Maryland manor set for transformation into Hilton Garden Inn

by | 17 Oct 2022 | Hotel Projects, Projects, Refurbishments

Dunes Manor in Ocean City, Maryland, USA, is to undergo a renovation to enable it to join the Hilton Garden Inn brand.

Work is scheduled to begin imminently and, upon project completion in late spring 2023, the hotel will re-open as Hilton Garden Inn Ocean City Beachfront.

Refreshed facilities

The project was initiated by OTO Development, which purchased the property in December 2021. Dunes Manor was originally built in 1987.

The repositioned 12-storey hotel will include 170 beachfront rooms with balconies as well as an indoor pool and a deck nearly 300 ft long overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There will also be a café, an oceanfront restaurant and bar, and 3,000 sq ft of meeting and event space.

Partnering with OTO in this total renovation project are //3877, designer; First Finish, interior general contractor; Valcourt Building Services, exterior general contractor; and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), structural engineer.

Vibrant leisure portfolio

Todd Turner, CEO of OTO Development, said: “We’re growing a vibrant leisure portfolio via our strategic shift toward acquiring, physically transforming and rebranding existing assets in prime locations. Affiliating a well-positioned property like Dunes Manor with the Hilton family of brands creates a powerful draw for travellers who appreciate the consistent quality and numerous benefits of the Hilton Honors brand loyalty program.

“Based on our positive experiences converting existing properties into new Hilton hotels, we are extremely optimistic about the potential for this Hilton Garden Inn.”

Beachfront focus

OTO Development, which is part of The Johnson Group, develops, owns and operates distinctive select-service hotels in premier markets across the USA. In recent years, the company has emphasised purchasing and upgrading beachfront properties in popular locales. The developer has successfully repositioned several beachfront hotels under the Hilton Garden Inn flag.

The company is currently developing AC by Marriott Hotel Naples on the Florida coast. This 150-room three-storey property will include a ground floor café and lobby, 2,500 sq ft of divisible meeting space, a rooftop pool, and Limón, a destination rooftop restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating. It’s due for completion in Q4 2023.

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