I'm struggling on what rating to give this hotel - so I'm going to say it's a 3.5 rounded up to a 4, generously.
Now, I've stayed at some BAD Jersey hotels. By comparison, the Berkeley Oceanfront was great - and there are a lot of good things about it. But considering the type of hotel it wants to be, it's still got some work to do.
· The location is great.
· The recent renovations are contemporary and tasteful.
· Our room, with two double beds, was large and well-appointed. I don't usually expect a full-size couch in a room that size, it was a nice addition.
· Duvets instead of bedspreads, and overall very nice linens.
· Complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby in the morning.
· Not free wifi. I can consider it a business expense, but most people staying at this hotel are probably not there for business.
· Parking. On the street or $20. We parked on the street, but folks should be aware of this beforehand.
· No AAA or AARP discounts. Seriously?
This is the sort of hotel I want to stay in - generally affordable boutique feel that feels customized and unique. It's also the sort of place that is putting Asbury Park back on the map. For the most part, the Berkeley Oceanfront delivers. But for example, the bathroom showed kind of shoddy workmanship - sloppy groutwork, seemed designed by a contractor more than a designer. In New Jersey, with contractors all over the place, there's no excuse for something to not look like total luxury. And the zombie blood - we stayed the week after the Zombie Walk, and there was what I can only hope was zombie blood on the bedstand and couch. Did housekeeping not notice? In a mostly empty hotel, why were we put into this room? It would've been nice to have a bit of a better room anyway, because we were facing away from the beach, and I think we could've been put in one facing the ocean even though we didn't reserve it.
Overall, I'd stay here again, though probably not at high season prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As historic Asbury Park's premier boutique hotel, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel enjoys a prime location along the New Jersey shoreline just steps from the famed boardwalk. Designed by noted Beaux Arts architect Warren Whitney of New York, the hotel recently underwent a renovation of historic proportions and is poised to experience the renaissance of this nineteenth-century seaside destination. Modern luxuries complement the classic grandeur of this 238-room famous hotel, with a nod to the Victorian architecture and oceanfront glamour of Asbury Park's storied past. The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel embodies everything that is the revitalization of the famed Jersey Shore and itself represents the rebirth of this cultural icon. The Berkeley offers a bar and restaurant during the summer season only. Parking is available in our lot at an additional cost. Parking is provided on a first come, first serve basis as it is limited. The Berkeley prides itself on being a pet friendly hotel. Pet friendly rooms are offered on a designated floor at an additional cost. A complimentary coffee service is available daily from 7 AM to 11 AM for all overnight guests. For questions or concerns, please reach out to the email provided on our general information page. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berkeley Hotel Asbury Park
- Berkeley Carteret Oceanfront Hotel
- Berkeley Asbury Park