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Bungalow Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Long Branch
Certificate of Excellence
Mantua, New Jersey
Level Contributor
20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Classy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Last minute trip was great!
First time calling hotel, they were booked! I couldn't understand why but they only have 24 rooms and have a group staying with them. I called back for recommendations and they had a cancellation. We couldn't find the hotel at first because it blends in with the rest of Pier Village, but with the lights outside we finally found the place. The candles were lit in the lobby and it looked AMAZING! A handful of people at the bar (we went to Avenue and wine loft for drinks), lobby was clean as well. We were checked in by Lacy, she was great and we asked a lot of questions! When we went up to the room we couldn't believe the size and stopped complaining about the money we spent! We couldn't figure out how to work the tv, so Candace the manager came up and fixed the problem. We came back down to the desk and spoke with Lacy and Candace who were extremely nice and helpful. Kudos Bungalow for a nice hotel!
Two things- had some scratches on the wall, new paint job wouldn't hurt
-get rid of the appletvs, too confusing and too many remotes
The morning lady (long brown hair) who checked us out was also nice!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
Thank HotelLove88
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Candice M, General Manager at Bungalow Hotel, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you for your comments and it was a pleasure having you as our guest! Also, thank you for your comments regarding Lacey, she is a great addition to our team, I will pass them along to her. After Hurricane Sandy, we have been busier than normal, but I am glad that we were able to meet your needs. Our hotel is currently in the process of renovation of all 24 rooms, which will be completed by the begining of the summer season. We look forward to having you as our guest again, as always it is our pleasure!
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Spent one night. Cold feeling room overlooking a highway. Although know beach nearby seemed in another world. Bar noise would have been unbearable except the did close at 1. Night stand lamp burnt out 18 yr old girl -manager? Said "oh well the bulbs probably burnt out and we don't have replacements. I'd take one from one of the other rooms except we r all booked." There's got to be someplace better than this in the Long Branch area.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank muzzmashe
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Candice M, General Manager at Bungalow Hotel, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you for your feedback concerning your stay at Bungalow Hotel. I am sorry that we did not meet your expectations. Our check in time begins at 3pm and we try to accommodate early check ins as best as we can. We also replaced your non functioning lamp, shortly after your conversation with the manager. Again, we apologize for the problems you encountered during your stay and we hope to provide you a better experience in the future.
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We were in need of a vacation this summer- due to family issues we were unable to plan ahead, nor were we sure we would actually be able to show, which made peak summer travel plans nearly impossible. Thanks to the very professional, empathetic general manager of this hotel, we were able to book a two day beach getaway. To our surprise, the club associated with this hotel has a nice beachfront pool, beach cabanas, and cocktail service throughout. The hotel room was a gem, with a large clean bathroom, gas fireplace and comfortable bed. The hotel itself is architecturally unique- it's not your average cookie cutter place- details are interesting and different- the photos don't do it justice. Also, it's a very short (3 min) walk from downtown Long Branch, which opens up many dining options nearby. I highly recommend this hotel - it provides a very real beach vacation experience, with excellent / professional staff, while being very close to New York City.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank arcticnorth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

my stay lasted for 3 days and each day was better then the next. the hotel had a cool vibe and the manager / staff were friendly and helpful (not stuffy... which was refreshing). rooms were beautiful and bed was so comfortable. the only downfall was that the pool was closed. already booked our return stay for next summer and the pool better be open this time!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank hawks664
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Chesham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We loved this place and its cool interior, lofty apartments and unique funky bar. Our only complaint was that the bar wasn't staffed all the time but appreciate it was out of season by the time we left. If you are holidaying in the area then this is the hotel for you! Although no breakfast and/or facilities for coffee on site, it's a perfect excuse to try one of the many good eateries around. Cake, bake and roll does terrific muffins and breakfast from 7am or the Turning Point does full on brunch - try the banana French toast if you can't decide, yummy! We didn't try the beach club which you had to pay for but there are many beach clubs along the sea front, all of which seem to charge a similar amount. You also get free parking for the length of the stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Katiekendall
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and love the area of long branch. After looking on the Internet we realized that there were only 4 hotels in area .... Well we picked the best. Not gonna lie stopped at Ocean place first, but after reading reviews and was told the price for a night stay we got back in the car and drove away. Thank god!!! The bungalow is AWESOME. The room was sooo clean you could smell just how clean it was. The room which was a king studio was absolutely adorable. The bed was so comfortable. You melt into it. The staff is so friendly. All and all it was a great stay and cannot wait to go back. Loved it!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Giaelli
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This hotel was like staying at a frat house. We (my husband and I) had the unfortunate opportunity of staying over labor day weekend. Our hotel room had makeup smeared on the walls, the toilet paper holder had been ripped from the wall, the shelf in the shower was hanging off as it too had been pulled from the wall, and the lights in our lamps were blown out. When we asked for replacement bulbs we were told the hotel was aware of the problem but didn't have any replacement ones. Overall the room showed significant signs of abuse and looked liked like the maids had done the bare minimum in clean up. Our duvet had a blood spot on it and our sheets were less than pristine white (I can only hope due to sunscreen stains). GROSS.

Upon checking out we expressed our disappointment in our stay to the manager who told us quite frankly that because it was labor day weekend the state of our room was "to be expected" because people had stayed in the room back to back and the hotel had been unable to do routine maintenance. We spent over $500 for ONE NIGHT. In my opinion, not worth the money and the attitude of the manager was completely unacceptable. No sincere apologies or even an offer to offset some of the cost. However, we were offered a "free room upgrade" upon our return. Are you kidding me? You couldn't pay me to go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
5 Thank Elise W
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Property: Bungalow Hotel
Address: 50 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740-8100
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 star — Bungalow Hotel 3*
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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