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).
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Spring Lake Hotel Spring Lake