My family stayed here for 1 night in August on our way down to Cape May from Northern NJ. We picked this hotel because of the good reviews here on TA, the fact that it had an outdoor pool, and because it was one of the few places that we found able to accommodate 6 people.
After driving for 4 hours, we arrived around 4:15 pm. Check in was okay, but the clerk made me go get my husband's ID from the car in order to check in since the reservation was in his name. All our kids wanted to do was swim, but as soon as we got to the pool, the lifeguard announced that they would be closing for 1/2 hour and we weren't even allowed to put our feet in. 50 minutes later, the lifeguard finally came back on duty and we were allowed to go in the pool. Why not send the lifeguard on break at 6 or 6:30 after the sun has gone down a bit instead of at 4:30 during the heat of the day? Or have overlapping shifts so that the pool is open for the whole time advertised? You are also not allowed to sit on the concrete around the pool or put your feet in the pool with a drink (not even in a plastic cup), you must be on the grass. I don't really understand the reason for this, and neither did the lifeguard who just said, "It's the rules".
Our room was clean, and had a kitchenette with a full-sized fridge which was nice. Breakfast looked decent, and the coffee was good. Workout room was nice with 1 elliptical, 1 treadmill and 1 recumbent bike as well as a universal gym.
I think this place is overpriced for what it is. We paid $213 for 1 night, and that was the advance purchase discount price. I do understand that it was the middle of summer on a Friday night. They are very well located for folks traveling further south down the Jersey Shore, and you are paying for convenience. But it was actually more per night than the place we stayed in Cape May! I would consider staying again if the price was right, but will likely look for someplace different next year.
Oh, BTW...the diner across the parking lot was excellent!
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7 September 2011
Thank you for your comments about our Days Hotel. I'd like to address your questions about our lifeguard policy. We are the only hotel in our area to still hire lifeguards for our pool. It is not required in NJ. Every year there is at least one drowning in a hotel pool at the shore because a lifeguard was not on duty. We certainly do not want that to happen here. Our guards are required by labor laws to take a 30 minute break after working a certain number of hours. That is why you were asked to stay in the grass lounge area while the guard took her break. I am sorry if you were inconvenienced but we are trying to keep our guests safety as top priority.
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As for our room rates, we are in line with our area hotels. We check daily. I cannot comment on hotels in other counties as they are not in our market.
Best wishes- Penny Brown
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