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Historical Traveler Reviews The Grenville Bay Head
Not the Marriott
This hotel is not for the picky - which I guess I am. The room looked very cute & was decorated w/antiques. I had a small refrigerator (missing the bar to keep the food in the door), a coffee maker, a TV, and a in-room AC unit the supplement the central air). They provide beach tags, chairs, and umbrellas. Parking is on the street. Since we were there during the week, it wasn't much of a problem, although drivers DO NOT STOP to let you cross the street. Trucks rumble past the hotel and actually make it shake at night. The first night, I thought there was an earthquake! And, I agree w/ the other poster, the garbage trucks & the staff dumping out bottles early in the morning and late at night is alarming.
My biggest problem was the bed. I was clinging to the side of the bed at night because there was such a pit in the middle when my husband was in it. I reported this when I arrived on Monday, and the mattress was switched on THURSDAY, only after numerous compaints and reminders. I actually slept on the couch with a beach towel over me one night. I was very disappointed at the lack of concern from the owners. AND they offered no compensation at all.
The bed originally had no mattress pad under the sheets. This was only changed when the mattress was switched. Comment from staff : "I don't know why, but some beds just don't have them". Ewww. In addition, when the sheets were finally changed with my new mattress, the sheet had a stain. Yuck. I lost some sleep over that too.
Bed linens are not changed daily. (I stayed Mon- Fri & they were not changed.) Another poster reported that the coffee machines are not cleaned. Very true. When I arrived there was a moldy, disgusting filter in the machine. After the machine was replaced, the staff forgot to change it again. Shampoo & soap is not replenished without asking, which is just chintzy esp. since at the beach you end up taking 2 showers a day.
We did not eat at the restaurant b/c the menu was mostly very heavy w/ lots of cheese, sauces, etc. Not my idea of beach fare, although the porch dining looks very charming. Just give me a lobster after the day at the beach & I'm happy, or even perhaps a nice big entree salad. It looked like mostly very older people frequent the place for meals, and perhaps a special occasion restaurant for couples. Since there is plenty of that at home, we passed.
Also, note that there is no lifeguard posted at the beach most convenient to the hotel! You'd have to walk at least 1000 yards to the nearest lifeguard.
Although it is convenient to the beach, at $200 plus per night, I think I'll try the White Sands hotel in Point Pleasant next time.
A nice suprise
Went to the Grenville for Brunch. Was very suprised to see all the changes. The new owners are working hard to make improvements. The food was excellent as usual. The service I found to be a lot better than the other times we have been there. Definately an improvement for the better.
Had a super time
I knew from the other reviews of The Grenville, that the restaurant was top notch, but there were mixed reviews (more poor than good) of the accomodations. Happily, our room and the service were very good. Everything we saw and used was attractive and well maintained. The only thing that could have been better was the air conditioning unit in the room. My husband loves lots of AC and he would have liked it cooler. But he would go back without hesitation. In addition to the excellent and beautifully served food, dining out on the veranda was perfect. I highly recommend The Grenville.
GO SOMEWHERE ELSE
Spent last weekend at the Grenville. It is now under new ownership & boy does it show. It is not a B&B. It is a Bed & Coffee, but for $9.99 you can buy breakfast. At $300+ per night, I think a simple $9.99 breakfast could be included. This hotel is way over rated & way over priced. I had a fourth floor "suite" with a view of the ocean & the bay?? The best views from the room were the dumpsters, which were emptied at 7:15 Saturday morning with a bang, and Route 35, which runs in front of the hotel. There is no on-site parking & the Saturday evening parking valet tries to keep the entire street in front of the hotel for his private use. Didn't want us to park near the hotel. The room was nicely appointed with cute furniture, but only queen sized beds. Brightly colored sticker notes remind you to keep the shower curtain in the shower (duh!) and to run the exhaust fan & keep the bathroom door closed to prevent the fire alarm for activating. What's that all about? The shades were for privacy, not to keep light out. And all did not match. A bright security light remained on all night at the outside rear exit stairway. It was like leaving a 60 watt bulb on all night. The wall paper in the elevator was torn, revealing the old pattern. The ripped pieces were attached with scotch tape. The pressure balance in the shower was irratic. It went from comfortable to HOT and back to comfortable again. A pink envelope was given to us upon check-in. This was for the housekeeping gratuity. It should have been a pink-slip as the beach sand remained on the floor all weekend & the coffee pot was not cleaned after use.
The dinners on the porch remain the highlight of the hotel. Food was good, although our steaks were served cold & replaced immediately with hot ones upon giving notice to a great waiter, Brian. It's a BYOB since the new owners don't have a winery. Price is right for the dinner/wrong for the room.
Eat at the Grenville.......Sleep on the beach.
My fiance' and I ate there one night while on vacation at the shore in Sea Side and we thought the food was very good. The next spring we stayed there for a weekend getaway and it was nice for what it is. It's not the Waldorf but it's a nice place for a seaside in. The staff were pleasent and accomidating and the food is better than most places in the area.
Mickey d's and a tent
you are better off sleeping on the beach with a tent and eating mcdonald's for food. the staff, particularily the office trolls are horrible and the restaurant staff rushes through everything as if we were an inconvenience to them. horrible and spreading the word to all about the worst experience possible!
I did not stay at the Grenville, but did enjoy a wonderful dinner party that was held there.
The dining room was tastefully decorated, with a working fireplace. Small tapestries lined the walls, and painted flowers adorned the ceiling where the chandeliers met it. The feeling emanating from the room was that of welcome and warmth.
The wait staff was attentive. They eagerly answered all questions and happily shared their knowledge regarding the hotel, restaurant, and winery. One waitress was so kind that she went out of her way to comfort my 6 year old daughter who was suffering from a cold. And when my daughter accidentally knocked over a bucket of wine, the staff eased her embarrassment by explaining to her that "it happens all the time." Very friendly people.
As for the food, it was delectable! I had the tenderloin and it was fabulous! The courses were well proportioned and timed appropriately. The vegetables were fresh, the food was tastey. The wine was rather good as well (and I don't usually care for wine.)
It was a memorable experience and I am looking forward to visiting again.
Food is great/sleep at hom
My wife and I and several friends stayed at the Grenville Hotel on Saturday night and booked the Queen Anne Package, which includes the room, dinner voucher, and champagne upon arrival. To our disappointment no champagne was found in our nicely decorated, but somewhat worn, room overlooking the highway. Not concerned at this point, since we had brought our own wine anyway (the only wines they serve at dinner are those of the owners other establishment, Renault Winery) we began our adventure. Dinner was a pleasure. The food was wonderful and the service was attentive. Upon retiring for the evening, our friends found the heat in their room was inoperative. In addition the staff had only provided them with one bath towel. Several calls to the desk in an attempt to rectify these problems fell upon deaf ears, as they were told I am the only one on duty now, and I couldnt possibly help. My friends slept in a cold room and shared a towel that night. I of course was luckier. My room had heat, which emanated from a register in the wall directly above the headboard with the velocity and noise of a 747 at takeoff. Flights departed every 5 minutes or so throughout the night. Needless to say both couples failed to have a pleasant restful evening. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone but spend the rest of your evening in your own bedroom.
Go somewhere else
Spent $245.00 for a Saturday night 7/20/02 at the Grenville Inn in Bay Head, NJ. Had to deal with rude employees at the counter, a broken down mattress and rock hard pillows. The room was noisy and way too cold. Probably the worst nights sleep I've had at a hotel in years. To add insult to injury, we asked to hold on to our beach badges until 3pm rather than 12PM and were told "if we do it for you we have to do it for everyone, you understand right? You can buy more for $5.00 a piece a few blocks down". How's that for customer service after paying $245.00 for a single night!
Best lunch in Bay Head
The best lunch in Bay Head is served on the veranda of the beautiful Grenville, a classic painted lady of the Jersey shore. The atmosphere is unmatched, the food is wonderful, and the price is very reasonable--most entrees are less than $10.00. Be sure to have a glass of the excellent columbard made at the Grenville's own winery.
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