The Island Guest House costs about $100/night more than it should. The house is older and the rooms are small (many with uncomfortable mattresses and/or shared bathrooms), and you can really hear everything because of the thin walls and old floors. Though the owner makes an abundant breakfast, the breakfast is just okay. I'd be willing to pay about $130-150 per night for a place like this (only the rooms with private bathrooms), but the rooms run about $230/night, which is just too much. I also did not like that the owner required half payment at the time of booking and full payment upon check in (rather than check out).
The pros are that it's well-located, has a beautiful courtyard to sit outside and enjoy breakfast, is very close to the beach, and is very clean. The owner also tries to make you feel comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island Guest House has been Voted the Best Bed & Breakfast on Long Beach Island. It is a turn-of-the-century historic Inn, located oceanside in the heart of Beach Haven, New Jersey. You can walk to everything. The owners, Mark and Joanne, work hard to make you comfortable, and provide the lovely setting, ambience, and character that a 100 year old plus Inn affords, updated with modern amenities like WIFI, flat screen TV's, A/C, etc. Some rooms have private decks, his/hers double size shower. Enjoy our bicycles, beach chairs, boogie boards and our outside enclosed shower to rinse off after the beach. Taste homemade breakfast and afternoon refreshments like cakes and cookies from family recipies, and iced tea or lemonade to quench your thirst after the beach. Enjoy coffee 24 hours, and chat with the Innkeepers about things to do in the area. Come and experience the restfulness of our Bed and Breakfast Inn! Couples can get away, and there is an area for well behaved children. We also have a cottage that sleeps 4 with gas fireplace, a bathroom with a bathtub/shower, and accepts good nature dogs. We can accommodate up to 40 people or friends per night. Our Sea Glass room, holds 36, and has a large flat screen TV for movie night or a special game or event. Our garden has 10 umbrella tables and over 300 blooms, has a lighted patio and candles in the evening. With lights shining through the many stained glass windows in the Inn. It is a perfect place to gather and chat, or be secluded together any time. Our cafe kitchen with its large island is a favorite place for guests to feel welcome to come and perch and chat with the Innkeeper over a cup of coffee or treat, or watch us prepare goodies. You can even get a recipe or help! We try to provide assistance without hovering, being sensitive to your needs to relax, and get information when you need it by always being available. We carry our phone with us always even at night when we retire. Throughout our stay, we only ask that if you have any questions or needs, to let us know, because we cannot help you if you wait until checkout. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Guest House Bed And Breakfast Inn Long Beach Island, NJ - Beach Haven