This is by far the best guest experience available, anywhere. I have stayed in hotels in dozens of countries on 4 continents, and seen the pointlessly opulent excess of your typical 4-star digs, but never have I had the pleasure of staying somewhere so thoroughly well thought out and lovingly run as the Inn.
From the delicious (and, brilliantly, seasonally-appropriate) smells which greets you when you first enter, to the cultivated art and book selection, to what seems the smallest detail in decor and lighting, I believe that every aspect of this hotel was tenderly crafted and then scientifically engineered to produce the best possible feelings of welcome, comfort, and satisfaction.
There can only be one explanation for such care and subtle distinctions as are found here, and that is plain as day from the moment you set foot in the Asbury Ocean Beach Inn - its proprietors, Betsy and Chip, are the magic ingredient.
At the outset of this historic endeavor in the storied and exalted history of hospitality, they must have turned inwards on some sort of modern vision quest, and, pressing through the profound mysteries of the nature of the human sense of place, our ability to distinguish between "self" and "others", and grappling with their own struggles to finally derive a single, unified theory of aesthetics, the culinary arts, and philosophy, finally emerged on the other side of the looking glass, victorious, burning with the fire of a wisdom newly stolen from prometheus on behalf of mankind: a perspective which would allow them to create a place of almost unfathomable precision, a place which will fit you the way a key fits a lock.
It seems their sense of service stems from a deep well of sincere pleasure in caring for others who are far from home. We were several hours late, yet - arriving at 1am - we were graciously received and attended to. I was completely blown away by the "fruit art" brought to our room every day and the numerous conveniences present to help us make the most of our stay. However, I'll leave exploring the remaining abundant examples as an exercise to you, the next guest at this superlative establishment. You made the right choice to stay here (surely you did, didn't you?).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asbury Park Inn is a restored Victorian home conveniently located within walking distance to the beach, boardwalk and downtown Asbury Park restaurants, galleries and shops. Gourmet cooked to order breakfast, two beach passes per suite; beach towels, umbrellas, beach chairs; wifi; premium cable; library and more! Additional amenities & activities: Swimming, Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Massage, Cycling, Playground & Splash Park, Antiquing, Live Theater, Independent Cinema, Restaurants, Bars, Miniature Golf, Sight Seeing, Shopping ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Asbury Ocean Beach Hotel Asbury Park