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ICONA Avalon

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Why We Love It

  • Made TripAdvisor's list as the No. 1 hotel on the Jersey Shore
  • Located in Avalon, which Condé Nast Traveler names one of the Best Beaches in New Jersey
  • Perks include a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor pool (open seasonally)
  • The on-site Avalon Brew Pub serves craft beers that are brewed in-house

Enjoyed This
(72 Member Ratings)
"The view from the back sliding doors was facing the dunes. The setting was so peaceful ... we loved hearing the waves crashing in the background and seeing small birds flying in and out of the trees and bushes."
Oct 25, 2018
Hatboro, PA, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is 45 minutes from Atlantic City International Airport and offers free parking on site for guests. It's about a two- to three-hour drive from Philadelphia, New York City and Baltimore. 

Rooms & Rates

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Occupying an entire oceanfront block of Avalon, New Jersey, the Golden Inn was a Jersey Shore landmark for half a century before being purchased by the ICONA Resorts brand in 2015. Reopened in summer of 2016 after a $15 million renovation, the hotel features all-new interiors with custom furnishings in classic Nantucket style. The resort now boasts three dining options including the East Coast's only beachfront microbrewery, Avalon Brew Pub, Shimmers Bistro and the outdoor Sandbar Village (open seasonally) as well as a brand new 24-hour fitness center.

Each room at the resort has a balcony or terrace, minifridge, microwave and Keurig coffeemaker; Wi-Fi is free throughout. Accommodations are flooded with natural light and feature white walls, carpeting and sheer drapery. Against tufted, creamy leather headboards, marble tables and painted wood furnishings, pops of nautical navy suggest a seaside theme. Visitors can upgrade to studios with galley kitchens and bistro dining tables or suites that add the space and comfort of living rooms with sleeper sofas.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10am.

Children and additional guests: Children welcome. Pack and plays are available on request, free of charge on a first come first serve basis. Extra beds are not available.

Pets: Only service animals allowed.

Fees: A resort fee of 7% (subject to tax) per room/ per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out.
This fee includes:

  • Wifi available throughout the hotel
  • A monitored parking space assigned for each room
  • A new on-site fitness center
  • Luggage assistance
  • Beach Tags for each adult on the reservation
  • Pool monitoring, maintenance and towel service
  • ICONA coffee & robes in each guest room

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details:

  • The outdoor heated pool is open seasonally through October, weather permitting. 
  • The Sanbar Village is open weekends in October, weather permitting. Shimmers Bistro is open daily from 11 am - 11 pm and serves food until 9 pm. 
  • Each room must have an adult age 21+ staying in the room.
  • A Valet Parking Fee of $15 (plus tax) applies per day and will be added to your bill directly at the hotel (one car per room). This rate is subject to change at the discretion of the property. 
  • Self Parking is complimentary.
  • There is ongoing minor construction with the HVAC unit, the completion date is to be determined. 
  • The pool and outdoor hot tub are open through October, weather permitting. 

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(72 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Icona Golden Inn over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The view from the back sliding doors was facing the dunes. The setting was so peaceful ... we loved hearing the waves crashing in the background and seeing small birds flying in and out of the trees and bushes.
Other Comments
On arrival there was a glitch in locating my reservation. Without hesitation or consulting with management, the front desk employee apologized for the inconvenience and upgraded our room. It is understood that "things happen," but it is how you handle it that defines who you are...in this case as a company it tells me that ICONA empowers its employees to provide outstanding customer service. Thank you for the pleasant surprise in the upgrade and most importantly the kindness shown by all staff members we encountered. It truly made our stay (Mother and I) a memorable one.
Susan Oct 25, 2018 Hatboro, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
My friend and I loved the pool, hot tub, outside bar, access to beach, fruity water in lobby. Rooms clean and comfortable. Happy music in lobby. We are seniors and have stayed At the golden inn over the years. Great renovation. Lovely hotel. Did not like there was no guide available on tv and need to refer to the plastic shht listing channels and their code annoying .. only thing on negative side in my mind .. beautiful, happy spot for a wedding.
Other Comments
Covered in "what did you enjoy most" comments
Rosemary Sep 22, 2018 Lansdale, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Everything-from the beautiful white and blue decor, the shore themed paintings, the brew pub and its happy hour, the nearness to the beach, the poolside bars, the ease of parking, the friendly staff.
Dennis Sep 08, 2018 Galloway, NJ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Proximity to beach, general ambience
Bev Jun 24, 2018 Lansdale, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful accommodations and friendly staff.
Other Comments
Thank you for making us feel special! The location was perfect and the rooms were clean, fresh looking and had outstanding amenities.
Susan Jun 23, 2018 Hatboro, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
It was clean nicely decorated, the pool, good food in pub
Other Comments
Alex at front desk was great
Ronald Jun 23, 2018 MalvernMalvern, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Hotel decor, location good amenities with pool / hot tub and several places to grab a drink and meal. Staff very nice and helpful.
Other Comments
Staff were very nice and accommodating. Initial room didn’t have such a great view asked if we could move. Easily moved to pool side room, granted the weather wasn’t the best but nice to have the pool/hot tub so close. Enjoyed our stay will be back in fall when rates are reasonable! Travelzoo deal was great value.
veronica Jun 23, 2018 West Chester, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Heated Pool
Margaret Jun 22, 2018 Pine Hill, NJ, USA
Enjoyed Most
great service,super clean and great location
Deborah Jun 22, 2018 wyndmoor, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The rooms were spacious, clean, and beautiful. The beds were extremely comfortable. The staff was very accommodating.
Anita Jun 22, 2018 Wallingford, PA, USA

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