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4.5
Very Good 244 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 244 Reviews
Staff Incredible But Rooms Need Help
Reviewed 3 days ago

The staff is incredibly nice and helpful. The rooms could use some attention and sprucing up. Outlets are weird, scuffed walls, a little more attention to the room cleanliness should be paid. The concept is great as is the location and while we enjoyed our one night stay it was not a five because of the price and expectation of the room.

Amazing!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning Boutique style hotel. Beautiful rooms that have very modern and stylish decor. We were lucky enough to be upgraded during our stay which made our special precious few days away extra special (thank you so much to the management and team). The staff were very friendly and we liked the outside seating/smoking area with gas effect log fire. The bar service and prices were excellent. Free parking was an extra bonus too. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return again

GREAT Find
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were going to a wedding in Long Branch and I picked the Bungalow instead of the recommended Ocean Place.

One block from the ocean but we lived in South Florida and have the same ocean.

The room was very modern and magnificent. More like a suite and huge.

I would definitely recommend the Bungalow Hotel if you are in the area.

This is a very nice alternate to the Ocean Place hotel in Long Branch. It costs less and is far nicer.
Reviewed 1 month ago

Nice, cozy hotel, with ver large rooms, we were upgraded without asking. It is very modern, and bright. Only problem is that the front desk was a little slow in the check-in procedure. The room was lovely, and bed large (I understand that all beds are King size), but it was a little dirty (floor could have been moped and coffee cups not clean.

Amazing stay
Reviewed 2 months ago

As soon as we walked in, we were promptly checked in with a great surprise that we had a room upgrade. The room was meticulously clean, spacious, loved the contemporary decor, friendly staff, the fireplace was great to have. Downstairs they have a bar and a pool area which makes it great to just hang out. The hotel is just one block away from the beach. We had a phenomenal time and we will be staying here again soon.