Easy drive from NYC vicinity and a nice long stretch of beach. The motel is at the quiet end of things on Atlantic Ave. Nice common areas, well kept but aged a bit which was fine and added to the low key ambience. We did not book far ahead in high season and probably got the last room available. Room 213 was very small and the bathroom was pretty atrocious. Just enough room to shut the door, no shelf or vanity to place your toiletries other than on top of the toilet. Grungy tile on the floor, sheetrock walls were peeling a bit adjacent to the the fiberglass shower shell. The room and the bathroom seemed pretty tidy but grungy at the same time and the room had mildew beach motel smell. You would retch if you put your clothes in any of the drawers. The bed was a double and uncomfortable. The air conditioner blows directly on the bed. The TV was cable but a tube TV no flat screens here and tiny - maybe 19". You would not want to be in this room any longer than necessary. Peeking into other rooms on the ocean view side they have clearly been remodeled. Our room was not. Fortunately there are chaise lounges on a grassy strip overlooking the beach which was a nice place to sit and listen to the surf after dinner.
The location is great. The beach is long but shallow. We found a spot not too jammed together and really enjoyed the surf. Chatty Cathy's, screaming kids, sand, high tide-all you would expect, this is not a resort. No prob. It's a public beach and a nice one. However, Pet Peeve Alert: why do people set up and blast their radios and then take off for hours? If I wanted to listen to music at the beach I'll listen to my own not your 1980's vintage boom box. Ok it's a free country but c'mon when you're not even there...not liking that so much. Allright, I'll get the stick out of my -- now and thanks for letting me get that off my chest!
We had two really good meals. One at Maria's down the road a bit and another right on the beach at Andrea's. Really enjoyed Andrea's the first night, so much so hubby wanted to eat there again. We had Andrea's house salad with feta, walnuts and the lobster special. Unfortunately the next night was as awful as the first was good. Maybe the right choice here would be a burger they looked great. The best part was sitting and dining right on the beach which was heavenly. Would not enjoy being indoors at the Andrea hotel - enough said. We also had breakfast at PVI one morning, and it was good and fairly priced. Always appreciate Eggs Benedict on vacation.
I agree with another post, the front staff could be friendlier but I think it was New England reserve and not offensive. I commented on checkout that the room should not be rented out as is. They seemed perplexed. All in all I think the room was probably clean, the location is great and it was $175 bucks a night in August. I would give it another try ocean view only and I would not sleep another night in room 213.
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