1505 North Ocean Avenue, Seaside Park, New Jersey, United States
"I am a little late writing my review of the Desert Palm Inn this year. We just love this hotel in seaside park. Clean rooms, Great location but the reason we come back year after year is the friendly service we receive from Raj the manager and Das the General Manager. Raj is there 24/7 to help you out with anything you need and is a friendly great guy. Das stops by several times a day to check on the hotel and its guests. We arrived early, check in time is 2 pm but our favorite room was ready for us to check in at 11:30 am. It’s nice to be able to check in early and get your belongings into your room. They have free beach badges for guests staying at least 2 nights. There is a 50.00 deposit per beach badge that you need to pay in cash so budget for this. Saves us a lot of money when the beach charges 10.00 a day for access to beach. The hotel is located right across the street from the beach so you can literally be on the beach in 3 minutes. It is also about 2 blocks to the boardwalk from the hotel. Our morning routine was to get up, have a Bloody Mary on the balcony and then go down for the free continental breakfast. Coffee, O.J., mini bagels,doughnuts and make your own waffles. No need to leave the hotel for breakfast, saving you time and money. We would come back from the beach for lunch and a few cold beers and enjoy sitting out on the balcony watching the people come and go. They have a nice size pool to cool off in. On our last day we had the pool to ourselves. At night we would walk to the boardwalk for drinks and boardwalk food. Great sitting on a bench and people watching. It’s nice being close to the boardwalk but being able to stay in quiet seaside park. Rooms had microwave, good size fridge and freezer, plenty of drawers for your clothes and a nice size closet. Had a flat screen TV with plenty of stations. The bathroom and shower are on the small side but very clean. Hotel has a ice machine which was great for keeping beverages cold for the beach. If your looking for a clean hotel with a great location, this is the place to stay. The customer service is Excellent. Thanks Raj and Das for another great stay!"
"I must note that I went off season. Right after the crowds, so the vibe might have been different. But I was pleasantly surprised with the staff, rooms and location! I would definitely consider staying here again in the future."
"Ugh, this is STRICTLY a party hotel. If you require more than 2 hours of undisturbed sleep this is not your place. The room was bare bones and in quite bad shape with exposed rusted nails on the furniture and the chain lock on the door was completely rusted as well. The bed and pillows were extremely uncomfortable. The common ice machine was rusted and standing on its last leg -- literally being held up with bricks. We actually thought about going for tetanus shots after spending time here. The only thing that seemed clean was our bathroom which was spotless. We just needed a place to sleep as we were visiting family in the area. After being out all day we arrived at 11:30 p.m. to total and complete madness. Everyone was extremely drunk, disorderly and above all -- LOUD. Everyone was running up and down and all around till way past 4 a.m. This was a situation that you had to see to believe. In the morning when we left our room the aftermath of the partying was severe. Dirty clothes, shoes, underwear, empty beer bottles and cans, empty food bags and wrappers littered the common halls. Also, none of the workers were wearing masks here. Parking is severely tight and it took us some time to get out of our spot because of all the cars crammed in so tightly."