Daddy O Hotel in Long Beach Island is undisputedly the chicest place to stay on Long Beach Island, NJ. With its ultra-mod lobby and 22 sleek rooms with larger-than-life surfer photography, it’s no surprise that this boutique hotel has a sister hotel in Miami. But thanks to its retro exterior, daddy O fits right into sleepy LBI, adding a much needed hip option for those seeking trendier, more upscale accommodations than is typically found on the Jersey Shore.
Long Beach Island is one of the Jersey Shore’s hidden gems. OK, it’s not that hidden. During the summer, this 18-mile-long barrier island can get extremely crowded. But outside of New Jersey and Philadelphia, most people have never heard of LBI.
And those not-in-the-know include most New Yorkers, despite the fact that LBI is only 100 miles south of the city. (Also making it less attractive to New Yorkers is that there’s no public transportation to LBI — but at least you access it via bridge and not ferry.)
What makes LBI so special is that no matter where you go on the island, you can always walk to the beach. At its widest point, the island is only one-half mile wide. And at its narrowest point, the island is only 300 meters wide. The beach is uniformly excellent all over the island, and the water feels very clean. As does the crowd — don’t go looking for Snooki or The Situation or any of the other MTV characters.
I think that one big reason why LBI is not very well-known is because there are hardly any hotels. The vast majority of visitors to LBI opt for a weekly house rental, while some go for a monthly or possibly a seasonal Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day. The lodging that does exist is mostly bed-and-breakfasts or classic, family-oriented motels. And that’s where daddy O comes in — finally, a cool option to snag those who might be tempted to travel 25 miles further south to Atlantic City. Daddy O also has a popular bar and restaurant onsite, and the same group owns the acclaimed Plantation restaurant.
The rooms at daddy O are definitely on the smaller side, although the luxe bathrooms are on the larger side, sporting a separate toilet area, which I like. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, which I like even more. The hotel was built in 2006 and everything still looks and feels very new. It’s on a thin part of the island, and the bay and beach are both about a one-minute walk away. It’s definitely the place to stay on LBI to take advantage of the island’s offerings in style.
During the season, daddy O doesn’t allow children, presumably to keep the ambiance and not disrupt those who want to sleep late. However, I visited right before Memorial Day, so they let me and my husband bring along our six-month-old, who actually fit right in because he is a one cool baby.
Comped But Never Compromised: I received a complimentary stay at Daddy O Hotel, but I am free to write whatever I want.