• Hotel Recommendation: The Bungalow

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     

    This Long Branch boutique hotel is perfect for small events. 

Bungalow Hotel brings a dash of West Coast cool to the Jersey Shore. This boutique hotel is slick and stylish with a bit of surfer chic thrown in for good measure. All rooms and suites have working fireplaces. Style is in the hotel’s genetics, as celebrity designers Courtney and Robert Novogratz are behind the look. 

The hotel is part of Long Branch’s upscale Pier Village complex, the oceanfront promenade of shops and restaurants. Bungalow hosts corporate events in its stylish lounge-bar area, as well as in the oversized suites. The Bungalow isn’t just a chic spot to hang your hat; there are several spaces within the hotel for meetings. The two-bedroom suites are all available for private meetings and accommodate up to eight guests. 

Have a larger group? Why not rent the hotel’s lobby lounge-bar area? There is a full bar with signature cocktails available for purchase a la carte. Catering can be arranged through nearby brasserie Avenue, as well as other local restaurants like Scala’s Pizzeria and Surf Taco. Amenities include games like billiards, foosball, checkers and backgammon. The outdoor area with a fireplace and oversized seating provides yet another location to relax and unwind with colleagues. 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

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