by Amanda Geronikos
Located in Cape May, N.J., The Star is operated by Cape Resorts, and as guests of the hotel, you and your family are able to enjoy the amenities and activities — such as a spa and onsite dining — offered at its nearby sister resorts, which include the family-friendly Beach Shack, Congress Hall, and Sandpiper Beach Club.
The Star offers three room variations: Inn Guest Rooms, Carriage Suites, and Motel-Style Efficiencies, the later of which is best for families. Efficiencies sleep up to four in king beds — outfitted with deluxe Serta mattresses — along with pullout sofas, and they feature kitchenettes, flat-screen TV’s and Wi-Fi access. Private backyards and porch swings are a plus, too — request a room on the first floor to enjoy them; second-floor rooms offer balconies with cozy rocking chairs.
Because the hotel is located right on the beach, guests enjoy easy access to the sand, where they can use complimentary lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels, courtesy of the hotel. Cabanas are also available for rent on a first-come, first served basis (with half-day and full-day fees), should you want to keep your little ones out of the sun. They’re quite popular, so consider reserving months in advance by phone or via the hotel’s Web site.
Seasonal events, package deals and easily accessible activities, such as Dark Star Pirate Cruises and self-guided tours of Beach Plum Farm (where much of Cape Resorts’ food is grown), round out the appeal for families.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Efficiences with private yards and kitchenettes
- Access to amenities at sister resorts
- Water Sports
- Onsite Dining
by Leslie O
Just returned from a family trip to Cape May. We had two two bedroom suites in the Carriage house, and two efficiencies in the part of the Inn adjacent to the parking lot. It worked out really well for my family of 4 grown children and their spouses and 4 grandchildren, as well as my husband and I. The little lobby is adorable and I was hopeful the rooms would be as cute! They were not. But the shore is tough on a place and although I don't know when the rooms were refreshed, they looked tired. The efficiency I stayed in had a bright pink velvet sectional sofa with a contemporaty light fixture and a seagrass area rug. The rug was really worn and made the room feel shabby. The little kitchenette was really handy. The little fridge was adequate for drinks and breakfast stuff. The bathroom was awful! The is no where to put your things other than a small shelf behind the toilet. The hair dryer is also just worthless, and the nozel was missing on mine. The bed and linens very comfortable. The twice a day maid service was really nice. As hard as we tried you can't help but track in some sand. After the first time in the outdoor shower trying to rince off, we skipped it. It smelled really bad and was not user friendly! The Carriage house rooms (I was told by my family) were fine, but also tired but had full kitchens. The best thing is that you get to use all the amenities of Congress Hall, and the beach service as this is part of Cape Resorts group. The absolute best part was the Consierge service. They were amazing!!!! So helpful and friendly!!!!!! LOVED them!
Well ,we found another gem in the Star Hotel in cape May . Not an easy reservation to achieve , but we were fortunate to score a few days the end of August and were open minded about some of the reviews posted,I.e. too small , no elevator, a little pricey. However , we were lucky to reserve a king size bed and it was all good from there on. The front desk staff were there if you needed her, the frequent “Hello “ from her were cheerful and sincere. The location excellent and being a sister of Congress hall makes it a”must try”. We liked it and will return again.“God Willing”