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abmitch01
05-20-2010, 08:59 AM
saw an oceanfront hotel deal for $79 a night. Thinking of a quick, cheap summer trip for the kids. Haven't been there in 3 decades. Anyone know what it's like in Asbury Park?

barbarabini
05-20-2010, 09:13 AM
It is like a deserted, unkempt city on a beach. Lots of potholes, lots of places you don't want to be after 6 pm and somewhere you don't really want to drive through after dark with your kids. Not much to do.

That's why the hotel on the beach is 79 bucks when all the other hotels in the nearby towns are like 199 and up for a night.

Sorry, I love the jersey shore, but when we drove through Asbury Park last year, I couldn't believe the state of it.

abmitch01
05-20-2010, 09:16 AM
thank you! that's probably why the place looks nice but has horrible reviews on Tripadvisor. Glad I didn't book it.

irishtigger
05-20-2010, 09:23 AM
My suggestion DON'T book a hotel there. Try Spring Lake, point pleasant. You will not be happy if you book a hotel in Asbury Park.

mjkacmom
05-20-2010, 09:40 AM
While the area is on an upswing, I still wouldn't stay there. Parts of it are okay, but some areas are pretty scary still. I remember it 3 decades ago - my grandparents had a home in Avon, so we'd go to Asbury Park at least once a week.

java
05-20-2010, 09:44 AM
In Ocean City this is one that has been suggested to us- it's more(around $150 a night) but gets good reviews from what I have read.

http://www.impalaislandinn.com/rates.asp

MineMail
05-20-2010, 09:59 AM
I wouldn't stay in Asbury Park, it's really lost a lot of its glory over the years. I don't even think the Stone Pony is still there - it's a bar where Bruce Springsteen used to drop in on regularly.

Spring Lake, Deal and Avon are beautiful, but I don't think they have any hotels. There might be B&B's, though.

If you want a beach town hotel with a boardwalk and attractions, Point Pleasant is much nicer.

abmitch01
05-20-2010, 02:37 PM
thanks everyone!

PatMcDuck
05-20-2010, 05:35 PM
There is another side to Asbury Park, but I am not sure I would bring a family to stay there...... I live close to Asbury, and I could say many things. It has been a struggle for this town, and many of the problems there are not the town's "fault". The state has caused problems for AP, and of course the problems with the economy has hurt them more than most other towns.

That said, it IS slowly making a come back. Has many new clubs and restuarants, and new condos are going up. The beach itself, is nice and wide, and attractive. Younger people are moving in, many with $$, and they are renovating buildings and opening new businesses. There is a small gay community there, and they are helping the town out as well, a very positive influence, IMHO.

Nearby, you would have more for the kids to do at Pt Pleasant, Manasquan, Belmar, Avon-by-the-Sea, or further south, Long Beach Island......

MomofSixinSC
05-20-2010, 06:36 PM
Just reading the name Asbury Park brings back memories. We lived in NJ (Short Hills) growing up. A fwe times each summer, my mom wold drive us to The Shore. We would go to Beacon Beach in Point Pleasant from about 10am to 3pm. Then we would drive up to Asbury Park and spend he rest of the day on the Boardwalk. I loved the carosel, the ferris wheel, and frozen custard. I wish I could go there today! :(

rock_doctor
05-20-2010, 06:39 PM
I'm not too familiar with north jersey but consider Ocean City, Avalon, Cape May or Wildwood, they are all about another hour and half more south down the parkway. There is quite bit to do in each town with Wildwood having the most as they have two piers with rides. There are two books we use when traveling for cheap hotels. We use mostly the second one listed. Good luck.

Here they are:
http://www.roomsaver.com/
http://www.travelcoupons.com/

MM27
05-20-2010, 07:35 PM
I'm not too familiar with north jersey but consider Ocean City, Avalon, Cape May or Wildwood, they are all about another hour and half more south down the parkway. There is quite bit to do in each town with Wildwood having the most as they have two piers with rides. There are two books we use when traveling for cheap hotels. We use mostly the second one listed. Good luck.

Here they are:
http://www.roomsaver.com/
http://www.travelcoupons.com/

I've never heard Asbury Park referred to as North Jersey :rotfl:

Asbury Park does have some nice restaurants, but if you make a wrong turn somewhere, you can end up in a not so pleasant area really fast. Unless I have to go there for something, I don't.

I'd look for something around Point Pleasant. Jenkinson's is great for the kids, nice beaches, the whole boardwalk scene is alive and well in the summer and you'll have a lot of fun.

njsweetP
05-20-2010, 08:20 PM
Another veto for Asbury Park. Like others have said, try Point Pleasant, especially if you have kids, great boardwalk and beach. Long Branch has Pier Village (www.piervillage.com) which is nice, but not much else going on there.

31Buzz
05-20-2010, 08:36 PM
Asbury is not the place it might one time have been.

Wildwood is much nicer and there are a LOT of towns along the jersey shore to visit

Disney845
05-20-2010, 09:58 PM
"I've heard of this charming place in...uh..Asbury Park...It's..uh...Al's Motel..."

"Al's Motel...sounds like a place where you bring your own lightbulbs.."

"When a girl's taken to a place called Al's Motel, she better not count on dinner..."

:rolleyes1

Nissi
05-20-2010, 10:30 PM
If you follow the boardwalk by foot or bicylce one town over, you hit Ocean Grove. It is gorgeous here with every building being Victorian. Polar opposite of AP...great restaurants and Bed & Breakfasts.

luvdisney00
05-21-2010, 07:14 AM
I live about 30 minutes north of Asbury Park and agree with all pp..DON"T take the kids to AP. As soon as you go about 2 miles north of AP there are TONS of beautiful family friendly towns to vacation in. Ocean Grove is the next town over and it's great, then Bradley beach, Belmar, Sea Girt, Spring Lake all great places for a vacation with the kids. Point Pleasant has a very family friendly boardwalk , nice beaches, great restaurants. Lots of great places at the Jersey Shore, just not Asbury Park.

tinkarooni
05-21-2010, 07:22 AM
I think that OP has made up her mind already about the hotel, but I will add, in the 90's I went to a funeral for a girl who was shot and killed on the street in Asbury Park, apparently her boyfriend was part of a drug deal gone bad.

I second Point Pleasant, tons of stuff to do, however lots of people. I feel perfectly safe there.

momejay
05-21-2010, 07:41 AM
My friend's hubby is a cop in Asbury Park. He worked overtime on a gang dispute at the high school a few weeks back. Let's just say, it is a town I drive through with the doors locked & we don't stop.
I also agree Pt. Pleasant is a nice "family place." They have fireworks weekly, carnival games, movie night, an aquarium, a fun house, kiddie rides, mini golf...oh yeah & the beach. We went to the weekly Radio Disney shows on the beach. Lots of fun!
It is a shame. Asbury Park needs serious help. As a kid, I remember thinking it was the best place in the world. (WDW wasn't built yet)

abmitch01
05-21-2010, 10:43 AM
really sad about how bad it's gotten. Went a few times as a kid and loved it.

Now that I decided not to book that hotel, I'm open to almost anywhere driveable from upstate NY. Just got back from Disney and hadn't really planned on taking a summer vaca. But would like to take one with DBF and his kids and mine. They are getting older and we may not have that many yrs when they will still want to go with us. last yr we rented a house in NH near a beach, it rained the whole time but was still fun

njziggy
05-21-2010, 12:53 PM
I too live just a few towns away from AP and was a volunteer reading buddy for their schools for several years. I do agree that there are areas I would not go at night in AP but, there are places in Orlando that I wouldn't go at night. There are much nicer and family friendlier beaches further south down the NJ coast. However, I have to admit that I love the AP boardwalk. There is a small section that is slowly coming back- no fancy rides, no flashy lights but, great restaurants & cool places to shop. Our families favorite restaurant Langosta Lounge is there.... cool place with excellent "vacation food". The owner of Langosta Lounge is very involved with the revitalization of the area & has supported a weekly farmers market & multiple events that support the local arts & film industry and environmental causes (like Clean Ocean Action)There is an awesome place where you can blow your own glass (hot sands) and a cool pinball machine "museum" where you can play for hours.

KCMiller
05-21-2010, 02:35 PM
"I've heard of this charming place in...uh..Asbury Park...It's..uh...Al's Motel..."

"Al's Motel...sounds like a place where you bring your own lightbulbs.."

"When a girl's taken to a place called Al's Motel, she better not count on dinner..."

:rolleyes1

I love Doris Day movies!!


KC:hippie:

sharonW
05-21-2010, 05:07 PM
Ocean City is great, very family oriented! LUV it!!
Don't know much about asbury park but by the
sounds of the reviews here you should probably
avoid it!:scared1:

MomofSixinSC
05-21-2010, 05:48 PM
If you follow the boardwalk by foot or bicylce one town over, you hit Ocean Grove. It is gorgeous here with every building being Victorian. Polar opposite of AP...great restaurants and Bed & Breakfasts.

When I was a teen, that was caled Ocean Grave because that was where all the old people summered. :laughing:

WeLoveLilo05
05-22-2010, 12:52 AM
My suggestion DON'T book a hotel there. Try Spring Lake, point pleasant. You will not be happy if you book a hotel in Asbury Park.

I live in Spring Lake, we have Bed and Breakfasts here, there's also 2 hotels on Route 35 (comfort inn maybe, can't think, but its like a chain), 2 miles away from the beach. If you go to Spring Lake beach, its mostly young families with young kids and then elderly people. Very family oriented. Pt Pleasant it only 10 minutes South.
Asbury Park is getting better, would I ever get a hotel room there? NO, but maybe in another 5-10 years it will be more of a resort town again. There's a few nice restaurants on cookman ave. (its like the main ave and everything over on that street and the next street is all new) so even if you do stay in Spring Lake, or Avon you could just head over to Asbury for dinner one night, seriously these towns are so small, I think if you take 71 in Spring Lake to Asbury Park you are traveling all of 5 miles lol.
Point Pleasant is nice if you have kids, just difficult to park on the weekends.
Don't think I would do Belmar though, a lot of college kids hanging out and it could get a lil rowdy.
Good Luck!

J3nn78
05-22-2010, 07:27 AM
Give Asbury Park a few more years and it should be good again. They really are doing so much to restore the town, but it still has a long way to go. If you go there, though, I highly recommend Moonstruck. My friends Uncle owns the restaurant-very good.

HALEYSMOMMOM
05-22-2010, 02:14 PM
Just watched a movie last night called Greta, with Hillary Duff, and it talks about how horrible Asbury park is, and shows a young girl going there and getting scared, and had the police bring her back home to safety. After watching that I wouldn't consider going to AP ever! Is it really that bad?

WeLoveLilo05
05-22-2010, 06:48 PM
Just watched a movie last night called Greta, with Hillary Duff, and it talks about how horrible Asbury park is, and shows a young girl going there and getting scared, and had the police bring her back home to safety. After watching that I wouldn't consider going to AP ever! Is it really that bad?

I think it depends on the "area", I used to jog the boardwalk at night (yes crazy) when I was in college (well my first stint at college, 8 years ago haha), and they really weren't even rebuilding at that time. There were some creeps, I remember one night I am jogging, the guy has a cigarette and starts asking me "Do you have a cigarette?" I'm jogging, do you think I smoke? LOL then tells me he'd pay for $5 for 1.....then you could have gotten a pack for $5 here in NJ. So that was a little weird. It was kind of exciting/scary though, I'd be there in March at night in the cold, no one is around and the littlest noise would make me jump hahaha. I liked going there b/c I admired the architecture and buildings, many have been torn down since, including where the carousel was, but by looking at it, it must have been a cool hang out in the early-mid 1900s. We also used to go to the Stone Pony too :)
But since then the boardwalk is looking much better and I wouldn't fear going there night or day, I also wouldn't fear cookman ave either, as they have some really nice restaurants there and some nice little stores too.
But the rest...yeah I wouldn't walk there night or day hahaha.