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“Big Disappointment”

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Ocean Holiday Motor Inn
Ranked #51 of 68 Hotels in Wildwood Crest
Reviewed August 17, 2005

I booked my reservation just a few weeks before traveling and I paid for it, both monetarily and in the quality of our accommodations. Ocean Holiday leaves a lot to be desired and is not worth the $230+ per night for a one room suite. Here were some of the problems we experienced:

The parking spots are designed for compact cars and do not accommodate today's larger vehicles. Also, our "snail" car carrier got damaged in their parking garage because the height is not posted until you get into the garage. We had to squeeze into a spot with posts on both sides one night because it was the only one left that was not in the garage area where the height was an issue. Every night when we went out, we dreaded having a parking issue when we got back.

One elevator at the far end of the hotel is not adequate and if you want to use a luggage cart, you have to maneuver it through their tight parking garage being careful not to damage any parked cars. When we were leaving we opted to make several trips to the car rather than deal with that cart and elevator again.

The pool is small, paint is chipping off on the bottom, and despite signage that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, management did nothing when three boys were on their own horsing around in the pool for hours at a time. The same kids did this at least two days in a row. Also, the portable grills are located in the pool area and stink up the whole area when someone is grilling. They should just get rid of them.

The bathroom and the kitchen in the room we had was new but the toilet had problems and you had to constantly jiggle the handle to stop it from running. When I reported the problem to the office, someone else was there with a similar problem and her shower wasn't working so I guess we were lucky.

The rooms were cleaned each day while we out and we were provided with an ample supply of towels, but the floor was never swept or vacuumed and by the end of the week was very sandy.

My husband slept on the day bed/pull out bed in the main room and suspects that some of the bites he woke up with several mornings were from bed bugs. Luckily, we had no problems with the two beds in the bedroom.

There is only one ice machine and it's located on the 4th floor. The ice isn't protected by a cover or dispensed as needed. It's just in one big bin where anyone can put his or her hands in and contaminate the supply. I considered it a health risk so I never used it.

All in all, Ocean Holiday was a big disappointment. I will never go back. I know if I had booked earlier, I would have found much better accommodations at a much better price.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Reviewed August 15, 2005

we were not expecting much as we made our 2 1/2 hour trek from ny to wildwood. our friends had told us that all the places were at best , second rate. we took our chances, held our breath and booked our reservations at the Ocean Holiday Motor Inn at columbine & ocean ave. in wildwood crest. we have two sixteen year old girls, our 2 year old, my husband and myself, we had a blast! our rooms were spacious and clean. we were steps from the beach and a trolley ride from the boardwalk. the beach was very clean, both sand and water and the pool at the ocean holiday, although not extremely large, was perfect. a great time was had by all and we will definitely return to wildwood crest and the Ocean Holiday.

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Reviewed August 2, 2005

My family of 4 adults and 1 child stayed at the Ocean Holiday Motor Inn during the week of July 17, 2005. Although we enjoyed our stay in Wildwood Crest and surrounding area of Cape Map, we were greatly dissappointed with the state of the hotel. Our room on the fifth floor was not renovated like the ocean front suites and rooms on the second floor. The BBQ area is filthy and should be shut down. Why not move the BBQ's from the pool/parking garage level area onto the sundeck? Mgmt. should get there act together and make more of an effort to properly maintain this property beginning with investing a couple of hundred dollars on new BBQs not to mention renovating the entire property. Guests staying in rooms that have not been renovated should be given at the very least a discount for the inconvenience of having to stay in a room with inadeqate or run down furnishings. When scouting out the hotel last year, we were shown a room which was renovated....so be aware.

A note to people considering staying at the Ocean Holiday, shop around. There are condos/town houses going up like trees in this area for the same price. The Shalamar across the street from the Ocean Holiday is currently being gutted completely......very nice for alot less than Ocean Holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Newark DE
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Reviewed July 30, 2005

My husband and 2 children just returned from 3 nights at Ocean Holiday. The hotel was very clean and had updated kitchenette and living area. We had an oceanfront suite which the size was a bit disappointing. It was pretty tight living quarters for the 4 of us. The staff was mediocore. The entire time we had plumbing problems with the toilet not flushing and the air conditioning unit -----...it kept coming on and off for no apparent reason....which kept us up most nights. The parking is very tight. Also there is only 1 elevator which makes it difficult during check in and check out time. If you want just an okay hotel this is the one for you...however it you want quality this is not the hotel for you.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed July 30, 2004

Over priced, rooms had an odor from the A/C unit. No correction made by the staff. Rooms out dated except for the bathrooms. Kitchen right from the 60's. we wouldn't stay there again.

1  Thank DanRockaway_N_J_
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Reviewed July 24, 2004

Just came back from a 12-day trip in Wildwood Crest. Our family of 4 and a couple of friends with their 3-year-old daughter stayed at the Ocean Holiday. We were surprised at first by the small size of our ocean-front room. Our friends were luckier, as their room (pool-front with ocean view) was much bigger. Don't pay the extra money for an ocean-front room, it's not worth it (you still can enjoy the view from the terrasse which has plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas). Our room was refurshined this year (new cabinets in the kitchen area) and the bathroom was brand new. The plumbing, however, seems to be a problem, as we had to call maintenance 2 or 3 times for the toilet (we weren't the only one with this problem). The staff is very friendly and attentive. We received a complimentary paper every morning. When we came back from the beach every day, the room was clean and we were provided with enough towels so that the 4 of us could take a shower in the morning and in the evening if we wanted to. Parking was not a problem even if we sometimes had to park in some cramped areas inside. The pool was nice (a bit too warm for our taste the first day but OK thereafter) and kept very clean. The laundry facilities ($) on the 4th floor are very useful and the machines are clean (contrary to some hotels where the washers are filled with sand). Overall, we had a very nice time at the Ocean Holiday and would recommend this hotel to everyone.

5  Thank EmmaBalzacLorraine
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 28, 2004

We truly enjoyed our stay at Ocean Holiday a few weeks ago. The room was spotlessly clean, the bathroom had just been remodeled, and the kitchen was stocked with new pots, pans and dishes. The staff is friendly and helpful. The pool is very nice and the location right on the beach is great. All rooms really do have a good view of the ocean. We plan to stay here again next year.

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Additional Information about Ocean Holiday Motor Inn

Address: 6501 Ocean Ave, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260-4017
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Wildwood Crest
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#33 On the Beach Hotel in Wildwood Crest
Price Range: $65 - $379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 61
Also Known As:
Ocean Holiday Motor Hotel Wildwood Crest
Ocean Holiday Hotel
Ocean Holiday Motel

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