January 27, 2021

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Sea Spiral hotel at Hampton Beach for sale

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By Max Sullivan
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HAMPTON – The Sea Spiral Suites on Ocean Boulevard is up for sale, as its owners are looking to retire after decades of running hotels on the beach.

The hotel, priced at $3.5 million, was built in 1920 and bought by owners Norm and Sandy Bolyea in 1987. The Bolyeas, who live in North Hampton, said they have been slowly selling their properties at the beach as they prepare for retirement.

“We’re old, and I’m tired,” said Norm Bolyea. The Bolyeas also recently sold the Kentville on the Ocean, which was torn down and replaced with new condos that opened last year. They still own the Ships Inn and a couple other hotels on B Street and expect to keep selling their properties until they are gone.

“I think one a year is about right,” said Sandy Bolyea.

The hotel at 449 Ocean Blvd., located north of the main beach and just south of Boar’s Head, features 49 rooms overlooking the ocean and marsh. One three-story building contains 21 suites, while two separate two-story buildings house 28 motel rooms. The listing touts large windows with dynamic views, as well its location in a “quieter setting” with easy access to the beach’s boardwalk.

The Bolyeas invested $2.32 million in the hotel shortly after they bought it, tearing down the 10 original cottages in the back of the hotel and replacing them with the 21 suites.

Norm Bolyea, an engineer, said the structure is still sound and that the hotel only needs some aesthetic updates.

“We’ve been doing this for 50 years,” Norm Bolyea said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”

The beach in recent years has seen several properties turn over and change hands, including many older hotels. Some, like Brownie’s Hotel built on Ashworth Avenue in 1940, have been torn down and replaced with condos. Others have been kept hotels, like the dilapidated Colony Motel on Ashworth Avenue which was bought by Al Fleury and revitalized as a new hotel opening next summer.

Chuck Rage, a Hampton selectman who also owns the Pelham Resort and other hotels at the beach, said he hopes that the buyer of the Sea Spiral will keep it as a hotel. He said condos are easier to make money for a developer, but that Hampton will need hotels as a tourist destination.

“I hope it wouldn’t become condos,” Rage said. “Hampton is in desperate need of hotels.”