Hotel Destroyed in Fire Left Mark in History

JUNE 27, 2005 -- The Hotel Astor was a landmark in Carolina Beach.

It had good times and bad times. It has a history full of ups and downs as the center of a vibrant nightlife and dance scene many years ago.

The Hotel Astor was once a hot spot in Carolina Beach. It was the place to be on the weekends.

The hotel was built in 1936. It was called the Royal Palm, and was the largest and most modern hotel in Carolina Beach.

By the mid 1940s, it had a popular nightclub and restaurant and was the heart of the thriving resort town. People came from all around the Wilmington area for a night on the town.

Shag dancing even started right across the street at the Ocean Plaza.

After Hurricane Hazel in 1954, the hotel started to decline. By the 1970s, the hotel was in complete disrepair.

Owners gutted and renovated the building in 1981. By the 1990s, it slipped again and historians say it was recently in terrible shape.

Reported by Dan Cassuto