Above Average for Jersey Shore (But That's Not Saying Much) A review of Windswept Motel
We recently returned from a stay at the Windswept. It's difficult to write a fair review because the Windswept is indeed above average for the central Jersey Shore, but still far from great on any kind of broader scale. Our stay started with a small disappointment that our "oceanview" room was really a "parking lot view" room, with a glimpse of the beach if you stood in a particular spot on the small balcony and sort of craned your neck around to the side. Make sure if you want a real view to book the "oceanfront" rooms, which are the same price but seem to go pretty fast. The room itself is clean but very basic. The bedding was fine, and the sparse furniture was decent. They do provide beach passes and towels, but not chairs or umbrellas. The small pool was fine for an afternoon dip, and generally not too crowded. There are no restaurants on site, but the restaurants at the White Sands next door were convenient and decent (especially the beachfront Lido Cafe).
Overall, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is terrific, on the ocean side of Ocean Avenue, and just steps from the beach, boardwalk and restaurants, and a short drive to a bunch of other good stuff. I understand that the short season and the great demand results in these crazy prices for a very basic motel room (we paid around $300 per night all in). But at these prices, it would be nice if they would provide decent soaps and shampoos, a hairdryer, beach chairs, maybe a few more inexpensive "creature comforts" that you generally find in resort quality hotels, to help take the edge off of paying these prices.
The bottom line is this: What the Windswept does have is fine; there just ought to be a little more of it for these prices.