If you were hoping to see the old Dove Inn reopen on Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, your dreams have officially come to an end.
As of this week, the demolition works of the old hotel have started and the buildings are being demolished.
When it opened over three decades ago, the Dove Inn was a place where you and your partner could spend a special night together. However, over time, it seemed to become a place where you could take your insignificant other to spend some, well, let’s just say some time together (the Atlantic City press called it a “hideout”). cheater”).
Over the years the property deteriorated to the point that the cops were there about once a week. In February 2018, township officials forced the motel to close, primarily due to a faulty fire alarm system. Two dozen people who were living in the hotel at the time suddenly found themselves homeless.
In 2020, The Press of Atlantic City reported that the property had been sold to a Cape May County group for $325,000. But even with new owners, this land, which was valued at over a million dollars not so long ago, has remained vacant, vandalized and overgrown.
Oh – and fun fact: The Inn of the Dove website from circa 2012 is still up and running if you want to see what the rooms were like. Then their honeymoon suite was up to $499/night and had “mirrors around the jacuzzi and above the bed,” complimentary tokens (nothing screams romance like a one ounce bag of sour cream and onion chips)and, “French Light Shades with Disco Ball” (any world traveler will tell you that the hallmark of a quality hotel is the disco ball in your room). And reviews on TripAdvisor from years ago are also very entertaining.
We haven’t seen any official plans for what, if anything, will be built there, but as those walls crumble, so many memories crumble.
28 images from Google Maps that show how fast EHT has changed
Empty lots are now stores in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Existing stores were demolished to build new ones. The roads have been changed for the better – and they put red lights around this roundabout at the airport.
Daily footage of the Towne 16 Theater demolition in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ