A hotel on the Bethany Beach boardwalk is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover that includes a new indoor-outdoor pool and a new restaurant, replacing 99 Sea Level, which has closed.
The saltwater pool at the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott will also be refreshed with a retractable roof.
The new restaurant is called Via Sophia by the Sea. The 164-seat, indoor/outdoor osteria will feature live entertainment three nights per week. It’s the third branch of Via Sophia, which debuted in Washington in 2019. The fare: “Classic Italian dishes, pastas and breads and fresh-from-the-boat seafood will be paired with bespoke beverages and a discerning wine list.”
The redesign is intended to provide “a fun and whimsical ambiance,” with a varied color palette. The hotel, owned and operated by EOS Hospitality, will continue its partnership with Ellen Rice Studio to curate the art. EOS also operates the Hamilton Hotel that houses the original Via Sophia.
All guestrooms will be renovated with new bed frames and headboards, side tables, dining and workspace tables, bureaus, sleeper sofas and flooring.
The hotel’s meeting rooms and grand event hall will be updated with new flooring, wall coverings, painting, and lighting.
A three-night stay over Memorial Day, the traditional start of the beach season, starts at $2,391, or an average of $797 a night. A single night midweek in season (July 18 and Aug. 17 were randomly picked) starts at $652. A single night next winter (Nov. 6 and Jan. 11 were randomly selected) starts at $784.
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