Travel Blogs from Point Pleasant Beach
(Angus) We have spent today with Sasha and Kerry and their children. We had a pleasant walk in nearby woods, after a brief drive though the suburban area. The neighbourhood by the river here is populated by huge ostentatious American houses. Painted wood with verandas or faux Georgian. Almost any style goes. Despite being very large country houses they each only have about half an acre between them. Apparently Jon Bon Jovi lives here somewhere..Sasha was not exactly ...
... you can see clear across to New York City in the distance. It was a bit hazy at the time, but you could still recognize some of the specific buildings. On a clear day I can imagine it would be an awesome view.
After a nice ride through town, we decided to grab a bite to eat soon. The clouds were looming dark and ominous behind us, so first we went back to the boat to ready it in case of storms, especially because we had left cocoa in ...
After being stranded for 3 days in Block Island, the Admiral gave approval to set sail for Clinton, CT. Wednesday, Aug 25th. Now, those of you who have been to Block Island might think that being stranded there for 3 days isn't bad duty. However, with high winds and heavy seas IN THE HARBOR it was not safe to dingy ashore. The harbormaster launches were only running for emergencies. So once Vagabond was tied up on the T dock in ...
... some time in Central Park. It never ceases to amaze me how this serene little piece of nature can live in harmony with the craziness and noise of the city right beside it. It makes you realize anything can live harmony, there is always hope. I decided to sit up on one of the rocks and read my book for a little while. Every now and then I would look across to the little pond, it sits so still- so beautiful, even to the point where you are afraid to ...
... and aft are used to move the ship sideways. If the wheels on our cars turned 90 degrees sideways, we could park and unpark like this also. It was a beautifully warm day, and I could see what I thought to be the Statue of Liberty way off to the west. I also liked the unknown passenger's face. This picture shows the Staten Island ferry chugging amiably across the QM2 bow from right to left (the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dunes Motel Point Pleasant Beach
Excelent July 4th weekend!!!
I stayed at The Dunes during 4th of July weekend, very nice and cozy beach motel I can say. The patio is very colorful with flowers and palm trees. The room we stayed in was comfortable and very clean. Here are some pictures from our stay at The Dunes.
There you get what you pay for. If you want a huge luxury room you need to pay double. If you want to be on the boardwalk - PAY DOUBLE! If you want to be on the beach...you know.
The place is good enough for my family. We have being staying there for a years and we'll go again.
Young people are welcome too!!!
Most of the motels around don't even accept people under 21, or if they do they charge crazy money for it. Well they did take us for three amazing nights for a very good price. We will be there again!
Great Family Reunion place
I have been coming to this place for the last few years for our annual family reunion. I can't think of going anywhere else. It has a private patio that afforded us the luxury of enjoying some nice family meals together while the kids could play. Higly recommend this place.
Excellent location and comfortable place
It is a motel, not a hotel and a great location. I stayed with my family and my children loved the place and the boardwalk. Beach was close by. I am not sure how these other folks found it below average. They are living in a fools paradise.
The owners were very friendly and went out of the way to accomodate our every needs. I recommend this place to families.
This motel (it should not be called a Hotel) was expensive for the absolute minimum. Let's put it this way, normal amenities of a hotel were not there, there was no alarm clock, shampoo, coffee in the morning etc. The beds were full size (despite my request for King, I don't think they have any King sized beds- so don't bother asking) and were the cheapest beds I have ever seen - indented in the center and hard as a rock. The chairs in the common area were almost entirely broken (the plastic kind you buy in the store for $2 - they couldn't replace them?). The location is ok, but its further then 1/2 a mile from the busy section of the boardwalk (its more like a mile or more). The pool was the only nice aspect of the motel. The price is not reflected in the quality of this motel (we paid about $180 a night on Labor day weekend). However, it was about the same price as all of the other hotels in pt. Pleasant and if you are just looking for a place near the beach in Pt. Pleasant, it is across the street.
I too, booked this hotel after viewing their website -- big mistake. We arrived ready for 3 relaxing nights and were in for a RUDE awakening. The room was filthy, smeared remains of dozens of bugs on the walls and ceiling, mattress hard as a rock and looked to be from the 1970s, air conditioner rattled all night so loudly we had to turn it off, stains on blankets, disgusting dirt and filth haning from the box spring and more dirt behind the end table, noisy partying crowd in room next to us. I've never been more disgusted in my life! We checked out after 1 night and are now fighting them to get our money back as we paid for their 3 night package. I have sent them a certified letter and am disputing with American Express as the owners are "never there" and don't call you back when they are supposed to. Before we left the room I took photos to document the filthy state of the room - in an effort to expedite my refund. So far they have not responded. We were very lucky to find other accommodations at the Surfside Motel. We experienced the exact opposite there and I'd recommend that you go ANYWHERE but Dunes Hotel. You'd be better off sleeping in your car...
I wouldn't rave about "The Dunes", but my wife and I really had no complaints. We found it to be what you would expect of a lower-cost, off-the-main-drag Jersey Shore motel. Certainly not luxurious, but quite acceptable. A working AC, TV, fridge and microwave. No urine, filth, or botched repairs in evidence. The beach is across the street, and although labelled "private", you are welcome if you pay $6 for the day. It was less expensive and less crowded than the beach up the street at the boardwalk. Although we wouldn't be offended by seeing a guest drinking a beer (wow, can you imagine such a thing, drinking a beer at a beach motel?), things were pretty quiet at night, even with the pool and full occupancy. Most guests were families w/kids, and all were polite, friendly, and having a good time. Maybe we were lucky...
Please do not make the same mistake as we did. We booked this motel sight unseen and that was my first error unfortunately. I planned a special day and night away for my two children for their birthday (twins) and they each brought a friend. Because I knew nothing about the motel with the exception of what I read and viewed on the website I telephoned the manager and I also spoke with "the concierge", as he called himself. I explained that it was very important to me because I would have my own children plus the responsibility for 2 other children that their motel be a "family oriented establishement". I was told that they were absolutely a family place~"right now all our rooms have families in them". I was horrified when I arrived prior to 11 AM and saw an individual outside their room on the second floor walkway drinking a beer! This, to me, is not a family place. How could I stay there after pulling up at that time of the morning and all the children see this? I was so upset and the children were very disappointed. Ever try to find another place to stay for one night at the end of July in a beach community with 4 children? My point: When a business advertises on a website, especially a motel, they should be honest. If what you see is NOT what you are going to get when you arrive, of course there are going to be problems. False advertising in this manner should be illegal. Now I am fighting to get my deposit back due to the fact they misrepresent their establishment. The Dunes Motel is not honest. They do run parallel to the beach but there are huge homes across the street and you see no beach. Second, they advertise that they have a "spectacular", one of the largest private inground pools". Believe me, I saw it and the pool area is not "spectacular". They should look up the meaning of that word in the dictionary. How can it be private when you can see right into it from the street? Please, if you are planning on taking the time, the money and the children somewhere for a little "away time", and you have not actually seen the establishment you want to stay in, get reviews, word of mouth, anything besides just going by websites and even speaking with the staff themselves. As you can see from my experience even that is not enough. The Dunes Motel owes it to me to return my hard earned deposit for falsely advertising themselves and truly dissapointing four 11-year old children.
Our soccer team booked the Dunes Motel on the internet thru a Point Pleasant Beach site. The pictures looked great, but we think they were taken in the 50s. Location also seemed great, one block from the beach & a few blocks from the broadwalk. But they don't say that the beach 1 block away is private, there beach is 5 blocks away, with no parking. The rooms had were dirty, small, in a state on batched repairs and it was $179.00 @ night. One of our party had a mattress that was urinated on, it was so gross. The place was falling down, airconditioners stuck in ill-fitting windows w/ insulation around them. Mold in the showers, and nosiy drunk guest that sat poolside to the wee hours. Unfortunately with no vacancies around the owners, (who live in this pigsty) have you over a barrel. I wish there was a way to press charges for false advertising on the internet. Please do not go to The Dunes Motel!