Abandoned building now a 23-room hotel


An abandoned building at Laly 4 Beach in Chalan Kanoa has been renovated into the 23-room Saipan Beach Hotel. (Jon Perez)

An abandoned four-story building on Alyupang Pl at Laly 4 Beach in Chalan Kanoa has been converted into a 23-room beachfront hotel.

The Marine Sports Hotel, which used to occupy the place but shut down many years, is now owned by Magisland LLC, which bought the building two years ago and turned it into Saipan Beach Hotel last January, according to Mustafa Shakir, who is part of the hotel’s managing company.

Shakir said the renovation cost an estimated $600,000.

The building itself is located on 1,000 square meters of beachfront land. The area is zoned as a tourist resort.

Magisland LLC has filed a request with the CNMI Zoning Office for a conditional use permit to occupy the four-story building and operate the Saipan Beach Hotel. The CNMI Zoning Board will hear the permit application at the Kanoa Resort Latte Stone conference room on Oct. 4, 2018, at 5pm.

Shakir said their target are government workers and tourists from China, Korea, and from other countries.

“We are open to all,” he said. “We give them [guests} service and take care of them.”

The hotel is a one-minute walk to the beach.

Shakir said they offer some rooms with garden views and free WiFi throughout the property.

It has a 24-hour front desk. Each unit comes with a seating area and a flatscreen TV.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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