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Doo Wop Discussion #8: Astronaut Motel
Jul 27th, 2007, 10:45am
 
Astronaut Motel
 
511 East Stockton Road
Wildwood Crest  
(p): (609) 522-6981  
 

 
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http://www.astronautmotel.biz
 
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As always, all previous Doo Wop Discussions are still open!
 
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Doo Wop Discussion #3: Pink Champagne Motel (Wildwood)
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Since Al is on the road today, he asked me to take care of this week's Doo Wop Discussion.  A selection from Wildwood Crest was required and the Astronaut Motel was randomly picked for us Doo Wop lovers to talk about.
 
I don't have Al's vast knowledge of all things "Wildwood", so this intro will be brief.  The Astronaut was constructed in the southern part of the Crest in 1962 and is an L-shaped motel very similar in basic design to other motels in the Doo Wop Historic District.  While many motels have disappeared from this part of the Crest in recent years, the Astronaut remains 45 years later as it continues to symbolize optimism.
 
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Reply #1 - Jul 27th, 2007, 2:57pm
 
Oh, this is a great little place.  
 
 
I never really appreciated the on-the-beach motels until recent years (another example is the Lampliter).  I attribute it to the fact that they are not “drive by” motels and the streets that they are on dead end into the beach.  So, you need to U-turn which I hate.  More recently, I have ventured to these places on foot, with camera in hand.  I find the owners to be very friendly.  
 
 
I made a stop at the Astronaut last year to take a few pictures.  The owner was so proud that someone wanted to take pictures of the motel and thanked me for doing so.  I took a great shot of the office sign which has (what else?) an astronaut on it.  It is a really cute motel.  (and fantabulously DooWop with its space age theme.)
 
 
This is another motel that I never stayed at, but it may be worth it to take an overnight trip.  The Astronaut can be considered one of the “hidden gems” of the Crest.  
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Reply #2 - Jul 27th, 2007, 3:03pm
 
And hidden it is!  Aside from the sign, I never bothered to venture down that little cul-de-sac until a few weeks ago.  Was I ever glad that I did!
 
That's great that the owner was impressed by your desire to photograph his motel.  I can't help but wonder if little stuff like that might make a difference is someone is torn between keeping their motel or selling to a developer.  And it's too bad most of Wildwood's motel owners likely don't pay much attention to these forums because there are a lot of nice things said about little-known properties and I know that if I owned one of them, I'd be flattered by the kind words and be at least a little inspired by them.
 
The sign is particularly nice at night.  It's very simple but effective.  You'd almost expect something with planets or asteroids on it but instead it's just the name of the place in a very attractive font.  So classy!
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Reply #3 - Jul 28th, 2007, 3:22pm
 
Wasn't the Astronaut converted?
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Reply #4 - Jul 28th, 2007, 5:06pm
 
Converted into condotels or converted into something like what was once the Pink Orchid?  The former might be true but not the latter.
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Reply #5 - Jul 28th, 2007, 6:32pm
 
Quote from MMM on Jul 28th, 2007, 3:22pm:
Wasn't the Astronaut converted?

yes i saw a unit for sale last year
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Reply #6 - Jul 28th, 2007, 7:32pm
 
Cindy mentioned having spoken with the owner last year... maybe he still owns a few units, or has something to do with the day-to-day operation of the place?
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Reply #7 - Jul 28th, 2007, 8:30pm
 
There was a man in the office.  I assumed that he was the owner of the motel.
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Reply #8 - Jul 28th, 2007, 8:34pm
 
Quote from Rob Ascough on Jul 28th, 2007, 5:06pm:
Converted into condotels or converted into something like what was once the Pink Orchid?  The former might be true but not the latter.

 
 
Just the type of ownership, while still looking and running like a Motel.
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Reply #9 - Jul 28th, 2007, 11:00pm
 
Something I have no problem with, provided people want to buy units... unlike the Nassau Inn, which seems to have a hard time selling theirs.
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Reply #10 - Jul 29th, 2007, 1:29am
 
It looks like the interior remodel was recently done.  From seeing into the rooms from outside not long ago (I think last year), I remember the interiors looking like they needed a freshening.  Good to see it's being better looked after now...
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Reply #11 - Jul 29th, 2007, 4:41pm
 
no real comments from me either. Never stayed there.. But always admired the place..Smiley
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Reply #12 - Jul 30th, 2007, 9:05am
 
You've got me beat.  I never even admired the place until now!
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