Just returned from a week at the Tide Winds. Did not know what to expect b/c of the other reviews, but was pleasantly surprised. We stayed there b/c my friend has a small dog, and this was the best reviewed of the pet friendly hotels in Wildwood.
Keep in mind that this is a WILDWOOD hotel... not the Ritz! I've stayed in many hotels in Wildwood/Wildwood Crest, and most have been similar. Older/dated furniture, lots of people hanging out outside talking, grilling or swimming, not the best decor in the world. Tide Winds is consistent with most other hotels that I have stayed at in Wildwood. However in a nutshell, the management was VERY nice and accommodating, the rooms were very clean, the TV in the living room had a ton of channels, the pool was exceptionally clean and well-cared for...and along with all that, my friend had the peace of mind of bringing her small dog along with her on vacation and not leaving her with a stranger.
With a little TLC this place could be great, basically all it needs is to have the furniture upgraded a little bit and maybe the decor (such as a lamp shade on the light in the LR). My only big criticisms were that the beds were really hard (but I like a soft mattress so if you're not like that you'll think I'm crazy) and there was no air conditioner or TV in the bedroom. A tip -- my friend and I went and bought a Blizzard fan at CVS and it was enough to draw the air from the living room and make the bedroom cool enough. I was going to return it at the end of the week which the CVS salesperson said a lot of people do, but I actually liked it so much I'm going to use it at home.
The owner was very accomodating when we requested something. I requested more pillows right off the bat b/c there was only 1 on the bed (twin) and I sleep with about 3. Then my friend requested more the next day, and we got them right away. When it rained unexpectedly 2 days of our vacation and we decided to stay an extra day - she finagled the rooms so that we would not have to move rooms (she only had 1 room available, which was a bigger room - so she moved the people that were coming in to the bigger room -- benefited both of us), and she let us have a little bit of a later checkout so that we could leave the dog while we went and ate breakfast.
The bedroom furniture was probably from the 70s, and the bedding was typical hotel bedding, but all was clean. I do not use the comfortors in hotels anyway, just pretty much the sheet over my legs. This hotel was no exception to that rule. The mattresses were firm, and some of the pillows were on the thinner side, but they are very accommodating if you wanted more (I think between my friend and I we had about 10). We had a spastic outlet, which got fixed when we were there, and there were actually 2 more outlets in the room which is unusual for a hotel. I was a little dissappointed that the beds in the 2 room efficiency was a double and a twin, not 2 doubles, but my friend booked the reservation, so she probably didn't realize. I've heard that the ones on the 2nd floor have 2 doubles, so next time I'll go with one of those (but physically it's the 3rd floor, the rooms up there are just in the 200s).
The bathroom was big for Wildwood standards (used to it being very small), and the shower was OK once you figured out how the hot water worked (figure it out while it's running as a tub, then when you get the temp right, push the button for the shower...makes it easier!). Warning, there is no rubber grippies on the tub, so if you are a klutz, look out, it's slippery :)
The livingroom/kitchen (2 room efficiency) area was square in shape, couch, 2 burners, sink, refrig/freezer, toaster, microwave and coffee maker, then a small table with 3 chairs. We had enough cabinet/storage space, there were plates/cups/silverware/bowls ect in cabinet (which seemed clean - though we didn't use everything, only bowls and silverware) and it was plenty of room for 2 people. The room sleeps 6 according to the brochure. (I'd say 2 adults 3 kids at most). We had my friend's sister and 2 kids there for one night, and it was fine. I'd imagine after a week though, I'd be ready to pull my hair out b/c we'd be tripping over each other though.
The pool was REALLY clean and a nice temperature. We only used it once though. There was a large group with tons of kids there the week we were there, so the majority of the time it was too crazy to even get in there, but we are going back Labor day weekend, so I'm kind of hoping we will be able to get a couple of swims in, b/c it was really clean and the temperature was perfect the one time we did use it.
To let you know about location, this hotel is located behind the park that is across the street from the Convention Center/Boardwalk. It is about 2 blocks from the ocean from my estimate. About a 10 minute walk from front door to oceanfront (partly due to the fact that the beach is so long! LOL) However, it's close enough that you don't have to pay to park during the day or at night, so in the long run -- you save about 5-10 a day parking.
The only think is, I would NOT recommend this hotel for someone that is handicapped or has trouble walking as there were no elevators that I saw, and only stairs.
Pet fee is $20 a day - she says she uses it to pay for any damage pets do.... though I have a feeling most pets do not do damage, however the ones that don't make up for the few that do b/c the damage can be expensive (a.k.a - she said one ruined a pullout couch a couple of weeks ago, which had to be replaced at $900). The maids are very respectful of your pets, and clean carefully so that it is not evident that pets are there.
I gave this a 4 out of 5 b/c it really could use an upgrade furniture-wise, and the TV and A/C not being in the bedroom is a big thing for me. However, if that's not a dealbreaker for you, then up the rating. Obviously not a dealbreaker for me either, I'm going back there on Labor day weekend. I will add my review of a 1-BR efficiency after that :)
- Also Known As:
- Tide Winds Hotel Wildwood
- Tide Winds Hotel