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“Best Deal Right on the Beach” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buckingham Motel
Ranked #34 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best Deal Right on the Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Based on reviews I wasn't sure what to expect at the Buckingham. We used to stay here every year but had not been back in about 8 years. I was afraid that the rooms had not been renovated. But we were pleasantly surprised. We stayed in an efficiency on the bottom floor that had definitely been renovated. Fresh paint and very clean and cheerful. We loved it as much this time as we always have. We were able to eat breakfast and lunch in our room which saved lots of money and you can't beat the location. We love being right on the beach! We will return. They do charge for extra people including children but it is still the best deal right on the beach. I gave this hotel an excellent rating based on value and location - it is not a fancy hotel though. Housekeeping could be friendlier.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank greengirl11
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Elysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

If you are looking for elegant and fancy - this is not the place for you. If you want affordable, clean, and right on the beach, look no further!

We have stayed here before and it is just perfect for location. We always stay in the oceanfront upper room 21 or 22. The view is amazing, there are chairs on the small deck to sit. There is a hose or outdoor shower to clean up sand. Our room had a nice mini fridge, coffee pot, and microwave. The air conditioner is the kind up in the wall so it's a little loud but it does drown out any street noise. The room is very clean, trust me I look! The mattresses have allergen covers which were very nice. Lots of free parking!

Yes the place could use some fresh paint on the deck and some updated lighting, but your at the beach to enjoy outside views. Who cares what color the bedspread is!

Room Tip: All rooms nice and close to the beach!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jennifer C
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Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

We rented the apartment for 3 days. It was basic; but included everything we needed, from linens to dishes and pots & pans. The five of us were very comfortable. The location was fantastic. The room was spotlessly clean. Parking was great. The staff was both friendly and helpful. My husband felt that the bathroom was cramped, but he is a big man. All in all, a great value. We will definitely be returning next year.

Room Tip: Ocean views are amazing if you don't mind a little street noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Russette W
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New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

There's not much to say that's too good about the Buckingham. Very old motel with poor lighting in the rooms and musty smell. The rug had a spongy feel to it which gave the feeling of dampness. The price is a bit lower than other motels in the area, but you get what you pay for and in this case paying a little more is worth it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Cachalot
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Crystal H, Owner at Buckingham Motel, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thanks for the feedback. I know it's been a few years, but I'm disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your stay with us. That said, we've done some updates, and would love to have you back.

All the best,
Crystal, Owner
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Westmont, New Jersey
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

I have stayed at many Hotels and motels on Beach Ave in Cape May and have liked many of them. My husband always takes to to Cape May for my birthday every October and this year with $ being tighter than usual we shopped for the best price. The hotel room was mid century but clean and neat nothing fancy but the unobstructed view of the ocean was to die for and if you are into sunrises you can't ask for a better place. Life is too short not to wake up for a sunrise.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JandJSmith237
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Northern New Jersey
Level Contributor
164 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

This is the second time my husband and I stayed at the Buckingham. It's definitely a "no frills" motel, but we like it because of it's location (right across from the beach), and it's less expensive than the other hotels/motels in the same location. Another reviewer said it best "basic and clean" There is no pool, no restaurant, etc, but it's clean and quiet. Last time we stayed we had a basic room on the first floor, this year, we opted for one of the oceanfront rooms, which has a deck (shared by the other ocean front rooms). It was nice to keep the windows open and listen to the surf at night and also to have coffee on the deck in the morning while watching the dolphins frolic in the ocean (each morning there were pods of dolphins swimming in the ocean, very cool to watch them through binoculars). There doesn't seem to be a lot of kids staying here (which is nice for a couple with no children), probably because there is no pool, but who cares about a pool when you're steps from the ocean. I'll list out the pros and cons:

PROS: Inexpensive (for Cape May), clean, right across from beach, within walking distance from middle of town and from shopping areas (though it is quite a long walk if you have trouble walking).
CONS: No pool, prices went up since the last time I stayed.

In a nutshell, not a luxury hotel by any means, but when I go down the shore, I just want a place to sleep and it's clean and comfortable. Added plus, is that it's right across from the beach. I was a bit disappointed that the prices went up this year, the value for your money is not as much as it used to be. TIP: When I go to Cape May, I like to stay in a B&B if it's off-season, and you're there for the history or to walk around town and at the Buckingham during the summer, if you're there for the beach. P.S. I got a kick out of some of the reviews that complained about WIFI - put the technology down people, you're at the beach!

Room Tip: 2nd floor oceanfront, best view
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Sparta, New Jersey
Level Contributor
139 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012 via mobile

I stay at this hotel every September and while it is not the most modern nor full of the best amenities it is simply a great clean and basic place to call home for your trip to Cape May. The staff is very friendly -- Janet will talk your ear off about anything you want to talk about! The rooms, again, basic. No pool -- use the big pool across the street (a.k.a. The Atlantic Ocean). Within walking distance of the beachfront bars, attractions, and shopping. If you are on a budget, this place is for you.

Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Buckingham Motel
Address: 1111 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-2628
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Buckingham Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Buckingham Motel is an oceanfront getaway location that provides affordable rooms with a full range of amenities. Our location allows you to take advantage of Cape May's sparkling white sand beaches, entertaining local seashore activities, quaint historic surroundings, and gourmet eateries. Our commitment to you, our valued customer, and Cape May shines through in all of our services, including our meticulous attention to details and all of our amenities. It is always our top priority to provide you with hospitable service in order to make your stay in beautiful Cape May as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. At The Buckingham Motel, we are here to cater to your every need and look to be a vacation destination for you and your family for years to come! If you, your family and friends are looking for motels in NJ or beach motels with breathtaking views at affordable rates, please get in touch with our friendly staff at The Buckingham Motel today! ... more   less 
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