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4.5
Very Good 251 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 251 Reviews
Fun weekend getaway in November
Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself, daughter and niece (teens) stayed in the Kahuna Suite for a fun birthday treat for my daughter. The room was super cool - every corner of the hotel was fun to check out from a design perspective. We played pool and board games in the lobby. Lots of restaurants, ice cream, ice skating and of course the beach. There were bikes to borrow and the staff was super nice and parking super easy.

Fist time and loved it
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time here - loved this place - walking distance to beach, shops and restaurants- would definitely stay here again and
Highly recommend it - great stay
Rooms had fireplace, modern decor

Anniversary visit: fabulous
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I came here as part of a NYC, Jersey Shore anniversary celebration. The Bungalow hotel was a great choice for the Shore. We had a wonderful room: clean, spacious, great bed and bathrooms. Alicia at the front desk was one of the best customer oriented people we have met: helpful, cheerful, very good- could not have been better to work with. Matt, the GM, when we made the reservation and he found out it was an anniversary celebration, gave us the loving couples package as a free upgrade. This place will always be fondly remembered. We will surely stay here anytime we visit the Jersey Shore.

Nice but add a few things to kitchen area
Reviewed 2 months ago

I enjoyed it overall. Negatives= Staff was friendly but a bit slow to get something they promised. (I saw this young man also stall another guest who had a simple request). The curtains aren't designed to keep out the light as well as they could be. The big disappointment is the kitchenette. Big counterspace and lots of EMPTY cupboards. I thought there'd be a microwave and a hot plate at least. Throw in a pan and a can opener and a few things and it would be great. As it is, the kitchenette is less helpful than a counter-top microwave would be.
But, we had a good price. The design was unique. The walk to the beach was easy.
It was quiet between rooms. So, overall, I'd give it 4 stars.

Cute hotel but overpriced for what it is
Reviewed 2 months ago

It’s a really cute hotel, but at $600 per night with a 2 night minimum stay it’s very expensive for what it is. It offers no facilities and you need to pay $35 pp for access to the beach club and pool, on top of that rate. Rooms are nicely decorated, and there are some cute touches like free popcorn and iced flavoured water in the lobby.. but at that price you don’t even get a complimentary mini bar, and very basic amenities. Staff are friendly, but overall it does not offer value for money in high season.