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1202 Central Ave, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-4556
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 5 hotels in Ship Bottom
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
5.0
Value
4.8
Our location is within walking distance to both the Ocean and Bay Beaches. You'll find that our motel is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping, mini golf and nearby amusement and water parks. We are a family friendly motel with bright spacious rooms
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Bicycle rental
Mini golf
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Shuttle bus service
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Patio
Tennis court offsite
Water park offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Car hire
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English

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Grade: 62 out of 100
13Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
3Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Lisa A. wrote a review Jul 2022
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This was my first time staying at the Islander Motel but not my last. This motel is a gem! The rooms are spotless, the location is super convenient (5-min. walk to the beach and no island traffic on or off), and Joe the owner is wonderful. I forgot my bike lock and went to the office to ask if there was a place nearby to buy one, and Joe whipped one out from behind his desk that I could use for the weekend. It's a small gesture, but he saved me money and precious time trying to find a store.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Jennifer D wrote a review Aug 2021
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I can't say enough good things about the islander motel. I have stayed everywhere in LBI and this is hidden gem. Joe the owner is so nice and accommodating but now to the room. If you are like me and truly scared of motel stays with your kids you don't have to be here. SUPER CLEAN!!!! That is all I want in a motel stay. This says a lot about a motel and especially a beach motel. I inspected every area of the room before I even let my kids enter and I was so impressed. We got an efficiency unit for more room. Easy walk to the beach(block and a half). If you are on the fence don't be. Overall great trip!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Efficiency unit on second floor are roomier.
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Elizabeth S wrote a review Jul 2021
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Home away from home. Proprietor is most welcoming and just what was needed in the middle of stressful working conditions to recoup. Clean, pleasant, quiet, and just right & comfortable amenities without all the fuss, and quick access to the beach. Fir the price couldn’t ask for better.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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DL wrote a review Jul 2021
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Great location and hidden gem. The owner is great; motel is super clean and has everything you need. Nice size refrigerator. Walking distance to the beach, restaurants and souvenir shops. Loved our stay !
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Trip730000 wrote a review Apr 2021
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We've been stating here for years. Joe Clark, the owner is the best. He will go the extra mile to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The rooms are immaculate, and well-appointed. His upstairs deck is one one of our favorite spots. There is a gas grill on-premises that we use all the time. The Islander Motel is also very convenient. I'd recommend it to anyone. Tom Driscoll
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Linda V wrote a review Sep 2020
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What a cute & updated hotel this is. Joe and his wife have got to be the most accommodating owners I have ever met. I won't give them 5 stars, I will give them 100 stars. Best value for a motel on the island
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Anne Clarke, Owner at The Islander Motel
Responded Sep 11, 2020
It was a pleasure meeting you and we look forward to seeing you here .
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Emma H wrote a review Sep 2020
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I had a wonderful stay here! The rooms are very clean, and I stayed in a nicely furnished efficiency with a cute little kitchen nook. The owner, Joe, was incredibly kind, friendly, helpful, and hospitable. The location is also fantastic--a short walk to the beach, and within easy walking distance of lots of restaurants and shops. Would absolutely recommend!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Anne Clarke, Owner at The Islander Motel
Responded Sep 11, 2020
It was a pleasure meeting you and glad you had a wonderful time. We look forward to seeing you next summer.
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sjbowman wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a great visit at the Islander. It’s conveniently located near the entrance to the island, and there’s an incredible donut spot (Shore Good Donuts) on your way to the beach, which is just two blocks away. Joe was helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean and reasonably-priced. We were able to use their beach tags and beach chairs. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Robert Wnorowski wrote a review Aug 2020
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This was my 1st time in LBI, and I can't say enough good things about the Islander Motel. We were supposed to check in in the afternoon, but our room was ready to go. That's a testament to the preparation and the cleanliness the Islander provided. They were not taking any chances during this pandemic. The room was pristine, and it was a block from the beach. Joe, the owner, was spot on with all of his recommendations on food and activities. My girlfriend loves seafood, while I'm an Italian Sandwich kind of guy. He recommended Ship Bottom Shellfish and Mystic Meats. Both were A1 recommendations. Then we went mini golfing at night. My girlfriend loved it, while I'm a sore loser and don't wanna talk about it.... I'm a natural skeptic, and I was iffy at first. But soon as we got there all of my skepticism melted away and I just felt happy to stay at a wonderful place, with an incredible staff. This was one of the best experiences I've ever had at a hotel or motel. Thank you for everything, Joe! You truly are a gem!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: WiFi works on the patio, but it's spotty in the room
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Donna H wrote a review Aug 2020
Charles City, Virginia5 contributions2 helpful votes
I posted this on a local Long Beach Island Facebook page, but I wanted to make sure it was shared here as well. “I know a lot of people look for houses when coming down to LBI to rent, but I wanted to HIGHLY recommend The Islander Motel in Ship Bottom. Joe was the man at the front desk, and who I assume is the owner. He was nothing but kind and helpful. The room was clean, with a microwave, keurig, and fridge. It’s not big and flashy, but it doesn’t need to be, because if you’re looking for a very reasonably priced, clean and friendly place to spend a few days, you’ve come to the right place.” Great experience with the Islander Motel!!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Islander Motel
Which popular attractions are close to The Islander Motel?
Nearby attractions include Ship Bottom Beach (0.3 miles), Ron Jon Surf Shop (0.2 miles), and The Gateway Restaurant & Lounge (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Islander Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at The Islander Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Islander Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Islander Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Islander Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shore Good Donuts, Ship Bottom Shellfish, and Zen Sushi Asian Cuisine.
Does The Islander Motel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Islander Motel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Islander Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.