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“Sandpiper in September!”

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Sandpiper Beach Resort
Ranked #12 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 September 2011

Our first time doing our summer vaca in September has been amazing!
We stayed for 5 days the second week of Sept, after all of the labor day crowds have left and kids are back in school. B/c of the timing we paid $220 a night for this 5 star resort. So let me tell you bout the sandpiper...

The resort units are privately owned but leased out by the Cape resorts group. We usually stay away from renting condos since you never know what you can walk into, and there is no maid service and you have to bring your own towels, sheets etc. NOT THE CASE HERE!

Gorgeously decorated rooms all with the same layout design and amenities. Very comfy bed, gorgeous white linen, marble countertops throughout and sparkling stainless steel appliances including full size fridge, oven and dishwasher. You literally eat every meal in, Would imagine this is great for ones with young children. Also there is a washer and dyer, it's great going home with clean laundry!

Almost all units face the ocean with gorgeous views of the beach and pool. We didn't use the beach service, but that is available, even in the off season.

There is a well equipped fitness center with a spa style locker room. Twice daily maid service was true luxury. We really loved this place and always wanted to stay here, so glad we finally did. We will be back!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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4  Thank Nychris29
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

This summer was the third time we have stayed at the Sandpiper, and as always, we were very pleased with our stay. My only request would be to make the pool area a cell phone free zone (we are supposed to be relaxing on vacation, not chit-chatting on cell phones right?) but it is not the hotel's fault that some of the guests are rude loud cell phone talkers.

This year I was not happy with the room I was assigned upon check in, and it was promptly changed,

All the staff are friendly, courteous and happy. I would recommend the Sandpiper to anyone who wanted to enjoy their stay at Cape May, but you better have plenty of cash.

Room Tip: I like to stay away from the staircases / elevators for more privacy. Ocean view is definitely worth...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank pakman31
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

The Sandpiper is in a great location, just across the street from the beach. It offers two bedroom suites, which are harder to come by. It is a newer facility and is kept very clean. On paper it seems wonderful. The problem is they are just too many little things that aren't great--along with a couple of big ones, which makes me think it just isn't worth the money.

Perhaps the biggest issue is the beach service. Cape May Resorts offers beach service--chairs, towels and food to order (additional cost). The problem is you are squished into a very small space, sometimes eight rows back and no more than two-three feet away from
the next group of people. There is only a certain space where chairs can be set up and it
simple isn't big enough to accommodate everyone, That means, if you have kids, they have
no place to play, or you end up standing the whole day in a clearing of sand. A line can
form a half hr prior to the start of beach service. That means, since beach service starts
at 8:00 you need to get on line at 7:30. In addition, there are some people who seem to
get special treatment. (I tip every day. I'm friendly and thankful and still can't seem to get
what others do. For example, some people's seats are held for hrs, with nothing on them
and no one there. If you ask, this isn't supposed to happen, but it does.)

In addition to this big problem, the hotel has lots of little problems. For example, our
bathroom doors don't latch closed. They close 99% but you can't lock them at all, because
of that 1%. So basically, don't knock on the door, because you will open it in the process.
Sure, they can send someone to fix it, but it's hard enough to coordinate with my family,
never mind the handyman. The corners of the hallways also seem to have big mosquito
problems. one of the gentleman at the front desk is not the most welcoming. Even when
you ask a simple question, he has a way of making you feel like you're interrupting his day.
Also, in some rooms, the windows feel really, really low and the are no window guards.
Beds are placed against these windows, so keep them locked at all times if you have little
ones (although someone I met said her window locks were broken.). Oh and they short sheet the beds. For this price they really need to get sheets that fit.

Furthermore, the cancelations policy is no good. Keep your fingers crossed that no one gets
sick, breaks a bone, or has an unexpected conflict, because if so, your money is gone.

Finally, some accommodations are huge and some quite small, despite the same cost, so
choose your room wisely. (Check out the proximity to the road as well.)

All in all, it's just not worth the money.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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9  Thank Martin819
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

we love the congress hall properties and have been to both the sandpiper and congress hall many times. just a heads up from our last trip to the sandpiper,,,, our room was one of the handicap accessible rooms. It was a last minute trip, and this was the last room available, we took what was available and didn't ask questons. If you have a toddler beware,,, there was no tub in this room. The bathroom was basically a wet room, with curbless access to the shower. It was super slipperly, and my little one fell. Luckily she did not get too hurt, just scared herself silly. Management was great and got us a few extra shower mats, but I know in the future to ask if the room has a bathtub! It never occurred to me it would not have a tub, as all the previous times (3) I have stayed here there has been a tub.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Jdpd
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

The two bedroom apt worked perfectly for us on the first floor. It was easy for us to get our bicycles in and out of the apt. with the much appreciated ramp access. And it was easy for one of our guests to use who has ambulatory problems. It was clean and comfortable for all of us.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

We have two small children, 5 and 3 years old and were looking for an apartment type condo property for our 3 night stay in Cape May. The service was great. Before we even arrived the manager, Charlie, realized that we were booking in a room that had only a stall shower and with two small children it might be difficult for us to bathe them easily. I really apreciated his forethought and sensitivity to call me back and ask if this would work for our family instead of waiting until we arrived to tell us.
The room/condo was great. Very clean, newly redecorated/remodled with new furniture, tile, countertops. There was a full kitchen (which was part of the living room) with a full sized fridge, oven, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher. It was slightly smaller than I thought it would be but it was all we really needed. We ate breakfast and lunch in the room and so did not have to spend extra money to eat out for every meal. The bathroom was spacious and clean (and the toiletries were Aveda!). There is a washer dryer which was perfect for quick drying bathing suits and cleaning the kids clothes.
The location was super. It is right in the middle of all the fun and activities that Cape May and the Sandpiper property groups have to offer (which is a TON of family friendly stuff although not at the Snadpiper property, just a block or two away at the Congress Hotel which is part of the hotel group). It is also right across the street from the beach which makes it easy with kids. The hotel access/amenities for the beach is a short walk up the boardwalk, not directly in front of the property, but the beach staff was very helpful and accomidating setting up chairs and unbrellas although I felt that they put families too close to each other--it would have been nice to have a little more room between us and the people surrounding us. The pool was nice enough. It has a gated shallow side for the little ones and a shallow shallow-end (3 feet) which was great for our 5 year old almost-swimmer. There were tons of chairs and umbrellas on the pool deck as well.
A couple of things I think can be improved upon: Cleanliness for the outside of the building and pool area. I know being on the ocean makes it hard to keep stuctures clean because of the wind and the sea air but I felt that the stucture could use to be cleaned (our front porch floor and railings were dirty, and the pool deck was also very dirty). It might also be the exhaust from the cars on the road that the building is on that runs between the property and the beach. I also was not impressed at all with the "game room" for the kids. Most of the arcade style games were old and many didn't work. We lost 4 quaters to a game that was broken but had no sign--not a big deal to me, but really disapointing to two little kids who are waiting for the game to start. There is an arcade on the boardwalk a few blocks from the hotel.

Room Tip: Request a first floor room, especially if you have small kids.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

We stayed at the Sandpiper from Wednesday to Sunday and couldn't have been happier. We (me, wife, and toddler) stayed in a 1bd1ba on the third floor. The amenities are awesome, stocked kitchen, comfortable bed, maid service, clean towels and the room was immaculate. You have access to all of the Congress Hall services, especially useful at the beach, towels, lounge chairs, beach chairs, tables, and food service. Another plus was parking and the location. The only complaints we had were the location of the entrance to the room. It is in the bedroom which is a little inconvenient at times, especially since our son goes to bed at 7pm. The other complaint was A/C unit. It is very loud when it kicks in. We changed the setting to ON instead of AUTO, but that didn't keep the room cool. The balcony faced the ocean and the view was great. You could also hear the ocean from the room which was very relaxing. We would definitely stay again and hope to get back soon.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sandpiper Beach Resort

Address: 11 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Cape May
Price Range: £96 - £340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sandpiper Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for unmatched quality, location and outstanding amenities in your vacation rental, the Sandpiper Beach Club, Cape May NJ, is the perfect fit. Offering 51 units on a beachfront block in Cape May, New Jersey, the Sandpiper is available for daily, weekend, or weekly rentals year round. Located in the heart of the famed historic district of Cape May, across the street from the area's best beaches, the Sandpiper boasts a walk-to-everything convenient. ... more   less 
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