The renovation is designed not only to attract guests, but also to recruit students to Stockton’s hospitality program.
Closed since Jan. 17 for $12 million in renovations, Seaview Resort, Galloway, N.J. will reopen this month, reports the Atlantic County News.
“We have to be ready, we have guests coming,” said Stephen Prakash of Dolce Resorts, the General Manager of Seaview. He credited the on-time and on-budget project completion to a lot of advance planning and to workers familiar with the surprises of century-old buildings.
The main lobby area and meeting rooms are a mix of old, new and restored items. The carpeting is all new, as are the drapes and some millwork, created to match the original. The Grace Kelly Oval Room is restored, but the muted drapes include blackout shades and a drop-down screen for meeting presentations. An old black-and-white photo of Kelly, reportedly taken at her 16th birthday party in the Oval Room, hangs nearby.
The main lobby chandeliers have been restored and recovered in silk. The original registration desk has a new granite top. Some chairs and couches are new, others have been reupholstered in neutral shades chosen to capture nature in shades of sand and woods. The carpet patterns are reproductions of a 1920s style, updated for modern tastes.
Still under construction is the new Bayview Terrace, a centerpiece of the renovation, which will be complete by the end of the month. The finished terrace will include a fountain, gazebo and stairs to the Bayview Ballroom.
For golfers, about $1 million was spent on drainage, the greens and bunkers on both courses. The golf shop has also been renovated and stocked.
Roof repairs are being completed, and officials at Richard Stockton College, Seaview’s new owner, are developing hospitality internship programs and planning for students to begin living and working at the resort this fall.
Stockton paid for $7 million of the renovations through its nonprofit agency, Stockton Affiliated Services Inc., or SASI, and the college capital improvement fund. LaSalle Hotel Properties, Seaview’s previous owner, contributed another $5 million as part of the $20 million sales agreement finalized in September.
The renovation is designed not only to attract guests, but also to recruit students to Stockton’s hospitality program by presenting it as a first-class golf resort in a historic setting.