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“Terrific Hotel in a Terrific Location”
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Impala Island Inn
Ranked #14 of 31 Hotels in Ocean City
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We stayed at the Impala Island Inn at the recommendation of a friend and I was so pleased with her recommendation that I want to pass it along to others looking for a place to stay in Ocean City, N.J.

We were warmly greeted by the front desk staff, who processed our reservation paperwork and told us about the parking lots available to us (the place was busy). After finding a spot for our car, we checked into our 500-level room. It was spacious and very clean. There was plenty of space for our clothes and the room's fridge was the perfect size for our snacks and bottled water.

After getting ourselves settled, we headed to the boardwalk, which was only a block away. Using the beach tags which came with the room, we also spent some time walking on the warm sand and wading into the water. We slept very soundly in extremely comfy beds and woke up the next day refreshed and ready for new adventures.

Although the Impala had a pool, we didn't really have the time to enjoy it since we spent most of our time on the beach. But plenty of other guests did, and they looked like they we're having a ball.

Ocean City has so much to offer and staying at the Impala will only enhance the experience. Its location is perfect. I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: The rooms on the 500- and 600-levels may be a bit quieter since they're not near the pool.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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jaabarlow, Manager at Impala Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Impala Island Inn. Nothing is better advertisement than a satisfied guest. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

50+ family members stayed at the Impala Island Inn for the Nth time in decades on June 13th-16th. The day prior to leaving for Ocean City we had a medical emergency with my father, and expecting to not be able to attend, we sadly cancelled our reservation. The Impala was kind enough to refund our deposit despite the 1-day cancellation notice.

But it gets better. The next day my father was told he could leave the hospital, and when we called the Impala back, they not only found us a room at the original rate (on 3 hours' notice), it was a better room than what we originally had!

Despite its age, the Impala is immaculately kept up, updated and super clean. Linens and towels are fresh and new, pillows are SO soft, showers are awesome and flat screen TV is great for the few hours of down-time you might want. The pool is crystal clear and cool, pool-side lounges and chairs are modern and very comfy, and of course nothing beats being just a few steps from the boardwalk!

There are two minor downsides - don't take a room facing the boardwalk, as there is a roller-coaster right across the alley, and the wifi is terrible. But with that said, with the low rates, cleanliness, friendly staff, free parking and location there's no better place to stay for a super time in Ocean City! Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Any pool-side room is great, second floor and rear-facing rooms are the quietest.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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jaabarlow, Manager at Impala Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Thanks for your review. We were delighted to provide accommodations for your reunion. it was a pleasure to meet all the wonderful people in your family! Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

My husband and I used trip advisor to locate a place for one night down the shore. The ratings were good so we decided to stay one night at the Impala. The room was clean, the person at the front desk allowed us to check in early and all of our questions were answered. The only negative was the trash truck came early in the morning and we were awaken by the loud noise. I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at the impala for at least 5 years now- always early June and the prices cannot be beat (beach tags included). We have stayed in one of their apartments (#100) the last 3 years and have found it perfect for our needs! The bedding seems to be better than the reg hotel rooms and it is better decorated as well (hotel rooms seem a bit dated). With 2 bedrooms 2 bath and a pull out sofa - full kitchen and large table/chair set- it works great for our group! Free parking helps so much and we love to park for the week and never have to move the car. The boardwalk is only 1 block away and we enjoy the shops on asbury too! Make sure you eat pizza at manco manco! The main issue we have most years is very poor/non existent wi fi which may be due to the apartment location. Pool is great for kids. Ventzi- was super helpful with jumping our car! Definite not luxury but nice enough for kids :) We will be back!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We recently spent a weekend at the Impala Island Inn as part of a metal detecting event at the Music Pier. Many of the people attending this event stayed at the Impala as part of the weekend.

The weekend started off on the wrong foot, when we discovered that parking was impossible to find. Several reviews of the Impala have made mention of the parking problem, but none have actually explained it.

The Impala is divided into two buildings, one on each side of 10th street. Each building has a very tiny parking lot, which is not sufficient to accommodate the number of cars for each unit in the building. As a result, both tiny parking lots for both buildings fill up quickly, and you are forced to park your car either on the opposite side of the building, or in a lot about two blocks away.

When we arrived, and could not find a parking spot, I called the front desk. The clerk did not help with the parking situation at all, and we were not made to feel welcome, even though we were part of a larger group. We ended up parking some two blocks away, and hauling our suitcases and other belongings down the street to our hotel room. It literally took us about 45 minutes just to unload. What a nightmare.

Once we got into our room, we found it in disrepair. Even though we arrived early in the season, light bulbs were out in the room, and the towel rack in the bathroom was broken beyond repair. We also had unexpected guests drop by, in the form of silverfish in our shower.

The maid service was less than expected, as she did not clean up the room completely, leaving some trash laying around.

On the plus side.....

The Impala has a nice location, just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. The price of the room was very low and affordable, and the desk clerk allowed us to leave our car in the lot for a while after checkout, so we could have breakfast before leaving town.

The beds were also comfortable, and we slept well each night.

Lastly, when we got home, my sweetie and I both had some kind of strange bites on our legs, and we don't think they were from mosquitoes. Something in that hotel room bit us.

All in all, we would have rather paid more for a hotel with adequate parking and a better experience. When we go on vacation, we don't want to worry about finding a place to park, or parking in a lot that is so dangerously crowded, that someone is bound to bang into our automobile.

A diagram from the Impala Island Inn is attached, which shows the parking problems.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed here on the off-season for Doo Dah weekend. The room was clean and had a nice sized TV. Rooms are outdated but it is a beach town motel so that is to be expected. The location is awesome! Only a block to the boardwalk and beach. The rides at Castaway Cove are literally in the back yard! We enjoyed our stay and will return! The only down side was the front desk clerk didn’t have much knowledge on what would be open in the area at the time of the year. Otherwise a great stay!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Our family has stayed here every summer for the past 16 years. It's perfectly located right off the beach and is clean and convenient to everything in OC. A bit noisy sometimes since it's right next to an amusement park, but we wouldn't stay anyplace else. Of course you pay dearly for the experience of being that close to the action but you can park your car and walk to and from the hotel from anywhere. The staff is always friendly, and there's a decent breakfast place right on the property. One thing we'd recommend--bring your own pillows unless you like yours really soft.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Impala Island Inn

Address: 1001 Ocean Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3341
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Ocean City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Ocean City
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Ocean City
Price Range: £113 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Impala Island Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Impala Island Inn is a vacationer's island indeed. Located in the heart of America's greatest family resort within the beach block, this intimate inn provides the perfect locale for a memorable getaway. Most of our accommodations overlook a delightfully warm water pool. Each room has homelike amenities that include a refrigerator, telephone with voicemail, color cable TV and two extra long double beds. Select guest rooms also offer a choice of king bed or sitting area with sleep sofa, making every guest's stay at the Impala Island Inn a relaxing and leisurely experience. Activities close to our apartments include sailing and kayaking, boat rides, jet ski rentals, surfing, bicycling, golf, arcades and a variety of amusement parks. ... more   less 
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