Icona Golden Inn
What We Love
- A seaside escape occupying its own block on the Atlantic Coast, with your choice of studiosAppreciating the history of the landmark beachfront hotel, Avalon’s largest
- Dining on delicious fare at the brand-new Shimmer's Bistro
- Having a restful experience in a quieter corner of the Jersey Shore
What To Know
- Located just a short drive (less than 20 miles) from Cape May
- Free WiFi and onsite parking are provided
- There's a seasonal outdoor pool
Those who’ve experienced the Jersey Shore know it as a stretch of sandy Atlantic coast that’s often a quiet and wholesome retreat from the party-loving Jersey Shore depicted on TV. At Icona Golden Inn, this is especially true, because the effortlessly elegant getaway occupies an entire block by the seaside, in an inviting neighborhood of other laid-back hotels and resorts. The former Golden Inn – Avalon’s largest beachfront hotel – has been around for half a century and offers a warm, inviting vibe and charming Nantucket-inspired architecture.
Since recently reopening the property, Icona – already celebrated for its Cape May hotels, both of which are TripAdvisor favorites – has added a charming bistro and a forthcoming brewpub. Also find a seasonal pool, complete with daybeds, and yoga on the sands of Avalon Beach. When you’re not staying busy at the hotel, you’ll find plenty to do in the surrounding area, with everything from golfing to deep-sea fishing. And when the sun goes down, explore the charming bars and restaurants of the area, before returning to your luxe retreat.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of 7% per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, off-street parking and 24-hour front-desk service.
Accommodations are set in different wings, but standard among them are a balcony, Keurig coffeemaker, organic bath amenities and a galley kitchen, including a cook top, microwave, compact refrigerator, cookware and dishes. Décor gives a nod to another beloved beach resort: Massachusetts’ Nantucket, up the Atlantic Coast. Over in the West Wing, the West King studio provides one California king bed and a full sleeper sofa. In the East Wing, you’ll find both the East Northside Queen studio – with two queen beds – and the East Poolside King studio – with a California king bed and a full sleeper sofa; both of the East Wing accommodation offer an ocean view from their balcony.
Amenities- Flat-screen HDTV- Carrara-marble bath with glass shower- Hair dryer- Plush linens- Organic bath amenities- Small dining area- Cooktop- Microwave- Compact refrigerator- Cookware- Dishes
The hotel’s latest addition is the brand-new Shimmers Bistro, offering Starbucks coffee and pastries in the morning, plus local and seasonal lunches and dinners in afternoon and evening. An indoor-outdoor brewpub will be opening this year.
Avalon is one of the Jersey Shore’s quieter towns, just a short drive from Cape May and Stone Harbor in South Jersey. The main attraction here isn’t a buzzy nightclub scene – though you can find some of those up the coast – but the pretty Atlantic ocean and beaches, plus historic architecture. (Head to Cape May to see an especially lovely assortment of pastel-colored Victorians.) Of course, if you do want to experience some after-hours entertainment, there’s nightly live music in summertime. Younger guests may also attend summer arts-and-crafts, sports, face-painting and Bingo events.
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Rooms are beautiful and very clean staff is friendly. Friday night they needed more servers and better food bacon was mushy on the scallops, chicken on the waffles was low grade. Saturday dinner was ok again better quality we also had breakfast for 2 days buffet style waffles were pre-made and cold. Better quality food would be awesome.
My experience was memorable for a variety of reasons.
1)welcoming staff was friendly, informative and willing to go the extra mile to meet specific needs (ie new room assignment and lost phone cord)
2) Wait staff was beyond compare.....gracious, responsive and on target with requests (ie accommodations w meal when serving over 100 guests; shout out to your breakfast buffet staff!????)
3) Rooms impeccable; housekeeping staff supportive and helpful
Please feel free to contact me.
Beautiful luxury hotel....fabulous service...very friendly staff.
Looking forward to staying again in the summer. Perfect location right on the beach.
The Avalon Brew Pub is a great spot with excellent service.