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Sea Girt Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sea Girt
Bloomfield
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3 reviews
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“Good value For the Money”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

It is hard to please everyone all of the time, as it is obvious from the review below. My husband and I stayed there for 3 nights. This is the third time we have stayed and have never had a problem with either the staff or the room. Yes, the room is small, but you are only sleeping there, not living there. The rooms that we had were clean, well kept and comfortable. They seemed to have new chairs around the pool, and the pool was clean. Yes, the room has a hair dryer, iron and ironing board, cable tv, and a refrigerator, and no it doesn't have a coffee maker in the room, but you can walk to the Dunkin Donuts if you want coffee. The bathroom was small, but clean, with plenty of towels and toiletries. The price for the nights we stayed was very reasonable for our budget. I saw the staff trying to help guests who had a problem, and they were very friendly to us when we checked in.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fort Myers, Florida
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This motel structure is older and used to be a cheap place, so the rooms are small enough that the ratio of bed surface to open floor area is approaching 1 (pretty high). It's been repainted (white and cream), redecorated (harmonious earth tones, but a lot of synthetics, except for the sheets which are gloriously clean and soft cotton), the bathroom tiles and paint have been inexpertly redone (yellow and white, but cracks running through some of the tiles and repairs with clear silicone caulking where the cream-colored grout had cracked), an older "heat lamp" fixture that doesn't work, and the windows have been replaced... with lift-out white hollow-metal-frame windows that require a great deal of jiggling and experimentation to get them to actually latch. Must mention that the shower enclosure could benefit from someone going over it with a grout brush once a month, as the cream-colored grout is gray and brown in the corners and along the seam inside the sill. Possibly, bleaching and then resealing the grout would help it resist mildew. The bathroom window does not latch securely enough to make one feel safe (it's all ground floor and the bathrooms face away from the common area). No screens, either. But the doors are pretty -- hunter green with an oval number plaque that has a little spray of flowers painted by the numbers -- someone is artistic but budget-conscious. The hutch that fits over the refrigerator is too big to fit into the available wall space, so it looms out a bit, exposing the particle board (but clean and new) nature of the "dark wood" furniture motif.

The pool's chain-link fence is padlocked at night (eww). The management has posted "quiet hours" and a number of rules that seem to imply that they expect their guests to be capable of all sorts of antisocial behavior... or else they are used to posted rules and feel properly proprietary by posting them... or a little of both. Reminds me of a rather nice restaurant in the Caribbean where, when I visited the lovely-looking restroom (lots of marble, golden lighting, space and cleanliness), someone had posted a sign saying "Management requests that ladies refrain from washing their feet or clothing in the sinks." ...???!!! But I digress...

The weirdest thing for me is the presence of a refrigerator, iron and hairdryer but a complete lack of any way to make coffee or tea in the room -- and bendy plastic water cups, not even ceramic mugs so that we can heat water in the communal microwave at the vending area. The man who checked us in (door labeled "office:" the desk separates the back of the space from the rest of the space, which is L-shaped but fairly small) seemed to have come from dinner with the family in an apartment behind the desk. He explained that no, there were no coffeemakers available for rooms, and that even if I purchased one and left it for people to "check out" in future, he would not make it available because "there is a coffee and tea maker in the lobby."

Well, when the machine is working, there is coffee in the room containing the office-desk, but "today the machine is broken." Also, the coffee/tea maker (indeed, the small L-shaped room) is only accessible until 11 pm, so if you are working late and need caffeine, best stock up before 9 pm (there's a friendly Starbucks about 1 block north of the hotel along Hwy 35, in a rather new upscale strip mall with a Victoria's Secret, Williams-Sonoma and an Ann Taylor).

So, if you will staying for a few days, go before 9 pm (when everything but bars/restaurants closes), buy coffee, condiments, and a Melitta coffee cone (about $3) and #2 filters (about $2) from the supermarket at the intersection of Sea Girt Ave and Hwy 35, then buy a microwave-safe mug or cup (or you can get all this in one stop if you drive north on Hwy 35 for 9 minutes to the Dollar Tree right next to the Super K-Mart). From then on, to heat your water, use the microwave in the "vending room" just west of the chain-link-fenced swimming pool.

There is also a Dunkin Donuts in the same strip mall as the supermarket, but it was closed when I visited the supermarket; guessing it's a "morning place." Come to think of it, there's a liquor store and a Chinese-Japanese restaurant in that same strip mall. The vending room contains the ice machine, a commercial-grade microwave oven, and ... a soda machine. There is nothing available that you'd actually put into a microwave, so it's just there for the convenience of the guests, presumably driven there by a need for soup or caffeine at 2 a.m. (and blessed with the foresight to bring along the necessary supplies including the cup/dish).

Given all the quirks, their rack rate is rather high ("dinner for six" prices) for two-person occupancy of a room with two queen beds. The strange disconnect in amenities may be one reason that rooms can actually be obtained for about "nice dinner for two" prices online.

Speaking of dinner, we ate at Rod's Olde Irish Tavern on Sea Girt Ave, which is really quite pretty and a locals' favorite, and wow, they have excellent fresh seafood and stunning steaks, and full-menu Italian as well as "Irish pub" food. There are several good restaurants even nearer, including a Thai place right across the street from the Starbucks. And it's two miles to public beach access -- at the ocean end of Trenton Blvd is where the Sea Girt boardwalk begins, heading northward, and open beach heading southward. Stay right when you cross the tracks to stay on Sea Girt Ave., then L onto Trenton and follow to the beach. Bring shade. Amenities are northward along the boardwalk. Enjoy Sea Girt, a lovely little gem of the Jersey shore!

Room Tip: There is A/C, seems like central air. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult to use the...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Lima, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014

I had business in Spring Lake, NJ, and stayed at the Sea Girt, which was ten minutes from my business meetings (and the beach). I was pleasantly surprised when entering my room. Everything was perfectly clean. My bed was very acceptable with a semi-firm mattress. This was a clean, safe, and basic accommodation, which I would recommend to any fellow traveler Despite its obvious age, the ownership takes great pride in the maintenance of this hotel, which is also in a safe location, with lots of nice shopping and restaurants within half a mile in either direction. I would not recommend this hotel for children. The cable had limited channels. My wifi worked fine. No problems. Excellent value.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Port Washington, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stayed there for a wedding that was close by. The room was very clean but dated. Other than sleep there not much time was spent. Had a pool which wasn't used so I can't comment on it. The only thing that I was glad about was that it was a cool Saturday night as I didn't realize that it wasn't air-conditioned when I booked it..

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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NJ
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

A friend and I needed a reasonably priced place to stay while I was participating in the NJ Half Marathon. A lot of places in the area were sold out several months in advance, so we booked a night at the Sea Girt Lodge. We were not disappointed. The woman at the front desk was friendly, and told us that the property was recently renovated. She came out to the room to help us with the functioning of the TV and was very nice about it. We were given the keys to a decent-sized room with a flat screen TV and a refrigerator. A microwave or coffee maker would have been nice, especially since we were leaving for the race well before the continental breakfast was put out, but there were none in the room. The beds were incredibly comfortable and we had a good night's sleep.There was complimentary Wi-Fi, although we had some trouble accessing it. The room was clean and in a central location, although not a particularly scenic one off a busy highway in a business district. However, it suited our purposes and the price was right. I would definitely consider staying there again, as it was only a half hour or so from the race start.

Room Tip: We were located near the pool. Not a factor in April when the pool was obviously not open, but in th...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Richmond, VA
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

We attended a wedding and were underwhelmed with the B&B options for lodging. We ended up selecting The Sea Girt Lodge because of the close proximity to the beach and neighborhood where our friends were staying. We found the room to be very clean and we enjoyed having a mini fridge in the room. It is a very basic accommodation, but for the price we thought the value was excellent! The front desk staff was very friendly and they even offered a continental breakfast! Only 2 miles or a 7 minute drive from the very nice town and shops in Sea Girt.

  • Stayed October 2013
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York Pennsylvania area
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

If I owned a motel, I'd post a sign at the entrance: "COMPLAINERS AND FAULT FINDERS MOVE ON. YOU MAKE IT HARD FOR THE REST OF US".
The Sea Girt Lodge is wonderful. It sits in a beautiful area. It is quiet and peaceful. When we arrived we sat out the front door for the evening and enjoyed the sunset. The courtyard and whole campus is open, airy, uncluttered and spotless. There is a gorgeous pool. The rooms are better than almost all of the major chains. Clean as a whistle, bed comfortable with about 5 pillows, beautiful bathroom, iron and ironing board, refrigerator and TV with hundreds of channels. If you look around a bit, you'll see remnents of what was likely a 1950's or 60's "motor inn". How cool ? But, the place is totally, 100% rebuilt to modern standards. I can't recommend the place enough and disregard the complainers. I had a contingent of 4 people on this trip and we needed a "spur of the moment" place in a hurry due to weather (motorcyclists) and found this place. A phenominal value.
Why do I write this book ? Because of the trepidation I had due to the bad reviews. Heave those reviews and stay here.

Room Tip: All rooms (I believe) are the same. Comfortable and clean. We all slept like a rock.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Sea Girt Lodge
Address: 2168 Highway 35, Sea Girt, NJ 08750-1004
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Sea Girt
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sea Girt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Girt Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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Each season of the year presents great opportunities to bring your family or business associates to our newly and comfortably decorated, centrally air-conditioned and heated motel. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Manasquan. ... more   less 
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