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The Best Hotels to Stay at on the Jersey Shore for Ambiance & Luxury

Fortunately, the NYC area has access to plenty of beach shoreline. Take a look at our list below of the most magical hotels to stay at on the Jersey Shore. The northern half of the shore line can be accessed in close to a 1 hour drive (or by NJTransit if you don’t have access to a car). Or you can head to the bottom of the shore line and visit the Victorian coastal town of Cape May, NJ.

1. Wave Resort

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One of the closest hotels to Manhattan, Wave Resort is just a little over an hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. The hotel is modern and full of amenities such as a pool, fitness center, spa, and an on-site restaurant. Located directly on the beachfront, you can also snag beach chairs and an umbrella directly from the resort. The hotel is also situated in the center of town so you have plenty of dining options locally if you want to venture out.

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Public Transportation: Accessible by train
Price Range: $500 – $700 / per night typically

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2. The Asbury Hotel

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This hotel has it all: the ambiance, the pool, the dining, the rooftop. The lobby is cheerful and colorful and gives off California vibes. Up on the roof, you can find a rooftop bar plus plenty of seating. Some nights, you can relax and enjoy a movie screening night from the rooftop. The pool seating has it’s own vibe with lounge chairs, and some sofa seating. At night at the pool, you can hang out around the firepit. The hotel is located on block off the boardwalk and walking distance to everything Asbury Park has to offer (which is a lot!).

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Public Transportation: Accessible by train
Price Range: $300 – $500 / per night typically

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3. Bungalow Hotel

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Bungalow Hotel is hip and modern. The hotel aesthetic plays off a community vibe with a pool table, firepit, and bar. The hotel rooms are very chic and all sport a flag for a different country. Some hotel rooms come with deep soaking tub – perfect for relaxing after a day out at the beach. The hotel is a short 1 block up from the beach and directly in the center of town. Enjoy plenty of dining options in Long Branch or the surrounding towns if you want to venture out.

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Public Transportation: Accessible by train
Price Range: $300 – $500 / per night typically

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4. Asbury Ocean Club Hotel

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Location, Location, Location! This spectacular hotel is oceanfront and is about as luxurious as it gets on the Jersey shore. The large pool has sprawling beachfront views and is the perfect place to relax both day and night. The rooms have a beautiful coastal aesthetic and feel bright & airy. The hotel is directly in the center of Asbury Park perfect for dining out or walking over to one of the surrounding towns.

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Public Transportation: Accessible by train
Price Range: $600 – $1,000 / per night typically

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5. The Breakers on the Ocean

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Spring Lake is known for their lavish homes and The Breakers on the Ocean falls right in-line along the fabulous oceanfront properties. In an area better known for bed & breakfasts, The Breakers is one of the larger hotel properties for the region. The hotel houses an expansive oceanfront deck with both shaded and sun-filled seating options. Enjoy the historic charm of this hotel which was originally built in the late 1800’s but has undergone many renovations to allow for modern amenities.

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Public Transportation: Accessible by train
Price Range: $300 – $500 / per night typically

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6. Casa Del Mar

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The trendiest motel vibe you can find! Casa Del Mar is located on Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach. The hotel is just one block inland from the beach and the bustling boardwalk that is Point Pleasant. The property has a very modern feel and the lobby pretty much resembles a coffee shop where you can grab your morning espresso and a pastry. For dog owners, you can also bring along your furry friend if they’re under 40 pounds.

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Public Transportation: Accessible by train
Price Range: $350 – $450 / per night typically

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7. Hotel LBI

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Hotel LBI is a brand new hotel to Long Beach Island. The hotel location is ideal at the very start of the island but close to many restaurant options and nearby to the beachfront. The hotel boasts luxurious, modern looking rooms with a coastal feel. The rooftop pool is open year-round and has a retractable rooftop for the warmer months. You can rent bicycles directly from the hotel and explore up and down the coastline.

Distance from Manhattan: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $500 – $650 / per night typically

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8. Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club

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Live that resort lifestyle down in Beach Haven at the end of Long Beach Island. This hotel feels like you’ve definitely left the Jersey Shore with palm trees lining the beachfront. Enjoy dining from two on-site restaurants and kick-back at the outdoor pool during the daytime. The location is just steps away from the downtown and the infamous Chicken or the Egg restaurant.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hours
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $300 – $600 / per night typically

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9. Borgata

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Ah, the Vegas of New Jersey – Atlantic City. The Borgata is one of the most well known hotels on this popular Jersey Shore destination. This massive property has everything you can need: party by the pool, relax at the spa, dine at one of the many restaurant options, or gamble the night away at the casino. While the hotel is nearby to the Atlantic City beach, most guests never find a reason to leave the property with all it has to offer.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hours
Public Transportation: Accessible by bus
Price Range: $150 – $600 / per night typically

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10. ICONA Avalon

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Escape from the city life and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Avalon, NJ. The Icona Avalon hotel is located beachfront and boasts a beautiful pool with unbeatable views. The property has three dining options on-site with both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor restaurant by the pool, Sandbar Village, features live music everyday during the peak season with reggae music every Sunday.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $350 – $650 / per night typically

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11. ICONA Windrift

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ICONA has two side-by-side properties in Avalon, NJ that are both are luxury hotels packed with amenities. The vibe of the hotel is “coastal chic” with lots of blues and whites in their design inspo. Similar to their sister property, the hotel also boasts an outdoor pool and hot tub. You can also step right out onto the beach and enjoy complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $350 – $650 / per night typically

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12. The Reeds at Shelter Haven

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Located almost at the end of the Jersey shoreline, this hotel sits on the bayside of the water in Stone Harbor, NJ. The bay offers calmer water than the oceanfront and this hotel takes full advantage by offering complimentary kayaks and paddleboards to enjoy the bliss of the bay. The hotel is situated a couple blocks away from the beachfront, but a beach attendant will take you by electric car down to the beach when you’re in the mood for some sand. There are plenty of dining options nearby, plus two restaurants located in the hotel itself.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $450 – $600 / per night typically

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13. Ocean Club Hotel

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Walking distance to everything that Cape May has to offer, the Ocean Club Hotel is a nice waterfront option to enjoy the laid back vibe of Cape May. The outdoor pool is open seasonally as well as a poolside bar. The majority of hotel rooms come with balconies and most have waterfront views. During prime season, you will also frequently find live music down at the pool area.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $450 – $800 / per night typically

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14. Lokal Hotel

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Just steps from the beach, Lokal is a beautiful boutique luxury hotel offering a homey experience down the shore. Considered a “micro-resort”, this property consists of just eight apartment style hotel rooms. Each hotel room comes with private outdoor balcony access and range from studio to 2-bedroom. The outdoor pool is heated and saltwater and open seasonally.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $500 – $800 / per night typically

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15. Virginia Hotel & Cottages

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Cape May is filled with beautiful Victorian properties, so it’s only right that The Virginia Hotel & Cottages made our list. Your stay here would come with an array of amenities including continental breakfast, beach chairs & towels, and access to Congress Hall’s outdoor pool. You can also reserve one of the hotel’s iconic red & white beach tents.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $300 – $500 / per night typically

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16. Congress Hall

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A historic staple on the Jersey Shore is Congress Hall. The four story yellow building dating back to 1816 is one of the most recognizable in Cape May. The hotel is equipped with an outdoor pool, beach seating, a full-service spa, and fitness center. Right in the heart of downtown, you’re also close to everything to see and do in this beach town.

Distance from Manhattan: 2 hour, 30 minutes
Public Transportation: Not easily accessible
Price Range: $500 – $800 / per night typically

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Wave Resort
The Asbury Hotel
Bungalow Hotel
Asbury Ocean Club Hotel
The Breakers on the Ocean
Casa Del Mar
Hotel LBI
Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club
Borgata
ICONA Avalon
ICONA Windrift
The Reeds at Shelter Haven
Ocean Club Hotel
Lokal Hotel
Virginia Hotel & Cottages
Congress Hall