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Doo Wop Discussion #23: Eden Roc Motel (Read 30306 times)
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Doo Wop Discussion #23: Eden Roc Motel
Jan 14th, 2008, 4:29pm
 
Eden Roc Motel
5201 Atlantic Ave  
Wildwood, NJ 08260  
(p): (888) 373-1930 / (609) 522-1930
 

 
Official Website
www.edenrocmotel.com
 
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http://www.wildwooddoowop.com/doowopspots/?ID=320
 
 
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With its red brick facade and bright pink signage, the Eden Roc is a Wildwood landmark that never has to scream for attention. Constructed in 1957 and sharing its name with a famous Miami hotel, it is perhaps one of the best-known examples of Doo Wop on the island.
 
The subjects of each week's Doo Wop Discussion are usually selected by a random process that is so complex, you'd have to give your life if you wanted to know the secret. However, the Eden Roc was selected because it became the topic of conversation in another thread and it's probably time we put our minds and information together to find out what's going on with this property. Is it for sale and about to face the wrecking ball? Is it safe for another few seasons? Do the owners plan on updating it in the near future? So many questions, so few answers. Anyone care to get the ball rolling?
 
 
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Re: Doo Wop Discussion #23: Eden Roc Motel
Reply #1 - Jan 14th, 2008, 4:57pm
 
great hotel. Full of history.. Never stayed there.. Prefer quieter areas.. Itys a shame the present owner wants out too..Sad If you look at the pic.. on the left side (opposite of the office) is a cantlever second floor. Very unique... There is no visible means of support on that end..
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Reply #2 - Jan 14th, 2008, 5:05pm
 
Love this place! It seems that it could use some TLC. I would hate to see it go to the Wrecking ball. Im sorry I dont really have anything to add to this but if I won the lotto i would save this place along with a bunch of others.
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Reply #3 - Jan 14th, 2008, 6:18pm
 
When was the last time the signs worked?
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Reply #4 - Jan 14th, 2008, 8:54pm
 
Quote from FlyinGN on Jan 14th, 2008, 4:57pm:
If you look at the pic.. on the left side (opposite of the office) is a cantlever second floor. Very unique... There is no visible means of support on that end..

 
You know, I never noticed that before.  That is an interesting- and somewhat daring- design element.
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Reply #5 - Jan 14th, 2008, 10:52pm
 
I've never stayed at this place but have not heard good things about it over the last few years. Hopefully, whoever buys it will be able to restore it to its former glory. I never remember the sign being lit up at night.
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Reply #6 - Jan 14th, 2008, 11:18pm
 
Does anyone remember what motel was behind the Eden Roc? I know there's a huge condo there now.
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Reply #7 - Jan 15th, 2008, 9:56am
 
I can't recall the last time I saw the sign operational... that is, if I ever saw the sign operational to begin with.  Seems like it's been dark for as long as I can remember, which is about five minutes Wink
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Reply #8 - Jan 15th, 2008, 1:59pm
 
Quote from hulk007 on Jan 14th, 2008, 11:18pm:
Does anyone remember what motel was behind the Eden Roc? I know there's a huge condo there now.

 
 
Thts a good question for Al Alven. Where the heck is Al?
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Reply #9 - Jan 15th, 2008, 2:14pm
 
Al's been dealing with some computer problems this week but told me he'd be back ASAP.
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Reply #10 - Jan 15th, 2008, 10:53pm
 
In some of the old photos`the sign is lit. Of course those pics`are about 40 years old.
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Reply #11 - Jan 16th, 2008, 3:22am
 
There are some interesting photos of the Eden Roc in an album at a site called sevenpleasures.org that I found a while back via a link in the Tiki Central forum, including this one of the cantilevered portion that Frank mentioned (click for larger image). The full album is here (annotated with the photographer's bitter remarks about condo development):
 
http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/Wildwood-Eden-Roc
 
I don't see any photo credit information in the gallery; all I know is the photographer's username on the Tiki forum was Sabina.
 
As previously noted, a Wildwood native told me last year that the Eden Roc's infrastructure was too far gone for the motel to be salvaged in the long run, which seemed to echo comments that have been made in this forum, but I have no idea whether my contact's assessment comes from a reliable primary source.
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Reply #12 - Jan 16th, 2008, 9:17am
 
I'm not going to doubt what you were told Kathi, I'm just wondering what kind of structural issues could plague a two-story building.  If anything, the cantilevered section could be a problem but if that were the case, I'm sure that room would not be available for rent.  Or maybe that room isn't available... anyone stayed in it/seen someone in it in recent years?
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Reply #13 - Jan 16th, 2008, 4:59pm
 
When I went past there over the summer the place appeared to be full so I guess the rooms were being used.
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Reply #14 - Jan 16th, 2008, 6:00pm
 
Quote from Rob Ascough on Jan 16th, 2008, 9:17am:
I'm just wondering what kind of structural issues could plague a two-story building.

By "infrastructure" I meant not so much physical structure as building systems, in other words, plumbing and wiring, which was clearly what my contact was referring to. Maybe heating; I don't know whether it has any.  
 
I went back to refresh myself about the comments I vaguely recalled from the old forum. writhinganacondo said:
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Too bad about its condition, if you look at the early photos the design was among the best on the island. An ideal place to save, but would probably be too much $$$...its not all about just changing the interiors. In its prime it was owned by ex-mayor Charles Masciarella.

http://dwpl.proboards44.com/index.cgi?board=motels&action=display&thread =1160708775#1160972638
 
thelastresort said (in response to someone who noted that the Eden Roc was listed for sale):
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I understand she has been trying to sell it since the day she bought it, so no surprise there

http://dwpl.proboards44.com/index.cgi?board=motels&action=display&thread =1160689351#1160754910
 
Martin wrote:
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The poor Eden Roc was looking pretty rough when I saw it recently...

http://dwpl.proboards44.com/index.cgi?board=motels&action=display&thread =1160689351#1160793219
 
... and Al said something similar around that same time (fall '06). There was also a lot of discussion about the motel's blistering reviews on Trip Advisor. Robert wrote:
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On Trip Advisor every person gave it the lowest review, saying the owner was a witch and that the motel was dirty, filthy.

http://dwpl.proboards44.com/index.cgi?board=motels&action=display&thread =1140322471#1140322471
 
Of course, "filthy" doesn't necessarily imply lost-cause status.
 
What thelastresort heard about the owner trying to flip it immediately may have stuck with me more than anything else. There could be a lot of reasons for that but I can't help wondering if she made some really unpleasant discovery about the underlying condition of the property after the sale went through and she began to operate it.
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