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The Albion Hotel
(Demolished in late 2001 or early 2002)

This advertisement appeared in an Asbury Park guide published by the Greater Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce.  Probably from the mid 1970's, though no date appears in the guide.  Thanks to many who have emailed us, we have learned the hotel was new around the time of the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York.  The hotel was hailed as an example of modern architecture.  The Asbury Park Historical Society is currently trying to save the hotel from demolition.  For more information on current events in Asbury Park, please visit:
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The advertisement describes the "luxurious" hotel as offering TV and telephone in every room.  The lower portion reads "FREE Ocean Bathing", "Air-Conditioned Coffee Shop and Restaurant", and "Free Parking at your door".

You may also notice the "Rainbow Room" sign in the advertisement.  This was a nightclub that opened in the mid 1950's and closed in the late 1960's or early 1970's at the onset of the decline in Asbury Park.  The owners at this time was a couple by the name of Pete Pietonero (not sure of spelling).

Albion Hotel - Then

Below, a photograph of the vacant hotel in serious disrepair.  This photo was taken in August, 1997.  The hotel has been demolished. One can only imagine the hotel's glorious past...

Albion Hotel - 1997

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Updated: Tuesday February 08, 2011 ęChristopher Clay