Amethyst's Beach Motel

★★★★☆
  • 202 Arnold Ave

    Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

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  • 732-899-3600

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We spent one night the weekend after Labor Day 2010. It's hard to be comprehensive when you are in and out in a 12 hour overnight period. The rooms are adequate for a night's sleep or a change between trips to the area sights. Don't expect what you get if you are a regular at Hiltons or Marriotts. Small seaside NJ towns have cottages and small motels that reflect the history of the Jersey shore as the working class' weekend getaway. The best part is, it was clean, except for some gritty sand residue in the tub. But hey, isn't this near the beach?

You get a microwave and a mini fridge, the obligatory table with a chair ( or two?) but no iron or coffeemaker - minor things, really. We didn't miss them. We just wanted to crash instead of driving back to North Jersey, and after a few unsuccessful calls to area spots, along with drive by looks that ruled out others on curb appeal alone, we found a vacancy at the Amethyst with no notice.

If this was the peak summer days when the municipal lot across the street is packed and the streets are jammed with beach goers, the advantage of being in this spot one block off the beach would be much more vivid. We stayed at the Point Beach Motel nearby last year, which was right across the street from the beach, and we found the Amethyst comparable to that. One difference though is the bathroom locations. The Amethyst's are in the front, and Point Beach's are in the back. The Amethyst room we had did not have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, and that looks like it's by design. The ventilation is a small window directly over the toilet with those louvre window panes. Right on the other side is the walkway so you can clearly hear the passing people and the hubbub around the patio and pool. In the morning, a couple women had paused to chat right under that window it seemed, and I heard every word of their conversation - felt like they were keeping me company while I was on the "throne". By comparison, the Point Beach motel's room window is in front, by the door, and faces their walkway, so you can't get sunlight without exposing yourselves to the passersby. I'll take the Amethyst design as the better of the two. Let's see, what else? The air conditioning worked, the TV worked - I cannot recall if there was a room phone because we used our own phones.

So that's about it - but let me stress the cleanliness of the room, including the two double beds because that's always a concern especially when traveling with small children as we were. I routinely snatch down the covers quickly and turn up the sheets on all corners in my hotel room beds upon arriving to check for bedbugs or any other creepy crawlers, any hairs etc... I'm happy to report that our beds and the overall room at the Amethyst Beach Motel passed. I would say with flying colors if the sand had been cleared from the tub, and if the tub's drain stopper lever wasn't completely broken off. I like taking a bath but I was out of luck. I didn't notice because I didn't need to use it until after 10pm, when the kids were fast asleep, so calling the front wasn't going to yield much satisfaction - this was no quick fix, and changing rooms just because of that would have been too much of a hassle.

Again, so you'll be clear - this is basic digs - if you are in the Ritz Carlton crowd, this isn't for you - heck, Point Pleasant itself maybe isn't for you. This is not for high-nosers. Us regular folk, middle class Joes that are sweating the mortgage and brown bagging our lunches will feel just fine. We didn't get to see much of our fellow lodgers, but of those we saw, there was a friendly attitude and it's a family oriented place. Beer guzzlers and related assorted posers that like to hang outside all night and yell "Owwoooh" every two minutes are not tolerated here. The pool area had a patio with generous room for motel provided beach chairs. Our kids were sad there was no time for the pool, but the weather was too cool and rainy that weekend anyway. We would consider this for a multi day stay in the future. And I can't say it enough. You cannot beat the location's closeness to the Jenkinsons Amusements part of the boardwalk - only Beach Point Motel can, but only by a block, and with a lesser pool area.

The room's door had the basic metal key-based knob with interior push button lock, backed up by a sliding chain lock. But this isn't Vegas - we aren't expecting high crimes or misdemeanors in this quaint little hideaway. We felt quite secure.

The $129 a night rate swelled to $164 and change by the time taxes and fees, including parking, were added. I assume this is the rate for right after Labor Day. You are not going to get a spot this close to the Atlantic Ocean any cheaper anywhere along the coast of New Jersey, or on the east coast of the United States for that matter, unless you sleep on the sand in a tent. Uh, that's not allowed, is it?

4
★★★★☆

We spent one night the weekend after Labor Day 2010. It's hard to be comprehensive when you are in and out in a 12 hour overnight period. The rooms are adequate for a night's sleep or a change between trips to the area sights. Don't expect what you get if you are a regular at Hiltons or Marriotts. Small seaside NJ towns have cottages and small motels that reflect the history of the Jersey shore as the working class' weekend getaway. The best part is, it was clean, except for some gritty sand residue in the tub. But hey, isn't this near the beach?

You get a microwave and a mini fridge, the obligatory table with a chair ( or two?) but no iron or coffeemaker - minor things, really. We didn't miss them. We just wanted to crash instead of driving back to North Jersey, and after a few unsuccessful calls to area spots, along with drive by looks that ruled out others on curb appeal alone, we found a vacancy at the Amethyst with no notice.

If this was the peak summer days when the municipal lot across the street is packed and the streets are jammed with beach goers, the advantage of being in this spot one block off the beach would be much more vivid. We stayed at the Point Beach Motel nearby last year, which was right across the street from the beach, and we found the Amethyst comparable to that. One difference though is the bathroom locations. The Amethyst's are in the front, and Point Beach's are in the back. The Amethyst room we had did not have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, and that looks like it's by design. The ventilation is a small window directly over the toilet with those louvre window panes. Right on the other side is the walkway so you can clearly hear the passing people and the hubbub around the patio and pool. In the morning, a couple women had paused to chat right under that window it seemed, and I heard every word of their conversation - felt like they were keeping me company while I was on the "throne". By comparison, the Point Beach motel's room window is in front, by the door, and faces their walkway, so you can't get sunlight without exposing yourselves to the passersby. I'll take the Amethyst design as the better of the two. Let's see, what else? The air conditioning worked, the TV worked - I cannot recall if there was a room phone because we used our own phones.

So that's about it - but let me stress the cleanliness of the room, including the two double beds because that's always a concern especially when traveling with small children as we were. I routinely snatch down the covers quickly and turn up the sheets on all corners in my hotel room beds upon arriving to check for bedbugs or any other creepy crawlers, any hairs etc... I'm happy to report that our beds and the overall room at the Amethyst Beach Motel passed. I would say with flying colors if the sand had been cleared from the tub, and if the tub's drain stopper lever wasn't completely broken off. I like taking a bath but I was out of luck. I didn't notice because I didn't need to use it until after 10pm, when the kids were fast asleep, so calling the front wasn't going to yield much satisfaction - this was no quick fix, and changing rooms just because of that would have been too much of a hassle.

Again, so you'll be clear - this is basic digs - if you are in the Ritz Carlton crowd, this isn't for you - heck, Point Pleasant itself maybe isn't for you. This is not for high-nosers. Us regular folk, middle class Joes that are sweating the mortgage and brown bagging our lunches will feel just fine. We didn't get to see much of our fellow lodgers, but of those we saw, there was a friendly attitude and it's a family oriented place. Beer guzzlers and related assorted posers that like to hang outside all night and yell "Owwoooh" every two minutes are not tolerated here. The pool area had a patio with generous room for motel provided beach chairs. Our kids were sad there was no time for the pool, but the weather was too cool and rainy that weekend anyway. We would consider this for a multi day stay in the future. And I can't say it enough. You cannot beat the location's closeness to the Jenkinsons Amusements part of the boardwalk - only Beach Point Motel can, but only by a block, and with a lesser pool area.

The room's door had the basic metal key-based knob with interior push button lock, backed up by a sliding chain lock. But this isn't Vegas - we aren't expecting high crimes or misdemeanors in this quaint little hideaway. We felt quite secure.

The $129 a night rate swelled to $164 and change by the time taxes and fees, including parking, were added. I assume this is the rate for right after Labor Day. You are not going to get a spot this close to the Atlantic Ocean any cheaper anywhere along the coast of New Jersey, or on the east coast of the United States for that matter, unless you sleep on the sand in a tent. Uh, that's not allowed, is it?

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My gf and I stayed here last week and had a great time. This motel is family owned, very quiet and peaceful at night. They have an outdoor pool and offer a free continental breakfast each morning on the patio. They also offer half price beach passes. The only two negative things I have to say about this place is that the cleaning staff tend to knock on your door at 9:00AM, when we were just getting up. We had to tell them to come back much later at least two times during our stay. Also, their prices are a little steep for such a small motel. We paid about $675 for 4 nights. They offer nightly rates starting at $140 per night (2 night minimum stay) during the summer. Even though it was a nice experience, they were expensive.

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★★★★☆

My gf and I stayed here last week and had a great time. This motel is family owned, very quiet and peaceful at night. They have an outdoor pool and offer a free continental breakfast each morning on the patio. They also offer half price beach passes. The only two negative things I have to say about this place is that the cleaning staff tend to knock on your door at 9:00AM, when we were just getting up. We had to tell them to come back much later at least two times during our stay. Also, their prices are a little steep for such a small motel. We paid about $675 for 4 nights. They offer nightly rates starting at $140 per night (2 night minimum stay) during the summer. Even though it was a nice experience, they were expensive.

Pros: Quiet and Peaceful at night, Very friendly staff, conveniently located for the beach

Cons: Expensive, Room Staff wants to clean at 9:00 AM each morning (you feel pressured to wake up too early)

 

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