leave with smiles. We look forward to providing you with accommodations in the future.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We love the Impala Island Inn, as is evidenced by our 25 year run! My kids, ages 26 and 29 now, have 'grown up' with annual June trips to the Impala. The convenience of being on the beach block was a 'plus' when the kids were young and we had all of their goodies to drag to the beach. Rooms are clean, and not too long ago remodeled. The Blooming Tulip between the two buildings is convenient for a quick cup of coffee in the AM (a requirement for me!) or breakfast. We also like the fact that we can extend our stay the final day because we can get a shower in the hospitality showers and cool off in the pool before driving home. Additionally, we really appreciate the fact that we are able to check in early if our room is available when we arrive.

Room Tip: The Southside deluxe rooms have always been our go-to choice. We love the extra space they offer an...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Impala Island Inn

Address: 1001 Ocean Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3341
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Ocean City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Ocean City
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range: $151 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Impala Island Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Impala Island Inn is a vacationer's island indeed. Located in the heart of America's greatest family resort within the beach block, this intimate inn provides the perfect locale for a memorable getaway. Most of our accommodations overlook a delightfully warm water pool. Each room has homelike amenities that include a refrigerator, telephone with voicemail, color cable TV and two extra long double beds. Select guest rooms also offer a choice of king bed or sitting area with sleep sofa, making every guest's stay at the Impala Island Inn a relaxing and leisurely experience. Activities close to our apartments include sailing and kayaking, boat rides, jet ski rentals, surfing, bicycling, golf, arcades and a variety of amusement parks. ... more   less 
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