We went to this motel based on a friend's recommendation. We had high hopes and an open mind. Although our room was generally clean, it was in a lousy spot -- room 114 is right next to the elevator and the laundry room, so all night long, we heard motors and whirring. This and everything but the location ... disappointing. Even my kids were disappinted and felt "smoked out."
We reserved a 2BR "apartment" -- also disapppointing. We had to walk through our kids' room to get ot the master bedroom, which had no locks on anything but the bathroom closet (seriously). There was only ONE table lamp and no other light in the "master bedroom" unless we opened the blinds facing the side parking lot, and many empty picture hooks on the walls. Low ceiling made it feel small and dark. The daily cleaning service was inconsistent. -- sometimes they left towels and washcloths, sometimes they didn't; sometimes they left shampoo, sometimes they didn't -- and it varied by bathroom (we had 2). They NEVER cleaned the glass kitchen table during our entire stay.
The pull-out sofa was saggy (just as a sofa), and the kithcenette cabinets and counter are in need of repair and updating. The laminate was peeling off the cabinets, and knobs were missing. Next to the sink was a 2-burner stove with aluminum foil wrapped around the grates. This stove would be where you'd have to put the dish drain when you washed dishes - -and you have to wash your own dishes -- they NEVER so much as washed a cup (no dishwasher). No hairdryers in the bathrooms, either. No space for the tray of utensils, so it was in the kitchen cabinet - - which is above eye level and so not at all convenient.
Others have commented on the towels. We experienced good and bad towels. The notes about smokers are true - - we felt we were surrounded. Since smoking is not allowed in the rooms, everyone smokes outside -- and apparently smokers LOVE this place! We could not be in the pool without smoke around us from all directions. A shame, too, as the heated pool was clean and enjoyable otherwise. We did not use the BBQ grills as they had caked-on food and grease from others.
A big concern I have about this motel is that there seemed to be no communication. We did not find the managers especially pleasant or helpful. In fact, I don't think we would have been told that the town had an evacuation order (as hurricane Irene was due in two days) if we had not asked the manager to confirm check-out time. This was around 9 pm, and the evacuation order was for the next morning.
In short, this place is a disappointing little dive that has a great location. We will not go back. I feel ripped off, frankly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanfront Family Resort with all rooms featuring ocean views. Conveniently located between Wildwood's famed Boardwalk featuring Morey's Amusements and Water Parks and Victorian Cape May, the Paradise is family owned and meticulously maintained. The Paradise has been hosting family vacations and reunions for three generations. Our large heated pool, volleyball court, spacious sundeck and conveniently located outdoor grills make for a perfect location for groups to host your gathering with a postcard like setting offering expansive views of the beach and ocean. Our 1 Bedroom Efficiency Suites feature either two queen beds or one queen and one full bed in addition to a queen sleeper sofa for children. If you are looking for a tranquil setting inquire about our Oceanfront Efficiency Motel Rooms with King beds and a queen sleeper sofa for children. Nearby activities include, Morey's Amusements and Water Parks, wave-runners, parasailing, deeps sea fishing, golf and over 150 restaurants featuring foods from pizza to steaks and chops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Inn Ocean Hotel Wildwood Crest
- Paradise Hotel Ocean
- Paradise Inn Wildwood Nj