by Caroline Costello
Cozy, warm and welcoming, Marlane Motel lacks the flashy lights and plastic palm trees found at many local hotels — but the motel makes up for it with family-friendly amenities and excellent personal service. Families flock to Marlane for its clean rooms and proximity to the beach (the hotel is about a block away from the beach and boardwalk). There’s a pool here, and public tennis courts are located nearby. Rooms with kitchenettes are available; as well as two-room apartments with two bathrooms, a fridge, a microwave, and two TV’s, which can accommodate up to six people.
Our Editor Loves
- Great family-friendly amenities
- Block away from beach and boardwalk
- Two-room apartments and kitchenettes available
I recently stayed at the Marlane for a long weekend with my husband and son. We originally had a different place booked, but I came across the Marlane and although I am not very familiar with the area, it seemed like it was closer to everything than the original place I booked.
I am so glad I switched! First, the location was perfect. It is only one block from the beach and boardwalk at the convention center end. There is a park across the street which has basketball and tennis courts and a nice playground. Since the boardwalk is so close you are close to all of the rides and activities on Morey's thres Piers, arcades, aquarium, escape rooms, and three waterparks. There are also many non-boardwalk restaurants within walking distance.
Parking was right on site. There is a pool which we ended up not using since we went to the beach, but it looked well kept and was right outside.
I never expect much from a hotel outside of a place to sleep and shower and for it to be clean. The room was perfect for what we needed. In fact the Marlane has so many things that make it better than just a clean bed, shower, and a great location. Our room had two queen beds, hair dryer and a safe, but also a stove top, dishes/utensils, a microwave, and a full size refrigerator. There was also maid service so if we wanted to have towels swapped out we could. There were some chairs just outside the room as well in case we wanted to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
The most striking part of our stay was the customer service. The owner, Lisa, is a pleasure! She lives on site. Right from check in you could tell that she truly wants the guests to enjoy their stay and that we could always contact her if we needed anything at all. She gets this across in a way that makes you know it is genuine not just a script. She informed us of a number of amenities available including: coffee and tea available in the morning until noon each day right outside the office and lemon water thereafter, ability to borrow beach chairs or boogie boards to take to the beach, and basketballs or tennis rackets for the courts across the street. She is a wealth of knowledge regarding local restaurants and activities in the area.
I will definitely choose the Marlane next time we go to Wildwood.
by Melynda J
My kids can go anywhere in the world, but they always choose Marlane. We been staying here for several years now and will never consider any other place to stay in Wildwood. The motel is spotless and the owners are wonderful. It’s close to the beach, boardwalk, convention center, tennis, and a playground. I love watching the sunset on the deck with a nice bottle of wine.