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Very Good 261 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Eccentric design courtesy of celeb designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz
  • Gas fireplace in every room
  • Deep-soaking bathtubs in two-bedroom suites, some with candle chandeliers
  • At 1,010 and 1,170 square feet, the accommodations are very roomy
  • The Pier Village location, near beaches and dining
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • There’s no restaurant, pool or fitness center; guests can use the nearby Le Club and pool, and Gold’s Gym
  • The private beach club – a three-minute walk away — is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • The hotel is a three-minute walk from the beach
  • Not for the bashful: Most bathrooms/shower areas don’t have doors
  • Expect to share the beach with locals
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Overview

The Review

The Bungalow isn’t your standard cookie-cutter hotel, and although it sits in the heart of the Jersey Shore, it certainly isn’t a Guido-centric hangout. Artist Ann Carrington has installed a massive postage stamp made from thousands of buttons in the lobby alongside eclectic knickknacks, a retro pool table and foosball table, and feathered lampshades. The hotel is made for old-fashioned fun.

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In this four-story hotel, no two guestrooms are alike, but all offer such luxuries as gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, wet bars, rainfall showerheads and iPod docking stations. And the stylists didn’t stop there. The accommodations also contain such design elements as chalkboards, real coral and black-and-white photos by Peter Beard encased in weathered wood frames. Ann Carrington’s work is in every room — 24 flags in all, made from denim and other fabrics, each representing a different country.

Aloha Rooms are a sizable 465 square feet, but if you upgrade to the Pipeline Two-Bedroom Suite, you enjoy a separate living area, two bathrooms (including a deep soaking tub) and ocean views. The rooms also come equipped with board games like Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, just in case you need an excuse to stay in with friends for the night after getting too much sun on the beach.

There’s no pool, restaurant or fitness center, but the location in Long Branch’s Pier Village means that alternatives are less than a five-minute walk away. For $25 per day, guests can gain access the rooftop pool at Le Club, which also houses Avenue restaurant. Gold’s Gym is also available for $10 per day. Rumor has it that Bruce Springsteen works out here; that alone would be worth the price of admission.

How to Get There

Bungalow Hotel
50 Laird Street
Long Branch, NJ 07740 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 261 Reviews
EXCELLENT customer service, and it's gorgeous.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm so surprised to see any negative reviews about this place... especially regarding the staff and management. I came here for a few nights with my puppy and loved it so much that I extended my stay. I befriended everyone working in the lobby and they gave me great advice about the area.

As for the rooms:
The ceilings are high and I had a fireplace in both of my rooms.
My bed was the most comfortable bed in a hotel I've ever had (and I've traveled to over 40 countries.)
There's also a bar downstairs...
And of course the hotel is steps away from the beach.
I'd give 10 stars if I could!!

not a customer Service minded hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

I booked this hotel, because Expedia gave it a 9.8 out of 10. they must have been confused or mixed up reviews from another place. upon check in the nice receptionist checked me in. She said there was an art event hosted by the owner of the hotel. They didn't tell me that there was no food service tonight until i tried to order something. the rooms were large, however the Television was very very small 20" and from 2000. it didn't work. this is where it gets worse. The front desk person, told me that when the manager is finished with the art show event, he will come fix my TV, well it is 11:00 pm at night and no manager. you call this customer service? putting the paying guests 2nd to some local art show in the lounge. what a joke this place is. they were serving small finger foods at the bar. the bartender was going to get me and another guest a good amount, since they weren't offering their food service menu. guess what? after 40 minutes, he never did this. these people who are employed here are a joke. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to be treated good.On top of this they don't offer breakfast to their guests. That was very surprising to me. Don't go by ratings, this was my mistake. stick with Hampton Inn or Doubletree hotels.

Great Location / Large Unique Rooms
Reviewed 2 months ago

Stayed at the Bungalow in off season, for work. It was a great change from staying at a chain hotel. The rooms were spacious, with nice walk in showers, a gas fireplace was a lovely addition to the room (and very warm as well!). The bed was large, the furnishings plenty for work and relaxing.

It is a short walk to many restaurants and bars and of course, the beach. We had some nice dinners locally and not needing to drive was a bonus.

Only complaint (for the missing star) was the noise. I could hear the toilets flushing in the rooms above as well as the guests walking across the floor. I would ask for a top floor room next time - to avoid this.

Otherwise - it was a great stay, looking forward to next time.

Small things matter
Reviewed 2 months ago

This is a nice, clean, comfortable hotel in a great location. The staff was knowledgeable, efficient, and personable. Decor is a bit odd, and our room felt a bit like being in an Ikea bedroom mockup. I liked it, but it was unusual. A few things about our room keep me from giving it 5 stars. A bedside lamp was burned out; we mentioned it downstairs but we heard no more about it. There are no outlets next to the bed to charge devices, a surprise in a newer hotel with a younger demographic. And I would have appreciated something in the room to explain things like the existence of a master light switch (which we accidentally turned off then had no lights; we didn't know to even look for something like that); a little guidance for the A/C and TV remotes would have been welcome (they are not entirely self-explanatory). Otherwise a very enjoyable visit.

Beautiful
Reviewed 3 months ago

This contemporary, well designed hotel was very European to me. That being in a good way.
We were greeted promptly and very nicely. The hotel manager helped us with our bags
to a room that was huge, white, full of windows and ceilings that were at least 10 foot high. Did I mention a kitchenette and fireplace as well? Beautiful.
The linens were amazing. The details too.
This hotel, one block from the beach and part of Pier Village, blew us away.
It’s a great getaway place!