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The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

Asbury Park , NJ
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LOCATION

1401 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ US 07712 (map)

PHONE

732-776-6700

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

As historic Asbury Park’s premier hotel, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel enjoys a prime location along the New Jersey shoreline just steps from the famed boardwalk. Modern accents... Read more
As historic Asbury Park’s premier hotel, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel enjoys a prime location along the New Jersey shoreline just steps from the famed boardwalk. Modern accents complement the classic grandeur of this famous hotel, with a nod to the Victorian architecture and oceanfront glamour of Asbury Park’s storied past. The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel embodies everything that is the revitalization of the famed Jersey Shore and itself represents the rebirth of this cultural icon.

The Crystal Ballroom provides a stunning setting to write a new piece of your own personal history. Together with our prefered vendors and partners we are committed to hosting the event of your life and help you transform your vision into a reality. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1925
When was your venue last renovated?
2007
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Glamorous, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
400
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
238
Number of suites
5
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
40
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
120
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Andrea
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
The Berkeley was INCREDIBLE. we had to switch our venue 4 weeks prior to our date. Jenna at the Berkeley was INCREDIBLE and literally made sure my day was perfect. Everything was fantastic and it was more beautiful then i ever imagined. Although some people might feel like it is too expensive, remember, you get what you pay for. Every penny was worth it.
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Jamie
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
The Berkeley provided a great reception and cocktail space. The rooms were beautiful and they were very responsive to all the creative extras I wanted to incorporate. We also had beautiful hotel rooms!
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sueshe
Wedding:
1/8/2011
5.0/5.0
The Berkeley was the most beautiful venue we could have asked for. We had all 5 rooms on the 2nd floor for our wedding, and each was set up perfectly for our wedding. We could not have asked for a more amazing backdrop to our wedding! Stefani was extremely helpful throughout the process of not only planning but during the wedding itself. We booked probably a dozen rooms for our bridal party, etc. and she helped us to organize everything. The venue supplied us with not only our honeymoon suite (with a great view down Ocean Ave) but a "ready room" which we could check in early so the girls can get dressed. I can't say enough about the look of the hotel. We got numerous compliments on the decor, and the pictures were amazing. Absolutely worth every penny to rent the space.
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/11/2013
4.0/5.0
First off, don't let the star ratings turn you away from this venue. It is gorgeous, and we couldn't have asked for a better reception room in the crystal ballroom. That being said, there are certain quirks when dealing with the hotel as a whole. The event managers are slow to respond, but were great on the days leading up to the wedding and the day of. The hotel reservations system gave our guests some problems when they tried to reserve their rooms, with some staff not being able to find the group reservation. In the end everything worked out, so it just caused some headaches initially. Also, when we talked to some of our guests, they had a negative experience with front desk staff. In the end we had a perfect wedding day, just some bumps along the way!
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Kate
Wedding:
10/25/2013
3.9/5.0
From the moment we stepped foot inside of the Berkeley, my husband and I knew that was where we wanted to have our wedding. The ballrooms for the receptions are absolutely breathtaking. Each room has its own decorative feel and the hotel truly has a charm about it that is very difficult to find. It provided us with the eclectic venue we wanted and also gave our guests the convenience of having a room right upstairs.

The Berkeley has gone through some management changes recently- which all took place throughout the planning of our event. We worked with 3 different coordinators, and at times I became frustrated with the lack of communication about the changes. Each time we felt like we had a contact person, it seemed like I called and that person was no longer there.

That being said, each person was really excellent to work with. Our final coordinator, Jenna, was absolutely fabulous. It's not easy to start working with a couple 2 months before their wedding, and have to do things based of the promises and notes of other people. However, she handled everything extremely professionally and did everything in her power to accommodate our requests. Our day ran very smoothly and they were willing to work with us regarding the personalized decorations that we brought in ourselves.

The only real complaint we have was that the internet went out the day of our wedding about 45 minutes before the cocktail hour. Many of our guests had difficulty checking into their rooms because the didn't seem to have a "plan B" in place and therefore some of them missed the cocktail hour. This was especially inconvenient for my grandmother. She checked into her room early, but the heat was not working so it was only 60 degrees. They were more than apologetic and willing to change her room, but they were unable to do so quickly because of the internet issue.The hotel experience did not match up with the 5-Star experience with the reception.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.8/5.0
I had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel this summer. I love Asbury Park and knew that I wanted my wedding to be a shore weekend. The wedding weekend was everything that I wanted it to be. A lot of my guests stayed over Friday and Saturday night and we were able to enjoy the pool, beach and boardwalk before our Saturday evening wedding. The hotel was very relaxed about letting us continue partying way after the reception ended on the balcony. Plus the space is amazingly beautiful. It's a historical hotel and a real AP landmark.

However, the planning was a little complicated. After signing my contract, I went through three wedding coordinators (who left the hotel for various reasons). I essentially had to start over with planning for each one. Plus you basically just rent the space, and the hotel provides the bar service. You have to hire your own caterer. They have three preferred caterers that will work with you to coordinate all the rentals like linens, plateware, flatware, and glasses. The hotel doesn't provide any of this. They also provide really beat up banquet chairs, so you have to get chair covers or rent expensive chiavari chairs.

So I guess my point is that it's an amazing space and location, but it's definitely not a prepackaged deal. The newest wedding coordinator is the best I had worked with, and really seems to care about improving the event services. So I can see things getting better in the future.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.4/5.0
The Berkeley is gorgeous. The mezzanine level with the beautiful windows, and the ballrooms, etc are just exquisite. Jenna was really great to work with - she was responsive, professional, and just overall amazing. Even the day of the wedding, the hotel staff on duty for the wedding were all great. I also really appreciate the hotel working with kosher caterers -- it really was a pleasure, and the wedding and wedding planning with the Berkeley was phenomenal.

That being said (and the only reason I'm giving lower ratings), while the venue is great for the actual wedding, the hotel needs some work. Clearly, it's most convenient for our guests to stay at the hotel where the wedding was taking place. We were a little disappointed with the hotel. We had guests staying in rooms and the heat wasn't working in their rooms. The Wifi wasn't working after people paid $10 for it. There were guests being loud in other rooms near our guests rooms and the front desk didn't respond to the noise complaints. (They actually told *our* guests to call the cops - which I'm pretty sure the front desk should have done.) We actually had guests leave the Berkeley to stay at a nearby hotel. Hopefully these issues will get cleared up because the Berkeley really is an amaaazing wedding venue.
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/22/2013
1.0/5.0
Had a number of issues with this venue. Extremely, uncooperative and unprofessional. They are not willing to help you AT ALL, you rent the walls and that's it!!! I was uninformed about a number of things. 1. check in time for the hotel (my ceremony was at 2:30, check-in was not until 3). I should have been told this at the time of booking so I could rearrange and yet they still wouldn't assure early check in for my guests. 2. If you don't take the valet service your guests are expected to park at METERS! Wasn't informed of this, found out it was going to cost an additional $1200 for valet a week before my wedding. And found this out from the caterer. 3. Couldn't tell me what time I could get into the bridal ready suite. How do you plan without a set time? Found out during my cocktail hour that there was an attached room with dress hooks, mirrors, refrigerator, etc. I had my dress hanging from the fire sprinkler! No one came to even check on us until I called from my cell to the front desk to ask them too. Also found out from the caterer that the chairs in the ceremony were going to be red with gold a week before my wedding. I had slip covers for the reception, but I guess they didn't think it was important to tell me I needed to have a plan for the ceremony as well. When guests called to make a reservation they were told they had no idea what they were talking about. One guest was told that they have very nice bathrooms they could use to change it before the wedding if they couldn't get early check in!!!! I went through a number of mngrs handling my wedding, they obviously have a problem holding onto their staff. I was also uninformed that the rate for the hotel (the wedding rate) was only good up until 3 weeks before the wedding, if I was told I could have put it on my invitation, so some guests pay higher prices. I could go on forever with issues. My wedding turned out wonderful, but no thanks to the Berkeley. Lovely Building and that's all!
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