Cape May is a quintessential East Coast oceanside town that is packed solid with families every Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here are the destination’s five most kid-friendly hotels, with features like pools, kitchenettes, and free breakfast and Wi-Fi.
In Cape May, a historic town with charming Victorian-era architecture and bed and breakfasts, the Ocean Club Hotel breaks the mold, and is a good choice for those who might prefer more of a hotel experience. It’s located across from the beach, and has a large pool with a tiki bar and a waterfront restaurant. Many of the rooms have balconies.
A fairly typical budget beach motel, the Victorian features a nice outdoor pool with a shallow children's end, barbecue grills, sundeck area, and little else. The 38-room property has a great downtown location next to Washington Street Mall -- a popular pedestrian strip with shops and restaurants -- and is only a block from the beach. The rooms are generic, but well maintained.
The Camelot is a locally owned, family-friendly motel about half a block from the Cape May beach and a short walk to downtown shops and restaurants. This budget property doesn’t offer many features besides the swimming pool, but the basic, dated rooms are well maintained, spacious, and most offer convenient kitchenettes.
The 44-room Capri Motor Lodge is a friendly, charming budget hotel run by two sisters that is located directly across the street from the lovely public beach. A short distance from popular dining and shopping areas, this value property has a relaxed, communal atmosphere with various outdoor activities such as a pool with lounge chairs, shuffleboard, ping pong, several grills, and picnic tables. The rooms are spacious and clean with kitchenettes or kitchens; suites have a separate living room.
Avondale by the Sea is a beachfront property popular with families and couples who flock to Cape May every summer for a beach vacation. The hotel has an almost unbeatable location directly across the street from the ocean and a six-minute walk to pedestrian-friendly Washington Street Mall. Rooms are clean but basic, with some dated touches (patterned bedspreads) and some nice amenities (flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi). Free breakfast, reserved parking space, and a big outdoor pool are nice extras.