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A new life for the Caribbean...

In the Fall of 2004, the Caribbean Motel was purchased by its new owners, George Miller and Carolyn Emigh, who saw the beauty and charm in this iconic masterpiece of 1950s "modern" architecture, and have sought to restore the motel to its original mid-century glory. Throughout the off-season, a meticulous effort has been made to preserve and refurbish the motel's authentic architectural features while adding 21st-century amenities and services, transforming the motel into a modern-day celebration of mid-20th century leisure and lifestyle that will stand for generations to come!

Rooms that jump & jive...

Newly renovated rooms have been professionally designed by New York-based interior designer Darleen Lev, and are a re-interpretation of classic 1950s kitsch, combining vibrant colors and giddy optimism with a flare for the exotic. A mix of authentic and retro-reproduced Eames-era furnishings along with enchanting "Caribbean Deco" colors and shapes now define the motel's interior spaces, from the lobby to the lounge to the new "Doo Wop" rooms.Here's what Darleen had to say about her role in shaping the Caribbean Motel's funky new interiors...

"My goal with The Caribbean was not only to restore it to an accurate representation of the aesthetics of the 1950's, but also to create a fantasy that doesn't end with the glowing crescent-shaped pool and multi-colored lights in the eaves. I wanted guests to feel they are experiencing the Caribbean inside the room, thus the fresh green carpet and the grass wall.

One detail that stands out from my own trips to the Caribbean is the primitive beauty of the handpainted signs; the handmade palm trees on the grass walls above the beds are artwork with a decidedly human touch, rather than the usual bland, mass produced "painting" that blends in with the wallpaper. The palm trees also represent the Caribbean Motel's distinction as being the first in Wildwood to import plastic palms. Stripes were big in the 50's, and so was color. The drapes and bedding pick up the colored lights in the eaves, and contribute to the techinicolor fantasy. For me, when a technicolor movie ends, I feel a certain sadness that the world doesn't look this way in real life. But while staying at The Caribbean Motel, I can live that fantasy, and isn't that what a trip away from home is supposed to be about?"

Past and future architecture...

Philadelphia-based architect Anthony Bracali has worked with the Caribbean Motel to help re-invent the property for the 21st century while maintaining the motel's classic 1950s architectural design and character.

"The Caribbean motel is really one of a kind", said Bracali, who has also designed the Caribbean's new logo and identity scheme. "It assembles in one place all the elements that compose the WiMo (Wildwood Modern... aka "Doo Wop") style: signature neon signage, a fantastic, futuristic lobby with elevated ramp and a distinctive central pool.

Our logo design work for the motel focuses on these architectural features, because they are the most tied to creating a brand for the building. Through the logos, the architecture and the image and experience of the building become one."

Bracali has also helped to design and enhance some of the motel's newly refurbished architectural features and outdoor spaces.

Never-ending improvement...

The Caribbean's dedicated owners, George and Carolyn, continue to invest in property upgrades and renovations year after year, to ensure that the Caribbean is not only restored to its original architectural glory, but far exceeds the level of style, service and comfort the motel offered in the 1950s - and surpasses any other Doo Wop motel in The Wildwoods today!

For example, the motel's plumbing system was completely refurbished in 2008, with all-new water pipes installed for optimal bathing and drinking quality! More improvements are in the works! Stay tuned!
Caribbean Motel Owners
George Miller & Carolyn Emigh

Newly renovated rooms at the Caribbean Motel

NYC-based designer Darleen Lev pictured in the Caribbean Motel's newly renovated Cabana Lounge

Architect/designer Anthony Bracali unveils the Caribbean's new logo during the motel's grand re-opening reception



About the Caribbean Motel:

Since first opening in 1957, the Caribbean Motel's daring, futuristic architecture and exotic, tropical flair have enchanted families and friends. It's long been a place to escape, relax, and enjoy good fellowship. Today, you'll thrill at the pizazz of our recreated mid-century modern decor with 21st century amenities. Plus, with a fabulous location on Wildwood Crest's glitzy Ocean Avenue, you are just steps from the beach and a short walk to the boardwalk, convention center, restaurants and entertainment!

The Caribbean Motel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. We are the quintissential Doo Wop Motel in the Wildwoods, and have been featured in photographs, videos, magazines and newspapers all over the world! Join us this season to see what all the buzz is about!

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