We usually stay in a bed and breakfast, but decided to give the new penthouse/cathedral suites at the Marquis a try. Under new management (local, and who actually give a darn) the central oceanfront location can't be beat. Don't be put off by the "published rate" for this hotel, you will get a minimum of 20% off, probably a lot more. This puts the penthouse in the same bracket as a B and B.
From our 6th floor balcony we could see from Convention Hall to the lighthouse! A little bigger than the regular suites, the penthouses have bigger balconies, high cathedral ceilings, finer finishes (hardwood, travertine, stainless, granite), new heating/cooling (quiet and efficient), flat screen tvs/dvd with great sound, fast wifi, great cell reception, comfy bed with nice linens. Higher number penthouses and suites have better views, lower number ones are missing a bedroom window, but have an entrance in the interior of the hotel (so you don't have to go outside again after you get off the elevator).
Why does this hotel get such mixed reviews? We were lucky enough to have a tour showing us several types of rooms and we see why. The suites have all been recently upgraded and seemed very nice. The ones with the interior entrances are darker, as some people complained. The single room we saw in the three story building was awaiting its turn for upgrading, and did have minor cosmetic issues. But all rooms and suites have full front ocean views, and at least a coffeemaker/refrig/microwave, tub/shower, and were clean and fully functional. Suites and penthouses have full kitchenettes. First floor is pet friendly.
We could see from our balcony if our favorite table at Martini Beach was available on the glassed-in porch, could see from our entryway if there was an outside line at the Merion Inn, and from the 6th floor lounge if there were rocking chairs open on Aleathea's porch. 24 hour desk service sent up a battery in minutes for our dead remote at 11 at night. Elevators, luggage caddies, pool, laundry, restaurant, bar, are all things we didn't get at a bed and breakfast. All this with onsite parking right across from the beach! What more could you want?
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- Also Known As:
- Marquis De Lafayette Cape May
- Hotel Marquis De Lafayette