(Nov.21, 2014) The Fasano family introduces its new hotel, the La Quinta Inn and Suites, to Ocean City on 32nd Street today, Nov. 21.Their official grand opening ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., as the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and local officials welcome the business to the resort, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place at 4 p.m.
The new La Quinta replaces the Ocean Voyager, which occupied the 32nd Street space for more than 50 years and underwent renovations by the Fasanos in 2013.
When the decision came to tear down Ocean Voyager, the Fasanos went shopping for franchises from economy class to upper tier choices before settling on the mid-range La Quinta.
“The Ocean Voyager had seen its time and it was not cost effective to renovate,” owner Sal Fasano said. “Mom and pop places are unfortunately getting pushed out of the area with online reservations becoming popular. La Quinta is a good franchise to team up with, we are happy with the services they provide and the finished product.”
The guest rooms feature plush bedding with the choice of a king or two queens. Each room comes with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, HD cable television, private balcony, hair dyer, iron and ironing board.
There are 101 rooms in the non-smoking hotel. The hotel’s 26 deluxe rooms or suites have full kitchens and a living room seating area with a pullout sleep sofa. Check-in is 3 p.m. and checkout is noon.
A complimentary continental breakfast, which includes toast, hard boiled eggs, cereal, muffins, fruit, coffee, juice, milk, pastries, bagels and the popular waffle station, is served every morning.
The hotel has a 1,000-square-foot meeting hall, which accommodates about 65-70 people for a banquet-style meeting or conference, Fasano said.
La Quinta is the only year-around franchise hotel in Ocean City that is pet friendly, Fasano said. Pets can stay for free, although some restrictions may apply.
Additional hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi and local calls, a laundry area, fitness room, business center, newspaper, parking, an outdoor pool with a Tiki bar and a market area.
The mini food market permits guests to purchase sodas, water, energy drinks, juice, beef jerky, chips, candy, cookies, soup, mac and cheese, popcorn, frozen dinners and pizzas.
The hotel has a restaurant and bar space, which the owners hope to open by next spring or summer. It is not known what will occupy the space at this time.
Location is everything for the newest hotel in Ocean City. The beach is a half block away, the hotel is in walking distance to the Boardwalk and Jolly Roger Amusement Park is directly across the street. In addition, La Quinta is surrounded by restaurants, shops and nightlife.
La Quinta is one of the most cost-efficient buildings in Ocean City, according to Fasano. He said it has a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system and the owners plan to install solar panels come spring.
Fasano said the family takes pride in La Quinta on being one of the greenest buildings in Ocean City.
La Quinta has more than 800 locations across the United States, Mexico and Canada. New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas and now Ocean City, are some of the popular cities La Quinta calls home.
“La Quinta is a strong, up and coming franchise. It is taking the others by storm and out performing its competitors,” Fasano said.
- La Quinta has 101 guest rooms and 26 of them are suites,
- which look exactly like this one.