Life is returning to Oceanside’s downtown Dolphin Hotel, which opened in 1927 and served big-shots and celebrities for decades before falling into decline at the end of the last century.
The 27-room hotel continued to serve a rough crowd of mostly long-term tenants until a fire broke out in a second-floor room in January 2015. Firefighters saved the building, but the water from their efforts left extensive damage to the rooms below, and the hotel has been closed ever since.
“It used to be one of those cool hotels for Hollywood people in the 1930s and ‘40s,” said Sam Patel, president of the Irvine-based Western Hospitality Group.
Western Hospitality bought the building at 133 S. Coast Highway in May 2016 and began an extensive restoration that is expected to be finished by the end of this year. All plumbing, electrical and mechanical facilities are being replaced, and earthquake safety features are being added.
“It was very modern when it was built,” Patel said Thursday. “It was one of the first hotels with hot and cold water and steam heat in every room. Each room had its own bathroom, which was a big thing at the time.”
Most hotels at the time had a communal bath off the hallway shared by all the guests on the floor.
The exterior of the building will remain the same, as will key features of the lobby, which will keep the original multi-colored, mosaic tile…
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