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Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Asbury Park
Reviewed August 28, 2008

My friend and I needed a place to stay by the beach that wasn't too expensive and didn't require a 2 night stay. Search was on and The Berkley was found.

THE GOOD: One thing to keep in mind is this hotel only just opened in early summer of '08.They opened a small batch of ready rooms and went from there. The hotel met the needs listed. It was clean and had lots of character. Our room was stylish and provided a GREAT view of the ocean. Sure, it's obvious they are still working out some kinks (especially with customer service standards) but I'd return and suggest to friends in the 20-30 age range. It was in walking distance to downtown, nearby shops and the boardwalk. If you're looking for the B&B experience, look into neighboring Ocean Grove.


THE BAD: Would I suggest to my parents? No. They prefer higher grade of chains. So, if you're a Ritz Carleton/Marriott person- then the Berkley isn't for you. For families? No. However I don't think that's what the brand is going for. As one who has worked in many areas of hospitality, my biggest gripe was that the Berkley's customer service needs some serious tightening and set standards. For such a young hotel trying to make a strong foundation and could benefit from word of mouth publicity there seems to be a lack of protocol. The NY breakfast was a joke and the staff should refrain from eating it until all guests are done. (go to the nearby bakery in the boardwalk) Would it have killed them to extened our check out an hour? no. Parking needs to be worked out- parking in the back and then walking around the long path and the needed a parking permit (a copied piece of paper) is a defunct system.

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Reviewed August 26, 2008

We stayed at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park for a long weekend. There is insufficient parking. There is no handicapped parking. You have to park in the back of the hotel and walk around which is difficult for someone disabled. If there is a wedding or some other function going on, there are not enough spaces to accomodate all the guests. This means that you must find a parking space on the street and pay for it while paying for your hotel room and then pay again to get on the beach. They say that the hotel is right across the street from the boardwalk and beach, but where you have to walk to actually get on the beach is quite a distance. We are a family of four and got only two glasses and two wash cloths. I guess the maids are not told how many people are in the room. There were two occasions where a centepede like bug was in our bathtub. There were ants on the desk/table. There are no refridgerators in the rooms. The elevators had problems so being on the eighth floor made for a long wait to get up and down. There was some type of family reunion going on with a lot of people and children who took over the lobby and pool. For this amount of people in one party, they should have allotted time for them to use the pool so the other paying guests could have some time to enjoy the pool also. When I saw that they were a lot of children (unsupervised) in the lobby in the evening, I thought I could use the pool. What a disgusting mess. They left wet hotel towels on every chair, there was garbage left around, and water bottles and caps floating in the pool. No one cleaned up after them. One of the railings going into the pool was very loose-someone could get hurt. There is nothing to do on the boardwalk. Overall, this was a terrible experience.

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Reviewed August 25, 2008

The hotel's only saving grace was it proximity to the beach and the chic decor.
However, the sheets were unclean and the water pressure in the shower wasn't great.
The staff were unfriendly and failed to tell us that there was hotel parking, or that breakfast was available.
You have to ask the right questions to get the right answers for everything. Breakfast could be better.
There were also bits of paper (restaurant pamphlets) strewn all over the floor of our corridor and the staff just walked right by it without bothering to pick them up!

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Reviewed August 21, 2008

Yes the Hotel is old, BUT full of history. Beautiful ballroom(s). Our room was perfect for us. Queen deluxe. Ocean front view. The only way to go.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

We stayed in the Berkeley for a night after leaving NYC, wanted to spend some time on the beach. The rooms have been redone and they must have spent all their money on the rooms. It was a large room with very reto furnishings. The rest of the place is a dump. The outside looks like a old dorm, and the pool area was all run down, no towels cracked concrete handrails broke off etc.... The staff was trying their best but you can tell there is no leadership at this property. There are no amenities here, no bar, snack shop, nothing. The elevators were broke on and off, no one wanted to get them in fear of them breaking down.

I love historic hotels and the character and history of a old property. But they should not have opened this property until it was completed and operational. Also there is no where to park, we had to park a mile a walk from a not so nice area of town. They said "sorry" it is Sat and there is a concert, no street parking available. The lot is TOO small to fit the hotel. There is no security here door in back open all night, halls dark and under construction. Tools and debris everywhere from constuction.

I would not stay here nor recommend to anyone to stay here untill they complete this property.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2008

The only thing saving this review from rating as 1/5 is that it was cheap and we were upgraded. I booked on Expedia for $99 incl. taxes for a Sunday night in a king deluxe room.

I checked in around 5pm, and the computers were down so things were slow while they were rebooting. The people at the front desk were very nice, but disorganized. As we were waiting, a guest came to the front desk to ask for fresh towels because nobody came to clean his room in the 3 days he was there.

After about 10 minutes we got our room key and went up to the 4th floor. When we came out of the elevator, we had to guess where our rooms were because there were no signs. For example, most hotels have signs pointing left for rooms 400-450 and right for rooms 451-499. Also, most hotels have even numbered rooms on one side and odd numbers across; these rooms were right next to each other...450, 451, 452, 453, all on the same side of the hall.

When we got to our room, we opened the door and surprise...the room wasn't clean. The bed was half made and there were towels hanging on the bathroom door.

We went downstairs to let them know, and the guy at the desk was embarrased and annoyed (not at us), but because he said he had seen multiple cases that day where they marked the rooms as clean in the computer when they weren't. After talking with someone else he said there were no more clean King Deluxe rooms available. A few more minutes went buy and he gave us a new key for a room on the 7th floor and said we would like it.

We back up and when we got to the room, surprise...now the key didn't work. We went back down stairs for a second time. He apologized and gave us a new key. He told me to call downstairs from my cell phone if I still had a problem that way he would come up to us, instead of us going back down. I left the desk replying...ok, see you in five. We got back up and sure enough, that key didn't work either. I called downstairs and he came up with the hard key.

When we finally get in the room...it appeared nice. He apologized again and said he gave us a triple upgrade (2nd best room). We had a nice ocean veiw and the decor was ok, but when you looked at the place, you noticed how half-assed their renovations were. The bathroom had floor to wall marble tiles, but they looked like they were put up by a kid. The ceilings had screws in the sheet rock that weren't covered up, and the paint around the window sills was pathetic. The smoke alarm that was in the room was all yellow and there was no light on it, so it probably didn't work. It looked like it was 50 years old (see pictures). They had a nice LG flat panel TV, but it still had an analog signal. Half the chanels they had (which weren't much) came through blurry. In addition to that, the room still wasn't spotless...including the toilet with spots on the inside rim YUCK!

Right before going to sleep at night, I found a small ant crawling on the bed. I dismissed it thinking maybe we brought in on our shoes. The next morning, I saw another one in the bathroom.

It wasn't the worst hotel I have ever been to, but I would not stay here again. I definitely didn't feel like I was in a clean establishment.

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Reviewed August 10, 2008

The Hotel, like Asbury Park itself, is rundown, with lots of vacant lots, boarded up buildings and people that look and act as though they are on work release from the state prison. The hotel room itself was fine but the building needed serious exterior work. There was broken glass and construction debris all along the perimeter. The yard was overgrown with crabgrass breaking through pavement. Lots of sloppy painting with chipped molding and paint chips and paintdroppings falling all about. We were there for three days and there was no groundskeeper to be seen. The back door of the hotel was open all night so anyone could have wandered in

There was only one working elevator when we arrived and that went down when a malfunctioning fire alarm set everything down. The continental breakfast was bagels, coffee and OJ. That's it. There is a bar, but it is not in use. It looks like there was a restaurant, but it is not in use. The parking lot was a mess and hardly adequate for the number of people.

The pool was actually quite nice and well kept, with smooth tile bottom. It is clear that they are trying, but for the life of me, I don't know why they opened when they clearly are not ready. If you just want to hit the beach cheaply then this place is adequate, but there are other beaches. Asbury is a dump by comparison. Try Point Pleasant, Sandy Hook

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Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-5612
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Asbury Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Asbury Park
Price Range: $126 - $286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 238
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled along the Jersey Shore, just a few steps from the famous Asbury Park boardwalk, the Atlantic Ocean provides gorgeous panoramic views and the ultimate setting for your relaxing getaway. The Berkeley’s coveted beachfront location has convenient proximity to an array of local hotspots, the most notable is The Stone Pony. Our oceanfront hotel is only an hour away from Philadelphia and New York City, making it easily accessible. Head to the Tiki Bar and enjoy a cocktail poolside under the private cabanas for the ultimate relaxation experience. Or you can soak up the sun on the beach and then head across the street to the legendary Stone Pony. If you are one of lucky ones you may catch a surprise appearance by “The Boss”, Bruce Springsteen. The nightlife is diverse and when you stroll along the boardwalk, you will discover great beaches, great shopping, and delicious dining options. The boutique NJ hotel and the historic seaside community is the ideal venue for your wedding featuring magnificent ballrooms and an expansive rooftop perfect for your ceremony or a sunset cocktail party. ... more   less 
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Berkeley Hotel Asbury Park
Berkeley Carteret Oceanfront Hotel
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