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The Islander Motel

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
  • Paid 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.


#1 of 5 hotels in Ship Bottom
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 cofffee
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Shuttle bus service
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Mini golf
Water sport equipment rentals
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
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken


Full view
63Somewhat walkable
Grade: 63 out of 100
13Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
3Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
140Reviews6Q+A34Room tips
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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
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
1 contribution
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
Robert Wnorowski wrote a review Aug 2020
2 contributions
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, Virginia4 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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United StatesNew JerseyJersey ShoreLong Beach IslandShip Bottom
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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 The Arlington.
Is The Islander Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.