The Tides Hotel in Asbury Park is a hidden treasure

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hotel review

It is no secret that Asbury Park is Fire Island’s cuter, cheaper, and easier to travel to destination. It is an all together nicer cousin on this side of the Hudson River. This fact has been relatively well known since the town’s historic revival – mostly by LGBT people in the 1990s.

Asbury Park Gay Pride, officially called “Jersey Pride,” is well organized, well run and very fun. It has everything a good gay pride event should have, a parade, a festival, a good gay bar scene and of course lots of cute boys and girls. This begs the question of how a gay or gal could stay in Asbury Park during pride, Sandblast Weekend or any of it’s other fun gay weekends. 

While there are plenty of great hotels, a hidden treasure exists among them. The Tides Hotel, located on 7th Ave is an older hotel that offers great and cozy charms. As you walk in you’re greeted by polite, funny and knowledgeable staff, who assist you while you check in and answer all of your questions. Then you enter into their elegant lobby, which has many couches, a great bar, and gives an overall peaceful feeling. Then you may head up to your room. You’ll find comfy, somewhat spacious rooms with a beautiful bathroom and a large shower. The bed frames have a very modern feel, while the mattresses and the blankets are very soft and warm. 

I am a difficult sleeper and often find any bed but my own to be very hard to fall asleep in, but at the Tides I was out like a light within a few minutes. The Tides has a large pool and spa that are all available to the guests. The outdoor patio is very relaxing. I found it the most serene as I was drinking my morning coffee – in a cup and saucer not in a paper cup – and read the morning paper.

The Tides also offers a fine restaurant, which has incredibly good food and service and even the simplest of things that us Jersey boys can’t resist – burgers – cough, cough. The Tides is a fantastic place to stay in a fantastic place to visit -Asbury Park.  I know I’ll be back for Sandblast. You can book your stay today by visiting www.hoteltides.com or calling 732-897-7744.

hotel review

It is no secret that Asbury Park is Fire Island’s cuter, cheaper, and easier to travel to destination. It is an all together nicer cousin on this side of the Hudson River. This fact has been relatively well known since the town’s historic revival – mostly by LGBT people in the 1990s.