We were in need of a vacation this summer- due to family issues we were unable to plan ahead, nor were we sure we would actually be able to show, which made peak summer travel plans nearly impossible. Thanks to the very professional, empathetic general manager of this hotel, we were able to book a two day beach getaway. To our surprise, the club associated with this hotel has a nice beachfront pool, beach cabanas, and cocktail service throughout. The hotel room was a gem, with a large clean bathroom, gas fireplace and comfortable bed. The hotel itself is architecturally unique- it's not your average cookie cutter place- details are interesting and different- the photos don't do it justice. Also, it's a very short (3 min) walk from downtown Long Branch, which opens up many dining options nearby. I highly recommend this hotel - it provides a very real beach vacation experience, with excellent / professional staff, while being very close to New York City.