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The StarLux 2.5

Wildwood, Jersey Shore, New Jersey

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Pros

  • Convenient location one-and-a-half blocks from the beach and Wildwood Boardwalk
  • Heated outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Game room, guest laundry room, and barbecue grills
  • Fun-spirited, retro-futuristic decor and architecture
  • Rooms include DVD players, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers
  • Free continental breakfast and rental bikes
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
  • Discounts offered at local amusement and water parks
  • Free boogie boards, beach umbrellas, and chairs available

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant or room service
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

The Starlux is a family-friendly boutique hotel with highly stylized 1950s futuristic decor. Just over a block from the beach and Wildwood Boardwalk, this 45-room property is a short walk from restaurants and shops. Highlights include a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, game room, and fun-spirited guest rooms with lava lamps and mini-fridges. Free perks like beach chairs, rental bikes, and continental breakfast make the Starlux a solid value in the heart of town.

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A fun, boutique hotel with “Atomic Age” design

The hotel's Astro-Lounge incorporates the retro "Atomic Age" design that distinguishes it from other hotels in the area

Poppy, retro-futuristic decor makes the Starlux a unique property amid a land of similar-looking beach hotels. A glass-walled Astro-Lounge at the center of the hotel is a masterful display of so-called “Atomic Age” design -- the futuristic light fixtures and retro furniture feel straight out of an old Jetsons cartoon. During our visit children took turns leaping into the kidney-shaped pool, while a handful of adults sunbathed to the sound of '50s music playing over a loudspeaker. All 45 rooms come with a lava lamp and funky futuristic elements, like geometrically printed wallpaper and space-age lamps. The Starlux is one of five hotels owned and operated by the Morey family of Wildwood. The Moreys also own three amusement piers (Mariner’s, Surfside and Adventure) and two water parks (Raging Water and Ocean Oasis). Guests receive a discount to the Morey establishments (about 40 percent off admission). This, along with other kid-friendly amenities like board games and boogie boards, make the hotel a good family-friendly choice.

Location

A block from the Wildwood Boardwalk and two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean

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The Starlux is just over a block from the Wildwood Boardwalk and a two-minute walk to the beach. The immediate neighborhood is filled with gift shops, other hotels, and restaurants galore -- from elegant dining to ice cream parlors. Entertainment piers and beachfront water parks are about a 10-minute walk up the Boardwalk.

Rooms

Atomic Age 1950s decor and modern touches

The hotel's retro aesthetic extends to the authentic Airstream trailer that guests can choose to stay in

Rooms range from small Standard Rooms to spacious two-room Efficiency Apartments with kitchens (though no true ovens). Guest can even choose to stay in an authentic Airstream trailer, although the bathrooms aren’t for the faint of heart. Some rooms offer public balconies with pool views while others offer private balconies with a view of Morey’s Piers. The decor is a retro-futuristic mash-up of lava lamps, geometrically patterned wallpaper, funky chairs, and space-age light fixtures. All rooms come with DVD players (a free DVD library is available), microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges.

Features

A spacious pool, hot tub, game room, and plenty of free perks

The hotel's game room has a pool table, vending machines, and a variety of video games

Free perks at the Starlux include continental breakfast from May 1 through October 15 (coffee, tea, juice, bagels, and pastries), Wi-Fi, parking (one car per room), board games, a DVD library, beach gear like chairs and boogie boards, and rental bicycles. There’s also a guest laundry room, barbecue grills, game room, and a heated pool with a year-round hot tub. Discounts are offered at Morey’s Piers theme parks and water parks.

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Address

305 E Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood, Jersey Shore 08260-4530, United States

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