The Hanscom Hotel has a long history. It was originally built in the 1920′s.
The devastating fire of 1927 destroyed large portions of the Ocean City Boardwalk and left residents and visitors yearning for modern, fireproof hotels. Seeing this opportunity, the Hanscom brothers (bakers and restaurateurs by profession) began plans for a new hotel with contemporary amenities. While not rivaling the Flanders Hotel, Ocean City’s luxury accommodations, the Hotel Hanscom added much needed first-class guest rooms to the growing resort. According to the 1929 Ocean City Daily newspaper, “The owners, having many years experience of understanding and satisfying the wants of summer hotel guests, planned the hotel as ideal for the seashore.”
The hotel was purchased in the mid 1970s by developer James M. Dwyer. Renovations were completed in 1977, and the hotel re-opened as the Homestead Hotel. It was later renamed the Homestead Beach Hotel.
Now known as the Hanscom Hotel, or simply the Hanscom, the hotel’s early history is briefly stated on the building’s plaque:
- Formerly Hanscom Hotel, established in 1928 by the Hanscom Baking Comapny
- Renovated in 1997 by James M. Dwyer, proprietor & real estate developer
Each unit is individually owned, and each room is uniquely decorated by the owners. So each unit would therefore have slightly different decor. Most rooms have been renovated by the owners with modern kitchenettes and bathrooms. All rooms are air conditioned and have cable TV, as well as a kitchenette with range top and refrigerator.
- Old World Charm
- Self-Laundry Available (on ground floor)
- Ice Machine (on ground floor)
- All room entries via inside corridors
- Walking distance to all boardwalk activities
- Walking distance to downtown shopping
- Walking distance to super market
- Beach-block location
- On-street parking
- Cable TV
- Non-smoking Hotel