History of the Berkeley Hotel
An Iconic Asbury Park Presence for a Century
Welcome to the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, an iconic gem set against the stunning backdrop of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Formerly known as the Hotel Berkeley-Carteret, our establishment is deeply rooted in the history and grandeur of two prominent Jersey Shore families— the Berkeleys and the Carterets. Architected by the celebrated firm Warren & Wetmore, the same visionary minds behind New York City's Grand Central Terminal, the hotel first opened its lavish doors in 1925. Each design element, from our intricate facades to opulent interiors, reflects a bygone era of elegance and sophistication.
Over the years, the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel has been a choice locale for hosting world leaders, dignitaries, and Hollywood royalty. With a guest history boasting names like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe, the hotel is no stranger to the glitz and glamor of the high life. Add to that the historic distinction of hosting the Miss America Pageant in 1934 and 1935, and the resume speaks for itself.
During World War II, our hotel underwent a remarkable transformation, first serving as a receiving station for the British Royal Navy and later metamorphosing into a hospital for naval officers. This illustrates the hotel's ability to adapt and play diverse roles throughout its rich history.
Making a triumphant comeback after a period of decline and a significant $20 million renovation, today's Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel stands as Asbury Park's final bastion of its gilded past.
As you stroll through our meticulously restored interiors, you'll find echoes of a 1920s ambiance, precisely the period when Yankee legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig dined within these walls. Our historic ballrooms are the perfect stage for life's significant celebrations, harkening back to a time when grandeur was not just a style but a statement. The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel has also been immortalized by its fascinating intersection with the worlds of music and film. Once partially owned by the legendary Johnny Cash, the hotel embodies the spirit of his music in every nook and cranny, offering an unparalleled experience for history buffs, music aficionados, and those simply in search of an extraordinary retreat.
Whether you're a history enthusiast, a music lover, or just seeking an extraordinary retreat, the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel offers a unique experience. Visit today and be a part of a story that has been in the making since 1925.