First of all, I'm NOT a big Bed & Breakfast fan. Most are old, small and lacking the standard comforts on expects from a modern hotel (air conditioning, on-site parking, etc.).
That being said, The Ocean Plaza was a wonderful experience! Ocean Grove has no hotels, only Bed & Breakfasts. We were looking for a few days near the beach, from New Jersey down thru Northern Virginia and the prices for rooms were outrageous! When we came across the Ocean Plaza, they were featuring a special - arrive Sunday or Monday and stay 3 night and the 4th night was free. That brought the 4 night average down to around $110 / night. That worked into our budget nicely.
The Inn itself was terrific! Although the building was original to 1870, it had been completely updated. The room, and attached bath, were roomy and spacious. We had a queen bed, loveseat, chair, dresser, closet and still room to move around. Everything was modern and comfortable. The Inn had central air conditioning, but not individual room controls. Our first floor room was steps from the "living room" and the wrap around porch with many available rocking chairs.
The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. They knew how to converse without that "over sweet" attitude you get at many B&B's.
The continental breakfast was adequate. There was a nice selection daily of fresh fruit, and a good selection of pastries, although not "homemade". Breakfast was served on the second floor wrap around porch with views of the morning sun glistening off the ocean.
Beach towels and snacks were available for no charge. ALL parking in Ocean Grove is on-street, (no charge) but there was no issue for us at the Ocean Plaza since the Inn has across from a park, so parking was available on both sides of the street.
We do plan to return next year, hopefully for the same week in June.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located one block from the beach in the beautiful historic seaside town of Ocean Grove, this grand century old hotel features 16 distinctively decorated guest rooms and 3 exceptional suites. Its numerous balconies and wrap around porches provide magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the town's extraordinary Victorian architecture. All of the accommodations at the Ocean Plaza include private baths, air conditioning, free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, refrigerators, coffee makers and Continental Breakfast is included. New Jersey Transit and bus transportation from the City are within walking distance. Open year round, guests can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a swim in the ocean, a walk along the boardwalk, bicycling or just relaxing away from the hectic pace of the city. We are walking distance to downtown Ocean Grove with its many quaint shops and cafes as well as Asbury Park which just ranked No. 10 in Travel and Leisure Magazine's "50 Best Places to Travel in 2016". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ocean Plaza Hotel Ocean Grove