Chateau Inn & Suites
What We Love
- A chic, upscale boutique on Spring Lake, blocks from the ocean and Jersey Shore boardwalkRelaxing in your room’s Jacuzzi or five blocks away, in the Atlantic
- Wandering through Potter Park and along the pretty lake
- Hopping from shore town to shore town, in search of the region’s best stretch of boardwalk
- Sampling a complimentary continental breakfast, plus afternoon refreshments, daily
What To Know
- Located just one block from the train station and a 10-minute walk from the beach
- You can rent out a bike to explore the town on two wheels
- Guestroom bathrooms have Aveda products
- Free WiFi works well
Having occupied its current address for more than 100 years, Chateau Inn & Suites is the perfect base for experiencing the charms of the Jersey Shore. The property is, in fact, one of the founding members of The Historic Inns of Spring Lake, but don’t let her age fool you – this lovely retreat is completely up-to-date, with all the modern conveniences and luxurious touches needed for a relaxing getaway. You’ll find marble fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and high-end furnishings, all combining to create a stay that’s truly unforgettable.
There’s just as much to enjoy outside the walls of this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, too. You’re at the Jersey Shore, one of the country’s most classic vacation destinations, so whatever all-American pleasure you seek, be it an arcade game or a Six Flags roller coaster, a fried Twinkie or a saltwater taffy, all you need to do is stroll down the boardwalk. And if you need an excuse to drive around, blasting Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”? Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony, where he was discovered, is just a 15-minute drive away.
Each of the 37 elegant and individually decorated rooms features high-end furnishings, imported marble in the bathroom and some kind of outdoor area (patio, sun deck or balcony). You get a Jacuzzi, too, for a luxurious bath at the end of a busy day.
Occupying one of the most picturesque settings on the Jersey Shore, the inn is tucked alongside Spring Lake’s namesake waters, just five blocks from the ocean and boardwalk. The surrounding town is exceedingly lovely, dotted with wooden bridges, gazebos, impressive homes and gardens. Plenty of parks, restaurants and pubs are just a short walk, and famed Asbury Park and Point Pleasant a short drive.
How to Get There
The Inn is very old, but not old enough to be historic, although they do try to give you the impression of a quaint country inn. After viewing the photos online the inn appeared to be a good place to book in the area. The room itself was large with a soiled sofa and a scent of mold and a wood burning fireplace that the weather was too hot to use. At the end of the bed was a large cabinet with a small sink which I want to say was a wet bar. Around the fire place and wet bar was what appeared to be either marble or granite floor tiles that had sharp edges which I constantly bumped into since they were only a couple inches within each other. The bathroom was almost entirely tiled in marble with a huge soaking tub (NO Jacuzzi Jets) that had a wide frame that you needed to hold onto the towel rack and safety rail or you would slip trying to enter it while trying to negate over the width of the tub. The toilet was so small and low to the floor it made it hard to maneuver (Almost the size a child would use).
There are only a few parking spaces at best and there is absolutely NO street parking allowed. You are advised that if there are NO spaces left you have to walk the length of a city block up the street to the train station and use their lot, which made me very uncomfortable security wise. Most of the people that stay here are elderly and eat "Early Bird Specials" and return by 6pm (Make sure you are back before than or you will have to park at the train station) using up the small amount of spaces that are so close together you can't even open your car door. Let me get into the complimentary breakfast...there is a sign for you to sign in explaining that there is a $5.99 charge. The items offered were stale as if they were bought in the local grocery store once a week and were frozen and thawed out the night before to be served the next morning. It consisted of mini muffins/mini rolls/mini danish/dry cereal/two different kinds of juice/apples/bananas and coffee (I would have liked to see yogurt but none were offered). I would like to mention that out of the 4 days we stayed we were only able to attend the Continental breakfast once due to them running out of food and places to sit and when I inquired as to what we should do since we did pay for the $5.99 offering and they just shook their heads and walked away so I can only assume that this happens all the time and the staff are tired of answering this question and I paid for 3 breakfasts that I was not able to attend due to their miscalculation.
I wondered why anyone would ever do a return visit to this place as this first visit was very disappointing to me. The website makes this place look very inviting but in reality it is very limited in services. Heck they even charge you $15 to rent their old bikes and wood for your fireplace. The outside furniture is caked with green mold? The one thing that really bothered me is that I am an early riser and I need my coffee...unfortunately they only serve coffee at 9am when they open for breakfast and there is a small store up the street but they don't open either until 9am. I would suggest that they should have a small one cup coffee machine in the room for those that wake up 6/7am and have to wait several hours for a cup of coffee in their over crowded breakfast area that runs out of coffee and food. I would like to add we did book one of their high end Pallor Suites so these issues are unforgivable. Sorry I can not recommend this Inn.
We just finished another outstanding stay at the Chateau. This is our 5th time staying there and NEVER have we been disappointed. The owner Scott is down to earth and continues to invest in this well located property near the beach and the charming downtown . April the general manager is warm, friendly and makes you feel like you are her only guest. This Inn has a nice variety of rooms that cater to many different needs. The inn is very clean, the afternoon cookies and beverages are a nice touch as well. Breakfast has a great variety of tempting items. If you are looking for a special place that is NOT your “ typical “ Jersey Shore “ inn, then this is your place .We plan in returning again and again!!
Scott and his staff go out of there way to accommodate you . They never question your request and respond quickly if they can. They made our stay like we where at home I would highly recommend the Chateau Inn &suites