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 The hotel is in desperate need of a huge overhaul as the decor, furniture, rugs, and linens would be considered outdated 20 years ago.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.
- Also Known As:
- Belmar Motor Hotel Belmar