(Oct. 12, 2018) A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Residence Inn by Marriott on 61st Street on Thursday, Oct. 4, to celebrate its grand opening.
The 150-room, 164,000-square-foot hotel opened its doors on April 30. The eight-floor facility features amenities such as an indoor pool, gym, restaurant, conference room, two bars, a buffet breakfast service, fire pit and wireless internet access.
Other services include fully furnished kitchens, car rentals, laundry services and a dry-cleaning service.
A public space is available on the second floor, which also includes the buffet service as well as one of the bars.
“This hotel is totally unique for the Marriott Residence Inn brand,” Co-owner Barry Gosnell said. “There’s no other like it. The design is a bit different in many ways. Some things are still consistent with the brand, but there’s a number of features like the public area and all the features that you just don’t find anywhere else.”
The Residence Inn sits right next to the Route 90 bridge, and is in close proximity to several restaurants and is a short walk away from the ocean.
“We thought this was a great location. It had been eyed by a lot of people for a long time, but it took a long time for someone to put a hotel on this spot,” Co-owner Rich Palmer said. “What really surprised us [is that] until we were in this building under construction we really didn’t appreciate the spectacular views, particularly the views of the bay.
“Depends on where you are you can see a sunrise and sunset from a lot of the rooms,” he continued. “It really surprised us to see how spectacular it was.”
The ceremony included words from Sen. Jim Mathias and Del. Mary Beth Carozza.
“We’re appreciative of everybody in Ocean City that’s helped us get through all the roadblocks,” Gosnell said. “We’re happy to have had help to get through all that, and we’ve been very persistent.”
Guests can choose to stay in one of two studio-style suites, either with two queen beds or a single king size bed, or a single bedroom suite, all of which feature a bayside view.
According to Gosnell, the summer season went very well for the hotel.
“We’ve had a pretty busy summer, which is why we didn’t want to do the grand opening in the summer time,” Gosnell said. “It’s been pretty busy since then … thanks in large part to the various events Ocean City has to drum up business.
“We’re hoping it continues to grow and as we learn the market and Ocean City better,” he continued. “There’s all sorts of people that work with us and it’s a learning curve to get up to speed. We hope to offer a few more enhances and take advantage of the amenities we already have like the outdoor pool and other features, and just kind of refine our craft.”
Pets are welcome and the hotel holds a smoke-free policy. Check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m.
For more information or to book a suite at the hotel, call 410-723-2222 or visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sbyro-residence-inn-ocean-city.