Referred by a friend, I visited Seaside Heights for the first time and stayed at the Sunburst I during the Labor Day weekend. I read horror stories about Seaside Motels, but since my friend has been a client of Sunburst for several years, I decided to trust her. Still dubious, I brought along blankets, pillows and Clorox to clean, just in case. When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised. The room was spotless and smelled fresh and clean. The décor is outdated (1980s, as are all Seaside Heights Motels), but if you don’t care about this, then you’ll be happy. I stayed at the Sunburst I. They have parking available and also an overflow lot down the street. The pool is small, but very clean. Management was very pleasant. The entire place was spotless. I saw workers even cleaning the outside trash cans and windows every day (I was there for 3 days). My room had a king size bed, large closet with mirrors on the door, a good working air conditioner and a kitchenette. The kitchenette had a microwave (too big for the small counter so you don’t have counter space), a small 30” round table and two chairs. It included some pots/pan, small liquid soap, sponge and electric can opener. I brought my own stuff and still wiped down the counters and table with Clorox. The room had a safe, which was great. The room/bathroom did not have any hooks, towel bars, shelves, nor did it have a phone, blower, iron nor ironing board (you must ask for the iron and board). The TV was a 19” or 20” tube TV with a snowy picture, but had cable so it was fine. It was very basic. It would be helpful if the hotel’s emergency number was posted somewhere in the room, along with the police station’s phone number, for non-life threatening emergencies. From 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. they serve coffee and bagels. This is a family oriented place. If you party hardy, you get kicked out and put on their fecal roster. The location was great as it is about 1 ½ blocks to the board walk. The street heading to the boardwalk (Hancock) was quiet and has small rental homes. There is also a 7-11 next door on Boulevard. They also have the Sunburst II, which I didn't care for. Sunburst II has a patio/deck with tables and chairs and people were hanging out pretty late. The rooms face this deck.
The only problem I had was with the town and the people that frequent Seaside Heights. The hotel sits on Boulevard and Hancock. Boulevard was very busy at night. There were a lot of drunken people walking to the area’s popular clubs, Bamboo and Karma (about 6 blocks away. For Jersey Shore fans, the Jersey Shore house is about 3 or 4 blocks away). This became a nuisance as it was noisy all night with cars speeding by, police chasing the speeders and constant police sirens and people shouting down the street. If your air conditioner is on, you won’t hear it. Since I had my air on low, it kept cycling on and off and I kept waking up to the noise outside. Aside from that, it is a great location. Just come with earplugs and a fleece so you can crank up the air and drown out the noise. I plan on staying here again.
PS: Get ready to people watch and see the best of the ghetto fabulous fashion on the board walk. It can be scary at times. My review on Seaside Heights will be separate from this review.
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