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“One of the best beachfront places” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Crest Motor Inn

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Sea Crest Motor Inn
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
hillsdale, nj usa
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the best beachfront places”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

Over 2 decades we've stayed at almost every beachfront motel in Cape May and the Sea Crest is one of the best. This is not to say it's perfect. Other reviewers have noted it's primarily a couples place, and that seems to be by design. They have an annoying 3-person per room limit, despite the fact that 4 or 5 would fit easily. Kids younger than 16 or 17 can't stay above the first floor. Eventually two of our kids went to college and the third got old enough to be trusted not to jump off a balcony, and we were allowed in.

All of the rooms have a nice ocean view except the first floor. I like the ordinary double rooms best as they are quite spacious. This year we stayed in a suite with a head-on ocean view that was amazing, but the rooms felt cramped much like any other beachfront efficiency. The bathroom and kitchen fixtures appeared recently renovated. The furniture, wallpaper, and textiles, while immaculate and in good repair, were dated. If you think Hilton, you're gonna be bummed. You have to think Jersey Shore.

This may not sound like a glowing review, but for what's available at Cape May, this place is one of the best. It's super clean, the maid service is great, the pool and jacuzzi are very nice, the view is terrific, the beach area is great, and it's an easy walk to the mall. The office staff has always been very nice to me, but I've never asked for anything out of the ordinary. If that happens, I'll write back and let you know how it goes.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank yoda1001
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seacrestinn, Manager at Sea Crest Motor Inn, responded to this review, 15 September 2011
Thank you for your positive review of the hotel. We really appreciate hearing when our guest have a great stay. The furniture in the entire hotel was replaced in January 2011. It was replaced with brand new higher quality furniture (dovetail drawers and wood veneers). We are constantly improving and updating our rooms, your comment will help us in the future when making changes to the bedrooms in our suites. Thanks for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the new future.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dingmans Ferry, Pa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Awesome pool/hot tub. Awesome view and right across from the beach. Far enough away from constant vehicle traffic yet close enough to park the car and not have to get back in the car for the entire trip. Someone is always in the office. They treated my teenage sons like adults. Another fantastic summer here. Can't wait to return next August.

Room Tip: Loved 3rd floor. Can see ocean and boardwalk from balcony!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Christy M
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New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2011

During Hurricane Irene, Cape May County was evacuated, hotel included. Service was rude & not helpful during this time. Receptionist told us the hotel was still open even though evacuation had started already. Low rent attitude deserves lower room rent. Good luck attracting new business, we will NOT be booking again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Mike S
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seacrestinn, Manager at Sea Crest Motor Inn, responded to this review, 5 September 2011
We apologize for the perception of "rudeness" that you felt! We would like to know what specific problem (or problems) that you encountered, in order that we can correct this in the future. Your comment gave no specific details for the cause of your harsh feedback. Please keep in mind that these were extraordinary circumstances that created very stressful conditions for our office personal-countless reservations needed to be rescheduled, evacuating hotel guests needed to receive refunds or future credits, and customers with future reservations were calling constantly. Another factor you should consider is the personal toll that the dire predictions of hurricane Irene's impact had on our staff- their families and their homes were in jeopardy. Given the factors mentioned above, we hope you now understand it was not our intention to treat you in a unkind or unprofessional manor.
Now regarding the issue of the receptionist telling you "the hotel was still open even though the evacuation had already started"-THAT IS ENTIRELY TRUE AND CORRECT AND IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO! When Gov. Christie issued the mandatory evacuation order Thursday afternoon the storm was still 1400 miles away and there would be at least 48 hours before any tropical storm conditions existed in Cape May. If we would have decided to close the hotel Thursday evening then our guest would have been subjected to the same stressful and dangerous conditions that were encountered by all those who were on the evacuation roads- the Garden State Parkway , Atlantic City Expressway, and route 47 had total gridlock type traffic jams, and severe thunderstorm with drenching downpours. Additionally buying gas was almost impossible, the lines were 2-3 blocks long. We had a very strong conviction that our guests should have the option to decide what was best for them, thus we decided to keep the hotel open! The guest who stayed until Friday morning had clear sunny weather and much lighter traffic conditions, in short their evacuation process was safer and much less stressful.
As far as customer service is concerned we issued full refunds to guest who were scheduled to stay at the hotel before, during, and after the storm where as many of our competitors only issued credits. We chose to keep the hotel open because of our genuine concern for our guests well being.
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Staten Island, NY
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2011

This really is our home away from home. We've been staying here for almost 20 years and have never been disappointed. We wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.
Bob & Cindy are wonderful hosts and always make us feel comfortable and welcomed. The entire staff is very friendly.

The rooms are immaculate and nicely done. Excellent views of the beach, which is located directly across the street.
The pool and hot tub are always clean.

The restaurants and shops are just a short walk away.

It's a perfect place for couples who are looking for a quite place to kick back and relax. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PATringali
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seacrestinn, Manager at Sea Crest Motor Inn, responded to this review, 4 September 2011
We really do appreciate your kind words, thank you so much for your business and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Ojai, California
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78 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

Beautiful place, in a beautiful location --- right opposite a quiet part of the beach but close to everything. Very clean. There are rooms in every price range. Owners are always there and are incredibly helpful. We visited at the tail end of Hurricane Irene and all the restaurants were closed -- the owner, Bob, helped us find a place to eat by calling restaurants for us and even followed up with us the next day. I look forward to returning.

Room Tip: The less expensive rooms have
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ojainel
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seacrestinn, Manager at Sea Crest Motor Inn, responded to this review, 4 September 2011
Thank you for choosing the Sea Crest Inn for your recent stay! We're so pleased to hear that you've enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Sea Crest in the near future! Thank you for being our guest!
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River Vale, NJ
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37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

If you are looking for a quiet place with a beautiful view in Cape May, NJ look no further than the Sea Crest Motor Inn. The Sea Crest is located across from the most beautiful part of the beach and you can see the Cape May lighthouse as you swim in the waves. The hotel is extremely quiet with more couples than families. The room we stayed in was called the Royal Suite. My only complaint was that the bedroom needed a little updating, rather old furniture and somewhat dark. However, the living room, kitchen area and bathroom seemed to have been updated recently and were fully equipped with all the essentials. While we were at the Inn we had very little interaction with the staff, in fact, the only interaction we had was at check-in and check-out which went very smoothly. I never even saw the person who kept our room immaculate each day. When at the Inn, it is a little bit of a walk up to the Washington Street mall and to most restaurants, but it is doable. All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Seacrest Inn and would definitely return. Don't stay here if you intend to bring children with you as they would probably be bored. Further down Beach is a great motel called the Jetty which is definitely more family-oriented and in the other direction on Beach is the Periwinkle Inn which has a great pool/play area for the children.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank KB303
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seacrestinn, Manager at Sea Crest Motor Inn, responded to this review, 4 September 2011
Thank you for your positive review of the hotel. We really appreciate hearing when our guest have a great stay. The furniture in the entire hotel was replaced in January 2011. It was replaced with brand new higher quality furniture (dovetail drawers and wood veneers). We are constantly improving and updating our rooms, your comment will help us in the future when making changes to the bedrooms in our suites. Thanks for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the new future.
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new jersey
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

This property is one of the cleanest properties we have ever stayed at.The staff was very professional and friendly.We enjoyed the location very much.We will return again!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank daisyc
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Additional Information about Sea Crest Motor Inn

Property: Sea Crest Motor Inn
Address: 101 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1303
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
#9 Family Hotel in Cape May
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sea Crest Inn is the perfect romantic Cape May getaway for couples. The Sea Crest is owned and operated by a local couple, and located in a quiet part of Cape May overlooking one of the largest beaches on the island. Close to the shopping area, fine restaurants and historical homes.With features like ocean front suites with fully equipped kitchens, the only out door whirlpool in Cape May and extra large balconies, why stay anywhere else? Close to restaurants, nightspots, fishing, tennis, golfing, swimming,biking shopping and just steps away from the beach, you haven't experienced the Jersey Shore until you've experienced Cape May at the Sea Crest Inn. ... more   less 
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Sea Crest Motor Inn Cape May, New Jersey

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