CAROLINA BEACH — Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront, the town’s second major hotel, is gaining traction in just its first few months of opening.
The new hotel, located at 1 Harper Ave. in Carolina Beach, has not only employed three dozen people from the surrounding community, but has become another choice of stay for area visitors from North Carolina and around the country who choose Carolina Beach as their destination.
According to Lance Fischer, general manager of the newly constructed hotel, business at Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach is going “very well.” The hotel held its grand opening celebration on Nov. 15, but the hotel officially opened its doors to guests Labor Day weekend.
“Business has been a lot better than what we thought. Especially coming in right at the end of the season,” Fischer said. “We have sold out, all 100 rooms, pretty much most every weekend.”
The 100-room hotel adds more space for visitors that flock to Carolina Beach for any number of reasons, including vacations, short trips, field trips, or business. Fischer said hotel staff have seen a variety of guests.
“Everybody is coming from all over the place,” Fischer said.
Fischer said the hotel’s big “feeder cities” include Raleigh and Charlotte. Though staff have also seen guests from Nebraska, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada.
The oceanfront hotel provides easy access for visitors to put their toes in the sand. But with the Carolina Beach boardwalk extension project now underway, the hotel will eventually become part of the stops along the future boardwalk.
When the hotel was constructed, Fischer said builders extended the hotel boardwalk to tie into the one the town now has under construction.
“We are excited they’re extending the boardwalk … a little bit further down. It makes us more in the middle of the boardwalk, instead of the end,” Fischer said. “It’s definitely a huge piece to our business and just being included as part of the Carolina Beach community.”
With the hotel’s outside Tiki Bar open to guests and the general public, the boardwalk will eventually provide beachgoers and those walking the boardwalk with easy access to another area watering hole.
That’s not the only way the hotel plans to tie into the community. As business grows and the Hampton Inn becomes more established within the community, Sales Director Amy Snider hopes the hotel will become even more involved with the town.
Hampton Inn most recently helped the town by opening its doors to help the town during a time of need, providing complimentary rooms for emergency response during Hurricane Matthew’s impact along North Carolina’s coast in early October.
“We’re working on establishing relationships with the community and businesses in the area; to be involved with the Town of Carolina Beach, with the schools, everything that just goes on in the community … just be kind of be a pillar for the community,” Snider said.
Now in the off-season, the hotel continues to look forward to a bright future ahead.
“We are going to continue to push business. Just be that new shiny hotel that’s on the beach,” Fischer said.
The hotel currently has 36 employees — all from the Greater Wilmington area — with about a dozen from Carolina Beach. Hampton Inn has several different guests rooms, including upgraded rooms with a balcony and ocean views available upon guests’ request. Prices for rooms vary, depending on season.
Amenities include an outdoor oceanfront pool and Tiki Bar, laundry, fitness center, free in-room WiFi and complimentary hot breakfast. For more information, visit the Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront website.
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