In all the times I had visited the area, I didn't realize that there was an oceanfront hotel in the popular pier area - less than a block to the shopping and dining in downtown Huntington. The front desk was incredibly friendly and accomodating, it was a lovely layout with multiple outside fire pits, a generous bar area with sports on TV, and a top notch restaurant. A word about Zimzala, their restaurant - we like trying new places and foods so eating at the hotel restaurant is not very exciting. We were tired and just decided to grab a bite in the hotel - WOW, what an experience! I don't think we ever go to the same place twice, but we ate at Zimzala both nights and I look forward to going there again. Our room had a balcony that looked over the ocean - it is basically a large deck separated by railings between the four rooms so you might end up in a conversation with the people next to you in the morning during coffee. The crowd was distinctly younger than we were - during a wedding rehersal we were more "parents of the bride" age than the average group that was there. I had misgivings that this late night crowd would be loud, but the hotel was very respectful of the sleeping guests and shepherded the partiers into the courtyard or bar area and kept the noise down. Our only disturbance was a noisy central A/C unit that emitted such a high pitched sound, it kept us up for a while. We normally stay further south when we are in the area, but loved this boutique hotel and will stay here again when we are in the area.