We stayed at the Spray Beach Inn in 2002 on a whim, we were daytripping
but decided to stay overnight. The only place we could find with a
vacancy was the Spray Beach Inn. They required us to pay for 2 nights
even though we were staying only one (normal rule with inns/motels on
LBI), it was $250/night, so it was an expensive last-minute decision.
The room was disgusting--the moment you open the door, the stench of
mold hits you. Anyway, I think I've blocked out most of that
memory....SO, for July 4th weekend, we decided a week before to go down
the shore--bad decision...of course everything was booked up. We called
everywhere and finally found the last vacancy at Spray Beach Inn--we
had forgotten we stayed there!!! As soon as we drove up, we
remembered...they required a 3-night minimum@$250/night..and were
rewarded with another stinky room, this one had a kitchenette--a
horrible old stove with a tiny sink, a microwave and coffee maker, and
small dorm-size fridge. We had 3 adults and 2 children. They charge
extra for more than 2 adults, and charge for each of the kids, and also
for cot usage. The carpet was filthy, our kids' feet were blackened on
the bottom. We kept the windows open the entire time for ventilation.
The bathroom was the best part, it was clean. The walls are paper-thin
and we could hear everyone above and next to us. The people are very
friendly there, the restaurant has very basic but decent food, and it's
very convenient for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bartender let us
borrow wine glasses for our room, that was very nice. The pool is nice.
The beach location is great. We had to stay in a side building, not the
main building which is right on the beach. The main problem is: (1) the
moldy musty stench, which stays in your clothes, and (2) the dirtiness
of the carpet. At least it has air-conditioning, although that smells
musty too. We have heard that the Engleside Inn is much cleaner yet has
young loud people. The Buccaneer might be okay but we haven't checked
it out. We will NEVER stay here again but would eat at the restaurant.
The room was teeny and we were crammed in like sardines. There is an
outdoor eating area that is shaded, that serves drinks and food, that
is a bonus.
They have a website, ..., which portrays
the rooms as new and very clean, which they are not. The ocean building
efficiency that is portrayed is much larger and brighter than the room
we had, in the annex building. We were totally cramped. Both times
we've stayed there, we have not had oceanfront views which must make
the stay much more enjoyable. The website is good, with
rates/reservations info, etc. - Read the guestbook on the website.
Other people seem to love it! I can't figure out if they don't notice
the mustiness, or just don't care. It's a great location and the
restaurant and pool are major attractions, so people must overlook the
rooms. - We last stayed there July 4th weekend, 2003. - If they somehow
fixed the moldy, musty smell that pervades all rooms, improved the
lighting, and replaced the carpet, it would be a great place to stay. -
The bathroom, as I said, was the best part of the room, but we didn't
trust it as being clean because of the rest of the room. - The lobby
has toiletries and other items for sale such as popcorn and sunscreen,
which is convenient. - To get to the beach from the inn's bar area, you
have to hike over some big dunes. The inn has a foot shower but no
outdoor shower. - The pots and pans and utensils provided in the
efficiency were very old and inadequate--pretty disgusting, actually.
We had to buy our own plasticware and cups and used their stuff as
little as possible. The kitchen cabinets were old and disgusting. The
microwave and coffeemaker were clean. - We are in our early 30's with 2
young children ages 3 and 5. - Additional guests are $10-12/each, based
on season, charged above 2 people. - Cots/cribs cost $7 each. -
Children ages 3-5 are $5 each.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You can't get much closer to the ocean than this! All of our guestrooms have standard amenities including mini-fridge, microwave, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and board, in-room safe, air conditioning and ceiling fan, free internet, and beach badges provided to all guests with a refundable deposit.Enjoy the breathtaking view from your ocean-front room, or laze around the new pool and Jacuzzi under the rustle of palm leaves. Enjoy your favorite tropical frozen drink at our Beach Hut Bar just steps to the ocean.Our full service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers indoor or outdoor seating. Enjoy Happy Hour at our inside Lounge or make new friends at the outside bar just steps to the ocean! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spray Beach Hotel Beach Haven
- Spray Beach Hotel Long Beach Island, NJ - Beach Haven