My family spent several days at the Inn (2 adults, 2 kids). Let me start with the positive: yummy breakfast, kind and accommodating staff, good intentions, location that is about a block away from the absolutely packed beach in front of Engleside and SeaShell Resort so you were removed from that craziness. It also has a great location near the fun in Beach Haven. Now, I am a big fan of the jersey shore and understand the difficulty of trying to maintain a business that only generates income for a couple of months a year but people deserve to hear different perspectives. Although some may use the word "charming" to describe certain B&Bs, I would describe this Guest House as old, tired, and quirky. At over $400 per night, we didn't expect to have windows covered by old, worn fabric, beds with bedding that must be over 30 yrs old (1980s), and dusty storage hidden in the corners of the room. Our bathroom door did not close properly and the sink fell off the wall (which my husband easily hung back on again). We were in the Hideaway where there is no stand up shower. It was a bit awkward taking a shower outside(one shower for the inn) and then running up several flights of steps (entering the dining area from the side or else the front door). It wasn't just one major thing that put us off but MANY quirky or yucky things. Again, the staff was very nice which is the only reason I am giving 2 stars. If you close your eyes and only want a bed as a means to the beach then this place is fine. But for the money? Not so sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island Guest House has been Voted the Best Bed & Breakfast on Long Beach Island. It is a turn-of-the-century historic Inn, located oceanside in the heart of Beach Haven, New Jersey. You can walk to everything. The owners, Mark and Joanne, work hard to make you comfortable, and provide the lovely setting, ambience, and character that a 100 year old plus Inn affords, updated with modern amenities like WIFI, flat screen TV, A/C, etc. Some rooms have private decks, his/hers double size shower. Our bicycle-for-two is fun and lightweight beach chairs, boogie boards and outside enclosed shower to rinse off are convenient. Taste homemade breakfast and afternoon refreshments like cakes and cookies from family recipies, and iced tea or lemonade to quench your thirst after the beach. Enjoy coffee 24 hours, and chat with the Innkeepers about things to do in the area. Come and experience the restfulness of our Bed and Breakfast Inn! Couples can get away, and there is an area for well behaved children. We also have a cottage with gas fireplace and bathtub with jacuzzi jets that sleeps 4, and accepts dogs of a not-too-large, well behaved nature. Families and friends can find accommodations for up to 10 in their party. Our Sea Glass room is new, holds 36, and has a large flat screen TV for movie night or a special game or event. Our garden has 10 umbrella tables and over 300 blooms, has a lighted patio and candles in the evening. With lights shinging through the many stained glass windows in the Inn, it is a perfect place to gather and chat, or be secluded together any time. Our cafe kitchen with its large island is a favorite place for guests to feel welcome to come and perch and chat with the Innkeeper over a cup of coffee or treat, or watch us prepare goodies. You can even get a recipe or help! We try to provide assistance without hovering, being sensitive to your needs to relax, and get information when you need it by always being available. We carry our phone with us always even at night when we retire. Throughout our stay, we only ask that if you have any questions or needs, to let us know, because we cannot help you if you wait untill checkout. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Island Guest House Bed And Breakfast Inn Long Beach Island, NJ - Beach Haven