The Best Hotels in Wildwood, New Jersey
The vibrant Wildwoods are five communities brimming with beachy fun | © Mira / Alamy Stock Photo
The Wildwoods are a group of communities, including Wildwood, stretching almost to the southernmost point of New Jersey, with most taking in a wide stretch of sand on the Atlantic Coast. From Atomic Age motels to chic, modern apartments, here are the best places to stay in town – bookable on Culture Trip.
Sitting on the East Coast of New Jersey, towards its most southerly tip, Wildwood is like a time-travel portal taking you back to the 1950s. Packed with traditional motels, diners, neon signs and plastic palm trees, the style of resort architecture here is known as Doo-Wop – a nod to its heyday in the ’50s and ’60s. With the paneled boardwalk connecting its neighborhoods, each area of Wildwood runs seamlessly to the coastline, whether you want to be in the thick of the funfairs, on the party beach or in the historic district.
Le Voyageur – a Red Collection Hotel
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A popular budget motel in downtown Wildwood, the non-smoking Le Voyageur, part of the Red Collection, is within walking distance of the beach and boardwalk and a short drive to the main tourist attractions. The spacious rooms are neutrally furnished, without any unnecessary frills, but the convenient location is the main advantage. The outdoor pool is popular with kids, so adults generally head to one of the two sundecks to top up their tans.
Ala Kai Motel
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With 29 air-conditioned guest rooms, the family-owned Ala Kai Motel is a short stroll from the popular Wildwood Crest Beach. The hotel will even provide you with shower gel, and you can relax on your private patio or balcony. However, if you would like to socialize, there’s an outdoor pool, a terrace and a communal barbecue if you want to grill something tasty.
The Shore House
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Set to revolutionize the beach motel game, the uber-trendy Shore House is not like any other drive-up on the block. Thoughtfully designed to create a retro seaside vibe, each spacious apartment has curated artwork, vintage-inspired appliances and stylish bathroom products. Perfect for a family holiday, the motel also loves dogs. Whether you want to kick back on the comfy lounge chairs or take one of the complimentary bikes for a spin, this is laid-back luxe at its best.
Port Royal Hotel
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The Port Royal Hotel, built in 1972, features a nautical theme, with vintage photos of fishers and sailing memorabilia decorating the communal areas. Each guest room has large windows and a private balcony; some even have partial or full ocean views. An on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you won’t get any wine with your meals as the town of Wildwood Crest has been dry of alcoholic beverages since a referendum in 1940. The hotel also has an outdoor heated pool and a sun terrace.
Sea Gull Motel
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The family-owned Sea Gull Motel was one of the first mid-century modern motels built on the island; however, the original concept has now been extended into a popular smoke-free motel spread over three stories. Rooms vary in size and design, with a bright beachy theme, and accommodation on the third floor offers the best views of the ocean. With a welcome outdoor pool and a vending machine for refreshments, the property is also a short walk from the Wildwood Boardwalk, where there are plenty of restaurants and people-watching opportunities.
Starlux Boutique Hotel
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If you’re looking for something a bit different, the Starlux Boutique Hotel and its kitsch 1950s decor might be up your street. This family-friendly hotel has been painstakingly designed with an Atomic Age theme; each room comes with lava lamps, geometric wallpaper and retro memorabilia. Even the music around the kidney-shaped pool is from the ’50s. Don’t forget to check out the game room for a real blast from the past, and enjoy free perks such as beach chairs, rental bikes and continental breakfast.
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The location of the Icona Diamond Beach is its main attraction, as you’ll have access to a private beach and rows of loungers. It’s also home to the popular Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar and Grill, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts nightly live music. If you prefer your water warm and still, take advantage of the heated pool and separate splash pool for kids, or lounge on the sundeck with free beds and umbrellas.
Blue Palms Motel
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Renovated in 2012, the Blue Palms Motel is a family-friendly beach property with a kitschy retro vibe. Inspired by the ’60s, each guest room has colorful art on the walls, brightly patterned bedspreads, globe lights and practical faux wooden floors to cater to sandy feet. In the center of downtown Wildwood, it’s one block from the beach and boardwalk. Take advantage of the free vintage rental bikes, boogie boards, sun loungers and continental breakfast.
These recommendations were updated on July 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.