Good news for a historic hotel in Oceanside, along what was once U.S. 101 and what was once one of those Hollywood hideaways.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Dolphin Hotel’s owners are working on a restoration and upgrade of the property. The new owners run top-line hotels under major brands and are turning it into a boutique hotel.

“It used to be one of those cool hotels for Hollywood people,” Sam Patel, president of the Irvine-based Western Hospitality Group, told Union-Tribune reporter Phil Diehl.

Within walking distance and with partial views of the ocean, the Dolphin is steps from the Oceanside Transit Center, with its Amtrak, Coaster and Metrolink service.

“If you are coming from out of town, you don’t even need a car,” construction manager Mitesh Bhagat told the newspaper.

When it opened in 1927, the Dolphin was one of those getaways or stopovers for the Hollywood set, either far enough from home to escape prying eyes, or halfway to the Mexican border for alcohol and gambling during Prohibition.


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