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“Happy we chose the Spring Lake Inn!” 4 of 5 stars
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Spring Lake Inn
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104 Salem Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762   |  
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Ranked #4 of 10 Spring Lake B&B and Inns
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Dutchess County NY
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“Happy we chose the Spring Lake Inn!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2007

We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Spring Lake Inn, we would go back (and we did check out several other B&B's while we were there). The location is excellent, just 1 short block to the beach. Nice curb appeal with a pretty porch for relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze.

Breakfast is served in a lovely dining room with wonderful high ceilings and tall windows. They offer one hot entree which changes daily plus a buffet with delicious fresh melons, to die for homemade banana bread & apple cake, amongst other delicious treats. For cereal, yogurt, and granola fans, there's plenty of that too. Lemonade & wonderful homemade cookies are served in the late afternoon; a perfect treat when returning from the beach.

Since we booked our room last minute, during a holiday week, we didn't have many rooms to choose from. We stayed in "Serenity". It's small but turned out to be adequate for us. It has an antique dresser, wing chair, and comfortable queen bed (and TV & refrigerator). The bathroom was great---it's quite large and totally updated. My husband loved the deep Jacuzzi tub. Unfortunately there is just one window, which houses the air conditioner during the summer, so we could not enjoy the ocean breeze from this particular room. The owners and staff were all very friendly. And to ensure no surprises when you pay your bill, don't forget to add 15% to the room prices you see online (just can't get out of paying those taxes!).

I must mention that this was our 1st trip to Spring Lake so we didn't know what to expect. It is truly a beautiful residential community. No commercial boardwalk here. You're not even allowed to bring food or a cooler onto the beach. There is a facility right on the boardwalk where you can buy food (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries, etc). There are some nice boutiques and shops in Spring Lake but don't even consider an evening stroll through them because they close by 5:00. Spring Lake is a nice upscale place to go if you are seeking true peace & quiet and total relaxation. If you are looking for some evening activity other than dining or going to a great ice cream shop just around the corner (which is worth visiting), you may want to consider another place (such as Cape May but that's another 1 1/2 - 2 hours down the Garden State Parkway).

Stayed July 2007
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

We spent a wonderful extended getaway weekend at the Spring Lake Inn.
Super location not too far from the train station but a block to the beach. Reasonable walking distance to downtown, beach, restaurants and lake. Wonderfully maintained boutique Victorian hotel...the inn is formal in decor, yet unpretentious in every other way. Andy told us that formal at the shore meant that you're wearing shoes. And what
a nice beach! Very civilized.

The other people that we met on the porch were very friendly. Two seniors had been coming to the inn for many years and were the source
of great local information for us. The lobby area on the first floor and the dining room are huge with high ceilings. Superb breakfast selections with lots of fresh fruit and bakery items, terrific hot food, very clean. Cute servers. The Innkeepers really know the local restaurant scene including the excellent chef owned and operated Zagat rated restaurants. We had some great meals there especially the
storefront Island Grill. Fantastic and interesting food. Great wine bottle shop across the street. Definitely will come back to Spring Lake and the Inn again. Looking forward to another weekend off
and more great eating.

Stayed May 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2007

We had a lovely time. The proximity to the beach is what matters most to us, and we will most definitely be back in the summer when it is warmer!
Our room was lovely, breakfast delicious, we had a fantastic weekend at the Spring Lake Inn.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and decor
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2007

This was my first bed and breakfast experience. The Inn is charming, warm and inviting. The room was very clean and nicely decorated, the dining room was a pleasant surprise, it was spacious and had individual seating, breakfast was a generous buffet and a served hot dish(very tasty peach french toast).

Last but not least, the front porch with the sound of the ocean waves was surely my favorite spot enjoying a glass of wine.

A special thank you to the Innkeepers , and the staff everyone made an effort to make our stay a pleasant one! We will be back.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2007

We chose this inn due to the wonderful reviews in this site. Not sure what happened since the previous guests wrote to this site. We came there expecting this wonderful inn and were sorely disappointed. True the rooms and location are wonderful but part of the reason we stay in a bed and breakfast is the ambience - the hospitality of the staff and we found the staff here to be very depressed! Starting from the innkeeper all the way to the staff, not one was smiling. It almost felt like someone had just died (hopefully not)... there were no laughter to be seen anywhere and the only time we did see the innkeeper was when he was checking in the guest and procuring the money. No mingling with guests allowed I guess! Just to get one staff member to smile I had to bribe by giving a $10 tip! Unfortunately, the mood seemed to be contagious as we saw people come in smiling and leaving frowning... whatever it is we don't want it as we want to be in a happy place for a vacation! Thus we would not recommend this place if you want some semblance of a happy joyous experience!

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the staff
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

Before describing our pleasant experience at the Spring Lake Inn in detail, I’d like to open with 2 general comments to all innkeepers in the town of Spring Lake:
2) HIGH LODGING TAXES (almost 20% extra) should be disclosed at booking.
3) If your website doesn't suggest that the 2-night weekend minimum at many inns even in WINTER might be "negotiable", that can be a disincentive for people to take a last-minute overnight in Spring Lake in the off-season…especially in view of #1 above. For a few hundred dollars more than 2 nights in a B&B, folks can get 4 night packages in the Caribbean!

Our tab was $321 for one night in Spring Lake Inn’s “Turret Room” ($279 weekend rate, plus an additional $42 in room taxes) – also, we had to proactively ask for a breakdown of the room rate and the tax portion. I can’t remember ever traveling to a seacoast town in off-season (when there’s less to do in the area) and paying close to peak summer-season rates just because I stayed over a Saturday night (especially when area inns are only half-booked to begin with). While I do recommend a visit to the town of Spring Lake, I caution fellow value-oriented off-season travelers to seek out those inns with the best discount between high- and low-season rates. Also, be certain you know whether or not lodging taxes are included in the quoted rate!

Here’s what we really LIKED about the Spring Lake Inn:
Location: About 1 ½ hours from NYC. 1 ½ blocks from the ocean on a quiet street. We heard the ocean from our open BR windows.

Overall common amenities: Easy/free onsite parking, great covered front porch, lovely common areas including a large, high-ceilinged clean dining room with well-spaced tables. Free gym & spa passes a great option although we did not use these. There’s an “honor bar” in the lobby with sodas, mixers, juices, and wine glasses/corkscrews provided free.

Friendly staff: Although the inn’s owners were vacationing, the acting innkeeper ladies were great - more than warm and helpful with local advice. Our only constructive criticism would be to offer guests a charges breakdown, to lessen any possible sticker shock from rate ambiguity and/or steep lodging taxes.

Jacuzzi tub (in a lovely granite bathroom) with a gas fireplace visible from the tub in the Turret Room: Self-explanatory ; )

Rooms: Our Turret Room was very clean (like the entire inn) and spacious. We viewed many other rooms as guests checked out, and the website photos are a faithful representation. Rooms have individual climate control and great windows & light.

Here’s what was just OK:

Value for dollar: The wonderful jacuzzi and the gas fireplace (visible from the jacuzzi!) just about made the Turret Room worth its $321 price tag. The light-colored granite bathroom was lovely. Otherwise, while the room was pretty & spotless, some elements were a bit on the “cheesy” side (e.g., low-quality sheets, plastic mirror over the mantel, Sears & Roebuck-style bedroom furniture, an uninspired hodgepodge of knicknacks). If you are looking for high-end linens, authentic antiques and eclectic appointments in your chamber proper, Spring Lake Inn might not be to your taste.

Breakfast and afternoon tea: We had looked forward to the afternoon tea (mentioned on the website) on Saturday after our drive down from NYC but saw no sign of it. Our Sunday morning breakfast was tasty and filling but nothing to make me long for a repeat visit (there was one hot entrée - a baked spinach pie - and a homemade strawberry cobbler). Plenty of fruit, cereal, croissants and 2 or 3 different types of breads & coffeecake. Great coffee, plus a wide tea assortment with a collection of ceramic teapots for guest use!

Official checkout time of 11AM: On Sunday in winter that seems a little too strict (keep in mind that check-in time begins at 2PM), although inn staff indicated that they weren’t rushing anybody out. Again, it's about encouraging rather than discouraging off-season lodgers; allowing departing guests to stay in their rooms a bit later, or to remain parked onsite and to linger and relax indoors or in the common areas until mid-afternoon on Sunday , might be a good idea.

  • Liked — Staff, fireplace visible from jacuzzi, within sight & sound of ocean
  • Disliked — Bang for buck
  • Stayed March 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2007

This is an authentic seaside B&B, located one block from the wonderful NJ beach. The staff go out of their way to provide informton, make reservations, etc. Bedrooms are warm and comfortable, and there is a well equiped "parlor" to read, chat or watch a big screen HDTV. Wireless internet works well also.

  • Liked — Authentic, warm and cozy
  • Disliked — No problems
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 104 Salem Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Spring Lake
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Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Spring Lake
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Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Spring Lake Inn, where European-style hospitality, history and contemporary amenities blend together for an unforgettable vacation experience. We’ve been told that our inn is unpretentious, yet elegant, inviting, yet private for those guests who need time and space to unwind. Built in 1888 as the Grand Central Stables of Spring Lake NJ, the inn is only a block from the ocean and the 2-mile boardwalk. We serve sumptuous breakfasts in the grand dining room as well as afternoon tea. Our 80 ft. Victorian porch is irresistible. Each of the 16 spacious guestrooms and suites offers all or a combination of the following luxury features: fireplace, ocean view, Jacuzzi, 4-poster bed, sleigh bed, refrigerator and digital cable TV. Fine dining, boutique shopping and spa pampering are only blocks away. Spring Lake New Jersey is one of America’s most genteel seashore towns where time can stand still at our “European Mansion by the Sea.” ... more   less 
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