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Jolly Roger Motel
Ranked #24 of 68 Hotels in Wildwood Crest
Reviewed 29 April 2014

I am upset with this property because I have been staying here for the past 5 years and each time we take advantage of Moreys Pier, stay and play package. The hotel used to be part of Moreys Pier but I just found out that it is not. I was never aware of the property being sold and when I booked the summer of 2014 the property was part of the pier. I requested a refund and now the hotel wants to charge me 25% cancellation fee. Thats $77 bucks, I like the hotel but the stay and play package was the main reason for staying here but now I must look to other motels.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Yes, the Jolly Roger was sold this Spring. The new owners are very versed in motel ownership here in Wildwood Crest as owners of other successful large motels for decades. We are excited to bring our expertise to the Jolly Roger. Our goal is always complete guest satisfaction. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the Stay & Play Package since they are exclusive to Morey Properties. The Stay & Play was ONLY offered here at the Jolly Roger for the past 1-1/2 seasons so it is relatively new even to the Morey organization. The Jolly Roger did offer an alternative to avoid the cancellation fee and still honor the vacation stay but it was not accepted so we must be fair to all of our guests as to a general cancellation policy. We are planning some GREAT & exciting improvements this upcoming season and for the future of the Jolly Roger. We hope to have the opportunity to share these improvements with you in the future.

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

My family and I have traveled to the Wildwood Crest/Cape May area too many times to count, but all of our usual favorites were booked or required a minimum stay of 2 nights. So we decided to try somewhere new. We always use trip advisor and had no reason to doubt the #4 ranking or all of the positive reviews posted.

Upon arrival the motel looked average from the outside, the location was as expected. No issues. We stayed in room 105...a basic room. Let me say that we are not snobs, average hotels are the usual for my family...but, this room was just plain old. Unlike some of the other reviewers on this site, I don't find old and outdated "charming" in anyway. Just had the feeling that I didn't want to touch anything or get really comfortable.

The bathroom was right out of the 70's right down to the knobs on the sink and the toilet. The sink would not completely shut off and there was no drain stop in the sink...I had to put a wash rag in the sink so I didn't hear the water running all night. The water pressure in the shower was non-existent. I will attribute this to the showerhead being older than my children...water trickled out and if you tried to blend hot and cold water for a "warm" shower...it would just go cold. Beach front hotels need to have a shower at least sufficient to wash off the sunblock, salt and sand from the day. This one wouldn't even wash the soap out of our hair.

The room was adequately cleaned. Not sure why there were a couple of open holes in what looked like an old heating duct on the ceiling...my kids were concerned something would crawl out in the middle of the night.

The pool area was not clean. No shower for families returning from the beach. No place to wash off the sand prior to going in the pool...tiny foot wash (again with very little water coming out). I guess this explains the sandy feeling of the pool deck and the pool itself.

As far as amenities...the snack bar was a sliding window with an open sign hidden from plain sight...not that at this point we would have trusted the food so I cannot comment on the quality. Couple of arcade games in a 10x10 room...not much else.

Bottom line - this motel needs some money put back into it. There is really no reason for the shortcomings we experienced. Worst experience in all of our visits to South Jersey.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

This review is before our time of new ownership and we would love to have you come back and see what we are up to these days. The Jolly Roger has sold to new owners in February 2014 to a family who has been in the family motel business in Wildwood Crest for over 30 years. While the building is definitely one of the first built in Wildwood Crest, it has become an icon in South Jersey and we are on a path to make some modernized changes with the property while keeping its sense and feeling the same.
Our pool area now boasts a very large Heated Salt Water Pool to introduce the modern Green Movement to our clientele and to reduce our carbon footprint just a little more. Not to mention it is much healthier for children and adults alike, the smell of chlorine no longer permeates the air, and your skin feels smoother after a days' swim. The nearly 100 lounges and over a dozen tables are set up and the entire pool area cleaned several times each day. The ground has been given a cool retro-specific color and the pool itself is painted with a very time-period retro design to make swimming that much more fun!!
While it is not possible to make major changes in the bathrooms for this year, Each and Every Bathroom has been equipped with a Brand New KOHLER massaging Showerhead. The pressure has been increased to your body and there is no longer an issue of lack of spray and strength....Wash Away!!!
Finally, one of the other major improvements that will be introduced for the Summer of 2014 will be the opening of the New Cafe/Restaurant right off the 2-Floor Mezzanine Lobby. Its Pool Front location is ideal to enjoy your morning breakfast right at the motel and to enjoy your lunch served poolside and charged to your room. No longer will this valuable and amazingly positioned room simply be filled with some arcade games and rarely used. It shall become a centralized source of activity and convenience.
These are a few of the changes we have made. Come on Back or just stop by when in town and we will gladly give you a tour of the new and improved property enhanced for your Needs and Desires for the PERFECT GETAWAY!!!

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The Jolly Roger Motel, located in Wildwood Crest, NJ is a fantastic place. The staff are incredibly friendly, and more than willing to help you if need be. The beach is a stones throw away, which is lovely.

Whilst there are many other motels/hotels in the area, not only the price range, but also the friendly nature of the staff make this the perfect choice, for both families and couples, or like myself, me and my friend simply enjoying a well earned holiday in the sun!

The only thing I would say lets it down (and this is only minor because I'm a younger adult) is that the WiFi is only available in the lobby (I check my phone like it's the morning paper)

Definitely recommend this place to anyone, already have suggested it to friends back home in England. Great, great place!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

We here at the Jolly Roger as new owners since February of this 2014 year wish to thank you for the comments that you posted before our ownership. We would also like to mention that you would be very welcomed upon your return to the motel and look forward to serving you and your friends and family whenever you are in the area. The motel continues to be maintained to the highest standards and our staff is entirely committed to make the Jolly Roger a motel for everyone to enjoy and be proud to call home for their vacation.
As to the WiFi issue whereby it is only available in the lobby, THAT is a thing of the past. We have recently added the ability for you to have FREE WiFi in all areas and rooms of the entire motel. So you can now log on to our Server and browse away online whenever and wherever you wish. There shall never be a need to go to the lobby, You can log on by the pool, on your private balcony, or just laying in bed getting your well-needed rest. Getting online to greet and catch up with all of your friends and family in England while here in America will never be easier.
Thanks again and let's all meet up here at the Jolly Roger for your next stay on our Jersey Island Escape!!!

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

I love this place--on the outside it's not as flashy as some of the other motels along the strip, but it's so charming. Don't walk in here expecting a super modern, fully equipped/renovated hotel. As a previous reviewer put it, the doo-wop and 1950's vibe of the motels along the strip are part of the whole charm.

No, you won't get Wifi in the room. The Jolly Roger only advertises it in the lobby, and it worked fine. Step outside and see the ocean from your balcony, instead. I had a lovely pool-view room on the second floor with a mini fridge, a microwaves, dishware, etc. The housekeeping staff is amazing, friendly, and do a great job. My room was immaculate every day. The water pressure in the shower was a little low, but this motel was built quite awhile ago so it's to be expected.

It's a great, family-friendly hotel with barbecues by the pool and lots of areas to lounge in. The front desk staff, particularly Mike, are helpful and very, very accommodating (Mike also really likes Jolly Ranchers, so if you go, bring him some!)

A lovely place, will continue to stay here!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2014

Wow, What a GREAT review and we are so thankful for it. It is always truly appreciated when the Jolly Roger is recognized for the true standing nature of its past and how it has so strongly maintained the test of time. Big News for the Jolly Roger is that it sold in February 2014 for the first time since it was built by the original family in 1960. The new owners are a well-established family in Wildwood Crest with over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. The goal is to continue to allow the Jolly Roger to shine bright and bring it up to the modern era step by step. The new owners, Joe, Vince & Cindy, are always present at the desk or on the grounds so speaking to an owner will become a steadfast and true concept here at the motel.
We too LOVE the Retro-1960s charm and will enhance it regularly. Your views from the rooms and private balconies are very much the same and still show off the wonderful pool area and magnificent beaches of Wildwood Crest. While several of the housekeeping crew decided to stay on, a handful decided to move on and we were fortunate enough to replace them with an even more impressive crew!! You will not at all be disappointed. We now offer FREE WiFi in ALL rooms and over the entire grounds and pool area for your convenience...no longer having to trek over to the lobby unless desired. We also heard the numerous comments about the water pressure and tackled that problem with a Brand New KOHLER Massaging Showerhead in each and every room...they are designed for adding pressure to your shower experience!! The BBQs are still going strong and as popular as ever. The BBQ Pit is very much the watering hole of the Jolly Roger so definitely bring along your cooking skills and your appetites. The pool area and its extensive lounging zones are the PERFECT place to get to know us and the rest of the new staff or just sit quietly back and take it all in.
All in all, the Jolly Roger will continue to bring on the charm. We would truly be excited to have you continue to be a part of its growing history and continued customer base. See you Real Soon!!!

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Just got back from our stay at the Jolly Roger. Consistenly one of the best places to stay while in the Crest. Friendly and helpful staff, very clean and well kept. Right across the street from the beach,not to mention a great pool and snack bar. We go to Wilwood Crest every year,and would not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

YES YES YES.....We love to hear that the Jolly Roger is top on your list for a GREAT place to stay while visiting the Jersey Shore and Wildwood Crest specifically. I would like to introduce ourselves as the new owners of the motel and look forward to setting up a continued and growing relationship with you. We purchased the property in February of this year and have been opened since April to GREAT acclaim. We plan on extending the season both earlier in Spring and later in the Fall to October 31. The reservations are coming in very well for these shoulder seasons as well as the main season primarily on the interest to see the island in a more economical way and with less people. The Spring and Fall are beautiful periods here and we LOVE showing them off. Summer is a time of GREAT activity and FUN and it has an attraction all its own. So we hope to have you visit us again soon this season and experience us (Vince, Cindy & Joe) as the new owners and see and experience all of the wonderful changes we are so excitedly making just for YOU!!!!

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Each year I take the family down to wildwood and stay at the jolly roger. The staff is great, great location and a great deal with the stay and play package offered from moreys pier. Its an older motel but its worth the stay.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank David P
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2014

We LOVE that you find your way back to the Jolly Roger each year.....we hope that you keep the tradition going for years to come. As you may or may not know, the Jolly Roger has switched ownership and we are always eager and very experienced to serve your vacation needs. We have had over 30 years of motel ownership experience here in Wildwood Crest and are extremely proud of owning such an iconic landmark as the Jolly Roger now for the last 4 months. There is little we shall change except to make improvements that shall only enhance the environment of the motel and the amenities and care you receive while with us.
We must note though that the Stay & Play Package is no longer available through the Jolly Roger as we are no longer part of the Morey Properties Group. We had requested that we be permitted to offer the same package to our guests that were guests of the Moreys for so long but were not given the permission by the Morey Group. We do not feel this in any way hinders your ability to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Wildwood and we shall gladly recommend many more activities in addition to only doing the piers and boardwalk. The islands here offer many activities that will excite all ages and may not burden the pocket nearly as much. So go ahead and come on down and see everything the Island has to offer. Room rates at the Jolly Roger shall also reflect the fact that you can save money on your stay with us compared to other Morey properties and simply use that savings to buy tickets directly. Either way, fun fun fun is on the menu!!!
First floor rooms are always popular and kitchens definitely offer freedom from having to leave the ease of poolside living for a few days. If you do not have a kitchen offered in your room, you can always take advantage of the extensive BBQ pit located centrally at the motel and FREE for all guests to use all day. It should be noted that EVERY room offers a refrigerator for your convenience and many offer microwave ovens. Put on your favorite bites on one of the BBQs and the sit back on over a dozen table and chair sets around the pool and eat your meal al fresco pool side experiencing the amazing ocean breezes and relaxed freedom of no set schedules. The kids can enjoy extended pool hours while you enjoy a quiet dinner keeping an eye on things.....it is the PERFECT solution!!!
Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again very soon.......

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Check in was very efficient. Staff was friendly and courteous. This is a wonderful family beach motel. Great pool convenient to boardwalk and beach. Clean rooms and friendly courteous staff. Good value! Very family friendly!!!!!! Good value for a summer beach vacation.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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JollyRogerMotel, Owner at Jolly Roger Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2014

Coming to the Jersey Shore and, specifically, The Wildwoods Island has always been all about Family & Fun!! We at the Jolly Roger LOVE keeping this tradition going strong and do everything possible to make sure the Family Unit is honored and revered here. In February 2014, the Jolly Roger sold to us as new owners, made up of two brothers and the wife of one of the brothers. It is a clear and tight family that has been in the motel and restaurant businesses in Wildwood Crest for 2 generations now. We could not be more proud to be proprietors of a motel like the Jolly Roger with such an AMAZING reputation!! We have only enhanced the amenities that make this resort something that Families flock to year after year....some as many as 4 decades!! WOW, right?? We have heard some of the greatest stories already and it has only been a couple months....can't wait to hear everything we will during our first season. Our experience has always been a guide in the hospitality industry and we expect to bring all we are to this property. YOU will benefit greatly from our generosity, fairness and strong sense of creating the BEST possible vacation destination in Wildwood Crest!! Our All-New SALT WATER pool and pool area are still one of the largest in South Jersey and we improved it this year by committing to keeping it at a balmy 84 degrees at all times. It is exceptional during the off-season when the air tends to get cool at night. We have expedited the check in process and we are always present on the grounds to answer any questions or concerns or just plain information on places to eat and fun destinations. We have lived here all of our lives and are very versed about Wildwood and its surrounding areas always ready with information to share. We feel it is VERY important to have a one-on-one relationship with our guests and learn what it is that YOU want for us to improve and better at the resort. Never be shy about sharing!!!
So we hope to see you again at the Jolly Roger....Come & Meet us!!!

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Address: 6805 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260-3901
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Wildwood Crest
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Wildwood Crest
#36 Family Hotel in Wildwood Crest
Price Range: £118 - £899 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Jolly Roger Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 75
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