Photos courtesy of Jadine Pilotti, OCean Glass Inn
It started as a house-hunting project. Jeremy Kreer and Jadine Pilotti had fallen in love with Rehoboth Beach and were looking to buy a home. But in a tight market, they couldn’t find a property to match their taste and budget.
Then they learned that the 21-room Pirate’s Cove Motel was for sale—and it had an innkeeper’s quarters.
“It was within walking distance to the beach and boardwalk and everything we liked,” Pilotti says. “We could live there and run a motel. We can do this!”
Their confidence was admirable, considering they have no hospitality experience. Kreer had recently sold his pest-control business, and Pilotti has a marketing background.
The couple purchased the property in April 2019 and began turning the old motel into Ocean Glass Inn. The scheduled opening date is June 1.
What have they changed? “Just about everything,” says Pilotti. “New beds, floors, painting inside and out and new bathrooms.”
COURTESY OF JADINE PILOTTI, OCEAN GLASS INN
The owners took their inspiration from sea glass, which Pilotti says is “imperfectly perfect.”
“Each piece of ocean glass has its own unique color, and so does our color scheme,” Pilotti explains. The pastel and cobalt blue colors of sea glass will influence the individual rooms’ color schemes, right down to the doors.
The ideal guest, she says, wants to talk to restaurants, shops and the ocean, and meet other guests. There will be a continental breakfast in the new lobby area and happy hour “cookies,” made by a nearby bakery.
Pilotti says the boutique hotel should be an appealing contrast to some of the larger properties that are planned for the downtown district. “We want to keep the close feeling of a beachy inn,” she says.
She’s not worried about the locally owned competition, such as Hotel Rehoboth. “We’re just taking the bull by the horns and moving forward with what we feel a new inn should be like,” she says.
37299 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-2844