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“We've Been Coming Here For Years!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Sand Dollar Motel
101 Henderson Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512   |  
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Ranked #6 of 15 hotels in Atlantic Beach
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“We've Been Coming Here For Years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stay a the Sand Dollar at least one a year, and we're never disappointed! The rooms are clean, the owners are lovely people who are always there to help, the rates are reasonable, and it's close to the beach! Atlantic Beach is just a real gem; the atmosphere is very relaxed, and we always feel at home. In fact, if I could pick anywhere else in the world to be right at this very moment, it would probably be the Sand Dollar. It really is my home away from home!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Thank you for the nice review.
We as always enjoyed having you stay with us and being a loyal guest.
Our goal is to always give our guest a clean affordable place to stay.
Thanks so much for staying with us, hope to see you soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I have stayed here for a number of years now. Sometimes just my girls and I go, sometimes one of them brings a friend. My niece came and joined us part way through the week another year. I have never had a single regret about coming here, other than having to leave to head home! This year, we had our meals all planned out and midway through shopping for our groceries, we changed one meal out for another. I didn't even consider that I needed a bit of flour to make the new dish, and didn't buy any. We figured it out on the day we were making the dish, and asked Patricia if we could have 2 tablespoons of flour... she was so kind and brought back a bowl of flour! Where else are you going to find such hospitality? (She's even offered to have more flour for us next year!!) This is one of the few places that used to line this road, but I'm so glad they are still around, and we look forward to visiting them for many more years to come. We are always treated well and enjoy conversation each day as we see the owners taking care of the place. Checkout day is the only day I have ever not liked there! :)
Always plenty of fresh towels, kitchen is well-stocked, parking is great, and location is fantastic. But the owners make it all that it is and we come back for them as much as the place.
Hope to be back in 2013!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for being such a loyal guest.
We always enjoy you and the family. I love talking to our guest and getting to know them.
They become family.
I could not let the girls go without their Mom's mac and cheese!!!!
Hope to see you next year, at you home away from home!
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Sand Dollar this past week and really enjoyed every second. The owners were very friendly and courteous and made us feel very welcome. The efficiency apartments are more than enough room for 2 people and are stocked with all the home amenities you'd possibly need on a vacation, especially kitchenware. The rooms are cool/comfortable, quiet, and more importantly very clean, just like most of the reviews on here mention. The bathrooms were also very clean.

Their 5 night special is a great deal compared to most other weekly rates we came across given that it's about a 5 minute walk to the beach (or 10 second drive). They don't do daily house keeping, which was perfectly okay with us and we could appreciate they were making a conscious effort to conserve water.The mattresses are pretty firm but that really is a matter of personal preference. The posted signs are a little off putting but are always necessary for some people.The only suggestions we could even think to make were to possibly have a separate recycling container for the rooms and maybe install energy efficient bulbs?


We'd certainly come back here again, and would recommend it to anyone. At the last second we decided to stay one extra night in AB at another motel right down the street and were not NEARLY as impressed/satisfied as we were with the Sand Dollar.This place really made our vacation, thank ya'll very much.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Thank you for the nice very nice review.
We are so happy that you enjoyed you stay at our little beach and at the Sand Dollar.
We also thank for your suggestions! They are always welcome.
We hope you will come back and stay with us again.
Thanks again for staying with us.
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Fort Myers, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My wife and I had never been to the Atlantic Beach
area and decided to stay at the Sand Dollar Motel.
Our decision was based on cost, location and room.
We wanted a room to cook a few meals in and was
close to a beach access. I dive and usually stay by
a dive shop but there isn't any near the beach. It
was a short drive back to who I went out with. The
beach was a 5 min walk from the motel and it was
a crystal coast beauty complete with a children's
play area, gazebo, restrooms and sand rinse off.

As it turns out we made a very good choice. The
kitchenette room #3 was just what we wanted. The
room was good size and very clean. The cupboards
were well stocked and neatly organized. The owners
live on site and take care of everything. I'm sure this
helps keep it nice and quiet like it was for us. My wife
mentioned more than once the owners take pride in
their motel and it shows.

We took advantage of the Sunday -Thursday 5 night
special and found it hard to leave. We extended our
stay 2 more nights. If you wanted to dine out there are
good places near by too.

This quote is from the Sand Dollar website.

"Plan a visit to the North Carolina's Crystal Coast. You will
see why people are lured by the natural beauty, climate and
friendliness of this small piece of North Carolina heaven"

We found this to be very true and not just advertising.
From the owners Patricia and Sam to everyone we met
and everything we did, it couldn't be said better.

Thanks for the great visit! If we are back in that area of
North Carolina coast we will be staying again at the Sand
Dollar Motel.

Room Tip: Kitchenette room #3 worked for us.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
Thank you some much for the nice review.
It was such a pleasure having you stay with us. We are always happy when our guest enjoy there stay. That is our goal for everyone that comes to stay with us.
Hope that you will get to come back and enjoy our small piece of heaven!
I have room 3 ready for you!
Thank you again.
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Kinston, North Carolina
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

The perfect no frills place to stay at the beach. Extremely clean room/bathroom and nice owners. Short walk to public beach access and it's not crowded. I've stayed at more expensive places and not had as good a stay and at the beach for a few days this was perfect. Rooms are small but there is a refrigerator and some units have kitchenettes.

Room Tip: If you just want a place to sleep near the beach this is it. Nice and quiet and not a far walk; how...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
Thank you so much for the nice review.
We are glad you had a nice stay with us, and please come back for a visit.
Thanks again.
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

I have been staying at the dollar since 2009. The location is perfect for me and my family. It is just a short walk to the beach and a short drive to anything you want to do on the crystal coast. The owners are wonderful and the rooms are clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for being a loyal guest. .
Always makes us feel so happy to know when guest enjoyed there stay with us.
Hope to see you soon!
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Hickory, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stayed for three days and loved every minute of it! Had booked a room with double beds, but when we arrived we were offered the king suite. It was so spacious and clean! Now we don't think we would even want any other room! We'll request the same one next time we book. Very close to the beach. We like to fish at Fort Macon, so we liked the proximity to that. Some people might not like a lot of "rules" to follow, but we were grateful for the non-smoking policy, noise regulation, and overall family atmosphere. We knew we were safe and felt very much at home. Thank you for a wonderful stay! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, July 15, 2012
Thanks for the nice review.
So glad that you have a nice stay with us and hope to see you again.
I certainly enjoyed talking to you.
I love getting to know my guest.
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Additional Information about The Sand Dollar Motel

Address: 101 Henderson Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Atlantic Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Atlantic Beach
#5 Romantic Hotel in Atlantic Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sand Dollar Motel is a small family owned motel.We are on the beach side with a short walk to the beach.Quiet and safe area. Mile and half to main intersection of Atlantic Beach. We have regular rooms with 1 or 2 double beds.All rooms have a small fridge and coffee maker. We also have apartments with full kitchens, separate bedroom. Great for families. We try our very best to make our guest comfortable and enjoy their stay with us. We have clean and affordable rooms with a family atmosphere. ... more   less 
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