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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

Pleasant hotel stay for the fall.
mrtoepick

I spent the weekend at the Bungalow Hotel for an event in Long Branch and could not have chosen a better hotel. It is a modern, stylish beachside hotel with the intimacy of a bed & breakfast. It’s conveniently located from the Long Branch rail station and of course nestled right inside the Pier Village. I had no issues hiring Ubers during my stay this - very easy pick up and drop off.

I stayed in a two bedroom suite and it was majestic. The fireplace was such a great addition, particularly in the evenings. The bathrooms were outfitted with Bath & Body Works products. The bedrooms and linens were luscious and clean. The suite had floor to ceiling windows for a sun-soaked experience.

While I didn’t get to enjoy the lounge area, there were guests hanging out and enjoying the outdoor heated seating areas for a nice fall night.

Overall very impressed with the hotel and plan to make it my first choice when visiting the Jersey shore.

Great service & location!
unknown12345698

I recently stayed here for a business trip and it was great experience. The service from the staff is top notch & the location is perfect if you want to head to Manhattan via the ferry for dinner or a night out.

Would definitely come back here for future trips!

Great boutique hotel
Judy P

Wonderful front desk manager, Henne. Funky lobby. Room very modern. Gas fireplace. Place immaculate. Bikes available. Great shower. Steps to pier village and beach. Easy free parking. Off season this was a great deal. Definitely come back.