Just returned from beautiful Spring Lake, NJ and a less than stellar two-day stay at Walden on the Pond. Upon arrival, one can tell this is not a B&B that is well cared for... weeds peek through the sidewalk and out of the garden beds, the paint on the front steps is peeling, the wicker furniture & stained cushions are ready for the dump.
Unfortunately, once you book your stay, you're stuck with it... The B&B's web-site speaks of rooms that are "individually decorated with custom wallpaper and antique furnishings". The correct description should be "rooms in serious need of updating, wall paper stained and peeling, paint on door / window moldings dirty and peeling and repainted curb-side pick up furniture." The thin towels (can I have another please) and the "gee, I wonder if these sheets have been changed before I checked in" are an added bonus.
I tell 'em like I see 'em and at $280 a night, this place is utter highway robbery for what was provided.
Don't count on a gourmet B&B breakfast making up for the shortfall in the accommodations.... this place doesn't prepare a breakfast - instead, they provide a few bagels, a few types of muffins, a meager fruit salad and the option of having corn flakes (don't forget coffee and OJ). Nope folks, the muffins provided aren't fresh baked at the B&B but rather brought in from a sub-par bagelry / bakery. My advice to you is If you want a good selection of bagels or muffins, you best arrive early as they're gone by 9:30am and then you're stuck with corn flakes.
Before you consider checking into any B&B in Spring Lake, DON'T do it sight unseen. Take a look around ahead of time (if you don't have the time), use a site such as tripadvisor before booking... Prices are high in the area and ensure you don't have the same sinking feeling we had after paying $640 (tax included) for two nights in sub-par accomodations.
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The pictures that were posted were not how the room looks at all. It has been fully updated . and the same guests return every year.
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In addition we are a hotel not a B&B and breakfest is served as a courtsy and not included in the rate.
I will display the correct photo's -
I must be advised how to do so- we work very hard to keep a low rate and a family freindly place.
It is 1883 Inn and will never be a Hilton Hotel - however some people perfer this.
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