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“Spray beach is all location”
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Spray Beach Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Beach Haven
Grand Cayman
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16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Spray beach is all location”
Reviewed July 17, 2008

My wife and I just returned from a 4 day 3 night stay. When I booked the room the person who took the reservation (oceanfront room) asked what floor do we want 2nd or 3rd, and I said 3rd. When we arrived we were given a 2nd floor room, not a big deal we took it. The rooms are way outdated for paying $267 a night. The Spray Beach is all about location, right on the beach. The food service is HORRIBLE! We witnessed several persons just leaving because no one took an order, others like ourselves were amazed that not one manager inquired as to why so many people were sitting waiting for menus, orders to be taken and even food.. We waited 1 hour and 10 minutes for an order of Short stack pancakes and toast. The drinks at the beach hut bar are way overpriced. Happy hour and we payed $8 for pina coladas. I ordered 2 and gave the bartender a $50 and she gave me back $32?????(16-50=34)
Overall my take on the Spray beach is great location, overpriced for the rooms and the food service needs alot of work.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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New York, NY
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2008

Just came back from a couple of days at the Spray Beach Inn. First off, Long Beach Island is all about small motels, B & B's etc. So you can only compare it to other aging motels. In that regard it's a little better.
Negatives: The rooms are small and crowded! Just a day into your stay, you'll find yourself claustrophobic with your own belongings. The bath sink is outside of the bathroom, I found this to be a little strange. The restaurant blows: see my review of it under Spray Beach Inn restaurant. The restaurant is always empty, extremely overpriced, and the food is awful (my old sneaker in a bun makes a better hamburger than what they serve there for 9 dollars!) No wonder it's always empty, and don't get me started on the dated/cheap restaurant decor. They should lower their prices and then make a profit on quantity of patrons instead of overcharging the few patrons that actually dare eat there. (and renovate the entire restaurant)
Pros: Proximity to everything. The beach sand is the consistency of sugar, no seaweed noted (beach water is more for surfing than swimming), lots of families with toddlers, no rowdy/troublemaking crowds, heated pool (up to 8 feet deep!), seems they've recently renovated many parts of the hotel including the bathrooms, you get the vibe they are trying to run a decent establishment, clean hotel, no insects noted.

Noteworthy family with toddlers: Amusement park was great (lots of rides for toddlers, Schooners Wharf was also nice (hint: go to the back past the parking lot- nice little lit park with lots to do at night, highly recommend bringing them to a play at the Surflight Theater (we saw Sleeping Beauty kids 1.5 and 3.5 and I don't think they ever blinked an eye during the show), Showtime icecream parlor with singing quartet was entertaining for a one time visit (note the portions are HUGE-one cup can serve a family of 8), AVOID TIKI TACO the food is not Mexican- it's gag inducing vile overpriced chum. In all, would I return to Long Beach Island... maybe but i'd probably rent a house for a weekend and cook. Not sure I would ever do more than a weekend getaway... there simply isn't enough to do here. Hope this helps.

  • Liked — proximity, cleanliness
  • Disliked — Crowded room, bad and expensive restaurant
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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5 Thank Paxter
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new york city
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54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2007

This is the third time I stayed at the Inn. Each time it was because I couldn’t get into someplace else. It’s an OK motel in a great location. What’s with the bar stools in the parking lot? Pretty cheesy. The pool is for young kids and there is no adult “scene” there – unlike the Engleside or the Sea Shell. However on the Friday night before Labor Day a bunch of rooms on the third floor were having a party which kept us up until the wee hours with unwanted noise. Overall OK but for 300 a night I wish it was better – next time at Engleside!

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hartford CT
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2007

On short notice, I scoured TripAdvisor and all the hotel websites looking for a place to stay one night at the Jersey Shore (coming from Philly). I finally settled on Spray Beach Inn based on reviews, prices & availability and was pleased that everything worked out so well. Sure, the prices aren't cheap for what you get (I paid $183 for one night), but based on all of the reseach I did, the Spray Beach Inn was fairly priced in the market. I did manage to avoid the 2 nite minimum stay by booking on-line thru LBI site ~ that saved me $50 probably. They let us check in early on Sat cuz there was a room available and we had lunch on the patio ~ pricey but tasty. The pool closes VERY early (7pm!) but I guess that is so people don't get loud. I found the room to be clean and modern, if not overly spacious. I would surely go back there again.

  • Liked — kept up very nicely; lovely pool and outdoor patio restaurant
  • Disliked — rooms are snug
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank marydove
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PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2006

Spray Beach Inn is located in Spray Beach on LBI. As with most hotels here on LBI, they are old and need to be replaced with new facilities. The price one pays to spend a night or two is not justified in places this old. The room is clean but there should not be rust around the bathroom and yellowed ceiling tiles. We LOVE Long Beach Island but the pricing needs to come back down to reality.
The hotel does sit ocean front and has gorgeous views from level 2 and 3 on ocean side. I'd stay here again, but in the off season only when the prices are lower. They have a friendly staff, everyone was very nice.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — needs remodeling/ new facility
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Earthy1
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freehold, nj
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2006

We have stayed for the last three years. It is always clean and well maintained. The location is wonderful, love to go back and forth between pool and ocean. The restaurant was surprisingly excellent.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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2 Thank pamelaap
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New Jersey
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2006

The hotel was adequate at best. The last time the rooms were re-decorated was in the 80's. The room was dingy, and dark. The bathroom was so dark, I showered with the door open. No extras just the basics. The front desk was not helpful, when we asked recommendation's for dinner it took prodding for them to offer any suggestions other then their own dining room. We checked out on Monday and asked if we could have a later check out and were denied because they claimed they were booked but the motel looked empty. Apparently the motel is comparable to the rest of the island's motel's overpriced and below average. The location is nice though right on the beach. Note... If you go the beach in another location the make you buy an additional beach pass, 5$ each.

  • Liked — Located close to beah
  • Disliked — Not clean, dark, dingy
  • Tips/Secrets — rent a house if you can
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank princessbuttercup77
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Property: Spray Beach Hotel
Address: 2399 Atlantic Avenue, Spray Beach, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Long Beach Island > Beach Haven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Beach Haven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Spray Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 88
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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