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“The Best Jersey Shore Motel-PERIOD!”

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Drifting Sands Oceanfront Motel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ship Bottom
Bergen County, NJ
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9 reviews
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“The Best Jersey Shore Motel-PERIOD!”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

Our family has stayed at this motel time and time again for one simple reason, it does not get any better than this at the Jersey Shore. I felt the need to post another review after reading some of the negative reviews posted. Let me begin by saying there is no way an ocean front room had an old TV or was dirty. The building itself is a few years old and the equipment in it the same. At least one of the owners is in the office at all times and is always more than accommodating should an issue arise. The price for an ocean front room is comparable to what the other ocean front motels are charging. Each room comes with a jacuzzi, fridge, balcony, breakfast table and chairs, etc. Sorry for those of you who opted for the economy rooms, those rooms are budget rooms and do not offer what the ocean front and ocean view suites have to offer. Regardless of which room you choose, they are all on the ocean and merely a few feet to the beach. There is complimentary coffee, bagels and fruit each morning in the lobby. Forget about having to pack umbrellas and chairs because this motel provides them for a mere $5.00 per day and the cabana boy sets it all up for you on the beach. At night they employ a watchman who patrols the grounds ensuring there is no late night partying so that everyone can sleep peacefully. Perfect location, clean, friendly staff. You cannot ask for more at the Jersey Shore.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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penllyn
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We happened upon the Drifting Sands and were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff, the convenience and the affordable price. We were so satisfied that we returned a second time within one month and plan on many more visits. A great Find!!

Room Tip: Would not recommend first floor ocean front. The rooms in the main building are very nice.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

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.

Room Tip: Dont go in the economy block!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

The farthest part of the hotel is just a 60 second walk to the beach - no streets to cross or anything. I thought the room was adequate and don't really have any complaints. We went on a Sunday and Monday during high season but I would have thought that those nights would have been a little cheaper. Great beach and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Some of the entertainment stuff you might have to drive to, but not too far.
Now that I think about it, this might have been those most expensive hotel I have ever stayed in. It is what it is - a respectable family hotel with a fantastic location. Would I go back? Not sure. I love LBI so I think I would shop around a bit first.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

We stayed at the Drifting Sands Motel for one night as we were in town for a wedding. We opted for the ocean front room thinking that it would be some what nice. Well we were wrong. The room was dirty especially the bathroom -ick! The TV was very old and the picture was fading in and out. The linens were very worn and air conditioner was very loud and clunky.

The porch was nice and the view was pretty of the beach. Other than that this is for sure a Motel quality hotel and the hotel owner should be ashamed for charging 5 star prices. Next time we will rent a house or stay at another hotel. The on-site beach was not worth the unpleasant room. Some of our family stayed in the efficencies and they were apparently in even worse condition. They too were charged a fortune for a crappy and smelly room.

Save your money and go elsewhere!

Room Tip: Just stay away!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

This was our first time to the area, and we had a very nice time. The beachs were clean and water was fantastic!! the stay at the hotel was nice and quiet, just what we wanted. We had an oceanview room, would have like to have a better view of the ocean, but the room was clean, and staff was very pleasant and helpful with directions to local places to eat. We enjoyed LBI and even though we will try other hotels, we will come back to this one again! Only suggestion would be to have breakfast bagels all week, instead of just on weekends.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

I wouldn't recommend this place to my dog. We stayed here for a baseball tournament and it was the most horrible place I have ever seen. It was filthy and overpriced. I thought I was in a taping of the show "Cops."

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: Drifting Sands Oceanfront Motel
Address: 119 E 9th St, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-4600
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Long Beach Island > Ship Bottom
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Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ship Bottom
Number of rooms: 100
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