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“Family Friendly Escape to LBI”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sea Spray Motel

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Sea Spray Motel
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Beach Haven
Certificate of Excellence
Chatham, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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“Family Friendly Escape to LBI”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Summary: Perfect for families with young children. A quiet alternative to locations closer to the more commercial locations. Very close proximity to beach. Very friendly staff. Great value.

We found this through Tripadvisor and became intrigued after reading negative reviews about a 10PM curfew. Our assumption was that this rule was in place to cater more to those seeking something more tranquil as opposed to a rowdy beach bar scene, or perhaps for families looking for some quality family time. These assumptions proved correct. Harry and the staff, from front desk to maintenance, were all exceptional. The cost of the rooms in peak season could not be beat. We loved the very clean and well kept in-ground pool (perfect for the little ones), natural gas grills for those Do-it-Yourself cooks, ping pong, foosball, basketball and ample parking. So nice to be able to come back to your room after a fun filled and action packed day and get a good night's rest to recharge for the following day.

As far as motels go, this is by far one of the best I've seen. Rooms are clean, well maintained and management clearly takes pride in making sure everything works. But at the end of the day, it is a motel, so one should be realistic in what to expect from the rooms. Windows generally face one side and can be dark depending on the location of the room (our room was south facing). Bath towels are on the small side, but certainly useable. The only real issue we had was a general 'mustiness' of the rooms. One of the two rooms that we booked had it worse. Please note that this was IMMEDIATELY addressed by the attentive staff (disinfection/ionization/etc) with no questions asked. After being treated it was much better, but you still noticed the smell. Perhaps it was the carpeting of our rooms and the moisture getting trapped in the fabric. We did notice some other rooms that had hardwood floors and were possibly better. However, this could be a dilemma since the second floor rooms can transfer noise to the lower level without the carpet. In the end, considering the relatively low cost, excellent service, proximity to beach, pool, grills (will be more prepared next time!) and ample parking, it's a no brainer that we would consider coming back. I would not be surprised to see the Sea Spray continue to evolve and improve and give the pricier LBI "hotels and resorts" a run for their money. Service can be taught only so much. Most has to be from a genuine desire to accomodate customers, and it is here where the Sea Spray shines. Would recommend.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

This place is.....clean!!! I love this place and always recommend it. The pool is nice, and they check that you are a guest - which I like. The rooms are nice...I even checked out the other rooms just to see and they were all nice. A little on the small side, but that is typical of this size motel. This is not the place for partying - they discourage guests from hanging out on the balconies after 10 pm - again, something I like. The walls weren't too thin, which means that it wasn't too noisy in the room. Outside, there are bbq's and picnic tables so you can cook your own dinners.It is really close to the beach. You can rent houses from them that include housekeeping as well. You can tell the staff there work very hard to keep it so well maintained.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

A relaxing place with a friendly and hard working staff!!”
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We stayed here many times in the past when our kids were young and always had a great time. We returned again after more than 8 years and were still very pleased! It is a family run business that truly takes pride in its business. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms are updated. The pool and the outside grounds are immaculate! There are picnic tables and umbrellas as well at 4 gas grills - very convenient for families with kids. There is paddle ball, corn hole, a basket ball hoop and foos ball tables for families to enjoy. Excellent location across the street from beach and close enough to yet far away from the bustle of the Bay Village area. The only criticism is the bath towels are very tiny - not much bigger than a hand towel. I look forward to my next visit this fall for my anniversary!

Room Tip: second floor rooms have an ocean view!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

My title says it all. When I think of jersey shore motels I can't help but cringe... Not here though! I was pleasantly surprised. The place is VERY well maintained. The rooms are nothing special, but they are super clean. It was right across from the beach and the pool was great for an afternoon swim. The place is full of families. This was our first year and we will surely be back next!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

We just returned from a wonderful getaway at the Sea Spray. This was the first time we had stayed there and we were pleasantly surprised! The hotel was immaculately clean, and just perfect in every way. We arrive Saturday around Noon and were happy to find out our room was ready (something we certainly didn't expect). The rooms are simple but the there was enough room for 2, the bed was comfortable, the shower was hot and the fridge/ microwave are perfect for a quick bite and to keep stuff cold for the beach. There are also 4 gleaming gas grills available for anyone staying to use for lunch or dinner. Many families took advantage of that while we were there, but there was never anyone waiting to use the grill or unable to do so because of too many people. There are wonderful picnic benches outside to use for your meals or simply to enjoy being outside in the evening. While we are much more beach people, the pool looked nice as well. Clean and not crowded at any point while we were there. Beach badges were included with the room rate (which for the middle of season is increadibly reasonable) these were a nice added bonus I didn't realize when I had made the reservation. The beach was literally less than 200 steps from our room (yes I counted!) which made it perfect to come back mid-day to grab lunch or if you forgot something. Some others had reviewed that they didn't agree with the "rules" really the "rules" were quite reasonable for a family motel. There was a quiet time at 10 p.m., which we had absolutely no problem with and actually appreciated having stayed at too many places, including on cruises where parents allow their "older" children to run amock through the hallways. This won't occur here. If you are looking for a party place, this isn't where you want to be. The housekeeping staff is amazing and the entire staff is very helpful and accommodating. They even let us continue to use the beach badges for a couple hours after we had "checked-out" so we could enjoy the beach one last time before we headed back to the mountains. The owner was helpful in trying to get our Internet connection working. If I had one less than perfect thing to say it would be that the Internet was difficult to connect to and for us would only work when we were outside in front of the office. However, in some ways I think that was a good thing! We will definately be making reservations for next summer as soon as possible. We highly recommend the Sea Spray Motel!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

I truly enjoyed my stay at the Sea Spray Motel from July 31-August 2. The staff was friendly and helpful. Everyone seemed to take a lot of pride in their work and the motel itself. The location was phenomenal - one minute to the beach, a cute beach rentals/ice cream shop, and close enough to the main commercial area to walk, but with enough distance to allow significant peace and quiet.
The motel was exceptionally clean. Staff members were constantly maintaining the immaculate grounds and rooms. The room itself was very simple - luxury accommodations these are not - but it was amazingly clean and very functional. The motel atmosphere was family-friendly, but very serene at night. Families with small children will appreciate the pool, foozball table, and ping pong table. Four very clean grills were available for guests to use as well.
If you're looking for an affordable, family-friendly, seconds-from-the-beach motel, the Sea Spray is a perfect choice.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

My friends and I have a "Girls Weekend" every year, and this was the first time we used the Sea Spray.. so glad we did!!!! Never had we stayed in a motel as clean and accommodating as this one..very clean rooms, very well maintained (they clean all day long!!)..one block to the beach, and close to all major attractions. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, beautiful pool, grills for your convenience(great if you have family!!)..we were very impressed with the Sea Spray, and will be staying there for years to come!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Sea Spray Motel
Address: 2600 S Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1299
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Long Beach Island > Beach Haven
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Beach Haven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Spray Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea Spray Motel is located at the Southern End of Long Beach Island. We are just steps to the Beach and Bayfront. Nestled in a secluded residential neighborhood one mile south from the center of Beach Haven you will enjoy the beach, heated pool and lounge area, picnic area with gas grills and tables in a clean, quiet, well maintained, family oriented environment. Sound like an LBI paradise? Warning: you may not want to leave our premise. Yet the lore of the Queen City abounds. Beach Haven has offered world class resort entertainment for centuries. All motel rooms are well equipped including refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, blow dryer, cable tv, ac, heat, phone, and wifi is available. We also offer efficiency and suites. The motel is across the street from the life guarded, fishing and surfing beaches. We will provide beach badges. We offer free off street parking. Our large in ground pool offers an area to lounge in the sun and umbrella covered tables. We access a several mile bike lane passing the motel. Basket ball hoop area and ping pong table for more fun in the sun. Our staff attends to details and are willing to assist. We look forward to accommodating you visit.Thank you for choosing the Sea Spray Motel. ... more   less 
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