The original Rideau Hotel was built in the early 1900s, and was part of the era of grand hotel properties that operated from the early- to mid-1900s in Ocean City. Known for its large oceanfront porch complete with rocking chairs, the original property had 105 rooms, two apartments, and two dining rooms: one formal, and one for sunbathers. The Rideau offered the American Plan, serving breakfast and dinner to its guests daily. It was also one of the first to have elevator service to its guest rooms. In its heyday, the Rideau Hotel was a community within itself during the summer season.
On March 11, 1970 the Roosevelt Hotel, located next door, caught fire during spring renovations, creating what would become one of the largest fires Ocean City had ever seen. All the local fire companies from neighboring towns came to help. However, it was not enough and the fire got the upper hand, eventually spreading and engulfing two of the three Rideau buildings, and causing so much smoke and water damage to the third building that it had to be torn down. The owner immediately began to rebuild with 6 boardwalk stores and a restaurant which were completed in 1971. The completion of the 48-room Rideau Motor Inn, followed in 1972.
Although all we have are memories of the old Rideau, there are some things that have never changed. We still have the best location in Ocean City (within walking distance to shops and restaurants), the widest beach (oceanfront with the best views), and all up-to-date conveniences, including a swimming pool and on-site parking. We offer great personal service and a family atmosphere, all of which are hallmarks of the Rideau experience.
We welcome you to enjoy your family vacation with us!
Rideau in the 1960s