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... to Atlantic City, but I was really not impressed with what was there. The tourist area was minimal and there were no souvenir shops as far down as I walked. The only thing available to me was a shopping mall along the beach where most of the stores had closed so it looked minimal. There were also restaurants and Casinos, but really, I had no desire to waste a fortune trying to score big.
... and swam for as long as they could take it. Thursday night was tacos at our place and then Win, Lose or Draw after the kids were asleep.
Friday morning the sun was out and we headed to the beach. We had a great setup and an awesome day at the beach! Of course we're all wiped out now but ready to do it again tomorrow!
Yesterday was only a 3 hr drive which was so easy after it long ones! We stopped twice to kill some time, once at the Purple Penguin roadside food stand for Russ to get a Philly cheesesteak and second time for beer. The Purple Penguin had an awesome old school metal playground ...
... laser light show performed on the boardwalk. The show takes place on the fašade of the Boardwalk Hall building. The show was so worth the wait! It outlined music styles from the 20's, 50's, 80's and today. The building had huge columns and the lights made it look as though they were moving, and at one point crashing down. It was a great ending to our day! Can't wait for another day in Atlantic City tomorrow. Look out beach, here we come! ...
... which is a beautiful area and holds childhood memories for LH. The next day we drove up to our last beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey via the ferry. Here we relaxed on the beach, walked up and down the boardwalk and had a lovely meal before we departed to make our way to Philidelphia. 4 states in 4 days....is that normal? Good bye beaches. ...
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Honest Review, Positives and Negatives
The reviews on this site have helped us greatly so I'll return the favor by presenting the facts. My wife and I just returned from a 4 day trip to the Marriott Seaview. Overall, I'd rate it about 3.5 stars on a scale of 1-5. For comparision purposes, we are upper middle class that know top level service but usually aren't that picky!!! I'll break it down honestly.
Property - It is an older, historic type hotel. Don't expect marble tile, prefect decor, and state of the art fixtures. It has character, especially if you take the time to study the history in pictures on the walls (old presidential visits, pro golf history etc.). It also is a little outdated and in need of refreshment in some areas. The rooms are slightly below average. Our room wasn't dirty, but was run down. Our mattress sagged badly and my back is sore as I write this. Bath is average for an old shore hotel, far below what you get at a newer resort. The pool is average, fine for our needs. It wasn't overly crowded and we had no issue getting chairs. The golf courses were great, I'll get to that later. The fitness center, volleyball and tennis courts were above average and the property has two restaurants and a few small bars. The property was nice, but average. The view was obstructed (there is very little "seaview". The big downer, no large deck, porch area to hang out on ... something I love to do at night with drinks. No beach nearby. Views are obstructed. No balconies on rooms.
Recreation ... This resort is all about GOLF. If you are not a golfer, go elsewhere. Great golf and golf history. Both courses were meticulously groomed, interesting to play and challenging. I favor the Bay Course with the traps and feskew grasses. Both of my rounds went at 4:15 ... good movement for a resort. Greens were smooth, but a little slow. They have plenty of fitness choices with tennis, volleyball, jogging trail etc.
Service ... Too many people looking for tips and little service or smile in return. Many college kids counting down the days until they leave. Constantly doing little stupid useless things I could do myself and waiting for a tip. In one sequence ... I tipped the shuttle driver to and from practice range, the guy getting my clubs, the guy who brought my clubs across the street to the course (they wouldn't let me cart across street or to range myself), the guy who cleaned them and the guy who met me afterwards to clean em again. No smiles or thank you's. Rediculous. Service by the pool was slow and not a smile to be seen (mostly a puss on there face the whole day). I had to chase down a bellman when we arrived and had to chase him down again when I saw my golf clubs still sitting curbside an hour after check in (UNMARKED). Only good service was in the restaurants where service was great. Bartenders nice as well.
Food ... Excellent all weekend whether casual or formal. Overpriced, but good. Good thing ... there are no other fine restaurants nearby.
Location ... If you don't like Atlantic City ... nothing nearby. No beach for about 10 miles. Cute little town of Smithville with about 50+ speciality shops. Quiet area which can be good or bad depending on your goal.
People ... I have nothing against NJ as I attended college there. However, many of the guests were just flat out attitude rude (golf playing partners, people at pool, bars, service, Atlantic City etc.). I told my wife I can't remember getting in so many confrontations in my life.
We had fun mostly because the golf, food, proximity to A.C., fitness options and only 3 hour drive. Not a top level property by any means. The Marriotts in FL, AZ and CA are much nicer (as are the people and service).
Motel 6 quality/service at Ritz-Carlton prices
I don't know where to begin. The rooms are disgustingly dirty: spiderwebs all over the place, pubic hair on the bed linens, mold and mildew in the tub, the list goes on. This place is the most overrrated, overpriced hotel I've ever stayed in. Horrible service (takes forever to get an answer on the phone; front desk people have a major attitude; maid never threw out the trash the whole time I was there). It looks great from the outside, but on the inside the hotel is in desperate need of renovation and its staff needs an attitude adjustment. Unfortunately, the other hotels in the area are also substandard and overpriced. My advice: stay away from the Jersey shore.
Not worth it.
Around Christmas we stayed at this clean, lovely resort based upon a very reasonable package. We got the same room we paid $225 a night for the previous summer, for $83.00 a night. About the only thing missing is the golf, which we don't do anyhow. We still were able to get room service, the food was first-rate, and we still visited the nice lounge for an after-dinner drink.
Two disappointments- the parking wasn't available due to a large wedding, and there was no piano music in the lounge, like there usually is.
But the room cleanliness, the shower, the heat, were all first-rate. I wish for slightly better sound conditining, though.
Roaches - Yuck!
I only have one thing to say--ROACH INFESTED! My husband and I stayed here in November 2003 for my birthday. It was our first time in Atlantic City and we will likely NOT return. The hotel is older, but calls itself a "spa resort." We were only there for one night and the morning we checked out we saw not 1, not 2, but 3 roaches in the room as well as in the hallways. I was disgusted to say the least and made my experience known to the staff. Needless to say, we were not charged for the room, but that was the LEAST they could have done. We felt so contaminated when we left, we felt that THEY should have paid US for emotional distress.If you're thinking of staying--DON'T DO IT!
Do yourself a favor
Find a reason to visit the Marriott Seaview. Everything about this resort is First Class!From the time we checked in to the time we reluctantly left for home, I was amazed at the quality, the service, the convenience, the scenery, etc. Considering the time of year (late February) and the fact that they had 6 inches of snow only days before, the Bay Course was in excellent shape. The staff was friendlyand helpful. The rooms large and luxurious. The food in both the Grill Room and the Dining Room was very, very good. We enjoyed the excitement of Atlantic City and yet returned to this tranquil setting to relax and recover. Try this place....You're sure to love it!
My husband, son and I spent one night here for a quick getaway -- loved every minute of our visit! This place is beautiful, even with the renovation underway and snow outside. The staff is the friendliest and most helpful I've encountered, the indoor pool delightful, and the room comfortably appointed -- gorgeous chintz comforters, nice view, good size. We passed on Atlantic City (tho' the nightime view of the skyline was nice -- it's only 8 miles away) and headed to Brigantine for a snowball fight on the beach. Also enjoyed Smithville with its excellent Inn (lunch), shops and tons of ducks. Unless it's summer and you're a golfer or like Atlantic City, there isn't much to do. That's exactly what we wanted -- a restful mini-vacation in a beautiful place. And it's what we got.
For a stay at a "summer"-type golf resort, we had an incredible experience (even for non-golfers in the middle of winter). The rooms are nicely appointed, the beds the most comfortable we've ever slept in, the bathroom very large. Easily accessible to Atlantic City. They simply don't build them like this anymore, it's an impeccably-maintained early 20th century classic.
Elizabeth Arden Spa (actually part of the adjoining Fairway Villas timeshare complex) was awesome and easily accessible with shuttle van.
Can't wait to return and see the results of the major renovations (scheduled for completion by March, we were told). Even the numerous pitches to sell timeshares at the adjoining Fairway Villas didn't phase us.
The Seaview is a great couples' getaway destination
My wife and I just had our second getaway weekend at the Seaview. We were just as pleased as we were on our first stay back in February. We stayed in a standard guest room in the Bay wing. The rooms are clean, bright, and tastefully decorated. We have never encoutered a staff member that wasn't courteous, cheerful, and helpful. One caution we would offer is that a guest needs to keep in mind that this is a luxury resort; not for the bargain-minded. The food is very good, and priced accordingly. A round of golf will cost you plenty, but you can get reasonable fees off-season and in the afternoon. With Atlantic City only minutes away, there are plenty of things to do in the area, all year long, so don't think you have be a golfer to enjoy this place.
Another caution to a prospective guest would be to ask if there will be any large group at the hotel. The Seaview seems to cater to corporate events, and the larger ones can overwhelm the other guests by taking over the lobby bar, the dining rooms, etc. But, if you can afford it, you proabably won't find a nicer place in this part of the US. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Awesome get-away resort!
The Seaview Marriott, in Galloway NJ, proved to be the perfect get-away spot. Here are just a few items of interest: challenging golf course, relaxing massage, comfortable bed. Add those to a resort with pampering service, and you have yourself a wonderful visit. Thank you~ MLW from Vienna, Virginia
Marriott Fairway Villas at Seaview
Stayed here over Memorial Day weekend in 2003. This is the Marriott
time share resort adjacent to the Marriott Seaview Resort. All condo
units are 2-BR, 2-bath units with a full kitchen, which is great if
you're bringing kids. Units are extremely clean and well maintained.
All buildings are 3 stories high. Fairway Villas has its own outdoor
pool and an Elizabeth Arden spa on site. The condo units are on the
golf course. Golf pro shop and restaurant are in the Seaview Resort
next door, which is a bit of a hike walking so take the free shuttle