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“Perfect location for a Beach Haven getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Windward at the Beach
200 S. Atlantic Ave., (Amber at Atlantic), Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 Beach Haven B&B and Inns
Germantown, Maryland
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“Perfect location for a Beach Haven getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Two things brought me to the Windward for a one-night stay on July 1: 1) My daughter's friend was performing at the Surflight Theater as "Annie", and 2) A livingsocial coupon that made the cost reasonable.

Upon our arrival around 12:30 PM our room was not yet ready (understandable since check-in is at 3 PM). They kindly offered us beach badges but we were getting ready to see the 2 PM matinee so we were at least able to get our things out of the car & inside. The location was perfect - just a half-block from the beach, diagonally across a grassy park from the theater, and just two short blocks to the main street where all of the shops & restaurants were. And FREE parking - didn't know that still existed in a beach town.

We stayed in room #4, which has a comfy queen-sized bed and an extra chair of about twin-bed-sized width which unfolds into a slightly-sloped sleeping space - probably only good for a smaller person. The room had a set of 6 small drawers, a separate A/C unit with a remote control and a decent-sized mini fridge with room to store several ice trays and a couple of freezer packs. There was also a decent microwave in the room (on top of fridge), but there was only one outlet in the immediate area that was used by the fridge, so I unplugged the fridge temporarily to use the microwave. There were other outlets, but I wasn't sure if I should use them for the microwave. The bathroom was small but certainly clean and nicely appointed & more than met our needs. The "closet" was in a space shared by the fridge & mircrowave - not a lot of space for hanging clothes, but you probably won't have many hanging clothes anyway...

Overall the room was cozy & comfortable - they even provided a souvenir beach bag with a tall bottle of smart water & sunscreen. No phone in the room, but these days, who needs one?

The property was very quaint & cozy - I could see spending several days there. Everyone from the owners to the cleaning staff were very friendly and accommodating . After coming back from the beach (after check out the next day), we were able to use one of their private outdoor showers, with towels provided & enough room to leave your clothes & get changed.

As for dining, we ate at Fred's (typical diner, nothing special), the Sea Shell hotel (typical hotel beach bar food) and Carmen's (great food, very uncrowded at lunch time). For dessert we ate Show Place (Big servings, but delicious), adjacent to the Surflight Theater. The employes in Show Place made you sing and dance by the kind of the ice cream you order.

Lastly, loved the beach - the surf is mild & my 9-year old could actually be in the water by herself!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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PureJerseyShore, Guest Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Thanks for the kind review! We've fixed the outlet - so yes,you can use the microwave and fridge at the same time! Also, the futon chair can be configured to convert to a flat bed, but you're right we recommend it for small kids, though one of our reviewers did report that it was quite comfortable. And yes, the Surflight Theater is just across the park, and a must stop for the nightly summer stock theater offering, as well as their children's theater.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

It was our first time staying at the windward and we were beyond pleased. The two owners are pleasant and very friendly. The room we stayed in was cozy and nice. It was newly renovated and they did a good job. Their rooms were clean and comfortable. I would definitely come back to this hotel again and stay here again. We loved this place and glad we chose the windward to stay at while in LBI.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

We have been going to LBI for years with our son, it is one of the few vacations we take together that everyone enjoys. This year, when we arrived at our Inn we found it had been CLOSED without notice. With our car full of our supplies (clothes, beach gear, bikes, etc) we were crushed that we might have to turn around and head home. Luckily I noticed a vacancy sign outside Windward at the Beach. We went into the office and spoke with the woman who runs the place. She was very sympathetic to our situation and was able to set us up with a room we could use at their place. She warned that all they had available was a small studio with a queen bed and pull out for my son, but we didn't feel like the room was lacking. In fact the condition of the room was much better than we were used to at our old place. Next year we plan to stay again, and by booking with them earlier we will have more room options (I saw what was available on the website after we got home). The place is a quick walk to the beach (get up early and watch a sunrise- beautiful), and close to all our favorite eateries. They also have wi-fi available (my son loved that), a cute porch that is open to everyone to read or play games (my husband and I made use of it while we waited on our surly teenager primping before going out). The owners are nice and attentive. Our only regret was not finding this place sooner so that we might have been able to stay longer. Our original reservation was for three nights, but Windward only had a vacancy for two nights. We made sure to make the most of the time we did have and were really grateful the Windward had a room we could use.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

The rooms were clean and attractively decorated in a beachy way. The beds were comfortable. I really liked the outdoor shower and common sitting area. The owner was very nice. It was great to be across the street from the ocean side beach and a short walk to restaurants, shops and amusements.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

Windward is great! Great ambiance, great owners, comfortable rooms and great location! You are seconds from the beach, minutes from the main drag and if you need any help the owners are there for you! We loved our efficiency and our stay at windward! The only bad thing about it was leaving. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011 via mobile

Walkable to beach and fun things on the main drag but rooms are small, tiny bathrooms and paint is peeling.
Everyone was nice but I wouldn't pay the price again.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PureJerseyShore, Guest Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, August 18, 2011
With over 70% of our rooms over 600 square feet, most are spacious to the extreme. Yes, many of the bathrooms are small, this is a Victorian after all, but the good news is that all rooms have private baths, with the added convenience of additional outside showers. With a facelift in progress, expect all rooms to shine and peeling paint a thing of the past. As for price - what price would you pay to hear the pounding surf; walk just 200 steps to the sand, a block to the center of town, and countless restaurants; plus get personalized service for all your vacation needs? We are sorry your beach experience did not live up to your expectations, our goal is to make every guest a happy customer.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Took a couple days to unwind down at the Jersey shore. I was looking for someplace where I could walk to the beach and to some bars & restaurants. The Windward ended up being a great place to stay. Not only are you a block from the beach but you're a 5 minute walk to some restaurants & most importantly, a couple tiki bars! The owner was very nice & allowed me to use the facilities and the beach badge after checkout time. The room was a bit small (it was the least expensive they had) & there's no pool, but the location & friendly service was great. It was nice & quiet too. Will definitely consider another stay here.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 200 S. Atlantic Ave., (Amber at Atlantic), Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Long Beach Island > Beach Haven
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Beach Haven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 200 steps to white sand of LBI, Windward at the Beach in Beach Haven, NJ, exudes a beach/surf vibe. Relax, unwind, rejuvenate - it's the Pure Jersey Shore! Many lodging options, including studios, efficiencies and two room suites with full kitchens - children welcome! ... more   less 
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