The Empress embodies Asbury...colorful, unpretentious, friendly and lively. I've been coming to the Stone Pony for years and always end up staying here. The staff is friendly and accommodating; professional yet warm.
It's in the process of being renovated and we stayed in one of the newer rooms facing the ocean with a small balcony. There's a club downstairs that goes on until 3 on weekends but we didn't hear a thing. If you're a light sleeper, ask for one of the rooms on the opposite side of the building away from the pool.
Although the rooms are being updated, I hope the lobby keeps it's funky vibe. It's all part of what makes the Empress a fun place to stay.