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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 256 Reviews
Warm and Cozy
Reviewed 3 days ago

This may be a great summer beach hotel in summer. But it proved to be a great, warm winter escape with nearby restaurants and bars. The large room and gas fireplace provided warmth and luxury. We needed a night of relaxation and escape. We found it at the Bungalow. Staff added to the ambiance.

Fall Visit
Reviewed 1 month ago

A great boutique hotel in the Pier Village. Great rooms with a fireplace (all with fireplaces?), nice staff, small bar in house and an all around great experience. We wi;; return again. Great even in the off season. Maybe even better in the off season?

Very over-priced for what you get!
Reviewed 1 month ago

I feel our room and experience was worth about $150 per night, not (pre-tax) $320 for Thursday and $340 for Friday in off-season (mid-October). Let me start with parking. The parking garage is very convenient, however, in order to get in (and out!) of the garage, the driver needs to exit the car to press a button to get someone to open the gate. That's bad enough, but the wait for someone to actually open the gate took anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes (never less than 2 minutes; all the time standing outside pressing a button) with no indication that anyone was even aware we were waiting to gain entrance (and exit!). Why even wait for exit when it should be motion sensor? The hotel was also very short staffed. The person handling registration was also the person answering phones and opening the bar. No one was available to help move our bags to our room. At times when we needed something, there was no one available at the desk. As for the room, there were only two towels even though three were staying in the room. We ran out of toilet paper very quickly with no backup roles available. There was no comforter or blankets provided for the day bed. There was no micro-wave. There were no pastries or anything other than coffee/tea provided in the morning, which, for the price we paid, we would have expected. A very minor thing was that the clock in the room didn't work. While minor, it says something about the lack of attention to detail that would be expected for the price. While this may be a design feature, it would be desirable to have a door to the bathroom for privacy when showering. Our visit to the Bungalow was a disappointment.

Disappointed Stay
Reviewed 1 month ago

I stayed at the Bungalow in March 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed a weekend stay during the off-season! ...in Oct 2018, I was married at McLoones Pier House in Pier Village and chose to spend two nights along with my family at the Bungalow for the wedding. I was extremely disappointed with the stay due to the price we paid...had it been more affordable, I would have been happy with the stay. I spent approx $350 per night on a Thurs and Fri in October which is clearly the off season in NJ. Reception was mostly unavailable and we had to wait up to 15 min for assistance when checking in and checking out. My in-laws had a clogged sink...our room had broken outlets and the rooms seemed a bit worn down. Not a room worth $350 per night. At that price, I would have expected a higher level of hospitality and service during our stay.

Wow!
Reviewed 2 months ago

I have been seeing The Bungalow and finally had the opportunity to experience the Hotel. Its reminiscent of the Asbury but even better. The staff is exceptional and welcoming. The rooms are large, well appointed and comfortable. The Overhead Shower is hot, strong and relaxing. The bar, within the hotel, is well appointed and accommodating. The outside Fire Place is warm and welcoming. The Bungalow is a rare breed. It easily accommodates Business and Pleasure patrons by providing integrated venues that are both private and "fun" diversions that include Pool, Cribbage and Foosball. A complimentary Parking Garage is steps away. The various restaurants and shopping are as described. Enjoy!