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Drifting Sands Oceanfront Motel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ship Bottom
Reviewed 9 September 2013

I stayed at the Drifting Sands Motel during a trip to LBI for a wedding. We chose this hotel as the rooms in the Oceanbreeze Building were priced right and, from the photos on the website, the rooms looked bright and inviting. When we arrived, we were less than thrilled. We were in a first floor corner room, which was dark and dated. There were some soiled sheets and towels, only one available electrical outlet in the room and the beds/pillows were not comfortable.

But more than any of that, what concerned me most was the security of the room. The motel's outdoor-entry rooms are accessed by actual keys, the door handle to our room was rickety and there was no deadbolt or deadbolt chain. The parking spots are numbered and assigned to match your room number (if you're room 7, your parking spot is 7), and the parking validation slips that you put in your car window also have your room number on them. Something about that just didn't sit well with me. Especially if we had stayed longer than one night and left our keys unattended in the room (I didn't notice a safe).

I will say that it was a nice touch to have a small refrigerator and table in the room. We didn't use either, but that would be nice to have if we had stayed longer. The staff was also friendly when we checked in and out.

As an overall review, I would probably rate this hotel as two-star (poor) in the grand scheme of hotel ratings, but being that we stayed in one of the efficiency rooms, I’m giving it a three-star rating (average), as it’s probably in line with similar efficiency options. If we were to come to LBI again, I would probably look for another hotel. The Oceanside/Oceanview rooms may be better but, based on this experience, I’d be hesitant to risk too much money on either.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We have stayed here many times and will stay here many more. Just now booking again for a stay in September. The place is more than a basic hotel with clean, well maintained rooms and a very helpful staff. The views from the oceanfront rooms are beautiful and yes, expensive, but there are off season rates that are very reasonable. Go and enjoy!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Roy L
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at this motel for a weekend get away. The staff was superb and very helpful. They gave us excellect recommendations for dinner and they gave us plenty of places to pick from. The rooms are perfect for a weekend get away we stayed in the oceanfront buliding which had a beautiful balconies and great views of the ocean. We were actually able to sleep with the sliding door open and hear the ocean which was amazing. This was our first time on long beach island and we will definitely be back and staying at the Drifting Sands

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ariel S
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. One of the worst places I've ever stayed and incompetent staff/management. We were checked into the wrong room so that was the start of a bad experience. My gf and I had requested a king bed but were given a room with 2 queen beds, this despite the place not being full midweek.

We moved rooms and were put unknowingly above a room where 4 staff members actually live. We were awoken our 1st morning at 7:30am by excessive noise from this room. We spoke to them and management and were promised it would not happen again. But were yet again awoken by this early loud noise the 2nd morning. The management then blamed us for not asking to move rooms, even though they had said they'd take of this and did not offer to switch rooms anyway. The place was not full so why they put us in the worst room is beyond me. Allowing your guests some peace and quiet is sort of a basic level of service that this place has not mastered yet.

Lastly, we tried to discuss this experience but the management especially Pat was unhelpful and rude. The "owner" made no effort to make things right, so clearly has not heard that hospitality is about the guest. Bottom line, this place is the worst. It's old, it smells, its dirty, its loud, there's no customer service at all, they overcharge for crummy rooms $250 and up a night, and then have the gall to charge you $5 for a beach chair, which is then taken away from you at 3pm. The only plus is it's near the beach but I'd rather sleep in my car then spend one more night there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank mes917
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Our ever-growing family goes away every year (for the last several years) to a beach-oriented place that is within reasonable driving distance from Westchester, Putnam & Rockland Counties. We (17 of us this year), returned for the 2nd time to Drifting Sands on LBI for a 4-day stay this past July and to say all of us were dreading having to go home when it was all over, would be an understatement. We stayed in the Oceanside Building, which offered a perfect view of the ocean, with a nice balcony. We were fortunate enough to get rooms that were next door to each other, which was an added benefit. The beach was just downstairs and a quick walk down a path across from the motel...the rooms were immaculate and spacious. The beds were comfortable. The staff was responsive and hospitable. More importantly, the price was right. The motel offers attractive Specials that made it even more worthwhile. We never had to drive far to eat out or shop...and were close enough to walk to many places as well. Couldn't ask for more. I know I speak for my entire family when I say that we all had a wonderful time, we really loved staying here and we cannot wait to go back!...nc

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank nc918
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Our first stay at Drifting Sands was a pleasant surprise. We had an ocean front room with a balcony overlooking the sand and the surf. The room was a nice size, comfortable and clean. The beach is beautiful and you can walk to shops and restaurants. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank sandy1Ardsley
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

I have been here before and loved it so we were anxious to get back. I was worried about storm damage and hte possibility of it being less than it was before. NO WORRIES! Everything is perfect. The rooms are clean and the beds are so comfy. The beach looks great and the staff was delightful. We got a great rate and had just the best three nights ever.
I am laughing at the review below from "frank." He has no credibility as far as i am concerned!
You wont be disappointed here.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank 4goingawayagain
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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
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ship Bottom
Price Range: £79 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Drifting Sands Oceanfront Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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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