My husband and I (no children, late 20s-early 30s) booked the Oceanic for a 5 night stay that ended up overlapping with the arrival of Hurricane Irene. We called the day before we were due to arrive to confirm that the hotel was good to go after the storm. They said YES so we made our way to Wildwood. I'm from South Jersey. I've been to Wildwood many many times but I never needed a hotel room so I had to rely on TripAdvisor (I currently reside in Boston). From what I can tell, all Wildwood hotel rooms, except for those that you pay 40% more for, are going to offer this: Two flat pillows, a passable mattress, a small room, a fridge, a bathroom, maybe a balcony. This is what the Oceanic also offers. We got an ocean-facing balcony which was a huge plus (just had to ask for it when booking). Sure, the rooms need updating. I could use more pillows, a less confusing TV (what was with that?) and a more affordable WiFi option (some of us have to do a little work on our vacation). But this is what Wildwood hotels are like. What sets this one apart from the rest: the LOCATION, the staff and the pool.
There were many great things about this hotel. The pool was great. I did not mind "outsiders"(how would I know anyway?). It was not crowded. The tiki bar was awesome but not intrusive for the guests that did not want to drink or had children with them. The staff helped us find fun, little-known things to do (even things I didn't know about!) and were always willing to help. They even made reservations for us!
The only reason I'm giving this place 3 stars is that, really, the rooms aren't great. But I wouldn't expect much else for the price or, frankly, what other hotels are offering. Pay more if you want, but unless you go to the StarLux or rent a private home, trust this local gal when I say that this is what you're going to get.
This was a very nice stay for me and my husband. We would go back!
TL;DR: Good place for couples (young and young at heart). No rating for families (as I do not have children). Great staff. Run-of-the-mill Wildwood hotel rooms. Pay-by-day WiFi. Great pool and tiki bar. Would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and cool off at the only swim up tiki bar in Wildwood. Capture the true island vibe with tropical drinks, ice cold beers, and the coolest staff on the island. You can always enjoy a poolside lunch from our fantastic grill menu. It's sure to please everyone. Play outside all day and party into the evening with live entertainment that will keep your vacation fun filled! Need to get out of the sun? Then come inside and enjoy your favorite beverage at the original barefoot bar - complete with views of the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oceanic Hotel Wildwood