We stayed here a week ago. We were recommended this motel by friends who lived in the area. However, they recommended it due to the location and had not seen the rooms.
When I rang to book I was told that the rooms were all the same, the only difference in price was for the views:this is not true.
We were taken to the economy building on our first night and we refused to stay in this room (no electricity, small, very basic and dated looking on to a very shabby building at the back) so they placed us in another room (non oceon view building). This was much improved yet sink was blocked in bathroom. We were then needed to be moved again to another room after 3 nights with my 13 year old son on a folded bed. This room however was significantly better; comfortable, roomy and with a balcony.
Apparently, my mum phoned whilst we were away and was put through to leave a message; we didnt receive it so not sure which room they put her through to! She stated the reception gentleman was not very friendly.
The location is superb. The cleaners are pleasant and the two rooms we agreed to stay in were very clean and comfortable.
However, this is very overpriced; we paid more for this room than we did an excellent hotel in the heart of New York. There does appear little competition in the area so I suppose they can be and we fully understand that they need to make their profit during the summer season.
It must be added that the owner did agree to charge us for the basic rate which we appreciate.
We were told that they were very busy with bookings whilst we were there and that is why we needed to move to a second room and move rather quickly!
My advice would be if you want a motel in this area, you have little choice, the location right by the oceon is great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drifting Sands boasts LBI's most convenient location in Ship Bottom, NJ. Our array of accommodations offers everything you need for a romantic weekend getaway or a family, fun-filled vacation. Comfort, friendly service, beach access, and stunning ocean views. make Drifting Sands the best value on Long Beach Island, NJ. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Drifting Sands Oceanfront Hotel Ship Bottom
- Drifting Sands Hotel
- Drifting Sands Oceanfront Motel Ship Bottom, NJ - Long Beach Island