Recently we spent a a weekend and stayed in a "better" room. The room was pleasant enough, not exceptionally large but not tiny. It had a unit air conditioner and a large screen TV, although the TV was placed so that one had to be on his side to be able to view it, rather than look straight ahead. The breakfast was fiine, and I'd have no complaints about the inn at all except for one thing - the price. We were quoted a rate of $379 per night which was high to begin with but with the 15% tax (higher than I expected) the cost came to almost $900 for two nights. Once we get into that price range, I expect more than pleasant. I expect some of the following - if not a true suite with a door, then at least a separate sitting area not on top of the bed, a shower AND a bath, a jacuzzi, a true oceanfront location (this was close enough to walk but not oceanfront and you really couldn't see the ocean from it), or minimally an oversized room of 500 feet. I believe only one of the rooms at that price had a jacuzzi and the other things mentioned, none had. If the price had been $100 a night lower, I'd have rated this five stars because it WAS pleasant enough and I can't find fault, but I just think a luxury price was charged for merely a comfortable, not luxurious, room. I'm aware that this inn has won some award for some of its rooms but since these were the best, I'm hard-pressed to see how as I've stayed at the shore in true suites with a separate balcony and where they served breakfast right at the room upon request. THOSE are the kind of extra's that were missing for the price. If the price was lower or the amenities added, it would have met my expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Spring Lake Inn, where European-style hospitality, history and contemporary amenities blend together for an unforgettable vacation experience. We’ve been told that our inn is unpretentious, yet elegant, inviting, yet private for those guests who need time and space to unwind. Built in 1888 as the Grand Central Stables of Spring Lake NJ, the inn is only a block from the ocean and the 2-mile boardwalk. We serve sumptuous breakfasts at your own table in the grand dining room as well as afternoon snack. Our 80 ft. Victorian porch is irresistible. Each of the 17 spacious guestrooms and suites offer all or a combination of the following luxury features: fireplace, ocean view, Jacuzzi, 4-poster bed, sleigh bed, refrigerator and digital cable TV. Fine dining, boutique shopping and spa pampering are only blocks away. Spring Lake New Jersey is one of America’s most genteel seashore towns where time can stand still at our “European Mansion by the Sea.” ... more less
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