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“Minerva's is *still* the best of BL”

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Minerva's by the Sea
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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78 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Minerva's is *still* the best of BL”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

I reviewed Minerva's several years ago after my first stay, and having just spent a second vacation there I wanted to update my review. Everything remains as it was: perfect. Barnegat Light is a little slice of beach paradise on LBI, and Emma at Minerva's adds to that feeling. The rooms are clean and well-maintained, the location can't be beat, the breakfasts--both for the quality of food served and conversation that emerges--unforgettable. There continue to be only positive reviews posted here and with good reason. There is no better place to stay on LBI both for the price and the performance. Period.

Room Tip: All rooms are good but Mermaid and Neptune have lovely front-facing decks. Mermaid is bigger but Ne...
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Green Features: B&B owner Emma cares deeply about the environment, which is why there are recycling receptacles located throughout the hotel.
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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lbilady10, Owner at Minerva's by the Sea, responded to this review, 30 May 2016
Hi Corey, just scrolling through Trip Advisor and noticed again your kind words about your stay in 2014! I'm really looking forward to your family's annual visit this summer--2016!
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Minerva's is the right combination of location, service, price & quality. The proprietor, Emma does everything in her power to make your stay enjoyable. Our room was clean & updated, Emma's breakfast was very tasty. She had beach badges and two bikes available. Easy walk to beach, bay, shops, food... Would stay here again in a heartbeat. Beats all the competition in that price range.

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Green Features: Green practices in effect! Non toxic, recycling, extra food etc...
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank KenKrasner
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I called Minerva's on a whim when considering an overnight stay in Barnegat Light, the quiet end of Long Beach Island, even though they had a 3-night minimum in season. Fortunately, proprietor Emma told me that they just happened to have one room for the very night we planned to visit. Perfect! The available room was the Emperor Penguin suite, which had a kitchenette and separate sitting area with trundle bed. Though we didn't need that much space, we were happy to have the opportunity to stay there for the night. The rooms were bright and clean, Emma's wonderful gourmet omelet (brie, arugula, and basil) was a treat, and the location was ideal. Emma is a lovely person and chatting with her at breakfast time was a delight. Beach tags are available as are beach chairs and bicycles. Overall, a wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms with the balconies.
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Green Features: Emma is very considerate of the environment and everything she does shows that dedication to being "green". Bravo!
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had a quiet weekend escape at Minervas. The B & B has a great set-up - Emma, the owner converted and renovated the what was an office space into the B & B. Minerva's is spot on clean and each room is very private, none of the rooms share common walls. Emma has good knowledge of Long Beach Island and the town of Barnaget Light and is happy to share. She is also a great cook and make us and our 3 year old daughter delicious breakfasts. The kitchen is beautiful and the outdoor patio is a nice place to sit outside and enjoy the breeze. We enjoyed out stay and hope to come back soon.

Room Tip: Our room, the smallest room, also called the Anemone room was the perfect size for traveling with a...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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clgfan
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Just had a lovely, serene weekend at Minerva's and can't wait to go back. The room was great, with a lovely balcony facing the bay. Breakfasts were awesome, especially the waffles. Emma was the most wonderful host, and makes you feel so welcome. Fabulous b&b!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Our stay at Minerva's, though brief, introduced us to the wonderful LBI. Emma, the hostess, is charming and gracious. We only wished we could have stayed longer and look forward to our next trip to the island.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Very clean and comfortable. Breakfast healthy and tasty. Hospitality unmatched! Beautiful end of the island-- the light house and ocean steps away. Beach tags included. Library and Outside Deck. Highly recommended.

Green Features: Eco friendly cleaning products. Organic Breakfast.
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Minerva's by the Sea
Address: 13 West 7th Street, Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, NJ
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Long Beach Island > Barnegat Light
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Barnegat Light
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minerva's is a year-round family-friendly bed and breakfast, with five units, all with private bath and comfortable distance/separation between each unit. One unit has a private entrance and a full kitchen. Free wi-fi, attractive library and lobby sitting areas. Two rooms have a private decks. Convenient to shops and restaurants, beaches and fishing. ... more   less 

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