3 Must-Haves before Checking Into Long Beach Island NJ Hotels

Families spend their summer vacations at a Long Beach Island NJ hotel, year after year. LBI is a great, low-maintenance beach destination… but you don’t have to sacrifice luxury hotel features. Regardless of your budget, treat yourself to an accommodating hotel that will earn repeat business from YOUR family!

Insist on a clean pool with a lounge-worthy sun deck.

First on your checklist…does your hotel have a nice outdoor pool area?

LBI has a few really great oceanfront hotels with pools. Outdoor pools are not just a luxury; it’s something you should expect these days from a Long Beach Island NJ hotel.

lbi hotelsSince you’ll be spending so much time at the beach, you may not realize the need for a pool at your hotel. Consider this: There will be plenty of in-between times when the beach is not an option, and you’ll be happy that your hotel has a nice outdoor pool.

Here are 5 examples where the pool beats the ocean:

  1. Unpleasant Weather. If the weather is too finicky to bother with, you should opt for the pool so you will have shelter nearby if it starts to rain. Excessive wind is another reason to avoid the beach, because you will get blasted by stinging particles of sand.
  2. Killing Some Time. Sometimes it’s just not worth heading to the beach- especially when time is short. You might be waiting for somebody to wake up, or waiting to take your turn in the shower and a dip in the pool is a great way to kill some time.
  3. Beginner Swimmers. If your kids are new to swimming or unfamiliar with the ocean, a pool is the place to work on their skills. Helping build their confidence is much easier in calm, controlled water. If your child isn’t ready for the ocean, at least have the option of a pool back at your hotel.
  4. Swimming at Night. Going into the ocean after hours is prohibited – and it’s very dangerous. Night swimming is a great thing to do after a long day, but the pool is a better choice than the ocean. Tides, currents and low visibility are nothing to mess with. Don’t go in the ocean at night.
  5. Hazardous Water Conditions. Every once in awhile, the ocean will be considered unsafe for swimming. If the local Beach Patrol closes access to the water due to the presence of jellyfish or a shark sighting or something of the like, you can still go swimming at the pool. There is no better place to be on summer nights than sitting poolside with a frozen drink as the sun goes down… or relaxing in the water with your family. Hopefully your hotel pool area has a big hot tub, too!

Make sure your LBI hotel has an elevator- it’s not as common as you’d expect.

lbi hotelsThe next thing on your checklist should be… does your hotel have an elevator?

It might come as a surprise that most Long Beach Island NJ hotels DO NOT offer elevator service to patrons. We don’t understand why, but the annoying lack of an elevator will create unnecessary obstacles.

Packing and Unpacking is easier with an elevator

You will have a much easier time moving your things in and out of a hotel that has an elevator. Even a low-rise hotel should offer elevator service because it makes the packing and unpacking process so much easier.

Baby strollers and beach wagons will be a hassle without one

Travelling with kids gives you even more of a reason to book a Long Beach Island NJ hotel with an elevator. Nobody wants to drag a baby stroller up the stairs, or carry a heavy wagon down them. You will be doing lots of walking and strollers and wagons will be helpful…but without an elevator, they will just be a hassle.

Book a room with a door leading straight to the beach.

One last thing to add to your checklist is… How close are you to the beach?

Nobody travels to a beach town with the intention of staying inside or going out sightseeing. The primary purpose of staying at Long Beach Island NJ hotels is to enjoy a few days on the beautiful, sandy beaches. You don’t want to waste time fighting for a parking spot or sitting in traffic. A beachfront hotel room is worth every penny.

Long Beach Island NJ HotelThe most convenient type of hotel room has a door leading you directly to the beach. You can let your kids play right outside your door when they’re too antsy to wait inside. You can go back and forth to your hotel room whenever you’d like. Plus, for what it’s worth, you won’t have to walk through the hotel lobby in your bathing suits! A private entrance to the beach is one step away from having a luxury beach house.

Also, keep in mind that most of LBI’s beaches are now smoke-free zones, but some hotels in Long Beach Island NJ have designated smoking areas. You’ll have to leave the beach and move away from the entrance ramp before lighting up, according to the No Smoking ordinance that was just passed in Beach Haven. If you can find a room with a direct entrance to the beach, that will be your greatest option- hands-down! Just unlock your door and step out into paradise!

(Remember- your family will work up an appetite so make sure your hotel has a great onsite restaurant. Check out the Sand Dollar Restaurant at Spray Beach Hotel. They have a beachfront dining pavilion and there’s live music every night!)

Don’t settle for any lackluster Long Beach Island NJ Hotel. Treat yourself!

Once you find a hotel with a pool, an elevator, and easy access to the beach, hurry to reserve your room. Long Beach Island NJ hotels fill up quickly in June, July, and August, so choose one with the right features and book it! You and your family deserve a Long Beach Island NJ hotel that will make your stay convenient, relaxing and fun.

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  • Dennis Cabada August 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I’m never have a good feeling when I book hotels on the Jersey Shore. I knever know what I’m going to get. Thanks for the tips on what I should look for in a hotel. Thinking of going to LBI soon.

  • Daniel August 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The Spray Beach Hotel looks great. I like how it’s away from the main area and in a quiet neighborhood

  • Don August 19, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    We usually camp at a nearby campground. But Since the Hotel is directly on the beach it might not be a bad idea to try a LBI hotel one year.

  • Derrick August 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I always stay at Spray Beach. I love that Hotel. the fact that it’s always clean and right on the beach is great. plus it has a nice pool and deck if you don’t want to go out on the beach. Oh and they have a bar!

  • Stephen August 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I love coming to LBI for a weekend. It’s a quick little getaway location out of the bustle of the city. It’s easy to book a hotel and just relax by the pool or beach.

  • Patricia August 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I love the Spray Beach Hotel. The fact I can park the van and the family can be on the beach in minutes is amazing. We always stay here in LBI.

  • Daisy August 23, 2016 at 10:53 am

    We have always rented a house when we vacation in LBI. I don’t know if I would ever try a hotel. Maybe if we were just coming for the weekend it would be a good idea.

  • Deborah August 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I really love the LBI Hotel guide. Thanks for that. It helped me pick a LBI hotel for our vacation this year.

  • Darlene August 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    The Spray Beach Hotel in LBI is our favorite hotel to stay at when we come to the Jersey Shore. It’s really nice that it’s tucked out of the way in a quiet neighborhood. It’s close enough to the Bay Village we can just ride our bikes.

  • Diana August 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I absolutely love the pool area at Spray Beach Hotel. I can lounge around all day and the kids can play on the beach.

  • Dawn August 31, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I’ve been looking into hotels on Long Beach Island. Thanks for these tips.

  • David September 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the beach so a pool with a hotel is perfect. I can sit at the pool and bar and my kids can go to the beach. A pool at my hotel is a must for me.

  • Sarah September 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I hardly spend any time at the hotel. I am either on the beach or exploring around town. So any hotel in LBI would do for me. Although I do like the idea of having an oceanfront view.

  • Michael September 3, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I tried booking a hotel in LBI and they were all full. I think I’ll have to start the booking process way in advance next year.

  • Olivia September 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love Spray Beach Hotel. We stay there every summer when we vacation in LBI. The staff is always so friendly there, we love it.

  • Jacob September 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I don’t know if I would ever stay in a hotel on the Jersey Shore. Why not just rent a house for the week? It’s got to be much cleaner and you have way more privacy and freedom.

  • Stephanie September 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I only stay at hotels that have a pool. Especially at the Shore when it’s hot in the middle of summer. Got to have a pool to jump into to cool off.

  • Donna September 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I love LBI. We can’t wait till next year, this summer went by way too fast.

  • Emily September 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve never really stayed in a LBI Hotel before. We always go south a bit farther down the Jersey Shore. I do like taking a day trip into LBI to see the town and do some shopping.

  • Lisa September 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve stayed at Mariner Inn in LBI a few times. The pool there is great.

  • Lisa September 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Swimming in the ocean at night is prohibited in LBI? I didn’t know that, I’ve always enjoyed going in at dusk.

  • Ava September 12, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    If the hotel doesn’t have an elevator I just keep the beach wagon in the car.

  • Christopher September 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    The Jersey shore, the best place to be! We look forward to staying in LBI every year. Love the hotels, especially spray beach.

  • Mary September 16, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    The bar at Spray beach is the best. I love sitting there all day drinking the fruity drinks 🙂

  • Danielle September 17, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    We love staying in Long Beach Island. Our family comes here every year for vacation.

  • Diane September 18, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Spray Beach is awesome. My family loves it there.

  • Debbie September 20, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I definitely need a hotel near the beach. I don’t like have to walk a ton of blocks to get to the beach on vacation.

  • Don September 20, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    We always stay at mariner hotel in LBI.

  • Dee September 23, 2016 at 12:27 am

    It’s really hard to get a room last minute. Make sure you plan ahead and book well in advance. a few months will be perfect to make sure there is a room left for you.

  • Douglas September 24, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I like having a room near the top of the hotel. now that they built a huge dune, the lover levels can’t see the ocean.

  • Dennis Cabada September 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I downloaded the free hotel guide, theres actually a lot of good info in there.

  • Daniel Caige September 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    The staff at Spray beach is always very helpful and the rooms are extremely clean.

  • Don September 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Being able to walk off the beach into your hotel room is priceless.

  • Derrick September 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    The pipes from the beach replenishment this summer was really annoying. And the dunes they built in front of all the beach hotels is also annoying.