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Belmar Motor Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Belmar
Reviewed July 11, 2011

My sister was getting married at the Riverview Pavilion which shares a parking lot with this motel so the whole family stayed here out of convenience.

First the good: The motel is ideally located next to the train station, and is walking distance to a beach shuttle and Main St., - a strip of shops, bars, and restaurants. Parking and Wi-Fi were free. There was a free coffee station in the lobby. The ladies at the front desk were helpful and as accommodating as they could be. They allowed us to leave welcome bags for the wedding guests at the front desk. We had none of the issues mentioned in the other reviews regarding having guests in the room and entering/exiting the hotel after 10pm. This was probably because the "guests" were other guests of the hotel. No one complained about any noise. Although the hotel is DEFINITELY dated and old the lobby, hallways, and our room were very clean. The air conditioner in our room blasted cold air which was great because it was 85+ both days. There is a marina across the street where it looked like there was open boat fishing available but we didn't have the opportunity to check that out.

The bad: The motel is located next to the train station so you can hear the trains. Didn't bother us too much but other guests found it very irritating. They only give you one key to the room upon check-in (a real physical key). Since my husband and I were involved in different wedding activities we had to monitor who had the key. The hotel is in desperate need of a huge overhaul as the decor, furniture, rugs, and linens would be considered outdated 20 years ago. Although the hotel appeared clean, the wear and age is evident. One of our guests had sheets that once had a floral pattern as evidenced by the faded edges of the sheet. The part that had been slept on for who knows how long was faded completely to pure white. The carpets had cigarette burn holes everywhere and the upholstery on many of the chairs was stained. The mattresses have a plastic cover which evokes thoughts of what they are protecting the mattresses from (ugh). The bathrooms have no vanity space - just the edge of sink and top of the toilet tank. Our room had an upgraded TV that was larger but others had a very small TV on a stand - no entertainment center. The hallways are prison-like. Low ceilings, painted cinder block walls, dim lighting. There are tiny soaps in the bathroom but no other toiletries. Those are available in the vending machine in little brown bags with handwritten descriptions. The one that says "Toothbrush and Toothpaste" is a single use toothbrush with toothpaste on it. The pool closes at 6pm which we all felt was really too early and we never got to enjoy it.

Overall, the hotel was convenient for us but lacked any of the amenities expected from a place that has the gall to charge $90 for a weeknight and $165 for a weekend. It is bare-bones. No toiletries, 2 flat pillows on the bed, no info in the room regarding the area (unless you count the old phone book), no coffee in the room, no dining, no mini-fridge, no iron, etc. This place is coasting on their convenient location which is the only reason they're probably still around. There aren't a lot of options in the area with the exception of bed and breakfasts and a Day's Inn. Would recommend for a night to crash only.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

This is a motel, not a hotel but for a motel it is clean and had all we were looking for...right near train and could walk a block to town. It is across from the marina and the wedding hall. If you are looking for a no frills motel that is clean and a great price this is a great place.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

I could not believe that we called the day before to confirm that we had our room reservation confirmed and the front desk did not want a credit card to hold the room. We arrived at 8:45 and the lady at the front desk gave our room away!!!!!! She was RUDE< Smelled of cigarettes, she told me that there was a 6:00 rule that rooms can not be held. she gave us a smoking room , the sheets had holes in them, the bedspread also had holes in them, it was the wrost room i EVER stayed in. The over all Lodge smelled and was dirty. DONT stay there.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

The crabby lady at the front dest in the evning needs to loose the cigarette and learn to be pleasant. When our reservation was made no credit card was needed. Thought it was odd but the girl said no. Called again two days before to confirm the reservation, yep they had it and they did not ask for credit card. When we arrived on Friday at 9:00pm the reservation had been given away. can't you read the Crab said nothing held after 6:00pm. I told her I couldn't read that from Ct. gave us another room...smokey and dirty...GROSS.. holes in bedding dirty carpet. Moved to a smoke free room next day which was better. Would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

Went down with friends for a weekend expecting a nice night. Paid a decent amount of $185 and upon check in realized the staff was very rude. Not friendly. They don't even provide shampoo. You have to buy it out of a vending machine. Tub was clogged and the place is just run down. They think they are a prison and keep someone outside to check you in after 10 pm. If you are going down the beach for night life, having a curfew of 10 is unreasonable. Staff was rude about letting guests in instead of explaining to us the policy. Were badgered and treated like inmates, not guests. Had two double beds but we were given such a hard time about paying for two other people to stay with us. They made friend pay the extra money but then kicked him out. Terrible customer service and act like they are doing us a favor and we need to bow down to them. Would never go back.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

Front desk staff rude. They smoked also. I had a backed up toilet. I went to desk and asked if someone can fix. The rude old lady said, "There is a plunger!" I asked if someone can come help, she questioned what I put in the toilet. "I went to the bathroom." She said that I shouldn't flush more than once. Then she said, "If you were home who would fix your toilet? No one, so there is a plunger, fix it yourself." The place is damp on the inside. Horrible colors. No elevator and I asked for a room on the first floor. Pool is in the middle of the parking lot. Lady said I couldn't get in hotel past 10pm. It'sjust crazy to put upwith. DO NOT STAY HERE. Better to sleep in your car if there is no other place in the whole state!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

I was in Belmar for a wedding, and elected to stay here so I did not have to rent a car. The hotel is across from the train tracks, which makes it convienient. It was a couple of blocks from Connolly's Station, and from where the wedding reception was. It is a very old hotel, with minimal frills. Not a bad place to stay considering the location and price. I would probably not stay there longer than 1 night, but for the wedding it served the purpose.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 800 River Road, Hwy. 35 & 10th Avenue, Belmar, NJ 07719
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Belmar
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Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Belmar
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
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