My 4 yr old son and I stayed here August 10-12 and it's definitely one of the better places I've stayed. I used to live in Ventnor, which is one of my favorite places in the world. It's definitely upscale, kinda reminds of the Main Line outside of Philly, but it's literally right next to Atlantic City, so if you have reservations about paying a gagillion dollars for everyday items like a stick of butter or a gallon of milk, you can always go up the street where everyone does NOT drive a beamer and find something a little more reasonable. That's the great thing about the Jersey shore, everything is pretty close so if you only have a few days you can plan to see a majority of the shore point attractions without spending hours driving there. Ventnor is not really kid friendly, per se, it's simply a shore town, with streets lined with million dollar + homes that serve as the second residences for the upper crust, and the boardwalk is super low key, which is really nice after you've spent the day enjoying the caffineated boardwalks of AC, OC, and Wildwood (an early morning jog or bike ride on the Ventnor boardwalk rocks!). I've stayed in a lot of hotels/motels in my day, and I gotta say, the SBH is a great one because it doesn't have the cold, distant feeling of a large chain hotel, but it also doesn't have the chlostraphobic creepiness of a smaller, independent inn where you feel like you're actually staying in some stranger's extra bedroom. SBH is part of a chain, but what I think happened here is that a corporation bought a bunch of independent inns nationwide, and tried to maintain the originality of each venue. I read some of the negative reviews on here, as I always do, and I actually read the negative ones first so I won't be wooed into booking something without realizing some of the downsides first. If the negatives are something I can live with, then I'll consider booking after reading the positive reviews. So, the negatives were no parking lot (it's metered on street only) but you don't have to pay at night, so it's not like the meters' ticking while your sleeping, and it's definitely NOT like the meters in Philly, there's no elevator, so, ok, you have to lug your crap a little but it's not a very long staircase (look, I'm the single parent of a preschooler, and those of you who have children surely know how much stuff that entails, and although I was on the first floor, I had to cart our bags across the street and up the stairs to the front door, which I assure you is a lot longer than the stairs to the second floor, and somehow I survived, and I definitely don't work out reguarly) no ocean views from the rooms, yeah, but if you walk out the front door and look to the left there it is in all glory, literally less than a block away, the room is small, ok, yeah, but it's certainly NOT a jail cell or door room, and while I am skinny, I really didn't feel like I had to squeeze by anything to get anywhere in the room not to mention that this IS the Jersey shore, and to get anything bigger you'd probably be paying more than your mortgage payment especially in the peak season, no late check in which might have been true when that review was written in 2009, but I checked in at 1030 at night, and there was a sign posted with instructions for late comers. I was sure I was the last to check in, but apparently not, the walls are thin, but that seems to be standard in most hotels, when we stayed at the Residence Inn in Somers Point, the guy downstairs complained about my son running across the floor, and we were staying in the two story penthouse that was NOT built in 1920 like SBH was, the water pressure sucks, but it did when I lived in Ventnor in 2004, so I don't really think that's within the hotels' control, and the bathroom was "older" despite the fact that the hotel was renovated in 2006, but honestly, it was clean and functional, and there was a hair dryer under the sink, although I'm very attached to my own, so I brought it with, like it's really THAT much of a taxing effort to pack a hairdryer. I also think people focused a lot on the bathroom, which made me think, wow, how much time are ya spendin in there? And why would you go on vacation to spend a majority of the time in the freakin bathroom? People also made comments about waiting the check in, which I didn't, even at 1030 at night, and the manager seemed genuinely pleasant and tried to engage my son, and wasn't even really visibly annoyed when he made a bit of a ruckus upon check in, which most preschoolers do because they lack consideration, and while many people get perturbed (which I seriously don't get because I mean, who is born with perfect social graces? I know a lot of adults who lack social graces, but for some reason, our society seems more forgiving of them), this guy was actually pretty patient. I paid over 500.00 for 2 nights so I paid only a little bit more than a standard hotel, but seriously, it's peak season, and even the campgrounds around here are charging 200/night for a rustic cabin with a bucket to pee in, trust me, I researched it extensively. Even the dumpy hotels in Absecon are charging like 150-200 per night at this time of year, and I'm talking about the ones that casino guests would routinely take prostitutes to in the off season. So I paid a hundred bucks more for peace of mind, which I think is well worth it. The decor is nice, not really cookie cutter like your standard hotel/motel, the floors are hardwood, which are relatively new and easy to clean, which I like because community carpet kinda skeeves me, there were plenty of towels, an extra roll of TP under the sink, the bed was standard, not to hard, not too soft, we slept fine, there was a Keurig coffee maker in the room (vety cool) but if you drink a lot of coffee, like I do, it might behoove you to buy a small pack of k cups because they only supplied me with one regular, and there's no coffee fixins in the room (possibly an oversight), but there's a coffee maker in the lobby with powder creamer and sugar, didn't see any Splenda or Equal, but once again, could be an oversight, and really, I didn't come down here to sit in my room and drink coffee. There are free cookies, candy, and bottled water in the lobby. My standard room had a kitchen sink with soap, towels (paper and cloth) and a sponge, plenty of glasses, plates and silverware. There are basic pots and pans and two electric burners, a microwave, and a toaster. The closet is spacious but mine had only one hanger, oh well, they're like two bucks at Rite Aid for a pack of 10, and there was a iron, ironing board, and dust pan/broom in the closet as well. The TV was a 27" flat screen, with a DVD player and cable. The air conditioning is wall unit and did, occasionally hum a little loud, but would quiet back down. The rooms are non smoking, but you can smoke on the community balconies. Overall, it was more than I expected. I have paid a lot more for a lot less. So, ok, there's no pool, parking lot, or ocean view but I assure you, you'd be paying through the nose if there were considering that the SBH is less than a block from the beach, and they do supply beach tags. I only stayed 2 nights and maybe I would have spent less if I had stayed longer, but it seems to me that you'd be hard pressed to find a five night stay during peak season with all of the above mentioned amenities for less than a grand. There are more expensive and spacious rooms here. We stayed in the queen studio which seemed to be standard or slightly more than standard. Overall, very happy with my choice of places to stay and will return. Just remember that if you do tour other shore point attractions, bring tons of change, and I do mean tons, there's a toll for pretty much every entrance AND exit on the NJ highways
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