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“15 Fantastic Years”
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Imperial 500 Motel
Ranked #16 of 68 Hotels in Wildwood Crest
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We have been enjoying a week or two every year with the Salernos and the Johnsons. They are phenominal hosts. While we pay for our room we really feel more like guests in their home.
My wife, daughter and usually one of her friends arrived almost two weeks ago to hugs from Jimmy, Jackie, Ann and Joe.... and Pauline and Madge! Sadly I had to return to work today. My daughter wanted to just stay but she too had work today.
I have to say they are the most accomodating people. Last year my daughter had a flat tire on the way down to The Crest and Jimmy arranged to have her tires fixed locally at one of his friend's places at a deep discount.
I was taken back a little when I read some of the bad reviews. I have never spoken to anyone who was not thrilled with their stay at the Imperial 500. All I can say is they probably aren't happy anywhere. In fact what I really like is visiting with other guests each year. The owners create that kind of atmosphere. It's like Cheers - "Everybody knows your name."
As usual another job well done!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Third time staying at the Imperial 500. Again, excellent stay. Stayed in an efficiency suite again (one bedroom, kitchenette, living room). Super clean. Pool is never over crowded. Another great thing is the location in the crest. Across the street from a park and the beach. Saturday nights they have concerts in the park, excellent and fun for the kids. Also, the way the hotel is positioned, shortly after 12:00, the motel starts to block the sun from the pool, which is great for the kids, because no need for sunscreen! Great Stay again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Christopher C
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

After a great stay during the Kenny Chesney concert last year I decided to book a room this Summer for my girlfriend and I during our annual Wildwood vacation. There are a lot of things going for this hotel. The rates are very reasonable and you get a lot more "bang for your buck" then you do at many other motels. The rooms are clean and updated, and the entire property is kept super-clean. You can see the houseman sweeping the balconies every morning, wiping the elevator doors, and the maids do a great job in the rooms. The owners are very friendly and my girlfriend loved being able to meet their two dogs.

The motel is a classic Doo-Wop property kept in mint condition. Bowed-railing balconies, a great neon sign, and 50s/60s classic rock coming from the pool speakers. It is located pretty much in the middle of Wildwood Crest across from Centennial Park so while it is across the street from the beach, the view is unobstructed. A short 10/15 minute walk brings you right to the famous Wildwood Boardwalk. Its pretty evident there are many repeat guests and everyone we met was very kind, there is an all-around good vibe to this property.

We look forward to returning in 2014!

Room Tip: Try to get rooms closer to the end of the motel closer to the beach for a better view.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have been coming to the Imperial 500 since I was a kid. It is always a great time to relax and enjoy time with my family. For the past 10+ years, I have always been impressed with how caring Joe, Ann, Jimmy and Jackie are! They always go above and beyond for us each year. My husband and I even recommended it to his sister. This was there 2nd year and they plan on coming back as well. Each year they upgrade within the rooms (We always make it a game to try and figure out what is different :) All the rooms are clean and comfortable and have everything we need for our stay. We almost always cook on the grills and use the stove and microwave for sides. Another bonus is watching the concerts at Centennial Park from the sundeck. We would definitely continue to recommend them to family and friends!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are good!!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Dolphinjav
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

10 years ago, my family and over 15 other individuals/families in our group booked our Wildwood vacation at the Imperial 500, and we can't say enough good things about the facility and owners. Each year, we arrive, settle in, see other friends/acquaintences that we've met over the years, and feel like we never left from the previous year. This is not your typical "Doo-Wop" Wildwood hotel...it's the cleanest hotel anywhere up and down the NJ shore, the facilities are top-notch, and it's safe for everyone, including the kids...and we have 10 of them in our group. We respect Jimmy and Jackie's hard work to make this a family favorite for all, and it's amazing to see all of the negative comments. PLEASE...for anyone reading these reviews, the good outweigh the bad...come, stay, and come back again. You'll be glad you did!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Rhonda2214
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Have been coming to the Imperial 500 for 20+ years.
We come several times a season.....sometimes with family....friends...or alone.
It is one of our favorite places to be!
While some people have mentioned some of the "rules" as being "ridiculous"....they are what keeps it nice for all the guests.
If you travel alot, you have probably seen alot of people who seem to have left their manners @ home and think because they are on vacation " anything goes".
While we all look forward to our vacations & to relaxing a bit...we need to remember that everyone else is doing the same.
Joe, Anne, Jackie & Jimmy run a " family establishment" that they continue to reinvest in year after year.
For the person who called Jimmy a " pool boy ". you evidently don't know him or his skills very well.
There are so many vacation choices available.....if you are looking for a clean, family oriented and fun vacation...the Imperial 500 is the place to be.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank BobnPatty
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Imperial 500 is the best hotel in the Crest!!!! We have been staying here for decades! This is family owned and boy do they know how to run a business!! They continuously go out of their way to be sure guests have a perfect stay with them. They always treat guests with patience, respect and kindness, and are more than willing to give you information about sights, restaurants, and activities. If they don't have the information readily available, they will get on the phone and search it out! The grounds and motel are upgraded every year. We anxiously await the surprise upgrade each year that greets us when we arrive. New furniture, carpeting, bathroom fixtures, ceramic floors, granite counters, coffee pots, hair dryers, gas grills, heavy duty ice machines on each floor, elevators, dishes and Keurigs are only some that we have seen throughout the years! The daily Housekeeping service is outstanding. Beds are great with crisp sheets and soft blankets. Bath towels are abundantly provided daily, as are fresh kitchen linens. The parking lot is constantly monitored so only guests are parked and have access to a spot. LOVE, LOVE the sparkling clean saltwater pool!! Imagine not jumping into smelly chlorine filled water, but rather a pool that is soothing, and great for children, swimsuits, and skin!! The pool area is kept immaculately clean, as are the grounds of this motel. The owners take great pride in maintaining the property and it is obvious. The coin operated washer/dryers are clean and also well kept. It is nice to have access right on the property to an arcade and pool table and the deck binoculars to view the ocean is just great! Shuffleboard and horseshoes are available at no cost. This is truly a spectacular place to stay!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Imperial 500 Motel

Address: 6601 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Wildwood Crest
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#8 Romantic Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Wildwood Crest
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide a clean facility, updated yearly. We offer an elevator, 2 flat screen tv's, refrigerator in all rooms, phone and safe's in all rooms, microwaves in all rooms, coffee makers & kerig coffee makers in all rooms, handicapped accessiblaty, daily maid service, heated salt water pool and kiddie pool, barbecue grills, sun deck, shuffleboard, pool tables, horseshoes, game room, laundry facilities, hair dryers in all rooms, free wireless Internet. Free parking for 1 car. ... more   less 
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