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First Look: Sea Crest Beach Hotel's $15 million makeover

Posted by Melanie Nayer  August 23, 2011 10:44 AM

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One upon a time in 1927 on Cape Cod, a young Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullivan and James Stewart (as well as others from The University Players Guild) created a summer playhouse and tea room on Old Silver Beach. We can only imagine what Cape Cod summers must have been like on the rocky shores of Buzzard's Bay back then...

Their beloved playhouse burned in 1936 but was replaced by the Old Silver Beach Club, a Prohibition-era speakeasy that captured the essence and glamour of the time, only to be destroyed two years later in a hurricane. The spot of the playhouse-turned-speakeasy went unclaimed for years during World War II until Red Auerbach, along with partners Kenneth Battles and Steve Hill, purchased Sea Crest in 1963 and converted it into a year-round resort in 1971. Just last year, Scout Real Estate Capital, LLC acquired the hotel and launched a new era for one of Cape Cod’s most beloved family resorts, starting with a $15 million renovation.
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Today's Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth is embracing a new era of travel, welcoming old friends and new guests to its upgraded homestead. We got a first look at the new Sea Crest Beach Hotel, a 263-room hotel on Buzzard's Bay, and a favorite of generations past and present. The renovation included everything from guestrooms and suites, to a brand-new restaurant and lounge, Red’s, which draws its name and design inspiration from the former owner legendary Boston Celtics coach and president. There's also a new café, poolside bar, outdoor fire pit an event space overlooking the beach. Here are the highlights: 

Accommodations: Each of the eight guestroom buildings has been named for one of the winning boats of the Buzzard’s Bay Regatta and a reproduction of each boat’s hull serves as the sign for its namesake building. All accommodations feature premium pillow-top mattresses, sitting areas, sleek new flat-screen TVs, complimentary wireless Internet access and personalized voicemail. The room's decor captures the Cape Cod essence, with nautical stripes on the duvets, woven seagrass headboards and well-placed seashells. There are also some new "fireplace rooms", which include sofa beds and large baths with double vanities, and the newly renovated Oceanfront Rooms offer private balconies or patios so you can enjoy sunset views.
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Dining: Sea Crest Beach Hotel paid homage to its owner Red Auerbach by opening Red’s, Sea Crest’s newest restaurant and lounge, with a menu featuring American Cape and gastro-pub cuisine. There is even a RED Room – an “inner sanctum” filled with tributes to Red the man, and exclusively reserved for private events. The restaurant also has outdoor seating where guests can dine in beachwear (talk about easy access to food in the middle of your beach fun) and an indoor bar with wall-mounted televisions (so you'll never miss a game). In addition, Sea Crest’s formal dining space, the Oceanfront Room, has been completely revamped so that no matter where you sit, you'll have spectacular ocean views. For those who just need a little pick-me-up, there is also the new 'The I-Café,' at the hotel, which will brew fresh coffee and serve small treats (as well as wireless Internet access and cable news) thorughout the day.
Pool: Sea Crest indoor and outdoor swimming pools have been converted to saline, and a firepit has been placed in the center of the pool area, making a perfect spot for guests to congregate on a cool Cape Cod night. The pool area is also where you'll find Red’s Poolside Bar.

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel also put renovation efforts into its meeting rooms and lobby space, including the unveiling of its renovated Sea Crest Ballroom, a 6,450-square-foot space accommodating up to 800 guests. We're told the hotel plans to also renovate the Sea Crest’s Nauset ConferenceCenter, which accommodates up to 1,100 guests in 11,800 square feet of meeting space.
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We're told the hotel is celebrating its renovations and new look with some fall and winter packages, including the Falmouth Jazz Festival taking place Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and the Holiday-By-The-Sea Weekend, happening Dec. 2. Details were not immediately available on these packages, but the hotel's website will post all the information.

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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