Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register.
Doo Wop Preservation League
Oct 24th, 2014, 8:34pm
News: Welcome to the Doo Wop Preservation League message board!
Home Help Search Login Register


Pages: 1 2 3 4
Send Topic Print
Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singapore Motel (Read 16642 times)
Flyer
Ultimate God Member
*****




Posts: 5726
Gender: male
Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singapore Motel
Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:26am
 
Singapore Motel
515 E Orchid Rd  
Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260  
(p): (609) 522-6961
 

 
Official Website
http://www.thesingaporemotel.com/
 
Wildwood Doo Wop Profile
http://www.wildwooddoowop.com/doowopspots/?ID=325
 
 
Previous Doo Wop Discussions
 
Doo Wop Discussion #23: Eden Roc Motel (Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1200346150
 
Doo Wop Discussion #22: Aruba Motel (North Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1199283718  
 
Doo Wop Discussion #21: Dino's Boatel & Motel (West Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1198231643  
   
Doo Wop Discussion #20: Ala Kai Motel (Wildwood Crest)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1198229565    
   
Doo Wop Discussion #19: Mango Motel (Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1197650815    
     
Doo Wop Discussion #18: Jade East Motel (North Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1197016280      
     
Doo Wop Discussion #17: Waikiki Ocean Resort (Wildwood Crest)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1196435327      
     
Doo Wop Discussion #16: Pilgrim's Pride Motel (Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1195672361        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #15: Panoramic Motel & Apts. (North Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1195249566        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #14: Aztec Motel (Wildwood Crest)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1194631484        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #13: Schellenger's Restaurant (Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1194014063        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #12: Blue Water Motel (Wildwood Crest)    
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1188571525        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #11: Sea Shell Motel (Wildwood)  
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1187359905        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #10: Florentine Motor Inn (North Wildwood)  
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1186753986        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #9: Sea Gull Motel (Wildwood)  
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1186152373        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #8: Astronaut Motel (Wildwood Crest)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1185547540        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #7: Bonito Motel (Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1184945900        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #6: Carideon Motel (North Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1184339880        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #5: SurfSide West Diner (Wildwood)  
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1183739599        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #4: Jolly Roger Motel (Wildwood Crest)  
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1183094699        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #3: Pink Champagne Motel (Wildwood)    
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1182520248        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #2: New England Motel (North Wildwood)  
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1181906799        
     
Doo Wop Discussion #1: Isle of Capri Motel (North Wildwood)
http://www.doowopusa.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1181234853  
 
 
In an attempt to return the weekly Doo Wop Discussions to their normal schedule, I'll post one more before Friday.  As Al explained, we are going to space out the DWD's and the new Lost Treasures features so they don't get lost among each other.
 
Despite not being one of the more well-known motels in Wildwood Crest, the Singamore is definitely one that's hard to miss because it looks completely unlike anything else on the island.  While renovated for the 2005 season, the building's most prominent feature- a pagoda temple- remains and continues to attract attention from first-timers and longtime Wildwood fans alike.  Know anything more about the motel?  Now's your chance to speak up!
Back to top
 
« Last Edit: Mar 8th, 2011, 12:32am by MMM »  
View Profile   IP Logged
Al Alven
Forum Moderator
*****


Through this magical
arch...

Posts: 5816
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #1 - Jan 22nd, 2008, 4:03pm
 
The Singapore is a real interesting case. I feel like it should be considered one of the Wildwoods' trademark structures, but a number of factors (and plenty of bad press) have seemed to conspire against it over the years. I believe the family that owns it was the same one that ran the infamous Grande Hotel in Diamond Beach, as well as the Palm Beach Motel in the Crest. They may have had (or still have) a few others.
 
The Grande was always in the news for all the wrong reasons, as was the Singapore (though, it seems, to a slightly lesser extent). Check out the reviews of the Singapore on sites like TripAdvisor. They aren't pretty.  
 
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g46932-d92679-Reviews-Singapore_Motel-Wi ldwood_Crest_New_Jersey.html
 
For a long time, the Singapore had gained a reputation as, basically, a neglected dump. Not much care was put into it, and first-hand accounts of interactions with ownership/management only added to the negative feelings that surrounded it.
 
For the record, I have never had any interaction with the people who run the Singapore, nor have I ever stayed there, or set foot on the property. So, I can't give a completely honest opinion of the place, or how it is/has been run. Still, I think the shear number of negative reviews and accounts do speak for themselves.
 
With all of that said, the Singapore has managed to survive and has, perhaps, turned a positive corner. After the 2004 season, the motel underwent what appeared to be a fairly dramatic renovation. I would love to hear from someone who has stayed there since. There is no denying that this place is an architectural gem, and is probably one of the finest examples of Doo Wop the Wildwoods have produced. And, obviously, that's saying something.
Back to top
 
 

Al Alven

Wildwood 365: www.wildwood365.net
Email View Profile WWW alalven   IP Logged
Flyer
Ultimate God Member
*****




Posts: 5726
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #2 - Jan 22nd, 2008, 4:12pm
 
That's a shame about the Singpore.  Gee Al, maybe we should attach TripAdvisor pages to future Doo Wop Discussions... not to trash the motels but maybe to give people a better idea of what a property is like?  Might as well make it easy for people to educate themselves, and maybe over time it will influence one or two motel owners to invest in their properties?
 
I'd also love to hear from someone that's stayed at the Singapore since the 2005 renovations.  As is usually the case with TripAdvisor, there are those that hate the place and those that found something to like about it.  I'd like to know what a seasoned Wildwood vet has to say about the motel and how it compares to others.
Back to top
 
 
View Profile   IP Logged
Al Alven
Forum Moderator
*****


Through this magical
arch...

Posts: 5816
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #3 - Jan 22nd, 2008, 4:17pm
 
That's a good idea, Rob; I hadn't thought about attaching the TripAdvisor reviews before, but they could be valuable additions.  
 
You can never have too much info, or too many opinions.
Back to top
 
 

Al Alven

Wildwood 365: www.wildwood365.net
Email View Profile WWW alalven   IP Logged
Flyer
Ultimate God Member
*****




Posts: 5726
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #4 - Jan 22nd, 2008, 4:19pm
 
That's what I'm thinking.  As much as I'd hate to tell someone to avoid a Doo Wop motel, I wouldn't want someone to fall into the trap of wasting money on a dump.  Everyone's Wildwood experience should be positive.
Back to top
 
 
View Profile   IP Logged
crazyaboutwildwood
Ex Member



Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #5 - Jan 22nd, 2008, 6:22pm
 
Is this the place that the owners daugther runs the place? if it is, I here she is extremely rude. I dont want be negative cause i know this place is a real gem. Martin here has some knowledge on this place. maybe he can give us some inside info.
Back to top
 
 
  IP Logged
MMM
Forum Moderator
*****


I support Doo Wop
preservation.

Posts: 5150
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #6 - Jan 22nd, 2008, 7:16pm
 
Wow, The Singapore.  Between this and The Caribbean, it's my favorite of all the Wildwood Motels.  Actually, I probably lean towards The Singapore, blasphemous as it sounds.  Now, I'm not quite speaking of The Singapore in its current state (though I still feel it's a gem, even if in the rough somewhat), but at its best, it was just spectacular.  Look at the pictures over on Eric Bard's RetroViews when it was new.  The garden, the colors, the trim, everything looks *right*.  The Pagoda is outstanding.  The rooms' furnishings even look acceptable to modern sensibilities.
 
Yes, the family that last owned The Grand and the Palm Beach owns The Singapore, the Patitucci's.  John's daughter's name is Mimi.  I've only met John.  I won't say much except that they do have a reputation through the area.  Supposedly if you catch John on the right day, he's pretty nice.  My first encounter with him was decent.  Subsequent contact with him wasn't the best.
 
When I toured The Singapore in April 2005, it was during their renovations that they started over that off season (which I think are still ongoing).  I give them credit for putting some work into it, but the choices made in the renovations are in many ways not appropriate, IMO.  The doors with the divided pane windows, its colors, REGULAR SHINGLES ON THE PAGODA ROOFING INSTEAD OF WOODEN SHAKES!!!  I don't know if they ever redid the bathrooms, but they were tired when I saw about a dozen of them.  The rooms themselves were overall just OK, but I think they've worked on at least some of those by this time.  The restaurant (onetime Bamboo Noshiri) was still original and intact, and looked good.  I hope they've left it alone, but I have my doubts.  It was nice.
 
I've heard rumours that the infrastructure of the place is not the best, but who knows how true that is.  People sometimes like to hear themselves talk.  I put that out there only as a warning, if it is true, not to just spread possible BS.  JimD stayed there in 2006.  Maybe he'll see this thread and post a few comments...
 
I think The Singapore has the potential to be one of our finest attractions, if things were done really right, from start to finish.  It's a very special place, even among our other treasures, past and present.
Back to top
 
 

Martin Melucci


...no matter how much you like an old building, someone will eventually come along and knock it down to build a "better" one. But that rarely happens. - Tony Visconti
Email View Profile   IP Logged
FlyinGN
Ultimate God Member
*****


Wildwood fan since
'61

Posts: 6757
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #7 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 6:45am
 
don't know much about the Singapore... Never stayed there then but from what I can tell its thought of, from its owners, as a classic hotel that is a thorn in their sides and want to unload it.. They seem to be bleeeding it dry and not taking pride in it. Much like the Ocean View around the corner. Shame..
Back to top
 
 

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v665/flyingn/mustang%20GT/
Email View Profile   IP Logged
Flyer
Ultimate God Member
*****




Posts: 5726
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #8 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 8:56am
 
I never understood why a motel's owner would want to project a surly image.  I can see if you hardly have anything to do with the day-to-day operation of the place but most motel owners are in constant contact with guests.  Why drive business away with a bad attitude?  Isn't that just plain stupid?
Back to top
 
 
View Profile   IP Logged
MMM
Forum Moderator
*****


I support Doo Wop
preservation.

Posts: 5150
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singapore Motel
Reply #9 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 8:34pm
 
Quote from FlyinGN on Jan 23rd, 2008, 6:45am:
don't know much about the Singapore... Never stayed there then but from what I can tell its thought of, from its owners, as a classic hotel that is a thorn in their sides and want to unload it.. They seem to be bleeeding it dry and not taking pride in it. Much like the Ocean View around the corner. Shame..

 
IMO, they really don't want to sell it.  I don't remember who I heard this from (maybe Jim), but supposedly John's daughter Mimi likes the place, which I guess convinced him not to sell.  Yes, it was available for sale for quite a while, but John would keep raising the price.  I take that as someone who doesn't really want to sell the place, but if someone is crazy enough to pay such a wild price, he might.
Back to top
 
 

Martin Melucci


...no matter how much you like an old building, someone will eventually come along and knock it down to build a "better" one. But that rarely happens. - Tony Visconti
Email View Profile   IP Logged
Al Alven
Forum Moderator
*****


Through this magical
arch...

Posts: 5816
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #10 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 9:00pm
 
Thanks for all of the info, Martin; I know you are have always been a huge fan of the Singapore, and was looking forward to hearing what you had to say about it.
 
I fully agree with your assessment of the motel's potential. It's a shame that some of its former design elements and ambience have been lost, but at least its still standing. I thought that it was a goner for a sure a few years ago.  
 
I'm really fascinated by the info about the Singapore's restaurant. I had totally forgetten that it had one, built in. I want to make it a point to check that out, and see if I can arrange a tour of the property for myself, this coming season.
Back to top
 
 

Al Alven

Wildwood 365: www.wildwood365.net
Email View Profile WWW alalven   IP Logged
crazyaboutwildwood
Ex Member



Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #11 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 9:01pm
 
Is the restaurant there still open?
Back to top
 
 
  IP Logged
hulk007
Ultimate God Member
*****


If I had one day
left on earth i'd
spend it in WW

Posts: 5328
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #12 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 10:51pm
 
Unfortunatly I stayed at the Singapore in 2000 and did not have a good expierence. Hopefully things have improved over that time. I never even remember seeing a restaurant there, in what part of the building is it located?
Back to top
 
 
View Profile   IP Logged
Flyer
Ultimate God Member
*****




Posts: 5726
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #13 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:14pm
 
I say we all go on a pilgrimage to the Singapore restaurant... if it's still there.  Otherwise we find a bar and get loaded Wink
Back to top
 
 
View Profile   IP Logged
Al Alven
Forum Moderator
*****


Through this magical
arch...

Posts: 5816
Gender: male
Re: Doo Wop Discussion #24: Singamore Motel
Reply #14 - Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:18pm
 
Sounds like a plan. If it's no longer there, we can go to a bar on Pacific Ave., then go to the Dragon House and pretend like we're in Singapore.   Cheesy
Back to top
 
 

Al Alven

Wildwood 365: www.wildwood365.net
Email View Profile WWW alalven   IP Logged
Pages: 1 2 3 4
Send Topic Print