See plans for a Wildwood Crest motel saved from demolition
WILDWOOD CREST – Closed in fall 2021, a huge motel along the beach could be ready to take reservations for next summer as early as fall 2022.
You can now refer to the Oceanview Motel as Madison Resort Wildwood Crest, following a $10 million purchase of the property by hotel management company Madison Resorts.
“We were able to step in to try and save a truly iconic property,” Daniel Alicea, founder of Madison Resorts, told New Jersey 101.5.
Alicea said the purchase wasn’t just a smart business decision; there is a personal connection. His wife was born and raised in Wildwood Crest, and her parents still live there.
Built in 1964, the Oceanview was once the largest motel in the Wildwoods. A number of its features, from the lobby to the large explosive roof, represent the island’s “doo-wop era” that Defenders are working to preserve.
Before Alicea stepped in, there were plans to have the motel demolished to make way for condos — a common path for many hotels and motels in the Wildwoods over the years.
“Based on our conversations with the new owners, Madison The Wildwood Crest Resort will be a Doo Wop showcase and prove, once again, that today’s discerning traveler wants to visit incredibly unique historic destinations, not just another beige box,” said the Doo Chairman. -Wop Preservation League, John Donio.
According to Alicea, the entire property will undergo a modernization, at a cost of $12 million, but will still “look like something you would have seen in the 1950s, 1960s.”
The plan is to welcome guests for Memorial Day weekend 2023. Alicea expects guests to be able to start making reservations around Thanksgiving this year.
As part of the first phase of renovations, guests can expect 108 fully renovated rooms, a new lobby/reception area, lounge area with fire pits, and a pool with cabanas. The restaurant that was located right next to the beach when Oceaview was operational will be moved out of the lobby and will offer indoor and outdoor dining options, Alicea said.
Future plans call for the addition of a wedding hall that can accommodate up to 250 people, with stunning views of the beach.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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