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Boutique Hotels at the Jersey Shore

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Boutique hotels provide unforgettable experiences with flavorful food and stylish suites. These personalized spots combine the history and charm of the area into a trendy and spacious getaway with unique design, one-of-a-kind concepts, and unparalleled experiences. Shore towns like Belmar, Cape May, and Ocean Grove have served as vacation spots since the 1800s with unique hotels, inns, and bed + breakfasts. These historic spots are still available today as well as modern venues — all of which allow a new generation of vacationers to enjoy the Jersey Shore. So whether you’re interested in something with historic charm or a modern appeal, there is no shortage of these unique and personalized spots along the coast. Read on for a guide to boutique hotels at the Jersey Shore.

Albatross Hotel | 34 Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove

Located in Ocean Grove, a seaside town offering historic charm, Albatross Hotel, is a unique hotel with Victorian charm in the 21st century. Albatross is just a block and a half from the water and has great views of the area and easy access to Asbury Park. Guests have three types of bedrooms to choose from: Standard, Deluxe, and Half Bath. Albatross provides complimentary WiFi as well as coffee and snacks in the morning. Visitors can also obtain discounted beach passes. Fun fact, not only is Albatross a piece of history, but it was featured in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

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Asbury Ocean Club Hotel | 1101 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park


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The Asbury Ocean Club is unparalleled, providing a shoreside experience truly like no other. Here, guests can choose between 13 suites styles like the Dune Terrace Standard King, Penthouse, and Poolside Terrace Suite. The Penthouse has beautiful views of the ocean from the room and private balcony. This suite also showcases a walk-in shower, TV, a dining room, a living room, and a sitting area with a desk.

The Asbury Ocean Club has a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, bar, pool, and garden terrace. The pool is open daily during the summer from 8Am to 8PM and the pool bar is open from 10AM to 11PM. Food is served daily here from 7AM to 10PM, providing fresh-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re looking to bike, The Asbury Ocean Club has complimentary bike rentals which are first come first serve.

Buttonwood Boutique Hotel | 115 Broadway, Cape May

Cape May’s Buttonwood Boutique Hotel is just minutes from the water, restaurants, and shopping. This historic home has seven private suites and a cottage house with two studio suites. All guests are welcome to enjoy the communal living room, sunroom, porch, and outdoor garden. Buttonwood Boutique Hotel provides guests with free WiFi, air conditioning, a mini fridge, and more.

Casa Del Mar | 5 Ocean Avenue North, Point Pleasant


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Casa Del Mar is a boutique getaway to the Jersey Shore. This spot has four styles of suites to choose from and each room comes with a 42” TV, a Keurig coffee bar, and beautiful wall art. The Penthouse at Casa del Mar is the perfect home away from home. This completely renovated suite has a full kitchen, living room, dining room, two full bathrooms, and two bedrooms with king-sized beds. Casa Del Mar has contactless check-in, free parking, EV charging stations, and it is pet-friendly.

Daddy O Hotel | 4401 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach


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Daddy O is a 22-room boutique hotel with a modern and chic interior featuring a restaurant, bar, and rooftop. Rooms here include the Queen Suite designed for three guests and Double Queen designed for four. Each room here is fitted with TVs, mini-fridges, air conditioning, ultra-plush mattresses, and more.

Southern Mansion | 720 Washington Street, Cape May

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Cape May’s largest bed and breakfast, Southern Mansion, was built around 1863 by a wealthy Philadelphia industrialist named George Allen and designed by Samuel Sloan. In the 1940s, the home became a boarding house and eventually fell into despair until Barbara Wilde and her family purchased the property in the 1990s.

Now this location provides visitors with the largest rooms and suites in the area filled with unique furniture. Southern Mansion has full-site parking, a full gourmet breakfast, private bathrooms, and more. Their Superior King Room 12 is a bi-level suite on the second level of Southern Mansion. This room has a king-size bed, a twin-sized bed, a TV, and an enclosed sun porch. With 17-foot ceilings, this space is decorated with Victorian antiques and starts at $419 a night. Other rooms include the Master Suite Room 2 which starts at $469 a night and Superior King Room 20 which starts at $410 a night. Southern Mansion currently has a BOGO Midweek Special that allows visitors to buy one night and get a second night free. This deal is valid from April 2nd through May 31st. Blackout dates for this offer include May 26th, 27th, and 28th.

Tandem Bike Inn | 603 10th Avenue, Belmar

Belmar is a fantastic beachside town to explore. The Tandem Bike Inn has several spacious and modern rooms like The Captain’s Ride. This room has a King size bed with a love seat, a TV, a mini fridge, and a jacuzzi. Breakfast is served for all between 8:30AM and 9:30AM on the beautiful front porch. In the case of inclement weather, breakfast will be delivered straight to your room. There is free onsite parking for one vehicle and complimentary bikes. Tandem Bike Inn also offers seasonal beach tags, a 24-hour coffee and tea center, secure bike storage, and free WiFi.

The Bungalow | 50 Laird Street, Long Branch


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The Bungalow is an art-centric boutique hotel located along Pier Village in Long Branch. Their Pipeline suite features two bedrooms, a fireplace, a kitchenette, a TV, a soaking tub, and free WiFi. Other suites include the Aloha, Hang Loose, and Kahuna. The cocktail bar here, Bungalounge, serves cocktails from Thursday to Sunday. Amenities here include a workout room, heated pool, children’s playroom, and more.

The Carriage House | 17 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove

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The Carriage House is an impeccably decorated Bed and Breakfast in historic Ocean Grove. Several rooms have balconies and views of the ocean. The Carriage House serves gourmet breakfast with freshly baked bread and homegrown produce. Visitors receive complimentary bikes, beach chairs, and towels. Room 11 is located on the first floor. This blue-themed room has a queen size bed, private bathroom, TV, and porch. The Carriage House offers a 15% discount for stays longer than four nights between October and April. There is also a discount for service men and women. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the hotel offers a 10% discount and 20% during the rest of the year. If you’re interested in long-term winter rentals, call the hotel for rates.

The James Bradley | 204 3rd Avenue, Bradley Beach

At The James Bradley, guests can enjoy the privacy and personalized touch associated with boutique hotels. This location has seven styles of rooms to choose from like The James Bradley Master Suite, which provides guests with 10-foot ceilings, a TV, gorgeous windows, free WiFi, and a spacious king bed. The James Bradley provides guests with in-room massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, and beach passes. During the week, guests are able to enjoy continental breakfast, ranging from pancakes to egg platters and featuring locally sourced bread from Balthazar Bakery.

The Mason Cottage Bed + Breakfast | 623 Columbia Avenue, Cape May

The Mason Cottage blends history with modern sensibility at its Cape May location. Built in 1871, this inn has lofty ceilings and full-length windows with the beauty of the Victorian era. The Mason Cottage has free WiFi, private bathrooms, a complimentary full gourmet breakfast, an ice machine, and a coffee maker, and during the summer provides beach chairs and beach towels. The Madison Room, designed for two, features beautiful red walls, a queen bed, a flat-screen TV, large windows, bathrobes, and more. Repeat guests receive $20 off per night on future bookings.

The Hewitt Wellington | 200 Monmouth Avenue, Spring Lake

Just three blocks from the water, The Hewitt Wellington is a historic luxury boutique hotel in Spring Lake. With 30 rooms to choose from, The Hewitt Wellington has lake views, balconies, multiview rooms, and more. Room 05 the Deluxe Lake View Room has a magnificent view of Silver Lake. The rooms also features a private bathroom, a king-size bed, air conditioning, a small refrigerator, and two complimentary beach passes. The Hewitt Wellington offers continental breakfast between 8AM and 10AM and has a private pool.

The Hugh Boutique B+B | 653 Washington Street, Cape May

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The Hugh Boutique B+B has eight spacious and colorful individually designed rooms. Breakfast is served daily between 8:30AM and 10AM. Owner Sandy Vizzone prepares these meals with sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms. Two adult visitors are allowed per room and the minimum stay is two nights. Parking is available as well as free WiFi, boxed water, smart TVs, beach tags, and beach chairs for all guests. The spot is named for the Hugh family who originally lived in this 1883 French Second Empire house.

The Reeds at Shelter Haven | 9601 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor

The Reeds at Shelter Haven is a year-round luxury boutique hotel and resort located on the bay and just a short walk from the ocean. The perfect escape for a romantic getaway, The Reeds provides guests with 37 different rooms. The Indigo and Sienna, designed for six to eigth guests are part of their Superior Suites. These rooms have balconies, a full kitchen, a fireplace, a soaking tub, and more.

The Reeds’ Salt Spa allows guests to relax and rejuvenate during their stay. The spa has massages, facials, waxing, nail care, hair care, tanning, and more. The fitness center here featuring TechnoGym equipment is open 24/7. There is also concierge services, live entertainment, valet, EV car charging, a roof sun deck, and complimentary daily beach service. If you’re looking to host an event, The Reeds’ is the perfect spot. This location can accommodate between 10 and 220 guests for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, family reunions, and more.

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The Wave Resort | 110 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch


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The Wave Resort is a luxury hotel in Long Branch with ocean views. The Wave provides visitors with a fitness center, bicycles, valet, pet accommodations, and more. The facility boasts an oceanfront pool deck, a spa, and a rooftop terrace. The Wave has 12 styles of rooms to choose from, four of which have an oceanfront view. All rooms come with a mini fridge, a private balcony, air conditioning, a coffee maker, and more. The Oceanfront Deluxe King With Terrace room fits four. Featuring a king-size bed and pullout sofa, this room comes with plush robes and slippers, an in-room safe, a hair dryer, a wireless Bluetooth speaker, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, and complimentary WiFi. Dining here includes a Carousel Bar, a Pool Bar, Boardwalk Coffee, and more. The spa here includes a variety of massages like deep tissue, sports recovery, and prenatal.

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