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Blue Palms 2.5

Wildwood, Jersey Shore, New Jersey

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  • Prime location one block from Wildwood Boardwalk and the beach
  • Two heated pools and a kiddy pool
  • Sundecks and a poolside fire pit
  • Free bicycles, beach chairs, and boogie boards
  • Free continental breakfast in summer
  • All rooms include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves
  • Suites with kitchenettes, sofa beds, and bunk beds are available
  • Discounts offered for all Morey’s amusement and water parks
  • Guest laundry room
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi


  • No elevator
  • No ocean views
  • Basic, motel-style comforters
  • Bathrooms are on the small side
  • No on-site restaurant or fitness center

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Renovated in 2012, the Blue Palms is a family-friendly beach hotel with two heated pools. Located in the center of downtown Wildwood, a block from the beach and the Wildwood Boardwalk, this appealingly kitschy budget hotel is a short walk from restaurants and shops. Rooms are clean if a bit basic, and some have kitchenettes, sofa beds, or bunk beds. Free perks like rental bicycles, beach chairs, and continental breakfast in the summer add value.

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Retro beach hotel with a laid-back vibe

The most noticeable thing about the 72-room Blue Palms is its collection of blue plastic palm trees, which are undeniably tacky, yet playful and endearing. The fun-spirited vibe continues inside the rooms, which are decorated with brightly patterned bedspreads, 1960s globe lights, faux wooden floors, and retro wall art -- all changes that took place during renovations in 2012.

The three-floor hotel has a separate “bungalow” addition that features its own smaller (and quieter) pool. This area is perfect for guests who want to avoid the crowds at the main pool during busy summer weekends.

Blue Palms is one of four 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). This family-friendly hotel offers plenty of opportunities to relax on sundecks, by the pool, or around the fire pit.


A block from the beach in the heart of downtown Wildwood

As far as location goes, it doesn’t get much better than the Blue Palms. Situated on Atlantic Avenue in the heart of downtown Wildwood, the hotel is across the street from the Wildwood Boardwalk and one block from the beach. It’s surrounded by shops and restaurants -- from pizzerias and diners to fine dining and ice cream parlors -- and within walking distance to water parks and the Ferris wheel at Morey’s Pier. There’s also a bar next door. During the summer, Victorian open-air trolley cars run from Wildwood Crest through North Wildwood, which make it easy to see other parts of town.


Faux wooden floors and a retro beach vibe

These retro-inspired rooms feature 1960s globe lights and pop artwork of vintage beach scenes. All come with mini-fridges, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs. Suites have separate living rooms with murphy or sofa beds. Family Suites come with bunk beds and kitchenettes with stovetops, while Pool View Suites offer a queen-size bed and kitchenettes without burners. The rooms have been remodeled with attractive faux hardwood floors, so no nasty carpeting here -- though the green, motel-style patterned comforters could use an update. The Boardwalk Bungalow Rooms are located in a quieter side building, where a smaller, shallower pool is located; these may appeal to families with kids.


Heated pools, sundecks, and lots of free perks

Guests have access to free beach cruiser bicycles (blue, of course), beach chairs, and boogie boards. There’s free daily coffee and continental breakfast (in season) that includes juice, coffee, tea, bagels, and pastries. Guests receive discounts to the Morey family’s amusement parks and water parks (about 40 percent off admission). There are two heated pools (one average size, one small and four-feet deep) with a separate kiddy section. Other features include a laundry room, barbecue grills, three sundecks, a fire pit, free parking (one car per room), free Wi-Fi, and ice machines. There’s no elevator, so be prepared to hoist your belongings up some stairs.

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3601 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood, Jersey Shore 08260-6105, United States

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