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Commander-By-The-Sea-Motel
Ranked #29 of 67 Hotels in Wildwood Crest
New Jersey
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5 reviews
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“Just what we needed!”
Reviewed September 10, 2010

Decided to head down to the Wildwood area at the last minute and found this place on Trip Advisor - so glad we picked it. We were looking for a place on the beach, quiet and clean - the Commander By the Sea fit the bill!

Parking was free, there were grills to cook out on (they cleaned them regularly!), an ice machine by the office, and a fridge in the room (we did not stay in an efficiency, so can't report on those). TVs in bedroom and living room (regular cable). Appeared to be wireless internet available, but not sure if it was free or not - didn't bring the laptop. Room was clean - a little old school, but seems like that's the thing down there!

There are two decks you can hang out on with umbrella tables, etc. and even if you don't stay in an "oceanfront" room, you can still get a pretty good view of the water outside your door, which is nice. Didn't hang out at the pool, but it seemed fine. Lots of chairs to hang out around poolside. Just make sure you bring your own hair dryer, beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas (although there are chair/umbrella rentals on the beach right by the hotel if need be).

Staff was friendly, it seemed like maybe a family owned operation. Always saw maintenance working hard, which is always a good sign!

Location is good if you want to get away a little from the Boardwalk scene - after Labor Day it was easy to drive down there in about five minutes anyway, so we felt like we had the best of both worlds.

Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

We stayed at the Commander for the first time this August. The staff is very cordial as are the guest. The pool was warm and not very crowded. The motel is right on the beach. If you are respectful of other people then this is the perfect motel. It is very quiet and conservative, but if you like to splash in the pool and talk loud and make a lot of noise then I would suggest a motel closer to Wildwood. Thye rooms were really no different from other motel rooms. The reason we would definitly come back is because of the quiet, respectful attitude of the staff and guest.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Waldwick, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

Tried this hotel after 20 years at another resort which did not value our repeat business. From the first phone call speaking with Polly, I felt like I was calling an old friend. Our family rented three rooms. Upon arrival, we were greeted so warmly. The facility was spotless. Any problems were resolved immediately and to our full satisfaction. All the staff there were so friendly and seemed genuinely concerned with making our stay a pleasant one. Thanks Commander for a wonderful vacation...if only the weather had cooperated..

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, New York
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

This was our families’ first stay at the Commander, and we couldn’t be happier. Clean, helpful and courteous staff. We used to stay up the strip a bit, but the owners hadn’t performed any maintenance in years and it was time for a change. We especially enjoyed the location, right on the beach. Super convenient! Any place that cleans the BBQ grills daily is a must stay in my book.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

I chose the Commander-By-The-Sea based on the TripAdvisor reviews and couldn't have been happier with our choice! I usually rent condos when we come to the Shore but since we were only able to be in town for three days, that wasn't an option. I made our reservation back in June and had a really easy reservation process with Polly at the front desk. Upon our arrival, everything was ready for our stay. The room was IMMACULATE as was the pool and the surrounding grounds. The beach is right out the door and that's where we spent two full day. Each evening, guests would sit around the bbq relaxing and enjoying the night. No loud music or noisy party groups, like some properties in Wildwood. When staying in the Crest, you cannot go wrong with the Commander-By-The-Sea.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Brick, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

I have been coming here for over 25 years. started off as a teen now with family. If your looking for a place that is not like the usual high rises and is family oriented, this is the place. No college kids families and couples. Great time!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2010

Very enjoyable experience, well-maintained motel w/upgrades, very clean, staff & proprietors helpful & friendly. Right on the beach, can't beat the location. Will be happy to return.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Property: Commander-By-The-Sea-Motel
Address: 8803 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260-3401
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Wildwood Crest
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Wildwood Crest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
Commander-By-The-Sea Hotel Wildwood Crest

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