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DiFilippo family opens new Hotel Monte Carlo on B’walk

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: Kara Hallissey The new Hotel Monte Carlo Oceanfront on 11th Street and the Boardwalk was welcomed to the resort community by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and local officials last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony

(Oct. 6, 2017) The new Hotel Monte Carlo Oceanfront on 11th Street and the Boardwalk was welcomed to the resort community by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and local officials last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“On behalf of my siblings and myself, I would like to thank everyone for joining us here today to celebrate the opening of our new hotel,” said Virginia DiFilippo Cipollone, owner along with her siblings Clara DiFilippo Ziman and Carlo DiFilippo Jr. “We are so proud to be a part of the skyline on the East Coast in beautiful Ocean City.”

Hotel Monte Carlo Oceanfront replaces the historic Royalton Hotel, which has been in the DiFilippo family since 1970, when their father, Carlo, invested in the property.

“The hard work he and then later our mother, Santina, put into building a business, learning an industry, saving money and having the foresight to grow in this industry was instrumental in our being able to redevelop the site we stand on today and be able to build a solid foundation to our family’s future generations,” DiFilippo Cipollone said.

The new boutique hotel has 54 rooms, employee housing, two pools, a hot tub and retail space.

Visitors have the option of two double or two queen beds with fully-equipped kitchenettes in their rooms, which include a stove top, medium-sized refrigerator, utensils, and dishware.

“The rooms are gorgeous and comfortable,” DiFilippo Cipollone said.

Guests can also book one of the four king bed rooms. There are 19 oceanfront rooms and 24 units with ocean views. All rooms have balconies and the oceanfront units are spacious with tables and chairs to encourage outdoor dining. The hotel also has adjoining rooms.

“There is a good chance they could get a great view of the beach, Boardwalk and ocean [from their room],” DiFilippo Cipollone said. “It is in a prime location. You can still walk downtown, yet not be in the midst of the craziness. We have great amenities. If it’s raining, adults can hang out in the indoor hot tub and the kids in the pool. The rooftop outdoor pool has breathtaking sunset views.”

Owners hope to turn the retail space into a restaurant and there are three employee housing units.

The new Hotel Monte Carlo Oceanfront took a long time to complete because of a couple unexpected hurdles.

First, the Royalton Hotel was attached to the building next door and the separation process took almost six years of negotiations with lawyers until an agreement was reached.

In addition, owners had originally planned to repair the building’s façade with the help of the Ocean City Development Corporation, but it was determined the existing building had significant structural issues and needed to be replaced.

At the end of 2015, the Ocean City Development Corporation received $200,000 in project funds from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, as part of the state’s Strategic Demolition Fund.

The Royalton Hotel was demolished in March of 2016 and construction on the new hotel started in May. The new Hotel Monte Carlo Oceanfront opened to the public during this summer.

“I don’t think I believed it was ever going to happen until we opened and received our certificate of occupancy,” DiFilippo Cipollone said. “When the agreement went through in 2016, we were in a pinch to get the hotel open.”

Hotel Monte Carlo Oceanfront on 11th Street and the Boardwalk will be open on the weekends until the end of November and then reopen in the beginning of February.

“Everyone goes to the beach in the morning and then relaxes by the pool in the afternoon. SDiince our rooftop pool faces west, there is a breathtaking sunset view,” DiFilippo Cipollone said. “What is better than getting crabs and hanging out on your balcony with open views of the Boardwalk and ocean?”

For more information, go to www.montecarlooceanfront.com or call the hotel at 410-289-7145.

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