Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

$139 for a One-Night Stay for Two Wednesday Through Sunday at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in New Jersey (Up to $234 Value)

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Restored Historical Hotel on Nostalgic Beachfront Boardwalk

In the 1930s, a fortuneteller named "Madam Marie" Castello set up a small booth along the popular beachfront boardwalk in Asbury Park; her shack was just a short walk away from the red-bricked Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, which had opened a few years before. As decades passed and crowds waned, Madam Marie nonetheless remained a beloved institution on the bustling scene—she is said to have predicted rock ‘n’ roll stardom for hometown boy Bruce Springsteen, who used to play guitar by her booth as a teenager, and celebrities often came to her counsel. In 2004, a massive boardwalk restoration project brought back crowds, who shop for fine art and dine in the ocean breeze. It also helped bring back Madam Marie, who reopened her booth after a seven-year hiatus. In keeping with the spirit of renewal, the boutique Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel underwent restoration that blends its charming 1920s art-deco flourishes with modern comforts.

Hints of Roaring Twenties grandeur are peppered throughout the building, such as carved ceilings and walls, large doorway arches, grand staircases, and steam-powered butlers. Elsewhere, there's a large gym, billiards room, and spacious bar area. Up in the bright guest rooms, lodgers can look out to sweeping panoramic views of the ocean; the spacious accommodations feature flat-screen TVs and a marble bath.

At the onsite Dauphin Grille—a whimsical bar and lounge—chefs cook up seafood dishes and seasonal bistro fare using fresh, wild-caught fish and local ingredients, including veggies and herbs from the hotel's garden. Meanwhile, the bar serves up a wide variety of international wines.

Asbury Park, New Jersey: Beachfront Boardwalk Scene with Eclectic Art and Shopping

Right smack between New York City and Philadelphia, Asbury Park is a 50-mile ride from Newark Liberty Airport, and resides about 60 miles from both Philadelphia International Airport and Atlantic City International. There's an inescapable air of nostalgia in Asbury Park: the beachfront boardwalk is often the epicenter of activity here, where locals and visitors stroll the slats to watch the ships pass and blue sky suspended over the sea. Outdoor concerts, live theater, fireworks, and bonfires liven up the beach year-round, and a vibrant arts scene has helped give a contemporary flair to the downtown area, which is marked by several fine-art galleries, antique markets, and a tiny independent movie theater.

During his ascendancy in the 1970s, Bruce Springsteen and his band were fixtures at Asbury Park's music clubs, and the legendary rocker still stops by to join impromptu jams and pose to have his face painted onto the state seal. These storied venues are just short walk from the Berkeley Hotel, as is the Convention Hall, which packs in audiences to see today's headlining music stars.

What You Get

  • A one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in an ocean-view deluxe room Wednesday through Sunday
  • $30 credit to Dauphin Grille
  • Bottle of wine
  • Continental breakfast
  • Wireless Internet

Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Billiard rooms
  • Fitness room
  • Ocean views from most rooms
  • Restaurant and lounge onsite
  • Gift shop and florist

The Fine Print

  • Not valid 1/14/12, or 2/17/12-2/18/12
  • Must complete travel by 3/31/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Valid only for an ocean-view deluxe room
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 15% tax not included.

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How To Book

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  2. Call the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel.
  3. Choose a date prior to 3/31/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

All Included Rooms

  • Chic, retro furniture
  • Padded leather headboards
  • Flat-screen TVs

Ocean-View Deluxe King Room

  • One king-size bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two, including infants and children
  • Maximum occupancy: Two, including infants and children
  • Adding occupants above standard: No additional guests may be added to this room.

Ocean-View Deluxe Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen-size beds
  • Standard occupancy: Two, including infants and children
  • Maximum occupancy: Four, including infants and children
  • Adding occupants above standard: Guests 11 and younger may stay at no additional cost. Guests 12 and over may stay for $20 per guest per night.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Lot parking available for $10 per day.
  • Rollaways: Not available
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: Pets are not allowed in the rooms valid with this Getaway.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • A one-night's stay for two adults and up to two kids in an ocean-view deluxe room Wednesday through Sunday (up to $169 value)
  • $30 dining credit to Dauphin Grille
  • Bottle of wine ($25 value)
  • Wireless Internet ($10 value)

    Total value: up to $234

Getting There

  • By plane: About 50 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR); about 70 miles from LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
  • By transit: Asbury Park stop on the North Jersey Coast Line
  • By car: About 60 miles south of New York City; about 80 miles northeast of Philadelphia

Traveler's Tips

  • The hotel is not handicap accessible.

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