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The Empress Hotel / Motel

The image to the right is from the 1970's visitor's guide advertising the hotel with 101 modern rooms - all complete with Television & Room Phones.  Fully Air Conditioned - 24 Hour Elevator Service.  Dining Room.  Cocktail Lounge.  Indoor and Outdoor Heated Swimming Pools - Surf Bathing.  "A Picture Window and Patio with Each Room."

For years, closed and in serious disrepair, the hotel (photographed below in 1997 and then in 2004) is at Asbury & Ocean Avenues.  In 1999, sections of the main level were renovated and the structure became home to Paradise Nightclub; work is being done to renovate the Motel section, and opening of some rooms is planned for August 2004.  For more about the landmark, see "Gay Asbury Park".  In the late 1960's, the guest list of the hotel include Judy Garland.

Empress Hotel

Photographed in 1997, Vacant:

The Empress Hotel, 1997

Looking east towards the motel, the ocean and boardwalk are on the opposite side of the building; photographed on June 6, 2004:

Showing renovations being done to the ocean side, photographed from the boardwalk just north and east of the motel, June 6, 2004:

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Updated: Tuesday February 08, 2011 ęChristopher Clay