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Desert Palm Inn
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Just got back from another stay at the Desert Palm Inn and it was Great as usual. This hotel just fails to disappoint. As usual, when we arrived at 11:45 am our room that we requested was ready for us. This is so great, most hotels do not let you check in till the 2pm check-in time, even if the room is ready. We have been down some years that the room was not ready when we arrived early, but they always let us park the car in their lot and give us beach badges so we can head to the beach right across the street.

They ask for a 50.00 deposit for each beach badge just in case you lose them, so budget for this when you are taking your money down. Since it was cloudy when we checked in, we decided to take our stuff up to our room. We request the same room every year. Second floor, all the way at the end. The walkway also doubles as a place to sit outside and relax. Our room at the end has extra space to stretch out and enjoy the view of the beach, hotel and boardwalk. New improvements to the room this year were new wood flooring, new paint and new windows. Since we were on the end of the hotel, we had three windows, one to look out at hotel, one to look at the beach, and one to see down to the boardwalk. Room has everything you need, nice size fridge with separate freezer, microwave, drawers and closet space for your clothes, desk area with chair. Bathroom is on the small side but super clean.

Location is a big reason we stay at this hotel. We keep our beach stuff in the car. we walk down the stairs, grab our stuff and in less then 2 minutes we are on the beach. So close that we go back to the room for breaks from the beach and to eat lunch. My partners routine is to go in the ocean, then and goes and hops in the pool, then back to the beach. We hit the boardwalk every night and its like 2 blocks away from the hotel, Close enough to go to the boardwalk, back to hotel, then back to boardwalk. Seaside heights hotels can be on the noisy side because of the boardwalk and all that goes on, but we can enjoy that and then go back to our quiet hotel.

One of the biggest reasons we stay at the hotel is because of the General Manager. Das is a amazing friendly guy, He is a busy man since he has more then one hotel to run but shows up at the hotel a few times a day to check on things and talk to his guests. He takes the time to see how you are enjoying your stay and asks if he can do anything for you. He even took the time to personally reserve our reservation for next year the very first day since he wanted to make sure we got the room we wanted, He blocked out the room for next year and told me when I turn in my beach badges on the last day, I could then put that money down for a deposit for the room for next year.

He has a manager named Rajie ( hope I spelled that right) that is also a amazing guy. He stays at the hotel and is at your service 24/7 for anything you might need. I swear the guy never sleeps. He is friendly and funny and makes you feel welcome just like Das does.

They also have a breakfast bar set up every morning from 7-11 am. O.J., Coffee, mini bagels, doughnuts, make your own waffles. This is great because you do not have to leave the hotel for breakfast and keeps you filled up till lunch time. They also have 2 gas grills at the pool area for guests to use.

My morning routine was hit the breakfast bar, have a swim in the pool before it opened at 10, sit out on the balcony and have a bloody mary before hitting the beach.

On our last day there, check-out time is 10am. They always let us keep our car in the parking lot and hold on to our beach badges to get some more time on the beach. See if you can find any other hotel in seaside that will do that for you. Das was there on our last day and watched a family packing up and checking out, They said they were going to go to Island state park for one more beach day before heading home. He told them to keep the beach badges and leave the car in the parking lot and go enjoy the beach and feel free to use the pool. They were very appreciative and I am sure he will have them coming back next year just for him doing this. Customer Service at its Best!!!

I know I always write a long review for this place and its always good. I honestly can not see how there could be aa bad review about this place. Remember just a few things. First your at Seaside, NJ and its not a Hilton hotel. But if your looking for a clean hotel close to everything and knows how to treat it guests, this hotel is for you.

See you next year Das and Rajie.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank jerseyshorelover
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Wasn't horrible but it wasn't great. Bed was hard and squeaky. Very small room and bathroom. The dresser didn't fit and was sideways by the bed. Door was hard to close and lock. Room doesn't come with shampoo, conditioner, or soap so make sure you have some.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

My fiancee and I went on just a short weekend trip to get away, we've previously stayed here and never had any issues, so we figured we'd try it again...and we are glad we did. We originally just picked a king room, upon arriving the manager upgraded us to the Ocean View room, but it had double beds instead of the king but a much better view of the ocean. Very nice of the manager to do that! Other than that its such a close walk to the beach/boardwalk, and has nice views from the top floor. The room was pretty clean, had a microwave and fridge, the windows were a little drafty, but we had a nice time. I imagine the parking lot is probably terrible in the summer, it's very small...but lucky for us it wasn't busy in December. I would stay again.

Room Tip: Get a higher floor room for better views.
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Megan S
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This motel was directly across the road from the beach. The rooms are simple, but comfortable. The view from the second floor beachside is beautiful. Walking distance from the boardwalk. Very affordable. TV and internet available

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

A local store owner in seaside recommended this little place to stay for a few nights and it is certainly a lovely little place. Right in the beach and steps from the famous seaside Boardwalk, and you can't beat the cost. It's clean and fresh. Owners are very nice. Will stay again when we come back to the jersey shore.

Stayed: October 2016
Thank Tiffany C
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