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Gondolier Motel
Ranked #28 of 68 Hotels in Wildwood Crest
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 December 2005

My family and I stayed at the Gondelier Hotel over the Labor Day weekend. It was my first time there. We loved it. The view was awesome, the rooms were clean and the service was excellent. The location to the boardwalk & beach was the best of all. I would like to make this my new family vacation spot. Also it was child friendly for my 4 & 2 year old.:) See ya next summer!

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Reviewed 17 August 2005

Just got back from a four day stay at the Gondolier. It is a typical concrete Wildwood hotel, therefore you access your room via the common exterior balconies. Altough it is a bit dated it is very clean and well maintained. The location is great, right on the beach and a few blocks from the boardwalk. The staff was very friendly. If you realize what a beach motel here is all about (you are paying for the location)you will be happy at the Gondolier.

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Reviewed 8 August 2005

We just came back from a 5 days vacation in Wildwood. We had a wonderful time over there. We stayed at The Gondolier in Wildwood Crest. Like all motels in Wildwood, it's a little bit old. We cannot compare with other motels but The Gondolier has nice and very clean rooms. The pool is big enough and there is a game room with a pool table. Yes, it is expensive for the type of rooms available but since they are open only a few months during the year...

The boardwalk and excellent restaurants (yes... really!) are at a walking distance from the motel and the beach is right there... if you plan your meals, many restaurants offers a special menu with reduced prices meals between 4 and 5 pm... it is worth the try... I had pasta with shrimps for less than 10$.

one thing's for sure... we are going back next year!

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Reviewed 25 July 2005


First, I'd like to say that I've been to the Wildwoods at least 50 times in the last 30 years, and I've stayed at, at least 30 different places. My favorite place of them all (of the one's that I've tried), is the Port Royal. I only stayed at the Gondolier because I couldn't get reservations at the Port Royal and because of it's high rating here. I've seen it before in my travels and never thought much of it's looks, but sometimes, you can't judge a book by it's cover.

I booked an Ocean-front 2-room suite w/kitchen, at $265. per night with taxes... rather steep for a "glorified" Motel, but I don't have a problem paying for quality. Upon seeing the building, it was as I remembered it to be, a typical 1960's, stucco, 3 1/2 story motel. Walkby terraces, front entry, with pool on the side. As I entered the grounds I noticed they were very small, with everything squeezed-in together. The pool was clean, but crowded. The 2 gas-grills were 3 ft. from the high-end of the pool, constantly getting splashed from divers (making it next to impossible for anyone to barbeque). As I squeezed passed other guests sitting in front of their poolside rooms (very narrow porches), I turned at the end to my "ocean-front" room on the 2nd floor. I was somewhat disappointed because the oceanview was blocked by foilage in the dunes , which sprouted about 20' high. I could only see the beach or ocean if I looked to the left, or right, or jumped 3 feet in the air. There was also a bike and pedestrian path, as well as a street right off the porch which reduced the privacy and decreased the peace at night. This porch too, was also extremely narrow and difficult to pass by.

Upon entering the front room, again, disappointment. Old, ugly 20 y.o. wallpaper, poor furniture configuration (impossible to watch T.V., while in bed) and a musty smell. The old wall A/C unit was extemely loud, but cold. I did notice however, a Wildwood rarity...new carpeting. The second room was separated by a wooden sliding door... again the musty smell and a loud A/C unit. To the right was the so-called kitchen... tiny everything. It was similar to what you'd find in a small trailer. No counter-space at all, 2 burner stove and a tiny sink. The fridge however was full-sized. The vinyl floor was ripped. Next, the small bathroom... just big enough to take care of business, clean, except for the big complaint... a filthy, disgusting, corroded showerhead (shame on them).

For this kind of money, albeit prime-season, one would expect lodging at a higher quality than this. There is no way that this motel should be rated #2 in Wildwood Crest. Out of the 30 places I've stayed at, this falls in the middle. Folks... this is your average, run-of-the mill, 1960's Wildwood motel. It has the same smells, stains, cracks, etc. that anyone, who has ever stayed anywhere in Wildwood would be accustomed to. The Gondolier is nothing special. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad place, but if it wasn't where it is, it would be a $50. a night motel. If you can find another Motel, in a similar location and get a better deal... take it. You may be a bit disappointed there too, but at least you got what you payed for. I don't feel that I did. My recommendation (if you can get a room), would be the Port Royal... you may have to book now for next year. For those that plan to stay a full week, you're much better off renting a Condo. Wildwood is now full of brand new "Townhouse" type Condo's... many with "For Rent" signs in the window. A week in the Gondolier for my room would run you about $1800., get another family and rent one of those new Condo's and you'll have much more room, be in a cleaner and newer environment, have privacy and maybe even save a few bucks.

This review was the absolute, honest truth... I hope it helps.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed 6 July 2005

I stayed at the Gondolier for Memorial Weekend with 3 teenagers and we had a ball. I'm a single mom and my daughter brought her two best friends and they had tons of fun there!! We felt safe going out at night...walking on the beach, etc. We love the fact that we got "free" passes to the amuzement park... we got to BBQ by the pool. We went riding on rented bicycles... very close to Cape May. The staff were very friendly. My girlfriend recommended this hotel to us because she stayed there before with her family. I would stay there again.


  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed 13 June 2005

We stayed there last year and it was pretty good, right on the beach and close to the boardwalk and the air conditioning worked great and rooms were clean,! Im looking here at the reveiws again to decide if we should try someplace else but will probably go with the gondolier again..

  • Stayed: August 2004
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Reviewed 21 May 2005

the hotel was very nice. the employee's were very helpful and kind. the hotel was very clean.

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Additional Information about Gondolier Motel

Address: 5701 Ocean Ave, On the Beach at Lavender Road, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260-4353
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Wildwood Crest
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#21 Family Hotel in Wildwood Crest
Price Range: £84 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gondolier Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located on the beach and just 3 short blocks to the Boardwalk. Bike rentals, a park, basketball courts and restaurants are only steps away. The Gondolier features one, two and three room suites and kitchens. Perfect for a family vacation. Spring and fall packages are also available. ... more   less 
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