New Jersey’s Best Boutique Hotel – Bungalow Hotel

Someone once told me that traveling is an essential part of life. Going to new places, meeting new people and taking time to reflect on yourself is what fundamentally transforms us into who we become. Andy and I have traveled the country together, but one thing we failed to truly explore is the very state we live in: New Jersey. After getting engaged we promised each other that we would take advantage and explore the beautiful Garden State. So, this past weekend we decided to go the beach. We jumped on the Parkway and headed to Long Branch.

Long Branch, New Jersey has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to trendy seaside living. The beach town is a hot destination for thousands of sun worshipers who love salty ocean breezes, endless beaches and resort style summers. We wanted to stay somewhere central that was just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. For us, The Bungalow Hotel was the perfect place. It’s a home away from home, featuring ocean views, and an instagram worthy interior perfect for a romantic weekend or an extended stay down the shore.


Built in 2009, the boutique hotel is nested in Pier Village, a community of rich culture, renowned shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The interior décor was hand-picked by HGTV stars Cortney and Robert Novogratz and truly reflects there bright, artsy and eccentric style. Instantly – it’s a hipster’s dream. Upon check in we were greeted in the lobby by the wonderful staff. The lobby is also full of lounge style seating and complimentary games to keep you entertained when you’re not exploring around town. Everything from Billards, foosball, and checkers to backgammon will keep your competitive edge stimulated while you sip on cocktails from the hotel bar.

The most important part though? The guest rooms. They are spacious with modern amenities and a sleek white interior. Andy and I stayed in a two-bedroom suite that took our breath away. Our experience was one of a kind and truly something we have never experienced throughout years of traveling together. It was an enjoyable experience and we can’t wait to go back and take advantage of their Love Bird Package which includes chilled champagne, a box of chocolates with a candles and roses across the bed. I’m thinking this will be a perfect way to celebrate my birthday this fall. Sometimes all you need is a weekend to revive the soul and for locals Long Branch is a perfect destination to getaway.


Each room features flat screen TVs, floor to ceiling windows, a mini fridge, coffee maker and a fireplace. The atmosphere was lively and ultra-modern, exactly what you should expect from a hotel. If you like to mix business and pleasure complimentary Wifi will help you keep up on emails while you enjoy the ocean views from your window.

Andy and I love to explore around town and if you’re anything like us you will love the complimentary bicycles the Bungalow also offers. They are a great way sight see and cruise up and down the boardwalk and Pier Village.



During your stay at the Bungalow, you will be busy with a variety of things to do. From area attractions to local shopping and events your vacation escape will be very fulfilling. One of our favorite places right on the water is Avenue.

Avenue is a Parisian inspired restaurant with a mouthwatering menu. Andy enjoyed Alaskan Salmon while I indulged on their homemade Lobster Spaghetti. For dessert, we splurged on the Chocolate Truffle Cake and some green tea.

The restaurant is truly, one of a kind and instantly takes you from the Jersey Shore to a topical island. I would recommend dressing up for the occasion, especially for a romantic night out.


If you like private beaches, then Le Club Beach Club is the perfect place for you. The exclusive members only beach club features a martini pool and you can enjoy cocktails in a cabana while you lounge beach side. Bungalow hotel guests have access to the club for an additional $25 per person. Children under 12 are free.


Enjoy a day of hiking and becoming one with nature at the Sandy Hook National Park. This beautiful escape if located just 15 minutes from the Bungalow Hotel.


For your night time entertainment and a piece of music history visit the Stone Pony. The music club hosts national acts and helped launch the careers of Jersey boys Springsteen and Bon Jovi.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Pictured below is our view from The Bungalow Hotel – absolutely beautiful! Planning on visiting Long Branch, New Jersey let me know – I would love to hear all about your experience in the comments below.


    • Maggie Krol
      May 11, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Thank you Mia – it was lovely! Sometimes, we just need a weekend to get away 🙂

      Xoxo, Maggie

  1. May 11, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    This place is so beautiful, and these photos are perfect! Love it.

    Hugs Bella, // Instagram: bellaskoog

    • Maggie Krol
      May 11, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you Bella 🙂

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      It truly was! I highly recommend it – Long Branch, NJ especially 🙂

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you – glad you love the photos. Please do – the shore is a beautiful place 🙂

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Nati – Thank you I am glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. May 12, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I’ve never been to Long Branch before, just the Jersey Shore and loved it! I’ll definitely have to take note and visit with the hubby soon. Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Yes, absolutely you must visit Long Branch it’s a perfect place for a romantic getaway 😉 Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely weekend as well. Xoxo

  3. May 12, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Wow what a cute hotel! This is a lot cooler than what I picture when I think of the Jersey Shore (thanks MTV!). Looks like a fun time. Glad you enjoyed your stay!]

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      haha Yes, the MTV show definitely painted a back picture of the Jersey Shore but none of that is really true! I recommend visiting Long Branch, NJ it’s a beautiful place!!

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      It is 🙂

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      🙂 Thank you Jessi!

  4. May 12, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I live in Central Jersey and love the idea of exploring New Jersey. The hotel looks so minimalistic and clean, and you photographed the space beautifully!

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you hun! I love exploring new places and Long Branch was definitely worth the trip for me. It’s just nice to be able to get away and explore your home state!

  5. Tamara
    May 17, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    What a cute place! I love the hip and chic decor!


    Tamara –

    • Maggie Krol
      May 17, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you!!! I’m was a fan of the white on white!

  6. miri
    May 18, 2017 / 7:57 am

    I love this hotel. It is so elegant and seems very cosy. Thank you for introducing it to us, Maggie.

    • Maggie Krol
      May 18, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Isn’t just so pretty? I am glad you like it and if you are every in Long Branch, NJ let me know if you end up staying there. Xoxo, Maggie

    • Maggie Krol
      May 19, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      It’s a great place for a getaway – you won’t be disappointed. Have a lovely weekend 🙂 Xo

    • Maggie Krol
      May 21, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Ann -Marie doesn’t it! It was a lovely getaway for my fiance and I – and I recommend it 🙂

    • Maggie Krol
      May 30, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you April!

    • Maggie Krol
      June 11, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you Annessa – If you’re ever in Jersey its a great one to check out.

    • Maggie Krol
      June 22, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Thank you – its a must see!

  7. July 3, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Pictures are awesome in the blog.

    • Maggie Krol
      July 3, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

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