We have stayed at the Shawmont three times and generally like the hotel, primarily for its beachfront location. The decor is clean and simple and unlike some other properties in town the place isn't cluttered with "antiques". However, it's not cheap, and there's a lack of attention to detail that rules out anything higher than an "average" rating. A few examples: First, when we checked into the room (#206) on our most recent stay, the bed looked as if it had just been slept in - while the pillow cases had presumably been washed they hadn't been folded, let alone ironed. New ones - a little less wrinkled - were provided on request. Second, although our room (which is advertised as an efficiency and has a small kitchen area) did have a coffee maker, it lacked the basket of coffee powder and milk that even cheaper motels customarily provide (though we did find a half-smoked package of Marlboros in one of the cabinets). Third, the bathroom offered only two small bars of soap - no shampoo or conditioner. These things may not be essential, but for $285 per night, plus tax, I would expect management to try harder. Similarly for the breakfast, which offers a less-than-appetizing buffet of plain bagels, stodgy pastries and water mellon. Fortunately there are some decent breakfast places in town.
The hotel has two floors of guest rooms, each floor having two rooms facing the ocean, and a couple of rooms on the north side with balconies that also partly overlook the ocean, though not oceanfront. If you book by phone, make sure you know what you're getting, because the distinction isn't always made clear.
The Shawmont doesn't have the amenities to qualify as a "hotel"; it's really just a B&B, with more emphasis on the "bed" than the "breakfast". A pity, because given its location this could be an exceptional place to stay, but management needs to try harder.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shawmont is a fully refurbished 30 room hotel facing the Ocean, in historic Ocean Grove NJ right on the NJ shore. All rooms have private baths, AC, and Cable TV. Built in 1865 all rooms have updated and many have outstanding ocean views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shawmont Hotel Ocean Grove