You are not going to stay here if you are looking for a great hotel. What you have here is an okay hotel, directly on 10km of fantastic beach. Mind you, Sandy has changed things quite a bit. While the beach is still there, I don't think it is as deep as it was (according to NOAA photos).
I reviewed this place last year, and we came back this year. That tells you something. This time, we upgraded to a one bedroom and stayed a week. We were quite happy how things worked out.
Changes from a studio to a one bedroom. In addition to a bedroom, we were in a corner. It faced south and west with a window in the living room looking both ways. While I would have preferred the ocean front, this room (on 7) had fantastic sunsets.
This the tallest building on the island and the views were not obstructed from our room. I did not miss the ocean front as we had ocean view looking at Atlantic City. The kitchen and bathroom are still small.
Changes from 2011 to 2012. A new upscale bar. Unfortunately, Sandy completely destroyed it. The name remained the same, but it was much more polished and shiny under the new management. I think they are trying to shed the dive reputation. We even watched the Brigantine Police keep people from walking out of the bars with their drinks on Sunday afternoon. We just sat on the landing with our drinks and watched the show.
They removed the ugly entrance way at the front door and put some nice furniture on the landing.
Last time, we overlooked the parking lot and used the AC to drown out any noise. In this unit, the air conditioner fan could not be made to stay on as white noise (like last year), but we did not need it. However, when it cycles on in the middle of the night, you notice it.
I booked a week here though my time share. I think they might try harder to keep us owners / exchangers happier.
The are no balconies in the main tower, but were there in late September, so it was not essential. We just took lawn chairs and sat on the beach instead of a balcony.
Yes, the bar / restaurant is noisy.on the weekend nights. The rest of the week, there was not a lot of noise.
And parking is crazy on the weekend nights as the hotel has one of the few restaurants in town and the new bar is bringing in the crowds. However, there was a valet and he only gave out spots to those staying at the hotel - however, I told him that I was staying at the hotel and he moved a cone to let me in. Be aware that you might get double parked if you park near the main doors and may need the valet to move some cars (park by the pool to avoid this).
It is an old hotel which provided the advantage of good sound proofing between the rooms. The bathroom was cramped with no space to put stuff.
The kitchen was very functional with a good size fridge / freezer, but could benefit from some more utensils, oven mitts, etc. There was only a setting for four and we had to run the very compact dishwasher every day. There is not a lot of counter.
They did not clean or make up the room during the stay (no big deal), but they might if you booked this as a hotel as opposed to a time share as we saw cleaning staff almost every day on our floor. While the official statement is that they would clean your room during the week for a fee, I think you might be able to talk them into doing it for free as the sand really builds up during the week (and our broom handle was broken making sweeping difficult).
There was a safe in the room to store valuables.
We never used the pool. We did go to scout it and it looked fine. You could see all the way to the bottom.
There is a liquor store and take out / eat in / fresh fish place one block west (the main street) and north. I highly recommend them. There is also a pharmacy another block farther north. There is not much else around here (other than the restaurant / bar) in the hotel.
For groceries, head back to the Acme on the other side of the roundabout. The local liquor store had better prices than a liquor store just back on the other side of the marsh.
This place is right on the beach (and sand fills the parking lot). I'm not sure the hotel would be so great in the summer given the lack of balcony and windows that fully open.
The TV in the living room is up to date, so bring your laptop with your content and plug it in.
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