If you are reading this, you, your family, your grandparents or their parents have been coming to the Doo Wop experience of the Wildwoods since the 60's. Also, you know hopefully the differences in the "Crest" and North Wildwood" as compared to "Wildwood." And choosing the Crest you seek the family oriented vaca with modest amenities. If not, you are coming down to the wrong vacation region or planning to rent a high priced newer condo at around $500 plus or more a night. So stop reading if you want luxury, you ain't getting it. But there is more to this review than luxuries.....
The review is based on many this reviewer has completed on Wildwood motels, and is strictly based on its peers. We simply cannot compare these old motels/motor inns to Hiltons, Marriotts, Fairmonts or Ritz Carltons.
The Cape Cod is a 60's structure similar in type to about 75% of the other concrete block 2-4 story structures around the area. Charming? Not really as the idea behind the hotel here is for some creature comforts (beds, fridge, microwave, pool, gas grill and lounge chairs), and it has all of that. Room we stayed in for three was a two-room with a double and single in the back room and a double in the front room, fridge and microwave, no kitchen and small table. Cost high time was $159 plus $16 or so on top. Believe it or not, cheaper than alot of the others in this category. Room was clean with a remodeled bathroom and tub (very small), two decent size rooms with I'd say a max comfort of 3 people or two adults and max two younger kids. Inside room was typical Wildwood decor....masonry painted walls with some sand effect, decent furnishings, comfortable enough bedding and what appeared to be a newer low pile carpet. The room was clean, the bedding (it all comes from one location on the island) was clean and crisp, perhaps maybe too laundered. Towels were OK. AC at the back so you could not close the door for any privacy even if you wanted to, the AC would freeze you out in the room and no AC in the front room would get in and you would roast. Fan in the front room was good and a small but newer table was there to sit and take food out and such. It was total creature comforts with some places to put clothes. They had a mini golf which was used by the small kids to occupy time. All non smoking rooms....
The management of the hotel were there and visible, the staff was hired help but they worked on keeping the place as clean as possible daily. Gas grills needed cleaning when I wanted to use it for lunch so it may have went unattended the night before. No worries. Sun deck adds a nice touch for days, evenings and morning coffee and the location is in the Crest but about a 1/3 mile from the beginning of the boardwalk if that is what you desired. We purchase the early bird winter price for the tram car that runs about a buck a ride instead of $2.50 each ticket so we pick it up like a tax.....Pool was nice too, cleaned daily and maintained, relatively new.
So, why do I rate this a "very good" when what I really described as pretty average? Well, compared to its peers, the place was clean, comfortable, family oriented and convenient to the greatest beach on this earth, close to walkable restaurants (Bandannas, Tony Luke's, Marcello's and Primo) to name a few. Coffee shops (Doo Wop and others are also nearby for morning breakfast. So when you seek out for new places remember there are none. If they are remodeled, they were still built in the 60's so it will show wear. How they dress it up is the difference. And this, while priced high no matter what you think, is still cheaper than many many many others in its peers, so that is why, according to its peers, this gets a very good.
This is a town drenched in history and nostalgia. Part of me sort of likes the corny Doo Wop, the neon lights, the stories behind these old places. It brings memories or creates new ones. It rained a little so board games and stuff were on the menu, even though my daughter peeked more at her I-phone but we did bring it back in time. And the motel is recommended for that, bringing families together in a comfortable place around a city that has great beaches, good restaurants, a great boardwalk and mostly nice people all around. Go visit the Cape Cod.....the place in Jersey not Massachusetts......it's fun!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Cod Hotel Wildwood Crest
- Cape Cod Motel