In town for a friend's wedding. The experience started with a reservations "department" that was clueless. In fact, they screwed up every element of our reservation: first name, last name, email, street address, etc. - the gal at the front desk had to really wade through that mess to figure things out (kudos to her).
Buckle up, folks:
The lobby was hot and humid, and very dimly lit.
Valet parking our car for the night was $20 plus tip to stick it in a vacant sandlot across the street. Are you ****ing me?
Our room's door lock battery was dead, so maintenance had to replaced it. We lucked out as a maintenance guy was walking past as we were trying to get in; he returned in about ten minutes with a battery after letting us in the room.
A leather strap on the dresser was broken (it served as the handle). Weird room decor - chic '50s??
The hot water had so much air in the system when we showered in the morning we had to wait several minutes for the water to actually start coming out, and when it did, the pressure varied from nothing to meager.
The toilet paper was so far from the toilet it required either VERY long arms or getting off the can while puckering up. Fortunately, after the first time, we learned to load up on TP before unloading. Idiotic design/layout that extended to the location of the light switch - behind the door.
Peeling paint in the dimly-lit hallways. Creaky-as-hell elevators. Maybe the zombies like it (annual zombie parade in October - really), but very unimpressive.
The wedding itself went really well - all on the mezzanine floor and catered by a 3rd party (i.e., not the hotel). Hrmmm....do the math.
Post-nuptial celebration was at the in-house bar (Dauphin Grille) and featured one of the worst bands we had ever heard, and it was so hot the lead singer was in a red banana hammock. I'm dead serious.
The ONLY reasons it gets two "stars" instead of one are: (1) good location, and (2) friendly staff. Considering the rate ($225 with all the taxes, parking, etc.), the value just isn't there. I think it's owned by a large company, and perhaps therein lies the problem. If I did it again, I'd find a nice B&B in the area or just go home, an hour away. Boo-hiss!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As historic Asbury Park's premier boutique hotel, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel enjoys a prime location along the New Jersey shoreline just steps from the famed boardwalk. Designed by noted Beaux Arts architect Warren Whitney of New York, the hotel recently underwent a renovation of historic proportions and is poised to experience the renaissance of this nineteenth-century seaside destination. Modern luxuries complement the classic grandeur of this 238-room famous hotel, with a nod to the Victorian architecture and oceanfront glamour of Asbury Park's storied past. The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel embodies everything that is the revitalization of the famed Jersey Shore and itself represents the rebirth of this cultural icon. The Berkeley offers a bar and restaurant during the summer season only. Parking is available in our lot at an additional cost. Parking is provided on a first come, first serve basis as it is limited. The Berkeley prides itself on being a pet friendly hotel. Pet friendly rooms are offered on a designated floor at an additional cost. A complimentary coffee service is available daily from 7 AM to 11 AM for all overnight guests. For questions or concerns, please reach out to the email provided on our general information page. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berkeley Hotel Asbury Park
- Berkeley Carteret Oceanfront Hotel
- Berkeley Asbury Park