- The rooms appeared clean. We were worried about bed bugs/roaches because the hotel looked so old and dingy. We inspected the mattresses, closet, bathroom etc and didn't see any bugs. The bedding seemed clean enough, no stains on the sheets. The blanket did have cigarette holes and we decided to sleep without the blanket and just use the sheets. The pillowcases were not white which I thought was weird, but they smelled clean.
-The bed was soft and comfortable.
-The shower had good water pressure.
-Toilet was clean
-Air conditioning was good
-Service was fine. They were helpful but not notably friendly or warm.
-Location is directly across the street from the beach. Very convenient, except that most of the places to eat are 6 blocks on either side of the hotel so we always ended up walking 6 blocks to Dunkin Donuts and back before going to the beach. It was about 1 1/2 miles to the Main street.
-The room had a view of the ocean but I didn't find it that enjoyable because the room was so low quality.
- The whole hotel is SUPER old and dingy looking. It has nice architecture but it clearly has not been renovated in decades or possibly centuries...There's peeling wallpaper everywhere, including the room. They really should paint. The lobby was very dark.
-The towels were stained!! There were at least 10 towels in the room and all but 3 had yellow, brown or red stains on them. They were also VERY old. They were all different styles, some white, some blue, some Christmas, some with snowflakes?? I honestly believe that the owner got them from her own home. Many of them were rough and fraying they were so old. We asked for new ones and they gave us newer looking ones but one of those even had stains.
-The bathroom in our room was a tiny tiny closet. I don't know what the walls were made of, some kind of wood composite that they didn't bother to paint.
-No parking lot. I had never been to the Jersey shore for more than a daytrip, and I had no idea what the parking situation is. There is only street parking and if you don't get there before 10 am it can be difficult to find a space. We had to park 6 blocks from the hotel until around 5 so we could move closer to the hotel. We ended up leaving the car 1 block from the hotel. I think they should take out the pool and put in a parking lot for hotel guests.
-No amenities. There was soap, no shampoo or conditioner. No complimentary beach pass.
-Creepy old men everywhere. There were always old men sitting on the benches outside the hotel. When waiting to use the computer, there was a man looking at questionable photos of women on it.
-The shower is in the room. A shower curtain hid the shower doors so it wasn't too weird but it still is odd.
The hotel did its job of giving us a place to sleep but it was uncomfortable. The creepy old men made us uncomfortable, as did the dirty towels and dinginess. The dinginess really made us feel unclean even though it seemed clean (we sprayed Lysol everywhere when we first got to the room). The bottom line is that if you're not picky about the way it looks, it's probably okay for you but it is not comparable in quality to any discount chain hotel or motel. I think next time I would pay more for a nicer hotel farther from the beach.
- Also Known As:
- Mayfair Hotel Belmar
- Mayfair Hotel New Jersey/Belmar