ASBURY PARK — The city’s first new hotel in more than a half-century, The Asbury, was voted as the best new hotel in the country by USA Today readers.
The hotel, located just blocks from the city’s boardwalk, was praised for its “stellar seaside views,” amenities and for being a “social hub.”
“The Asbury features a grab-and-go kitchen, ground-floor lounge with ping pong and board games, a community table and a pool during the warmer months,” the report states.
The editors of USA Today’s 10Best section teamed up with hotel experts to pick 20 of the best hotels that opened in 2016. The Asbury debuted on Memorial Day weekend.
The list of hotels was then presented to the readers for them to vote on.
The Asbury’s victory is a significant achievement for the small seaside city that’s seen a resurgence in its downtown and boardwalk in recent years. The 110-room boutique hotel bested flashy, large hotels in major vacation hubs, including New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.
The owners of The Asbury, iStar, invested $50 million into the property on Fifth Avenue, transforming a seven-story dilapidated Salvation Army building into a hotel loaded with unique amenities and ocean views.
“We are thrilled to be named the best new hotel in America,” The Asbury’s operator, David Bowd, told the Asbury Park Press. “It has been an amazing first year for us and we could not be happier, thank you to our incredible team and to everyone who voted for us.”