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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

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.

Nice Place a bit basic
Jmo5692

My wife and I stayed this past Labor Day weekend. The room was large and fresh and made a very nice presentation. There is a shortage of drawer space and while the room presents itself as a kitchen it is not and you will find all of the drawers and cupboards bare. There is no microwave which was a disadvantage as each night we had leftovers from local area restaurants.

The shower and bath area were clean and orderly although one of the sink doors was broken and, along with dead batteries in the TV remote caused us to ask whether or not the hotel is asking its housekeeping staff to make inspections of each room once a guest departs. These are basic items that will be picked up by most higher end hotels and at $500 per night one should not expect to find these defects in any room and under any circumstances.

The staff were very pleasant and extremely helpful and although the bar and food area is limited the area offers so much that we did not find it necessary to spend too much time using the hotel amenities. The decor is divine and we were very impressed with small details.

While parking is available we found it somewhat difficult to have to press a button to get in and out. While the need for security is evident the button location compels you to get out of the car to either get in or out of the parking lot.

Overall it was a very nice experience and while we would consider returning we will not do so during the high season when their rates approach New York City averages. There is so much available close to the beach in Longbranch a nice air B&B would satisfy anyone just as well since you are really not spending a lot of time in the room. Hotel was clean and its smallness leads to a very warm and comforting feeling. It is the little things that they need to work on that you simply do not expect in a high-end hotel, including an elevator that broke down and the lack of an on-site maintenance person to address issues that might occur in the middle of the night

Cute Boutique Hotel
santinisocialite

The rain almost wrecked my beach day, but I decided to make the best of the situation since I had traveled over an hour to have some fun in the sun. I checked out local eateries, shops, and end up stumbling upon the Bungalow Hotel. A cute boutique hotel that made me feel like a kid again. I sipped margaritas and played foosball. The drinks were reasonably priced. They're even cheaper during happy hour. The service was good and there were several other games to play if foosball isn't your thing. Once the weather lifted, I was able to walk a short 5 minutes to have some fun in the sun. Please note, this review is only for the bar, as I didn't stay at the hotel.