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Drifters Reef Motel

701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ok where do I start.... #1. walked in and the bathroom sink was leaking all over the floor....call the front desk to report it... no one seem to care.... construction of the bar next door and the hotel was terrible and made it impossible to get in and out of the parking lot....No clean towel! the housekeeper informed us that... More 

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Sanford
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At check in, I gladly paid the the price of $293 for 2 nights of loud music until 3am and an air conditioner that was louder than the music. The clerk said "I would get $10 back for key deposit". At check out, I was told "NO we don't do that". I was able to over look all of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Room are about what you can expect for price. No frills, but a place to sleep. Although it is pet friendly- there really isn't anywhere to let your pet "handle business ". Parking can be scarce because of the resturant in the same parking lot.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

This is NOT the place to take your family! The room had ants and was generally not well kept. We were kicked out of the pool promptly at 9:00 PM when it closed only to have it fill back up an hour later with a loud obnoxious adult crowd that along with other tenants running all over the place kept... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Stayed in the apartment above the main office. Parking is great during the week. The weekends are busy though. We had to park in the fenced in area behind the hotel on Saturday, but it wasn't a far walk. The pool was clean and not crowded during the week. The room was pretty clean, the air conditioning was very nice.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

First, the hotel messed up our reservation. My Dad booked the apartment because there were 4 people going. However, 2 cancelled, and it turned out to be a good thing. We were put into a double room on the first floor, next to the pool. This was unacceptable because of all the noise. We were "upgraded" to a deluxe double... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Drifter Reef Motel is dog friendly and the service was great. Everything you need was very close by especially one of the most popular bar and grills around Carolina Beach. It was a wonderful and peaceful vacation.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The hotel is really cute and inviting from the outside, because of all the vibrant colors my daughters thought we were staying in a cottage lodge. It is also located in a safe and even through the rooms are not inside like I normally like them when traveling with kids, I felt safe. 1. Location- It cannot be better, it... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Wonderful stay at a nice place. It was comfortable and actually a last minute decision. It worked out well. It was a quick registration and a great overall stay. Family friendly and close to the boardwalk, restaurants and stores.....

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Shelby, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were looking for an alternative to Best Westerns etc. and found this place online. Staff was friendly, room was clean, and within a few block walk from the beach. I do not mind staying at older motels as long as they are clean, quiet, and the plumbing works. The only issue we had was with the folks in the... More 

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