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“Not Oceanfront; Horrible parking; ok hotel” 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
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“Not Oceanfront; Horrible parking; ok hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

They're not oceanfront. The Convention Center is across the street. Look at Google Maps. Yes, I knew this, but seriously, they shouldn't put it in their name. This is not part of my ratings - just a point to those who expect it to be actually oceanfront.

Parking is ridiculously bad. The lot is behind the building. It was torrential rain, and they wouldn't open the back entrance. There was a wedding of 400 - we got lucky and got the last spot. Street parking was taken up with the 400 guests. The parking lot isn't paved. Or maybe it was and was just completely under water with massive pot holes? We had to walk through a flooded parking lot then all the way around the building to get inside. Horrible.

The heat didn't work in our room. The staff was very good - it was fixed quickly. The water was sputtering as if it had been turned off - and it ran brown for a while.

This is an old hotel that has been fixed up a bit, but you can't escape really small bathrooms, old pipes, and windows that leak air badly.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Cem E, Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, April 5, 2014
Hello JaxNJ!- thank you for your detailed and thoughtful review about our hotel. I am sorry for the inconvenience you had to experience during your stay. Our parking lot is located in the back side of our hotel. In a small but vibrant city, this is the only area of parking which is belong to our hotel and we acknowledge that it is not the ideal location but it is the only location besides meter parking surrounds the hotel. I am glad that our engineering staff and guest services agents were able to take care of the heat in your room and the staff were good. Once again, we are grateful that you shared your feedback with us and we hope to see you again so that we can correct some of the inconveniences we caused during your stay. Yours Sincerely, Cem Erenler, Hotel Manager
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  • 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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lakewood
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I just stayed in the hotel with a entire jewish group and the hotel was perfect for everything. the staff was really helpful and accommodating..... The staff was perfect the hotel was great and everything really worked out great. Dan,jem, daina, and of course Brittany were really great and went above and beyond in helping us out.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cem E, General Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear Levi 1818!- Thank you for your lovely review following your recent stay with us and for your kind words for services and attention that your guests received during their stay. We are confident that we offer the best choice of venue for overnight stays or holding an event whether corporate event or wedding event and we will continue to provide sincere service and make each guest feel special during their stay. We look forward to seeing you and your guests soon!. Kind regards, Cem Erenler, Hotel Manager
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Baldwin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We stayed to catch Saturday nights show at the stone pony and Sunday nights show at the wonder bar. Location is amazing, on the beach walking distance to both venues. The room had an amazing view was clean and had all we needed for our stay. We were very satisfied.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Cem E, General Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Hello Paul O! - thank you for sharing your review following your stay at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. We are thrilled to hear that you found our location amazing and enjoyed the view and cleanliness of your room. We hope have you back with us soon! Respectfully, Cem Erenler, Hotel Manager
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Hillsborough
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I should have known better after reading the reviews I read on Yelp. However, I had purchased my husband tickets to a show at the Stone Pony for a gift, and even though we live only an hour and a half from the venue, I thought it would be nice to also book a room in a "nice" hotel to round out the evening. We began to attempt to check into the room around 10:30 pm. We were informed that would not be possible because the keys get "locked up" for the night after ten pm. I travel often for work, and stay in a hotels on a weekly basis, and I have never ever heard of anything like this. I told the front desk agent that was unacceptable, and told him when I called the hotel to book the room, I had explained to the reservation agent we would be checking in after a show at the stone pony and she said that wouldn't be a problem. The front desk agent politely explained to us he was doing everything he could, and then sent us upstairs with a key that "may or may not work". Shocking, the key didn't work. Back at the front desk, we waited for a very polite yet obviously annoyed maintenance employee to walk us up and let us in our room. We still did not have a working key, so we were more or less trapped in the room, for if we were to go to the car or soda machine we had no way to get back in the room. It took us almost an hour to check in, we could have drove home in almost the same time.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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Cem E, General Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Hello Erica L! - Thank you for your recent visit to our hotel. I would like to offer my sincere apologies for the eventful check in for your special night. As our hotel is on the midst of replacing hard keys with keyless system only, we should have communicated better to you regards to offering you other room on another floor. We take pride in training our team members to provide best service possible in beautiful NJ Shore. However, in this case, it is clear that we couldn't meet the standards we set ourselves to achieve. If you would like to speak with me further regards to your experience, if you could either call or email me at cerenler@berkeleyhotelnj.com. Respectfully, Cem Erenler, Hotel Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Good area to stay near of the ocean. If we have to go there in the futur, we know that we have to pay for the parking, there is any coffee services and that we have to pay 10$ a day for Internet WI FI access.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Cem E, General Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Hello Collette 12! - thank you for your review on tripadvisor. I am glad that you found our location convenient and near the ocean. I am sorry to hear about disappointment for charge for wifi as many hotels have the same policy. This is something we revisit and thank you for bringing to our attention to reconsider in the future. We have coffee available for our guests at front desk who visits us off season months. Thank you for visiting us our comments are important to us as we know this is the way we can improve. Sincerely yours, Cem Erenler, Hotel Manager
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Jersey City
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Very spacious rooms. Great value. Super convenient to the ocean. Staff was really friendly. Overall great experience! Food was excellent. They are dog friendly and my dogs also had a great time. I definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Cem E, General Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Hello John S!- Dear John, thank you for your wonderful review about your experience at The Berkeley past weekend. On behalf of The Berkeley family, we enjoyed hosting the event and having you at our hotel. Indeed, as our hotel is built in 1923, our spacious rooms and proximity to the shopping area, restaurants, historical sites as well as being within few footsteps to the ocean makes our location ideal for world travelers. I am particularly pleased to hear that our wonderful staff contributed to over all experience greatly. We look forward to seeing you soon at The Berkeley oceanfront Hotel, Respectfully, Cem Erenler, Hotel manager
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New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Overall a good experience besides the fact that I was charged for WI FI
Clean room n good service at front desk, very helpful staff n comfortable beds
You should also provided free parking specially during low season

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Cem E, General Manager at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Hello Ricardo S!- thnak you for sharing your feedback with us regards to another exciting NYCGMC retreat at The Berkely Oceanfront Hotel. It is great to know that you enjoyed the cleanliness of our guest rooms as well as helpful staff. Your comments about wifi charges and recommendation of parking being without a charge is well taken. We look forward to seeing you at The Berkeley soon! Sincerely yours, Cem Erenler, Hotel Manager
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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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