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LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Bungalow, a new 26,000-square-foot boutique hotel is slated to open in May in Long Branch. The $5.5 million, four-story hotel is part of Pier Village, a mixed-use development designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners and built by Applied Development Company. The Miami-inspired hotel will offer 24 rooms that feature custom hardwood flooring and millwork, 10-foot ceilings, unique interior designs, king-size beds, gas fireplaces, wet bars, high definition TVs, iPod players, and luxury baths with dual vanities. Three corner guestrooms will contain 1,100 square feet of space with all of the above amenities in addition to two bedrooms, two baths, a dining room and distant ocean views. Another corner unit will feature a private outdoor terrace. Hotel amenities include a bar and lounge area with antique pool and foosball tables, a fireplace, an outdoor terrace with a fireplace and a bakery. The exterior of the hotel is clad in an aluminum skin with wood accents while the interior is mostly white to provide bright, inviting spaces and a beach aesthetic. Sixx Design provided interior design services. The hotel also features several green aspects, including a white membrane roof to reduce the absorption of solar energy, and dual flush toilets that allow hotel residents to choose how much water is used with each flush to afford better water-conservation opportunities. Bungalow also features HVAC equipment that offers 50 percent more efficiency than current code requirements and improves energy consumption by about 20 percent compared to similarly sized hotels.

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