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“"Does a catchy new beach theme, improved room design, and quality service justify $350 per night at a motel?"”
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Beach Shack
Ranked #20 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Reviewed 8 August 2010

This review comes with a great deal of ambivalence and may actually sway you to stay here since the positives may out weigh the negatives depending upon your needs, likes, and price requirements for an east coast beach vacation. And, that is fine by us!

First off we must admit that we are big fans of the owners of this motel. Congress Hall is their crown jewel and their other sister properties (Starr Inn, etc.) are of top quality as well. They may have single handedly, over the past 15-years, been responsible for improving the quality of the Cape May room product and guest services.

For far too long absentee, inattentive, or just greedy (no AAA rates ever) hotel/motel owners have rested on selling circa '70s style rooms and poor service for top in season dollars! These poor owners do so because they can get away with it with such a beautiful town; well kept and safe beaches; historical landmarks; accessible wildlife; and excellent dining choices! While the Beach Shack owners have been putting their money and efforts into restoring Cape May into the jewel it once was.

So we salute the Beach Shack owners for the following - a retro beach theme; a beach location; clean and well put together, albeit small rooms; a well kept pool and property; free beach service (chairs, towels & umbrellas); and polite and attentive reservation specialists, pool (constantly cleaning up and changing towels), and outdoor wait staff, as well as the Rusty Nail restaurant and bar. The latter provides good food at reasonable prices and nightly music creating a island vibe!

On the down side - the rooms are small motel sized rooms with only one a/c unit for two rooms, despite the improvements and design; the pull out couch is not suitable for sleeping for adults or teens; the beach attendants were less than enthusiastic about their duties ("Do you really need four chairs and two umbrellas?"), while there are no phones or phone books in the rooms (Odd?). Most likely the latter was to cross sell their other restaurants and services; however it would be nice to explore other restaurants and call a doctor or pharmacist if necessary! We also found that we had no or limited cable/satellite tv service, which is not a huge factor unless you are traveling with small children then it becomes a deal breaker. (Unfortunately we had to hear from other guests that this was a temporary issue.)

The main question for you then dear reader is, "Does a motel room, even a well done motel room with a well thought out retro-concept with great service justify a $350/ night price tag?" Maybe the Beach Shack owners do!



, or as an economist would state, "On one hand the beach location; cleanliness by the staff; pool and beach service and newly designed beach theme

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

We thought this hotel was the perfect place for a family vacation. Myself, my wife our 12 year old and 5 year old loved this place. While certainly not a luxury hotel it had the perfect mix of everything, clean rooms, great staff. pool, fantastic bar and restaurant and luxury accomodations on the beach. We were met with by a professional staff and when we traveled to the beach we were asked how many chaise lounges and umbrellas we needed and they were all set up for us w towels. Back at the hotel the two queen size beds and pull out couch gave us all the sleeping room we needed. The rusty nail lounge next too our rooms had an outside fire pit and sandy beach that the kids loved to hang out in while we enjoyed a fantastic margarita mixed perfectly to end the day. The entertainment at the rusty nail was super and all was quiet and closed up by 930-10pm. we cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

If you can't have a good time here, something is wrong. The location is about the best in Cape May. Walk to the beach and be pampered and waited on; walk to the mall to shop and dine in the evening or walk to the end of Beach Ave. and check out the lighthouse and Conservatory park. The beds are comfy, the room was made up to perfection each day. The staff was always stepping and working to make something better. Check in was very efficient and friendly, check out the same. The renovations were well done and we could not hear others beside, above or below us. Look at the prices in Cape May and compare this, you will find it to be a great place. Nothing is perfect, but this is a very good place to stay and have fun in Cape May.

Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

The Beach Shack is a sister property to Congress Hall and the Virginia. Its rates are about two-thirds of those properties. If you're expecting a Congress Hall experience for two-thirds the price, you're going to a be disappointed. The Shack is a refurbished (not renovated) motor lodge. Our room was spacious, clean, cool and fully functional. The beach was approximately 100 feet from our front door, complete with complementary beach service. The cable tv is terrible, the wireless Internet is spotty but did I mention the beach is 100 feet away? The pool is small but less crowded than Congress Hall's. There's food service at both the pool and beach from the Rusty Nail and both were surprisingly prompt. We saved almost $1,000 staying at the Beach Shack compared to our usual Congress Hall bill.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

Booked room spur of the moment according to the reviews on-line thought we were getting a nice place to stay.When we arrived we found a nice room with 2 queen beds and a sofa bed but wasn't till we got back that night we had ANTS in our room, so we didn't get much sleep that night so went down to front desk first thing in morning they asked if we wanted the room treated or a new one we took the new room but it was in a spot with no view,so what I am trying to say is if you plan on staying there take a room on the second or third level it seems the rooms are better but for what you will pay you will be able to find a better place that offers more for your money.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Beach Shack

Address: 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range: ₹ 7,562 - ₹ 18,008 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach Shack 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach Shack is a fresh, new, fun alternative for beachfront vacations. You will feel comfortable wearing your flip flops all day long. ... more   less 
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