The Breakers....where to begin....
My family was under the impression that this was a top notch hotel but please do not be mistaken -- it is nothing even remotely near luxury.
First of all, the elevator hardly works. This would not be a problem if it weren't for the un-airconditioned hallways and stair cases. I would break a sweat everytime I tried to bring something up or down the stairs. The hotel also has a horrible musty smell. The rooms have individual air conditioners, but ours wasn't on when we arrived so our room was disgustingly hot and humid and was damp the entire duration of our stay.
You have to sign a no alcohol clause when you check in, but we did not abide by it. They did not state this rule when we first enquired about a reservation either and I am still not sure why they have this policy-- maybe to force you to go to their pathetic in-house bar?
The rudeness of the employees was also very frustrating. They were all probably 19 and under and did not seem like they wanted to be working there. They also were of zero help. When I asked if the front desk sold stamps they acted as if I had asked if they sold firearms.
Another annoyance was the number of weddings and other events that were taking place every night that we were there. The only real feature of the hotel is their big front porch but we basically didn't have access to it the entire time we were at the Breakers. One night we were sitting out back by the pool and were told to go inside at 11pm. Mind you there are weddings going on in the front multiple times a week. It was our first night and we didn't want to complain or cause problems, but we were treated very rudely.
Overall, this place was a dump. The rooms were small, the bathrooms outdated and just plain dirty and the overall environment was just cold and unwelcoming. You have to mail in a check in order to reserve a room and there are no refunds. I would never, ever go back here again. I would rather stay in some crappy motel than waste my money at this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the charm of Spring Lake’s only oceanfront hotel and restaurant. The Breakers on the Ocean, a landmark fixture in one of New Jersey’s most beautiful communities, is the perfect year-round getaway destination. Originally built in the late 1800’s, the Hotel has been through numerous renovations, all of which have preserved the integrity of the past, while incorporating 21st century amenities. Each of the elegantly appointed guest rooms features a mini refrigerator, cable television (with all HBO and ESPN channels), DVD player, ipod docking clock radio and complimentary high speed Internet access. Most rooms have a whirlpool bath and view of the ocean. Luxury rooms also feature fireplaces and three Tower rooms offer unparalleled views of the impressive coastline and surrounding town. The Hotel is situated just a few steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and Spring Lake’s pristine, non-commercial boardwalk. The Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, large wrap around porch with spectacular ocean views, a delightful piano lounge and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Breakers On The Ocean Hotel Spring Lake
- The Breakers On Ocean