The Design Group gives 87-year-old The Commander Hotel contemporary $5M upgrade

Upgrades to the lobby and outdoor public areas will be finished this March. (The renovations provided the property with a contemporary facelift even if the classic feel was retained.)

In Ocean City, Md., The Commander Hotel & Suites has completed the $5 million renovation of its rooms and lobby/public areas. The Design Group was involved in the renovation.

The Commander Hotel & Suites, which is owned by Will Lynch and Todd Burbage, launched its renovation project in two phases. Upgrades to the hotel's 109 guestrooms were completed in 2016, while the upgrades in the lobby/public areas were completed this March.

According to Jeff Schoellkopf, co-owner of The Design Group, the goal of the renovations was to provide the property with a contemporary facelift while maintaining its classic feel to pay homage to the hotel’s history.

A new side porch off of the hotel’s lobby was also constructed, and a beverage station was installed in the lobby. The hotel’s lobby and exterior porch were also expanded and now connect with The Commander’s oceanfront location.

Other enhancements also included: installation of a new high speed Wi-Fi network; installation of environmentally friendly LED lighting; installation of new bath fixtures, furniture, mattresses and stainless steel appliances in all of the hotel’s 109 guest suites (24 with full kitchens); and installation of dispensers of body care products in all guest suites. An improved hot water system was also installed.