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
"quaint, cozy throwback in the heart of Cape May"
a very comfortable hotel from a bygone era....older converted structured but very cozy...part of the Congress Hall Hotel across the street and all amenities accessible with stay...nice restaurant and lounge across the street at the Congress Hall....close to waterfront...very nice hotel....no elevator in the older Star Inn, so have to schlepp luggage […] up narrow stairs if on 2nd or 3rd floor... Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"The Star Inn"
Well, I love , love Cape May! So really I could stay anywhere and love it , just because I am in Cape May! The Star Inn was very clean and very quiet! Our room was quite small for the cost but the bed was super comfortable! I would stay there again but just wish the price was a little cheaper!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
If you're looking for a place to stay in Cape May, The Star is a great place to consider. We stayed in an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It had a roomy living room, kitchen/dining area, and a balcony. Though The Star doesn't have it's own restaurant or other amenities, its big brother across the street (Congress Hall) has everything, […] including a spa, restaurant, bar, club, and shops. The fact that it's only half a block from the beach is a real plus. Read moreGenuine Expedia 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
"The Star Inn, Cape May, very close to the beach"
We really enjoyed our stay in the Star Inn, Cape May. The rooms were lovely, nicely decorated, cosy but with a modern bathroom, the bed was very comfortable. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.Genuine Expedia guest review
"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.
"Great hotel. Great staff"
07/01/14 jgorto howell, NJ
Very nice room. Location was great. The staff were beyond nice and helpful also. We also got to use the pool at congress hall during our stay. The pool was outstanding and there are 2. One for families and 1 for just adults. Parking also was the besr. Would definitely stay again.
06/27/14 a_couple_from Caldwell, New Jersey
We checked in at The Star for a mid-week two-day stay and were happy to find an ocean view room within our budget. The room was clean, the hotel decor ecletic (think Victorian Eastlake chairs with modern accessories), towels and linens nice and an attractive marble bathroom. Our room (2nd floor of the house) was super tiny. It's all we needed but it might not work for those wanting more elbow room. There is only a nightstand width between the queen bed and the wall. One dresser and one chair. An open closet provides a place to hang clothes and fit one carry-on suitcase. The bath could really use a shelf for personal belongings. We like a firmer mattress but it was fine. Unlike Rhona F. described in another review we were not told about any complimentary goodies :( A complimentary morning cup of coffee seemed kind of expected since the house feels more like a B&B than a hotel but it was not to be. Snacks and drinks were available by the check-in counter for a fee. Since The Star is part of Congress Hall we received complimentary lounge chairs, towels and an umbrella at the beach. We enjoyed that! Unfortunately we were not told in advance that we could have taken advantage of this perk earlier since we arrived before check-in. The hotel is centrally located to the beach, many restaurants and The Mall. The very bored looking front desk girl was pleasant enough but couldn't answer many questions. All other staff we encountered at The Star and Congress Hall were noticeably upbeat and attentive. We rented bikes from Congress Hall ($7. for an hour/$12 for the day) and had a great time exploring. A guy (who reminded us of Samwise Gamgee or a little leprechaun) at the bike rental was very friendly and helpful. All in all we would definitely recommend this hotel to others.
"Generally a positive stay, but...."
05/19/14 Loonbeam Cherry Hill, NJ
Room Type: Standard Rate Paid: $219 per night Reason For Stay: Leisure (Reviewers Note: I waffled a bit on this one, deciding between a 4 and a 3. As you can see, the score works out to a 4, but I was very much inclined to deduct an extra point - see my notes at the end why I didn't) Overall Average Score: 7.9/10 Location - 10/10 You can see the beach, less than a 2 min walk. Directly across the street from Congress Hall, less than 5 min walk from the main shopping/dining area. Hard to find a better location. Room Design and Condition - 6/10 This is where I really waffled about the point. We were in Room 8, which as other reviewers have noticed is quite small, with a slanted roof (still fine for a party of 2). But the really fun thing is the bathroom, which is across the public fire exit hallway from the room. Yes, you have a locking door on your side, and there is a lock on the bathroom, but the hallway between them is accessible by a closed but unlocked fire exit door. Now, with a little planning and provided robes, this is manageable, but the kicker was no one told us about this when we checked in. A little pre-warning would have been nice (when we checked out, we mentioned that and were told we should have been advised. Personally, I think this should be mentioned at booking if possible). Other than that, the room was spotlessly clean (I have a new term, AM clean - if you watch Hotel Impossible you will understand). This came just shy of that. And there was a decent amount of storage space for a small room if needed. These kept me from a lower score. On an odd note, there was a remote in the room for a DVD player. No DVD player. Just a remote. Room Amenities - 10/10 The bed was a little firm for my tastes and the pillows a tad flat.. Towels were exceptionally good for ai hotel. Sheets and duvet are comfortable and clean. . Bonus points for a decent array of Aveeda toiletries, and included wi-fi (signal strength could have been stronger but speed was good). Good TV channel variety. Also Bonus points for dedicated on-site parking (you will get a hang tag) Design and Layout - 7/10 There is a nice sitting area on the ground floor. Stairs up to the third floor of the main building are very narrow and may be hard for low mobility individuals to handle. There is no elevator. Amenities - Non Club - 7.5/10 The Star is actually part of the Cape Hotels group, which also runs Congress Hall across the street. As such, you have access to their amenities, like Fitness room (and I think pool). But they are ..across the street.. Hotel Staff - 8/10 You check in at Congress Hall, and the clerk there was just ok, but everyone else seemed rather friendly. Housekeeping did a very good job. Dining - 7/10 Like the other amenities, other than a small coffee shop with limited hours, dining options are across the street at Congress Hall. There are several, ranging from casual to fine dining. We had breakfast at the Blue Pig. The food was great as usual and very reasonably priced for Cape May, but they committed the cardinal sin of sitting and forgetting about us. Apparently we were seated in a no longer manned section, until I had to find the hostess and she got someone to cover. Since that person was working a different area, it sometimes took a little longer for her to check on us (she did her best!) Comments and Notes: As I noted above, even though my score was in the area of a 4, the fact that there was no forewarning about the limitations of the room, the issues at breakfast, etc had me thinking of awarding a 3. If there was a 3.5 I might have gone there. There were a couple of reasons I did not. First, unless there was something similar in the other building, I think room 8 is the only one with that particular design flaw. And since the vast majority of readers will not be in room 8, the overall hotel should not be dinged for it. The Star has many different styles of rooms, so its really a matter of your experience may vary greatly. Secondly, the breakfast issue was technically representative of Congress Hall, not the Star specifically, even though they are the same company. Finally, they offered a Single Night rate that while not cheap, at least was available, and that's always a challenge in Cape May. About my rating system. Points are awarded on a scale of 1-10, where 7.5 is met expectations. Expectations WILL vary based on brand and location, the Waldorf Astoria will be held to a higher standard than a Springhill Suites.
04/22/14 Rhona F
We stayed here for only one night but would recommend it to anyone visiting. The rooms were small but clean and the bedding and towels were lovely. The complimentary goodies were better than more expensive hotels that I have stayed in and more generous. The blue pig across the road has a great breakfast too.
04/07/14 AckGirl74 Haddonfield, New Jersey
We recently stayed at The Star to celebrate my MILs birthday. We stayed in one of the Carriage House Suites, which has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, as well as a small kitchen area (we were able to bring a homemade carrot cake to keep in the fridge). There were 8 of us total: my in-laws stayed in one bedroom, my husband and I stayed in the other bedroom, my toddler stayed in our pack and play in our bedroom, and our other 3 kids (ages 6, 8, and 10) slept on the pull-out sofa in the living area. The decor is wonderful, very simple and fresh. The linens are plush and the bath products are Aveda. The ocean view from our 3rd floor suite was super, and our balcony included 2 rockers and a double swing. The price point for this suite, at least at this time of year, was incredible considering the proximity to the beach. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the mother hotel across the street, Congress Hall, choosing a few items from the gift shop and getting a good latte. We also visited the hotel's restaurant, Blue Pig Tavern, for brunch before we left. The decor again is delightful and simple. The food was very tasteful. I will definitely visit this hotel again. Excellent in so many ways!
"Off Season Treat"
04/06/14 Rainbowsparkle Princeton, New Jersey
I've stayed at several B and B's, hotels and motels in Cape May, and have to say that this was one of the nicest places I have stayed. We stayed in the suite, which was really nice. The bathroom was spotless and had been re-done in stainless. It was quiet, lovely and romantic. We brought wine and cheese and they stocked basic kitchen niceties. After visiting Congress Hall the main hotel I was really grateful we stayed at the Star Inn. It was much quieter, with more room amenities. We did hear our upstairs neighbors walking around, but it wasn't terribly bothersome and we appreciated the ability to roll our luggage directly from the parking lot into the room from the ground floor. Beds were large and comfy, and the little patio great. Note that parking is a bit tricky and at least once we had to go to the other parking lot after returning for dinner. I love the Star location as it is so close to the quiet end of the beach, but also so close to the pedestrian mall. I want to go back!
"A romantic destination with superb amenities and service"
03/24/14 eweaver_12 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
My husband and I chose Congress Hall (The Star Inn annex) for a weekend getaway. We can't wait to go back for a longer visit! The facility runs seamlessly and the staff is so professional. The food at The Ebbitt Grill and The Blue Pig rival the best of what we have sampled in New York and Philadelphia.
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