We returned home yesterday from a completely satisfying 4-night stay at the Beacon House. Candy, Cathy, and Claudette are friendly, accommodating, and think of everything. Claudette knew that we probably would be arriving early with our dog and limited as to what we could do until check-in, so she had a map ready with a highlighted route to the dog beach in the next town of Manasquan and Cathy made sure that our room would be ready by 2 p.m. (a hour earlier than the standard 3 p.m. check-in). Our room was immaculate, tastefully decorated, and surprisingly insect-free being only 1 block from the beach in summer.
I'm resistant to going to the Shore, and have always preferred Montauk's quiet, laid back beaches, but Sea Girt's Beacon House was a pleasant surprise and has proven to be a great contender: a comfortable and quiet room 1 block to a clean beach with facilities, option of a great lunch across the street at the Parker House, and serene, residential neighborhood assure a perfect stay. The Beacon's pool is a welcome PLUS, as are the bicycles for some exercise, and jogging on the beach or boardwalk.
Note that there are only 15 parking spaces and 23 rooms, there was no inn parking when we arrived as other guests had yet to check-out, and though there is usually ample street parking, it was a sunny weekend day with beach goers - took about 10 minutes to find a spot. When we returned for check-in, there were inn spots and we didn't need the car for the rest of our stay. Taxis come quickly (some evenings they're available outside the Parker House), and great restaurants are a short ride away. We ate twice at La Dolce Vita in Belmar, good Italian food, service, and sangria. Rod's has great steak, pork chops, and grilled fish specials. The Parker House has very fresh salads, lobster, and a raw bar. As we were in one of the 3 pet-friendly efficiencies, breakfast wasn't included, but morning coffee and afternoon baked goods were great and available (we made coffee daily in our room).
We're already planning to return before the end of the summer, and though 'our' room is completely booked, we're confident that any other room at the Beacon will equally satisfying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps to the glorious beach, historic lighthouse and entertainment scene at the Parker House, Sea Girt’s BEACON HOUSE offers you the very best of the Jersey Shore. Two spacious houses, beautifully restored, frame a sparkling heated pool. 18 distinctively decorated inn rooms have private baths, A/C, ceiling fans and TV’s; many boast private ocean view balconies, fireplaces and Jacuzzis, and all include a sumptuous breakfast served each morning. Wraparound porches are lined with comfortable wicker and traditional rockers. Complimentary beach passes, towels, sand chairs, bicycles and VIP admission to the Parker House make your getaway complete. Pet friendly efficiency rentals are available in the Cottage, Carriage House and Lighthouse Studio for families or guests desiring more privacy. Enjoy the serenity of a non-commercial boardwalk and an abundance of shops and eateries nearby. Visit and see why NJ Savvy Living calls a stay at the Beacon House “SEASIDE PAMPERING AT ITS BEST.” ... more less