12 Newish (and Affordable!) Hotels to Book for Your Next Beach Getaway

From oceanfront stays to micro resorts and charming cottages, there’s a perfect shore spot for you.

Our guide to newish shore hotels that won’t break the bank. / Photograph courtesy of Bethany Beach Ocean Suites

There are so many reasons to love the Shore — from delectable eats on the way to beach workouts and hidden gems for food, shopping, adventure, and rainy day fun.

If you’re planning to visit but don’t have a house of your own or don’t want to go just for the day, we’ve rounded up a dozen beach stays that have recently opened or been renovated in various shore towns — and that are significantly less expensive than those week-long rentals. Find the list of newish, more affordable boutiques, cottages, suites and bungalows below.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites
99 Hollywood Street, Bethany Beach

The Jersey Shore gets a lot of our attention, but we can’t forget about the beautiful Delaware beaches. If you’re looking to visit, opt for a stay at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, a luxury-branded Residence Inn by Marriott that underwent a multimillion-dollar makeover earlier this year. The property — which sits right off the boardwalk and has amazing ocean views — features coastal-inspired suites with patios/balconies, a hybrid indoor-outdoor rooftop pool, and Via Sophia by the Sea, a scratch-kitchen osteria that focuses on housemade pastas, freshly caught seafood, and cocktails on draft. Bonus: It’s kid- and pet-friendly. Rooms starting at $264 per night.

Impala Suites
701 East 10th Street, Ocean City

Over in Ocean City, Impala Suites — which opened two summers ago — is made up of 15 three-bedroom, three-bathroom suites that feature full kitchens. It’s a great option for families, but you can choose to stay in a standard room, or a one- or two-bedroom suite if you don’t need the whole shebang. Hit the beach just one block away — Impala provides complimentary beach tags for every guest 12 years and older — or take a dip in the property’s outdoor pool for a sand-free experience. Rooms starting at $191 per night.

Mahalo Resorts
1033 Beach Avenue, Cape May and 9501 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood Crest

Part of the ICONA brand, the Hawaiian-inspired Mahalo Resorts comprises two beachfront properties: Mahalo Cape May and Mahalo Diamond Beach (Wildwood). The former features three two-story townhomes and 47 rooms and suites, and is less than a mile away from Washington Street Mall, while the latter sees 56 lodging options, including two-room suites. No matter which you choose, both properties have outdoor heated pools for all guests to enjoy. Stays starting at $179 per night.

RL Cape May
Multiple locations

This hospitality group was founded by Ross Hammer and Lauren Cavallo, who met in Cape May when they were teens and eventually started buying and restoring homes together. (They launched their first on Airbnb in 2020 during the pandemic.) They have five restored historic properties across Cape May, including a former bed-and-breakfast turned boutique hotel featuring seven suites and two cottages. (You can check out each of them here, here, here, here, and here.) In the summer months, a golf cart will shuttle you downtown or to the beach. And be sure to pay a visit to the couples’ restaurant, Taco Caballito Tequileria. Prices vary across properties, but the lowest price we found was $225 per night.

The Shore House
422 East 16th Avenue, North Wildwood

If you’re looking for retro vibes, head to the Shore House, a reimagined 1960s motel with one-, two-, and three-bedroom units complete with kitchens. There’s also an outdoor heated pool, as well as a cool central courtyard with fire pits, grills and games. Bring your furry friend, too — the digs are dog-friendly. Rooms starting at $159 per night.

Surrey Beach House
109 South Surrey Avenue, Ventnor City

Surrey Beach House is a family-run boutique hotel that opened last month in Ventnor after the previous property was completely gutted and renovated. Stay in one of the 15 rooms or suites — there’s eight King rooms, four double Queens, and three one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and living rooms. The hotel — which offers 24-hour contactless check-in — is right off the beach, with beach tags included. Stays starting at $196 per night.

The Hen Houses
156 East Taylor Avenue, Wildwood

Opened this past Memorial Day Weekend, this new micro resort is brought to you by Wildwood’s craft-beer mainstay, MudHen Brewing Company. It’s more expensive than the rest of the stays on this list, but it’s too cool to not include! There are seven properties to choose from, including six two-bedroom homes and a four-bedroom, three-bathroom manor that sleeps 14 guests. Guests can also enjoy the salt-water pool, outdoor grills, weekly yoga sessions, fire pit, and beach cruisers. Fun fact: Each house is named after a MudHen brew, and decorated accordingly. Stays starting at $650 per night.