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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 267 Reviews
Such a beautiful hotel
Reviewed 8 hours ago

We stayed for the night after our wedding. The room we stayed in was amazing. It’s steps from shopping and the beach. The room we had had a private balcony and the room was huge with a living room and a gas fireplace. It had a big tub between the bedroom and bathroom. My wife’s pre-wedding pictures came out amazing in the room. The staff was so friendly and helpful, even at 1 in the morning. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to stay.

Noise Box and an overpriced Ripoff
Reviewed 1 week ago

Neat rooms, but rather unfortunately this places overlooks a busy parking lot and beach exit. If you like the sound of loud cars and motorcycles revving engines all night, this is your place. The room contained no microwave. Also, the parking situation stinks. It's an off-site parking garage with a gate that never works. To top it off, zero zero service. The place is run by one dope downstairs in a chair. What a nasty stay and a hassle. We left after one miserable night and ended up happily at Ocean Place down the way.

Best stay in Long Branch!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit long Branch often, and can honestly say that the Bungalow Hotel has the largest and cleanest rooms in town. Couple that with an accommodating staff, and the result is a beautifully pleasant stay every time you visit. Every room at bungalow is outfitted with a mini kitchen equipped a sink and fridge, and extra large living layouts with fireplace, couch and beautiful furnishings. These photos are from our most recent stay in the Aloha room. The hotel lobby is also so nice to hang out in, grab a drink at the bar, play pool or foosball, and snack on complimentary freshly popped popcorn straight from the vintage machine. They also recently added lounge space to the lobby and offer happy hour food/drink specials and room service.

Bungalow is centrally located in Pier Village, one of the best destinations along the Jersey shore with tons of dining options, shopping and dessert shops. This is a boutique hotel so the staff truly can cater to your needs, and the manager is so friendly and accomodating. We just checked out today and I'm already planning our next visit to bungalow!

Birthday Celebration
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment we checked in till the moment we checked out it was fabulous. Hannah greeted us and quickly offered us some Proseco in celebration of my husbands birthday. She gave us our passes to Le Club at the Avenue and wrote it was my husbands birthday so when we arrived at the beach club they did not charge him any fee. This is a members only beach club but the Bungalow has passes and they are only $30 during the week. We loved it there and enjoyed eating lunch right form our lounge chairs. Our room at the Bungalow was very large and had a very comfortable bed and large bathroom. I loved the modern decor and would go back to this hotel in a heartbeat. Customer service A+ Hannah was awesome as was all the people working there. Also, the cleanliness of this hotel is the best I have ever seen. I am a travel agent and have stayed at a lot of hotels and I give this one an A+ and highly recommend. Thanks Hannah and staff of the Bungalow hope to see you again soon.

Saved by the staff No Fresh Air
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this cute boutique hotel on hotels tonight and got a really great rate. The very sweet & hard working front desk woman Hannae - upgraded us to their best suite (pipeline), and we added a 2nd night at their regular price because of the upgrade. Honestly, had this not happened, this review would not be as positive. The suite was listed as being $900 per night- which I would have lost my mind over. Their BEST suite with FULL ocean view showed us mostly parking lot... and NO fresh air! Apparently all windows in this property are bolted shut - with the exception of the “little pipeline” room that has a balcony. For me, I’d REALLY like fresh air, ocean breeze & waves. I feel like we paid ocean front prices without the benefits of the ocean. There is a big & well known hotel next door that IS oceanfront. The location is fine- in the “pier village”- but NOT ocean front and barely ocean view.
The parking situation is challenging. We had to call several times to get in or out of the lot & stand in the rain. But it IS free ! So that’s good!
The lobby was cute and kitchy- but the coffee machine didn’t work, and other front desk woman didn’t know what to do- she just put an “out of order” sign on it. There was a room service menu in the room, but most of the items were unavailable. The room ALMOST was cool.
We could tell what they were going for - but it missed the mark. The suite claimed to have a kitchenette, but it was a drink cooler, coffee maker & sink. Nothing to heat anything up in, and no dishes, utensils or anything. There was a separate room with a King bed & nice bath - and another king bed in the living room/ dining room area. A little odd - but convenient. WiFi was just ok.

Also our second day, housekeeping never came. Granted our Do not disturb was on until about 1 or 2pm- but it’s a small hotel & when they saw us go out at 2pm, I wish they had asked us if we wanted to have our room cleaned. OR housekeeping could’ve / should’ve left a note that they wanted to clean, but the DND sign was on - and left us instructions what to do. Instead we came back to a still messy suite... we needed sheets, towels etc - no go. If Hannae had been so helpful, we would’ve left after 1 night & the stay would’ve been a complete bust.