The view just got better for future patrons of Tiffany’s Motel in Surf City.
The motel held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to mark the completion of 12 newly rebuilt rooms. The construction comes after a fire destroyed the older portion of the motel in January 2013. Surf City fire chief Joseph Rivenbark was one of the first responders on the scene to fight the fire in 2013.
“It was an inferno when I got there,” Rivenbark said. “The wind had a lot to do with it. Thankfully there was a pretty bad storm early that night and it had brought a little bit of rain, otherwise many of the houses behind it would have been more involved.”
One man inside the room where the fire is believed to have started was hospitalized due to the blaze. Tiffany’s lost 11 rooms and their main office, with their only surviving structures being a large brick chimney and an underground pool. Tiffany’s relatively newer suites on the other side of road were unharmed and allowed the motel to stay open during reconstruction.
Friday’s ribbon cutting marked the beginning of a new start for the motel and was attended by the business’ owners and Surf City officials, including Mayor Zander Guy.
“This motel is a real asset to our town and I hate to see anything ruined by fire,” Guy said. “Tiffany’s is a great establishment and I’m glad they were able to rebuild their facilities.”
Construction was handled by ANA Construction of Surf City. When making decisions for how to rebuild and redecorate, Tiffany’s staff asked their guests what they would like to see. The result is a new, multi-storied structure that features 12 poolside rooms with king-sized beds, an office and a connecting elevator.
“We also have something we didn’t have before,” said motel manager Regina Carter. “Now we are up high enough to have beautiful views of the ocean from the rooms.”
One of Tiffany’s owners, Lisa Taylor, was responsible for decorative design in the new rooms and said the feel of the new rooms is more subdued in color and pattern, electing for a calmer atmosphere rather than the bright, in-your-face beach palette. Taylor was also excited to have construction completed before the influx of customers during the busier summer months.
“It’s definitely good we were able to finish in the winter,” Taylor said. “In the summer, these rooms will be full just about every day of the week. There is always something that needs attention with a brand new building, so it was really good we could work out all the kinks now while having less guests.”
For information or reservations, visit tiffanysmotel.com or call 910-328-1397.