This is our 3rd year returning to the Rus Mar. Subtle, but major changes this year! The paint on the building was redone and really makes the place shine in comparison to the neighboring hotels! Also, they completed really great renovations to the rooms and the stairwell leading up to the 2nd floor.
I have a Great Dane with peripheral vision issues, and going up/down the stairs in previous years had always been an adventure! The stairs this year are wider and the railing in place is even more sturdy...not to say it wasn't before; but the enhancements made are a definite improvement!
The rooms this year are OUTSTANDING! Fresh new beds and furniture to go with what we've become accustomed to over the years - fresh, crisp, clean linens! The overall layout of the rooms is great; and having the tile floors makes for easy beach and pet clean up!
Rus Mar has no issue with types or weight of dogs. I have a Great Dane and an Akita - we are able to stay with them and never cause issue with our neighbors - or they and their pets, with us. Forget about Wildwood - it's nearly impossible to find such a kindly disposition to dogs in hotels anywhere! This creates a very friendly atmosphere overall amongst the guests as well! Located just across the street from the beach, and at a quieter end of the boardwalk - you can rent a bike, grab the tram car, or walk to shore in minutes; but at the same time, deal with less of a mob/crowds coming off/on the boardwalk. We watched the fireworks from the Pier, on the balcony at the hotel and were comfortable, sand free, and had no traffic to deal with!
Let's talk about the staff at Rus Mar. Bob (owner) works sincerely to ensure this place meets your needs - that you truly feel at home. This is also (and superbly) embodied by the Managers and Housekeeping. I will elaborate a little about my experience at my in-laws' hotel below; but i want to say it loud and clear... Ed, Emil, Nancy, Anastasia, and Kate are hands down the BEST group of people I have encountered in many hotel stays across the states for either work/vacation! How-so-ever they do it -- Ed and Emil made us feel like old family friends...the very most important guests in the house; and this is how all guests are treated.
We cannot forget that we are all walking in there with various 2 to 4 legged temperaments, it's truly to THEIR credit, that everyone not only feels welcomed; but that they are willing to care for whatever we need. Housekeeping too, they are very flexible and supportive to our pets' needs and scheduling. As I mentioned before, the linens are spotless and fresh! I typically have to work a few days of the week that I am there. There is WiFi via DSL across 2 networks for our use, and quiet enough that I could hold conference calls without the participants being affected by my location.
A quick diversion down the beach in the Crest (where everything is supposed to be slightly superior) to present a snapshot of my in-laws' hotel. The staff was completely detached from their guests, the grounds were disgusting and slimy with sand and saltwater paste everywhere; and the linens were a dedicated effort to request replacement. The room had faded thin carpet that begged my questions of cleanliness even being possible. NO THANK YOU! I am thrilled to be a part of the Rus Mar alumni of guests and not changing locale anytime soon!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We still have the same amazing location! On top of that!! The Rus Mar is under new management and has been totally renovated! Each room has new fixtures, beds, linens, and paint throughout! A fridge, microwave,and coffee pot is standard in every room. Some rooms are also efficiency units with stovetop cooking. You can still see the ocean from our rooms! Come stay with us! We remain pet friendly! ... more less
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