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“Summer after Sandy” 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
Scotch Plains
2 reviews
“Summer after Sandy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

A few friends of mine had a mini high school reunion here. The owners (Tammie and Chris) were great hosts – friendly, helpful and willing to go out of their way to make us comfortable. We hit the beach, road bikes, shopped for beach dresses during the day (the inn is within walking distance of everything). Evenings were spent barbequing, watching the sun go down and the stars come out. We also had a nice meal out (just a walk down the road), but it was so relaxing here, I would have been content hanging outside for another night! We left feeling so happy and relaxed! PS the beach is literally right across the street. Roll out of bed in the morning for a great walk!

Room Tip: I liked the room I was in on the ground floor but I know families with kids like these too, so they...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Weehawken, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My family and I stayed here twice during the summer. During our first stay it poured for two days. My sons are aged three and five and were bored being inside. Having the enclosed porch with lots of games and books helped the pass the time. Tammie and her husband were wonderful hosts. They always had suggestions on what things to do. The hotel is close to the beach and restaurants and there is a small playground for kids. On one night, we also attended a nice concert in the park across the street. I really did not have to use the car very often during our stays. Overall we had a wonderful vacation.

Room Tip: Room number one is great for families with small children.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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PureJerseyShore, Guest Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Thanks so much for reviewing Windward at the Beach. So glad you enjoyed your stay (in spite of the rainy weather!). We love when guests utilize our porch/lounge area. It really does extend your living space. And you certainly earn accolades for grabbing the umbrellas and heading out to explore Beach Haven, even in the rain - with your little guys. May your next visit bring plenty of sunshine and perfect beach weather!
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

i stayed two long summer weekends in 2013 at the windward: once with my family with 3 little kids under 6 and other family with the same age and number of kids and another time again with my family and my mother and brother in law. each time we had 2 rooms right next to each other on the first floor and had a good time. the location is key: very close to the beach, supermarket, local restaurants and show place. the accomodation is very clean and they have updating and renovated the rooms. the bathrooms are just a little small but you can take advantage of the outdoor shower.
we barbaqued one night as well. the owners are very nice, helpful and friendly.
we are considering to go back summer 2014. great for families with kids and needing a little kitchen in the room.

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  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PureJerseyShore, Guest Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay(s) at the Windward at the Beach. As you discovered, the first floor offers great accommodations for families with children. Happy that you were able to enjoy the outside BBQ and patio, as well as the close proximity of the beach. We are looking forward to your next visit to LBI!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

My husband and I along with our 2 children 11 and 8 spent a wonderful few days at the Windward at the end of August. We stayed in room #3 very comfortably and loved having the enclosed porch right outside our door. It is a great place to read when the kids are trying to go to sleep. We were able to eat breakfast and lunch in the room - thanks to the kitchen. The inn is very beachy and Tami made us feel at home.

The location of the Windward could not be better. 1 block to the beach, a couple of blocks to restaurants, nearby mini golf, a nice walk to fantasy island. We only got in our car to head up to the lighthouse. We even got to watch a movie in the park when we were there.

All in all a great family vacation at the beach.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, November 25, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to give the Windward at the Beach a review. As you discovered, first floor accommodations are perfect for families with children. And new this last summer are the movies in the park - fun stuff for families just out the door. We look forward to your next stay on beautiful LBI!
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New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I recently stayed here with my family and found the place to be overly musty smelling. Our room ($385 +tax) was on the second floor, there is no AC throughout the Inn other than room units, so its quite hot and humid in hallways. My niece opened the sliding door to the closet which was damp and smelly. I would not store anything in there. Our room had a creepy old door (to the attic?) which reeked of mold.

The pros are proximity to beach, clean beds, nice owners, complimentary coffee and outdoor showers. Would not stay again.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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PureJerseyShore, Guest Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
We appreciate your recent review. As relatively new owners of the Windward at the Beach, we are working our way through the house, updating and remodeling. We've done most rooms and room 9 is on the update list for the spring of 2014, with summer visits to a fresh, clean, and updated two room suite. We are surprised that you found the rest of the house hot and humid as the enclosed wrap-around porch gets a nice breeze that filters throughout the house, so much so, that many people leave their AC off except during the infrequent heat wave (which may have coincided with your stay).

We hope you'll revisit the Windward in the future to see all the changes that we have made.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Had a girls weekend in August 13 and had a great time. The owners are incredibly nice and the location is perfect. We really enjoyed the patio tables, grill and outdoor showers. There are also bike racks to store your bike and shelves full of books. We never really got to use the porch because it was too crowded with other guests, but that was just a minor disappointment. We would definitely go back!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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PureJerseyShore, Public Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your girls' trip to LBI and the Windward at the Beach. We love when guests utilize our amenities, and the outside patio has proved to be a favorite. We look forward to your next visit!
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed here last year (9/2012) & our room (on top floor) was horrible. I'm thinking they have re-done it by now considering the good reviews here. The bathroom smelled really, really, awful - we think from the rug. The carpet in the bedroom was very dirty. They had a dark plastic area mat on top of part of it & every time you walked hard across it, large clouds of dust came up. I still get the shivers just thinking about it. I wanted to complain, but the owners were very nice & the rest of the establishment seemed clean. A little funky & even stylish! It was just very disappointing that our room was so horrible. Unfortunately I'd never stay here again & I wouldn't recommend it either.

Room Tip: Don't get the top floor!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PureJerseyShore, Guest Relations Manager at Windward at the Beach, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
We are sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at the Windward in September of 2012. Not sure why it has taken a year for you to write about it, but during that year we've been very busy. As new owners we are going systematically through the house, updating rooms with new (and vintage) furnishings, upgrading electrical, and modifying to make your stay a fun, beachy experience. The third floor was redone in May of 2013. Room 11 was modified to sleep up to six, featuring a small room with a full sized bed, flatscreen TV, small refrigerator, microwave; the large room was updated with new windows and ceiling fan to increase airflow, efficient air conditioning, new linens; and the bathroom was updated with new fixtures and furnishing. Room 10 had a redo with a "Heavenly Queen Bed", new linens and furnishings; and the bathroom with its ocean view, got updated as well. The top floor is as stylish and nouveau funky as the rest of the house.

We invite you to come back and revisit the Windward at the Beach. As mentioned, you can't beat the location and 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): $$$
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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