I'm a bit conflicted about writing this review because I love when the place is not too crowded so it is sort of fine with me if everyone avoids it. A few years ago there were articles on great weekend places in the tri-State area to stay with your family and they named the Breakers and it was hard to get a reservation for a while.
We've been going there for years and just went again for five days this past July. My husband and our three children (ages 8, 6 and almost 3) and I fit comfortably into one of their large ocean front rooms with a pull-out couch. One of the things I've always loved about the Breakers is they have a decent sized fridge in every room and you can bring a lot of your own snacks, water and food (we bring cereal to eat on some mornings and pb&j for lunch on others but their restaurant and poolside offerings are a good value). I've always found the rooms to be acceptably clean although the newly renovated ones are definitely a little nicer.
It is a GREAT family hotel if you are the kind of family that appreciates not being hassled and a laid back atmosphere. There's no swim up bar, room service (if you order it) comes whenever it comes, no one enforces the rules about people hogging the umbrella tables (which can be annoying), and it might take a bit of arm waving to flag down the waitress to get a drink order in. But on the other hand, children are extremely welcome, the facilities are basic but clean, the pool is frequently heated (and pool toys are permitted) and the location can't be beat. Plus it's fun to watch the weddings, especially the guys in their tuxes trudging back from photos on the beach on 90 degree days. My kids love going there and we had the most relaxing time this past July even though it was rainy a bit of the time. (Be sure to check out the town of Spring Lake and go to the boardwalk in Point Pleasant.)
If I didn't have children, there might be other places I would prefer to stay just to have more luxurious accommodations. But it is a great place to go with your kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the charm of Spring Lake’s only oceanfront hotel and restaurant. The Breakers on the Ocean, a landmark fixture in one of New Jersey’s most beautiful communities, is the perfect year-round getaway destination. Originally built in the late 1800’s, the Hotel has been through numerous renovations, all of which have preserved the integrity of the past, while incorporating 21st century amenities. Each of the elegantly appointed guest rooms features a mini refrigerator, cable television (with all HBO and ESPN channels), DVD player, ipod docking clock radio and complimentary high speed Internet access. Most rooms have a whirlpool bath and view of the ocean. Luxury rooms also feature fireplaces and three Tower rooms offer unparalleled views of the impressive coastline and surrounding town. The Hotel is situated just a few steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and Spring Lake’s pristine, non-commercial boardwalk. The Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, large wrap around porch with spectacular ocean views, a delightful piano lounge and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Breakers On The Ocean Hotel Spring Lake
- The Breakers On Ocean