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“Overpriced, and not actually on the oceanfront” 3 of 5 stars
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Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Asbury Park
New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Overpriced, and not actually on the oceanfront”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was my first time in Asbury Park. Paid over $300 for one night at this hotel. It was OK. It is a block behind the oceanfront, so that was confusing and took us a few minutes to find it. Clean rooms, nice views. Dodgy water pressure. The staff were nice but seemed stressed. Most of the customers seemed annoyed about something! There always seemed to be a line at reception of people ready to complain about something. Anyway, it was OK but not worth $300...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Overall, we had a nice stay. The large, old hotel has been completely updated with a beautifully appointed lobby, restaurant and rooms. Our Ocean View double queen was spacious and clean with a nice ocean view. The bathroom was a bit small, with no place to hang wet bathing suits or towels...rather impractical for a beach front hotel. Our biggest complaints were the lack of information provided on the hotel services...there was absolutely no info in the room about check-out time, breakfast hours, where the pool and fitness room were or anything for that matter. The pool was also way too small for the size of the hotel and it was impossible to get a chair. There was also very little shade--only a few cabanas which of course we taken. By midday the pool area looked like Daytona Beach during Spring break (this was July 4th weekend, but still....we expected more for this class of hotel). The fitness center needs updating as the equipment is very old and not all of it functional. It would also be nice if the center had towels and water available.
Our first night it was very hard to get a table at the Dauphin Grill--we waited an hour at the bar....but the food was excellent as was the table service. We dined again the next night out on the terrace and enjoyed another wonderful meal.
The hotel really has great potential. If a little more attention would given to the above details, it would be an amazing experience. The beach and boardwalk are right across the street, the dining is excellent and the rooms are clean, modern and very comfortable.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

We love everything about Asbury Park and the Berkeley Hotel is where we like to stay. Has some of the shortcomings of most beach front hotels, but we've enjoyed it several times over four years now. Tried the restaurant for the first time this stay and found the food and service very good.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

i checked into the Berkeley Hotel for the holiday , arriving on 7/3. What a great sense of arrival; i was greeted by the doorman with a big smile and welcome ; and promply had my car attended to ; staff at the desk were extremely polite ; with smiles and eye contact ; and this made for a start of a great stay; room clean and neat ; and pool side r&r 'holiday b-b -q was most pleasurable; and what a holiday delight!!!!!!! Beach ; restaurants ; and infamous Stone Pony is a are steps away.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Positive: Overall the room was nice and modern looking, (bedding, couch, shower, bed). However:

1. The windows in the room were absolutely disgusting and filthy. We could barely see through them.

2. There are no hooks in the bathroom to dry towels or bathing suits. i found this very inconvenient.

3. We got woken up at 2:30 am by yelling inconsiderate a*holes in the hallway. We called security and they showed up. The noise stopped at around 3:30 am.

4. Parking is expensive. 20$ a night.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had a King room with Ocean View at a fair price; approx $200/night on a Friday in the summer. We found the room nicely appointed after the recent re-model. Very comfortable bed and chairs in room with wide screen TV. Sure, the bathroom sink was tangent to the door; no big deal. I can understand issues with any modern retrofit on an older hotel. Overall, the hotel hallways and common area were pleasant. We had no problem with the friendly front desk or other staff. We took advantage of valet parking; $20/day on weekends- so worth it. I can't comment on continental breakfast, restaurant, bar, drinks,or pool because we were either out enjoying the convenient beach right across the street during the day or out on the Boardwalk (across street) at night (for a wonderful meal at Stella Marina). Stay here for the great location and all Asbury Park has to offer (fun, beach, boardwalk, Paramount Theater, Stone Pony and restaurants).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I'll be generous and start with the positives: the valet guys and the bell staff are excellent. Now for the rest:

1. The rooms are designed by an idiot. This is a BEACH hotel which does not supply towels, so the rooms need HOOKS or TOWEL RACKS so guests can dry towels and bathing suits.

2. There is no night manager on duty, so there is no one to stop the craziness when parties end or the bar lets out and the animals (ex-cons?) are - literally - yelling at each other in the valet area or banging on doors and talking/yelling on my hallway from 1-4am both nights I was there.

3. The pool bar does not open until 1pm.

4. The housekeeping staff is very nice and enthusiastic, but they are helpfully and cheerfully yelling down the hall to each other at 9pm after my kids are asleep.

5. The valet parking takes forever. Park on the street.

6. The bathrooms do not have vent fans.

7. The elevators are very slow and each car is very small, and only 2 of 3 were working during the three days we were there. So when the hotel is full and people are bringing beach gear and wedding clothes on luggage carts up and down to their rooms, the line for the elevators (or the wait on the 6th floor when trying to get the elevator down to the lobby) is very long.

8. Why have HD-capable flat-screen TVs with cable service if the reception is analog-only and the picture is terrible?

This hotel has so much potential. It needs serious management help and some investment.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

Address: 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Asbury Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Asbury Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 238
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

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