"Two nite getaway to Cape May"
The Star Inn efficiency room we had was like our own cottage by the sea. Perfect location, near to restaurants, shopping and 1/2 block from the ocean. The proximity of their sister property, Congress Hall, afforded big hotel amenties right across the street. Will plan to visit again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"starr inn review"
nice that the inn is affiliated with the congress hotel. $14 breakfast voucher was also welcomed. room was not too small and quaint and was very clean. could see the ocean.Genuine Expedia guest review
Avoid! Rooms scattered around. No signs for directions to check in (100 feet away, in other building. Extremely small rooms. Even smaller beds. Very loud neighbors. Left with a headache.Genuine Expedia guest review
We were so excited to be in Cape May, NJ. Considering the price of the room,we had expected a little more than what we got. TINY room. Hardly any walking space or anywhere to put our things. The sink in the bathroom was so small, you couldnt wash your hands without water going everywhere. You couldnt even get your face over it to brush your teeth, as […] there was a glass shelf directly above it. The bed was very nice, tho. It was a queen with very comfy bedding. This room was a total disappointment. It should have been used for a closet and nothing more. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great stay in Cape May"
Nice "bed and breakfast" type hotel. As part of the bigger Congress Hall hotel chain you have access to all its amenities across the street! You are in a house so the rooms are smaller than the main hotel. We enjoyed our stay and would return.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great location - limited parking -"
People were nice. Didn't like being on the top floor - too many stairs. Very small room. Room so small that when walking around one side of the bed, I turned around and my head banged into the very low beam cut into the wall. That hurt! Clean room. View of roof. But right near the center of shopping and very close to beach. Would like it better on one […] of the lower floors. The sink was very tiny, too - but at least we had a private bathroom. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Extra Small Room"
I am a big guy and this room is tiny. I could not stand in half the room. The sink was very mall had to wash one hand at a time. I had a lot of photography equipment and took up almost all the space in the room.Genuine Expedia guest review
This place is great. We stayed in one of the efficiencies and it had a nice comfortable feel about it. Cute little kitchen area with half stove, microwave, refrigerator, utensils and dishes. Also liked the modern stainless countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. The location of this place is fantastic. You are in the center of everything. half block […] to the beach, and about a block to the mall. Also, using the facilities at Congress Hall is a real bonus. I could go on and on but I'm at work right now! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A great little Inn at Cape May, NJ!"
This was a very nice inn to stay at! The rooms were bright and cheery with a very nice bathroom! Everything was within walking distance, the beach, the shops, the restaurants. Upon check in I received a voucher for breakfast at the adjacent restaurant.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Suite Star and Service Too"
Most lovely service and clean surroundings. Convenient and accessible to Congress Hall and mall. The room is small, and view a little scant, but it served our purposes beautifully.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"The Star Inn in Cape May"
The staff was very friendly. The hotel was extremely clean and well cared for. The location was PERFECT! It's within walking distance to the beach, the quaint Cape May shoppes, and some excellent places to eat! We loved it and will definitely be going back again!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good Value, but Off-Season has limits"
I stayed at the Star Inn in late March, before tourist season got a start. As a result, staff and front desk support were provided by its sister hotel, the Congress Hotel, across the street and down a block. The room was well appointed and clean, bed comfortable, and quiet as my room backed onto a residential neighborhood. The rooms, despite being […] street view rooms, were also quiet, as the parking lot provided a good buffer from slow-moving traffic on the street. All in all, this was a nice experience and a good price. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Vintage maintained impecably in a great location!!"
We stayed in Room 8 on the 3rd floor of an old/vintage house/bed & breakfast managed by the Congress Inn across the street. The hallway/steps were narrow/steep without an elevator. Our room had a sloped ceiling making one side of the room impossible to stand upright. Our "in-room" bath was through a door, through a hallway, then through another door. […] We think that hallway was the emergency exit, so at night we locked our room, but there was no way to lock our bathroom items. Our room was non-smoking. The bedding was white, fluffy, and smelled/felt clean. The leopard carpet was questionable and probably needs to be replaced soon/yesterday. The bathroom was remodeled and retiled and was very clean. Room amenities included a working television with remote control, ironing board, iron, good size walk in closet (on the sloped side of the room, so dress/long coat dragged), two white bathrobes, and a hair dryer (which we thought should have been located in the bathroom). According to the rules of the Star Inn, you must be over 25 years of age, and the guests seemed to behave themselves~~~even on New Year's Eve! We liked the affiliation with Congress Hall Inn. The front desk ladies were extremely welcoming and professional!!! We bought coffee and sat in the rockers admiring the ocean at Congress Hall. We also recovered from New Year's on Star Inn's front porch~~some gliders, some not thankfully. Overall, vintage feel, maintained impecably, and great location!!!! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Perfect location for our recent stay to visit during Christmas celebration. Able to use Congress Hall facilities. Close to shopping and beach.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cape May weekend!"
Comfortable accom next to the Congress Hall. Was able to use Congress Hall facilities as the 2 properties are co-owned by the same group. Great location off the Mall and next to the beach. Staff at Blue Pig restaurant were pleasant and friendly and good food on offer.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent location in a very quaint little town."
We didn't realise until check-in that this motel was part of the Congress Inn hotel across the road. The Congress Inn was a large beautifully restored hotel with many amenities and was a nice place to eat.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely little apartment suite, great location, horrible mattress"
11/27/14 the-way-2-go Lakehurst, New Jersey
We rented the 2nd floor suite of The Starr Carriage House (rm #30). The suite itself is a lovely little 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment, nicely decorated and clean. It has a nice balcony with a partial view of the ocean. Only a half block from the ocean and across the street from Congress Hall so it's a great location. It has a nice little kitchen with a stove, oven, sink, fridge, microwave & toaster, it has glasses and silverware but I didn't see any plates or pots or pans. There's a tv in the living room and in the one bedroom but not in the 2nd bedroom. Check-in took place at Congress Hall and that was a good experience. Everything about this suite seemed lovely, until, I climbed into bed for the night... what a horribly, hard, uncomfortable mattress!! The bedding (pillows, sheets etc) was fine but wow, this mattress is a killer! As a result, I didn't sleep well at all, unfortunately. Husband slept like a rock, but hard mattresses don't bother him. So, if you like rock hard mattresses, this suite is for you. Honestly, I really did love everything else about it.
10/09/14 Fritz M
One would imagine a boarding house to be like that. Grossly overpriced but given the location....let's say it is ok;-) Parking right in front. That you have to go and collect your key from the concierge at the Congress Hall is little drawback if you are there for only one night.
"Great price, very nice!"
10/08/14 J L
I was pleasantly surprised after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. I was here for a business conference that was taking place at Congress Hall. The rooms at Congress were sold out. I went with the Star because it was close to Congress and the price was good. What I didn't expect was a beautifully decorated room, a nice size bathroom with a great shower and a really comfortable bed. I even had a very small view of the ocean in the distance which was a great bonus! Location is great, parking was a little tight but it was off street and you have use of the facilities at Congress Hall which includes a gym and beautiful pool. While I did have some issues with the lock on my door and had to get someone at Congress to come over and help at 10:30 at night, they were extremely responsive and very apologetic. Can't ask for more. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a clean, comfortable place to stay in a good location at a great price. Rooms were not very big which it the only reason I didn't give it a 5.
"Location, Location, Location"
10/02/14 fivestamps Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
My wife and I recently stayed at The Star and loved our experience. The location was awesome and we were afforded the amenities of Congress Hall (which is always nice). Our room was clean and spacious but could use a little updating. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I would recommend The Star for either a couples get away or for a family stay. Enjoy. It was well worth it.
10/02/14 LivPhilly Philadelphia
Arrived at 1:00 pm - place looked deserted. I knocked on door that read "Private" - someone popped her head out - Check in is across the street at The Congress Hall Hotel. At The Congress Hall Hotel, I am told my room at The Star is "unique". Yep. Rm #8 with bath outside room! Eventually settled on Room #2 ocean view (an upgrade). I resent the attempt to plop me into the worst room. No one mentioned available amenities at Congress Hall Hotel. During one night stay, the only staff at The Star was the cleaning person. Room #2 2nd floor - cramped, creaky floor boards, impossible door locks, no soundproofing, ceiling fan shaky & noisy, & NO WIFI in the room! On the plus side, the bedding is amazing - fluffy white down comforter & crisp white sheets. Water was hot & plentiful; the bathroom looked newly remodeled (no tub), and Aveda bath products. Lots of clean towels. The place is spotless. Location: Great location. A block from the beach & the main shopping area just around the corner. Walk everywhere. Overall, underwhelming. Literally zero hospitality. Off season is no excuse. Everything is tiny - bedroom, reception area, stairs, porch. Here is a tip for morning coffee - "Magic Brain Café" next door. Friendly service, $2.00 for a good sized regular coffee, & free daily newspaper. Tip #2 - Rent a bike from Village Bike Shop on Lafyette St across from Acme - $12.00 all day until 6:00 pm.
"Great location, but pretty average and overpriced..."
09/17/14 Geoff and Jenni G Sarasota, Florida
Booked this after looking at reviews on TripAdvisor and didn't want to spend a fortune as we had been traveling for a month already... Asked for recommendations for "fine dining" for dinner from the Concierge at Congress Hall and he seemed to only recommend restaurants within the same corporate group as Congress Hall/The Star... :-( We were particularly surprised he didn't even mention "Peter Shields Inn" as this was by far the best restaurant we ate at during our stay... in fact, the Ebbitt Room was his primary recommendation, which we found to be stuffy, old fashioned and overpriced... he also recommended the Blue Pig (in the hotel!) but we don't eat meat, so it wasn't a good choice for us. When we made our booking, we telephoned the hotel to get the best room we could and were told we would get an upgraded King Room with a sea view... We initially checked into room 7 in the Inn on the top floor - it was not only tiny, but had a dreadful damp/musty smell which we suspected came from the carpet - probably long overdue for replacement :-( ...my wife has asthma and can't sleep anywhere damp or musty - so she went back to Congress Hall (where you need to check in) and had us moved to room 30 (one of the Carriage House apartments)... lucky they had somewhere to move us to, or we would have been really unhappy and my wife would have been sick for 3 days... Room 30 has a small kitchen - one bonus was the drying/washing facilities and another bonus was the large balcony with rocking chairs etc. The bathrooms are clean/possibly recently refurbished. We chose the smaller of the 2 bedrooms (the one at the back of the apartment as the bedroom with the ensuite overlooked the air conditioning units from the adjoining building and seemed noisy to us). The beds in room 30 are quite small, but then so are the rooms! ;-) ... but they are comfortable! :-) There was a family staying above us during our stay, and while the kids were very noisy running on the floor above, they did not disturb us during peak sleep times :-) Overall, it was OK and functional, but we wouldn't necessarily stay here again, despite it's excellent location just steps from the beach and the town/restaurants... there are plenty of beautiful B&B accommodations we might look at another time...
09/02/14 moontraveller18 new jersey
My husband and I stayed here from August 22 to 23, just a quick overnight to celebrate his birthday. We truly had such an excellent time. The staff was very nice and the room was adorable and extremely clean. Everything was comfortable and very convenient. We went to the beach and used beach chairs, towels and umbrella provided by the hotel. We hope to go back next summer.
"Declining quality & Desperately needs an update"
08/04/14 MogieEats Hoboken, New Jersey
I have been staying at the star every summer for years. It is a great deal if you want to be included in Cape Resorts discount programs and be able to partake in Congress Halls discount programs and deals. BUT...the Star's quality is declining and its price increases over the past few years are unjustified. If you are planning on staying at the star main building (not the motel) make sure you are NOT staying in rooms 8, 9 or any room in front of the house. Room 8 on the top floor is a cramped room where the bathroom is across the hall from the room. The hotel has cleverly put up a false Emergency Fire Door with a sign that says "Alarm will sound if opened" to block access to the hall where you will be scurrying between your bedroom to the bathroom for a shower, or toilet in the middle of the night. Luckily the Star does not allow children in the hotel, so there are no wandering kids exploring all the nooks and crannies. This was not so much trouble except for the fact that the doors and locks do not function properly. There is a door from the bedroom to the hallway, and another to the bathroom with a key pad code lock. So in the middle of the night we were fumbling with an old corroded brass lock on a warped ancient door to get into an unlit hallway (think fire codes) only to fumble in the dark with our cell phones as flash lights trying to thumb the key pad to unlock the bathroom door. It wasnt fun. We also felt sorry for our neighbors because we literally had to slam the door open and closed to work the door to get it to work. Couple all that with a humid and hot top floor room with a slanted roof, and paying the exact same price as all the other large bedrooms with bathrooms included in the rooms = RIPOFF. Room 9 has a bathroom included but if you are over 5 feet tall you will be bending over walking around your bedroom and hunching over the sink and toilet in order to fit. Finally, the rooms in the front of the house...nice views of the beach in the distance right? That is all very lovely until 3am when the garbage truck comes and sits right outside your window for an hour idling while they dump all the garbage, and dumpsters full of glass bottles from the entire Congress Hall complex into the trucks...for an hour. This is every night. The Star is an old victorian house with paper thin walls. We are heavy sleepers and it woke us every time. I love Cape May. I love Congress Hall and have had many great summer weekends at the Star, and heck I even love the work Cape Resorts has done in the town...but this is seems like amateur hour or even worse a ripoff.
07/21/14 Vanessa V Woodbridge, NJ
Planned a short business\pleasure trip of one day and at the last minute decided to stay two nights. While they did have an efficiency available for another day but we would have to switch rooms the next morning. That wasn't a problem for us and the staff said just to leave our things by the door and they would move everything for us so we wouldn't have to wait around. They moved everything for us while we were out to another efficiency suite on the ground floor. There was a backdoor to a little garden area with a picnic table and benches which was very nice. The entire staff from the moment of check-in and check-out were pleasant, polite and couldn't have been more helpful. It was very neat and clean and the air-conditioning worked really well. The flat screen TV wasn't so great but we didn't go there to watch TV! The WIFI was a little slow but OK as well. The king size bed was very comfortable and the bathroom and efficiency kitchen were well appointed. We did notice that somethings needed sprucing up a bit along with minor repairs but nothing major. The above comments apply to both efficiencies by the way. The check in is in a house on the property and they have coffee, drinks, snacks, pastries, etc. which is nice. We like the Blue Pig Restaurant in Congress Hall for breakfast which is just across the street. We would definitely stay there again.
07/09/14 Ginny2046 New York City, New York
I spent one night at Star Inn with my love. We reserved a king-bed room, to my surprise, a suite came to us! Room #12, it was at the first floor near the parking lot. At the beginning I disliked it. However the lovely double swing in the front yard and the comfortable big table and bench in the backyard gave us a great evening and morning. The cooking tools and tablewares were well prepared. It was not doubt for long stay suite. The hotel is just one minute walk to the beach and Washington St, and a few minutes walk to the supermarket and the liquid store. And thanks to Booking.com, only $135 (before tax) a night, we loved it so much.
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