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The Grand Hotel
Ranked #12 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Reviewed 4 August 2017

What a horrible experience. Last week my family and I decided to plan a quick getaway; it would have been our first in several years. We had decided on Cape May as our destination and after reviewing the photos and consumer reviews on line we decided to book an “Ocean view Townhouse Suite” at the Grand Hotel which we paid a premium for. It was pricy. A one night stay put us back $617. This is a premium price for one night, however, we wanted the best available.
Booking.com gave us the option to select the time we would be arriving to the hotel. We planned our entire stay around getting to our room at the time we had checked off. Upon our arrival we were told that our room would not be ready until 3pm, but they were willing to “pre-register us (translation take the rest of their money) and they would try to have the room ready by 2pm. We were also told that the beach was $6 per person per day (with a $617 room stay they can’t comp beach passes) and that we could use the pool if we were willing to change in the locker room which would leave us walking around wet without a room to dry off in…no thanks.
We killed much of the four hours in the Cape May mall going from one store to the next until we were close to the 2pm that we were told they would try to have our room ready for. With a four hour gap they were unable (or unwilling) to have our room ready for us and we sat in the lobby for another hour, feeling like a homeless family until 3pm arrived. We were not offered as much as a cup of coffee or a bottle of water while we waited.
Check in finally. This was the first time that I noticed that and establishment that dares to call itself the “Grand Hotel” had not bell service, not valet, and everyone was schlepping their vast bags through the lobby on their own. We were not shown to our room but given a map of the building and told to find it ourselves.
Now to the room, the interior was pretty well as described however, the ocean view that I had paid extra for was of the pool. I was looking at the pool which was not a pretty sight as it sits smack in the middle of the exterior parking lot. There sit sunbathers pretending to not be affected by the large trucks making deliveries or constant stream of cars checking in and checking out. The only way I could see the ocean is if I leaned out over the terrace and turned my head. When the front desk called to ask if we were pleased with the room, they were informed that this was not what we had paid for. We were told that a manager would call our room but 15min later….no call.
We all decided that we had had enough and we all wanted to go home. Upon telling the front desk that we were displeased they made no effort to fix the situation. They did not offer a reduction in price or a comped meal, they just let us go which is not surprising. They kept half of the cost of the room which was a travesty considering that the hotel had done so little to please us and we were leaving based on their poor performance.
After reading so many shining reviews I was genuinely planning on sitting here today pleased. However, after the lack luster performance of the front desk, deceptive photography of the view, and lack of support staff I would have to say that the “Grand Hotel” should be demoted to the “Mediocre Motel” and that the employees at the front desk would benefit from extra courses in HOSPITALITY.

Room Tip: Stay someplace else.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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4  Thank crentas2017
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

My family and I really enjoyed our stay in our 2 story townhouse. We had a great view of the beach and were happy that they had an indoor pool for those rainy days. The deck was our favorite place because it had the best scenery and lighting for our snapchat/instagram/facebook photo shoots. Also, we enjoyed the space of the townhouse and being able to separate from each other on occasion. There were only 3 of us so one of us would be upstairs while the other was on the patio or in the living room. Overall, the staff was friendly, the space was clean and in a great location for our family. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Csalgado05
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The hotel is conveniently located at beach ave and has plenty of parking.
There are outside and inside swimming pool, game rooms and other nice amenities.
The rooms are reasonably sized.
The hotel in need of significant renovation, that is obvious despite of all management's effort to keep it clean and presentable.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank Konstantin M
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

Stayed at the Grand Hotel with my two daughters, July 2017. We had a great time. We had a room with a kitchenette. Clean and everything worked! Right across the street from the beach! Good parking which is hard to come by in Cape May!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

My family with 2 kids stayed here for a last minute weekend getaway. We were lucky to get a 1 night Saturday stay. Our room was not grande but very adequate. King bed & comfortable pull out couch. Our 4th floor room also had a lovely balcony with a distant ocean view. The hotel is a bit far from downtown but is directly across the street from the beach & has onsite paki gThere is a large outdoor pool with beach bar & food, as well as, and indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness room, arcade, gift shop. We did not eat at the hotel's restaurant Hemingways. I heard they have a good breakfast but we chose to go elsewhere. The hotel's biggest perk was use of its pool before & after you checkout! Room was fine & included hair dryer, coffee maker, fridge, microwave. BYO conditioner.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank silverliningtoday
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Additional Information about The Grand Hotel

Address: 1045 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1613
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range: €97 - €286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Grand Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 173
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oceanfront Grand Hotel of Victorian Cape May is one of the largest Resort and Convention Centers along the Jersey Cape. The Grand Hotel can accommodate everyone, from Business Groups to Wedding Receptions and Vacationing Families to Family Reunions. The Grand Hotel of Cape May is dedicated to recreating the grandeur of a by-gone era while providing all of the modern comforts and conveniences for a most enjoyable stay. The perfect place to dance, dine, relax, swim and sun in Victorian Cape May. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grand Cape May
Grand Hotel Of Cape May

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