An endeavor to combine two historic hotels into one large resort campus is well underway as Wildwood Crest is slated to welcome its newest tourist attraction during the warmer months.
Madison Resorts has announced that they have acquired the iconic Royal Hawaiian in Wildwood Crest for $13.4M. The company has plans for $7 million in updates and will be combining the hotel with the former Oceanview Motel, a historic doo-wop style property next door that has been under a massive renovation for months.
The combined resort, to be called Madison Resort Wildwood Crest, will be the largest in Cape May County. The entirety of the property will include over 200 rooms, three restaurants, two pools, five conference rooms, two rooftop event spaces, and the ability to host beachfront weddings.
“When I received the call about the availability of the Royal Hawaiian, it became clear that we had an opportunity to weave its timeless architecture into the fabric of Madison Resort,” says Dan Alicea, President of Madison Resorts. “In a world where such architectural marvels are scarce, embracing the legacy of the past is not just a choice; it’s a commitment to preserving the extraordinary in a rapidly changing landscape.”
Madison Resort’s vision will unite the two properties into one large resort with two separate towers. The former Oceanview Resort will feature a completely rebuilt lobby, reconstructed rooms, a demolished and repoured the pool, new hot tub, and a new deck that will sport Atlantic Ocean views.
The initial plans for the project were altered a bit and the renovated components were expanded. The new timeline and places were developed with the goal to deliver a world class resort, with Madison Resorts extending the construction and adding an additional $8 million investment.
Phase one of Madison Resort Wildwood Crest will open in the early spring with the unveiling of the former Oceanview Motel portion at Beach Avenue and Rambler Road, while the Royal Hawaiian portion of the plans will open in early summer 2024.