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Drifters Reef Motel

701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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Ranked #12 of 17 hotels in Carolina Beach
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Dourtney Morrisville, North Carolina
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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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Morrisville, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiance, now husband, and I stayed at the Drifters Reef Motel in April when we were in town for our engagement pictures. We brought our puppy with us so a place that will accept pets was important. We checked in early without any problems (I had requested early check-in and they were really nice about it). Our room smelled... More

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Monroe NC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had never stayed here before, so we weren't sure of what to expect (just like staying anywhere new for the first time) but I was pleasantly suprised. We came last minute, and they had one room available, due to someone else checking out early. They gave us a discount because she said it would take a little time to... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We have stayed at the Drifter's Reef a few times now and have had a great experience every time- it is definitely the best place to stay on the beach! It is the perfect location, very close to restaurants and only a few blocks away from the beach and boardwalk area. Many of these reviews seem overly critical... our room... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Don't expect somewhere to park. They let the bar park in the lot instead of the hotel guest. Hello use your heads. You park the bar in the over fill lots not your guest that is paying you money. They only gave us two towels and when I asked they told me to tell the maid when she came thru.... More

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Fayetteville, NC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The front desk clerk - Amy, was fantastic. The room was dated, but very clean. The mattress was horrible. Weekends, the restaurant next door, LOUD band on the weekends. Sent 2 emails to the motel addressing the mattress, but they are not answering my complaint.

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Asheboro, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Here we are, back again. No place feels like home like Drifter's Reef. We are so happy to come back to our VIP room, we call it. Everything is clean and comfortable and I enjoy the strong shower and hair dryer. I love to lay back and enjoy the cable TV or the free internet. When we're in the mood... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I’m giving them 5 starts not based on the quality of the motel but of our overall experience. We’ve stayed there three times now and each time we’ve had a positive experience. The price is excellent, considering the location! You can walk to the beach and to all the bars and restaurants in the area. Now, while the rooms are... More

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Branson, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I stayed 2 nights by myself, and got a room near the office. It was quiet, and clean, 2 beds in the room and view of the pool. Also, clean tub, micro wave, fridge, and nice staff. Pam who works there was no Nice. She made me coffee in the office in the morning, and we talked a little., and... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

After much deliberation I decided to book this motel for a few nights on my 2 week road trip. I chose it 1.because the outside was beachy, colorful and seemed cute. 2. They allowed dogs. 3. It was pretty inexpensive for the location. The reviews made me skeptical and I soon learned for good reason. Carolina Beach as a whole... More

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driftersreef, Manager at Drifters Reef Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry you did not have the best experience staying with us. I will personally address these issues with our staff. I hope you will give Carolina Beach another chance as it is a great beach community with a small town feel and has a lot to offer. More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

A lot of reviewers on tripadvisor have been very critical of this motel and so it was with quite a lot of trepidation I entered my room. Luckily the room wasnt nearly as bad as I had feared. Bed was clean (appeared to be at least), floor carpet seemed clean as well and nothing to remark with regards to the... More

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driftersreef, Manager at Drifters Reef Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I am glad our staff was able to assist you in moving rooms. Cleanliness if very important to us, thank you for noticing that the rooms are kept neat and clean. All of our rooms are non-smoking and we do everything we can to enforce that. We love dogs as well and offer... More

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Address: 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Location: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
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