Booked last minute on Saturday morning, threw bags in the car, kids in the car seat and off we were to the shore. The location of this property can't be beat, its right across from the board walk, so when traveling with two young children ability to go across the street is just priceless to me.
As its been mentioned before this hotel hosts gay club or at least it popular with gay man and there are a lot of gay people that stay in this hotel. I totally don't care about that part but I am sure that some people do. Perhaps the only uncomfortable moment we had was when my girlfriend took all of out 4 kids to the pool and some guys were (well getting personal with each other) but as soon as she walked in they broke it up and it was fine. If you open minded its really not an issue and our kids really don't question anything as they are well exposed by living in NYC.
My room faced the ocean and we were on 3rd floor, while kids passed out cold from being on the beach all day, the music from the night club was pretty loud even though we closed balcony door. My friends stayed on 4th floor and faced the street, it was still loud but bit better then mine. The rooms are very basic, seemed fairly clean to me.
Hotel served continental breakfast in the morning and they let us do late check out which was nice.
My only issue is the parking lot, it small. My husband and I had an event to attend to and we returned after midnight, lot was full and we ended up parking on the street which was not easy job because of all the clubs in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Setting the standard for Asbury Park, the Empress Hotel has 101 rooms. Across the street from the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to historic Ocean Grove, our hotel offers breathtaking views of the beach, Wesley Lake, and our oversized pool. Sunbathing or jogging, shopping or swimming, the Empress is the perfect access point for the boardwalk, beach, revitalized shopping district, and dozens of area attractions. Our poolside Tiki huts, world-class dance club, and customized professional service offer everything for a relaxing getaway or the perfect party. At the Empress Asbury Park, the royal treatment is yours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Empress Hotel Asbury Park