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Drifters Reef Motel

701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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  • Location
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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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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Princeton, West Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Decided on a whim to go to the beach. Drove to Carolina Beach, half of the town closed down. Only place in town open that allowed pets. Turned out very nice. It's not the Hilton but clean, friendly, convenient to restaurants, etc. Couple of blocks from the beach. Great bar and grill on site. Will definitely go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My husband and I have stayed here a handful of times over the past five years. We were pleased to see that they have made improvements to the rooms! Staff has always been very friendly to us, and the restaurant next door has the best food! This place gets a bad rap.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

No frills but clean and comfortable for a great price. They are dog friendly without charging an exorbitant pet fee. The location was great, 3 blocks from the beach and boardwalk. Also it's right next door to The Lazy Pirate. A fun place to hang out with good food and music. They are also dog friendly until 4pm. Will definitely... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A friend and I wanted to get away for a quick fishing weekend for our guys. Decided on Drifters Reef because she had a good experience the last time she stayed. We got there late Friday afternoon. First impressions are everything. The outside looked cute. The parking was a little tight since they share a parking lot with the restaurant... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We checked the motel website a week before we left for our vacation to Carolina Beach and the price was $49 for a room. We arrived and the price was $59. My husband had his heart set on this motel because it looked so cute from the outside but I was against it to begin with (I thought it looked... More 

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