The hotel is located on the busy Route 37 and is easily spotted at night. There's a small reception, small breakfast room and a single computer for anyone to use.
The rooms are of a reasonable size if a bit dark. There's no in-room safe but there was a noisy refrigerator (had to unplug it overnight). Like many other hotels, there's no spare power outlet near the bed, so if you want to charge your phone overnight you have to do it on the other side of the room which is annoying if it rings or you use it for an alarm. On the plus side, there is a nice big bedside clock radio, so you can see the time clearly. The bathroom is fine with good shower pressure and fairly decent towels.
The wireless internet was very slow though, and sometimes just gave up altogether. Even the receptionist had to use the public computer next to reception to process my check-out as her computer's connection wasn't working.
Breakfast was about average for a cheaper hotel. There was a fair selection with post-mix juices, weak coffee, some breads to toast, scrambled eggs and - on this day - bacon. For some reason most of the chairs had towels over the seats. Don't know why.
There's really not much in the way of places to eat nearby. There is an Italian restaurant right over the street, but thanks to the six foot high mesh fence running down the centre of the road, it becomes a 10 minute hike to reach it.
There was another Italian place further down the road but that's about it within walking distance. But then walking really isn't recommended anyway as they're not keen on sidewalks here. Or street lighting. Or trash collection.
In other words, it's fine to stay here for a night on the way to somewhere better. There's not much choice in and around the Toms River area, so this is probably about as good as you get without paying twice as much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new hotel with indoor heated pool and spa, fitness center, plasma tv's & dvd players in all rooms, wireless internet and a continental breakfast with waffles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn Toms River
- Toms River Comfort Inn