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“Not enough bang for the buck...(subtitled "You call THIS ocean view??"” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Periwinkle Inn
Ranked #20 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
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Cherry Hill, NJ
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Not enough bang for the buck...(subtitled "You call THIS ocean view??"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

We headed down the weekend of October 14 - 16th and the rates were no bargain - $153 (plus various taxes) per night. We were told we were getting an Ocean View suite. That was partially true. If you stood out on the balcony and faced due east, then yes, you could see the ocean. In fact, we had a pool view suite. Let's discuss the suite. Tiny bedroom which was poorly lit except for the two windows (which tilt inward) facing the parking lot which were frosted, but had NO window covering. Yes, we ended up propping various pillows in the window sill to try to block out the parking lot lights when it came time to sleep. Tiny bathroom with the switch to turn on the bathroom light only several inches from the shower curtain. The kitchenette had no drawers, which meant that the silverware and various other kitchen supplies were under the sink/counter area in close proximity to the trash can. Strange. One large flat screen TV without high definition and one small older TV in the bedroom area. Nothing like a plastic upholstered sofa to really feel like we were surrounded by luxury. No bargain. Would not return. We stopped by the hotel next door "The Ocean Club", and for similar costs will stay there next time.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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17 Thank LBRosenson
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate your comments and concerns, they have been brought to our attention. We have been newly renovated this year and made numerous changes. We would love to have you come back for another try. You are more then welcome to call for any information. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank You
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Milford, PA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

If you make reservation for a specific unit, they charge you an extra $20.00 per night. This does not make sense. Is a reservation a reservation or what? Cape May is beautiful and one of my favorite destinations, but Cape May does have a problem. They mostly have minimum stays in season so you can't just go for a weekend. We usually go on Memorial Weekend and sometimes it is not quite warm yet. Heat doesn't work and downstairs is damp. Not upgraded in years. Checking in is always a problem. Takes way too long.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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26 Thank summerdog
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear Valued Customer,
We appreciate your comments and want to let you know we have been newly renovated this year and would love for you to give us another try. We are more then happy to assist you. You can call us anytime for information. We really do hope to hear from you. Thank You
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White Plains, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

This was a mediocre hotel. We paid close to $300 a night in high season. Definitely not worth the money. The hotel has a nice pool for the kids and it's directly across from the beach in Cape May which is very nice and convenient with two young kids. It also has a shuffle board court which needs work and a cute little play house to keep toddlers entertained. It is located in the quieter part of Cape May and is far from the town center but there is a trolly that stops in front of the hotel every 20 minutes or so to take guests into town ($1 each way but hotels provides free tickets). The hotel is more like a clean motel. They provide a small in room refrigerator, microwave and a mini coffee pot with coffee which is located directlty outside the private toilet, shower area but in the same space as the bathroom sink (location is a little strange but at least they have the amenities). If you are someone who likes to iron your clothes after taking them out of the suitcase, remember to bring your own iron because the hotel does not provide one. They do, however, have one small hand steamer for the entire complex if you need to borrow one. The rooms are dark and dimly lit and the beds are not comfortable. I had a back ache the entire time. The hotel needs lots of updating but all and all they keep the rooms pretty clean. The staff was very pleasant and helpful.

All in all this hotel is not a bad place to stay if all the other hotels in Cape May are all booked up but I would not pay what we paid. It is way over priced.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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16 Thank GVT67
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear Valued Customer,
We appreciate your comments and concerns. We wanted to let you know we are newly renovated this year and would grateful if you come and give us another shot. We appreciate your business and hope to hear from you soon. Thank You
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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

Not new but recently renovated and very clean. All rooms seem to have a good view. Nice courtyard with a nice pool, lawn and sitting area.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank peter m
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Hello Valued Customer,
We at the Periwinkle Inn thank you for your comments. We are newly renovated this year as well. All new look and would love to have you back to have another great experience. Keep us in mind for your future visit to Cape May. Hope to see you soon. Thank You
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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

We returned to the Periwinkle Inn on August 20th and are already looking forward to our next stay. My husband, myself and our two college aged children find the Periwinkle and Cape May to be our little slice of paradise. The beach is literally right there and morning walks to see the dolphins is all that we ask. Sometimes the simple things make it perfect. I always shed a tear when I have to leave this wonderful place. Our room was sizeable-- two queen beds, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator (we booked too late for an efficiency but this room was fine!). I would only ask that the blanket on the bed be a bit more substantial--my daughter claimed the quilt and I could have used something a little thicker to keep warm. I LOVE Cape May and I LOVE the Periwinkle!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kim02132
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PeriwinkleManager, Manager at Periwinkle Inn, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear Valued Customer,

We are very pleased you love our inn. We look forward to seeing you and your family again. We are newly renovated this year and have a whole new look. We worked very hard this winter and are very happy of the outcome. You are more then welcome to call anytime to book. We hope to see you soon. Thank You
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Property: Periwinkle Inn
Address: 1039 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1613
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Cape May
#14 Family Hotel in Cape May
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price range (per night): RM851 - RM1,667
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Periwinkle Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As Cape May Hotels go the Periwinkle Inn is top of the line! Cape May, NJ is Americas very first seashore resort, and it is the home of the oceanfront Periwinkle Inn Hotel. Cape May is located at mile zero on the Garden State Parkway. The Periwinkle Inn is located on famous Beach Avenue, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and steps from the white sands of Cape May Beach! All boutique-like rooms offer modern amenities including flat screen TV's, free wi-fi, microwaves, refrigerators and ocean views with private balconies or patios. We have 7 different styles of rooms including 2 room suites. Our Five star outdoor pool is heated and includes free pool/beach towels. We offer new chic designs while giving our guests an unmatched level of service. We care and we do everything to service our guests and provide wonderful vacation memories. Our hotel attracts travelers from all over the world. The Periwinkle Inn has a distinctive waterfront location, and is right where the Cape May promenade starts. We are located in the heart of Cape May City around many restaurants, sightseeing and everything else Cape May's got to offer. With a large heated pool, shuffleboard court, sandbox, BBQ grills surrounded by flowering gardens, we provide an ideal location for your Cape May family vacation. Stay with us, you will call it your home away from home. ... more   less 
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