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“Interesting hotel, but not luxury”
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Bungalow Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Long Branch
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
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46 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Interesting hotel, but not luxury”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

Bungalow Hotel was a fun experience for a quick winter getaway, but didn't feel like the "luxury lifestyle" it calls itself. Loved: vintage foosball table in lobby, comfortable beds, fireplaces in each room. Access to Pier Village, with lots of restaurants and shops, a real plus. But - a luxury hotel room without a coffeemaker? Coffee is avaialbe in lobby, and great muffins next door. No robes, tiny bars of dial soap are not "luxurious", very low sofas were not comfortable to sit down or get off of. Once white rugs need to be replaced. No fresh flowers (as advertised on site). There are "expansive window walls", but absolutely no views; hotel is a block from the ocean. Link on website to terrific Avenue Restaurant is misleading, since it is not next to hotel but on next block. Great at winter rates, not so sure I'd feel the same if top notch summer prices were paid. Staff all very nice.

Room Tip: no double bedded rooms are available, but some rooms have day bed sofas that function as twin beds.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Orange, CA
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Subject: Thanks Very Much-Bungalow Hotel-Jersey Shore
Dear Greg,

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the BUNGALOW HOTEL in September. You and your staff were very friendly and helpful; this added much to my five day fall visit.

The BUNGALOW is definitely the place to stay on the Jersey Shore----a great, beautiful, architecturally stunning, creatively decorated hotel. A wonderful home away from home.

The BUNGALOW will be our NJ destination when we travel again to Jersey Shore and we look forward to seeing you on our next East Coast trip.

Please give my best to your staff and a special thank you to you for running a terrific hotel.

We look forward to a future visit.

Thanks much and and all the best!

John & Nancy

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2011

I recently visited the Bungalow for a small get away with my boyfriend and I was blown away! We purchased the romance package and when we got there we had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne set up in the room and dinner over at the Avenue. It was a perfect little getaway, my only complaint is that I was only able to stay one night... I will recommend this hotel to all my friends and family.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Long Branch, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2011

My girlfriend and I just stayed the past weekend at the Bungalow Hotel. I have stayed there previously and must have been on a good night. Last Friday night the 2 bedroom suite for $750 did not have heat. The GM of the hotel stated that he would make sure that they would take care of the issue in the morning and I thought that after all the inconvience they would at least cut the rate in half, if not remove the charge since we sat in the living area in coats and scarves to stay warm. They gave us a room across the hall from the suite to sleep in to keep warm. That defeated the purpose since the reason we booked a suite was to hang out in the living area. The fireplace was not working as well. We also were harrassed for making too much noise that night at 9pm, but the GM appologized in the morning since it was not us making the noise after all. When checking out they credited us $50- big deal. I would never stay there again. Walls are paper thin, management is inexperienced! Not a customer oriented hotel at all. I requested the owners name or email address to let them know how business is being conducted, but the GM said he was in charge. Good luck with the current management. Do not stay there.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

I loved the aesthetic of this hotel. It truly has its own identity. The bed was very comfortable and the room felt grand. The walls needed some touch-ups and the carpeting was stained outside our room. It was pretty expensive, considering no ocean views and the restaurant and beach club ($25 extra for beach club access) was not attached to the hotel as it seemed from the website. The bar was bare and had no cocktail suggestions. Fresh ingredients and specialty cocktails would attract a nicer bar scene. The menu only listed alcohol types and no craft beer either. Value could be added with some fruit in the room to greet us, beach towels and beach umbrellas to borrow. The price point was about $100 too high. They are onto something with some tweaks in price and amenities.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2011

this hotel is a ripoff , $460 a night + taxes + room tax which i never heard of such a thing
i got a bill for one night $560 .

stuff are students with horrible costumer service skills

no breakfast , they give 10% at next door deli place ,

parking is very limited first come first serve , there is a parking next to the hotel for $5 for full day, cant they pay it if they have no spaces ,

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed July 22, 2011

this place was great. we wanted to get away for a few days with our puppy so a co-worker who is from the Jersey Shore recommended the Bungalow Hotel. he was spot on. the staff was friendly, dogs are very welcome here, it's location is ideal and as for the price and the "extra" you have to pay for the beach club - totally worth it in my book!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Bungalow Hotel
Address: 50 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740-8100
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Long Branch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Long Branch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bungalow Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bungalow Hotel is the Jersey Shore's only authentic boutique hotel. Located in Pier Village, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. All rooms have oversized king beds, flat screen tvs, fireplaces, wet bar with refrigerators, and original art. ... more   less 
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