We stayed here for a weekend in February while helping my in-laws with their business at the Morehead City Chocolate Festival. We had a place in Salter Path when I was a kid and I have probably been by this place hundreds of times but never needed to stay there or even taken a look around. The motel is hidden from the road by the gnarled trees lining the entrance and property. The art deco Atlantis Lodge sign is the first hint of the lodge's theme. When the lodge comes into view from the turn in the path, it's like you are instantly transported back to the 1950's or 60's. The lady in the front office was very friendly as was her golden retriever who was lounging on his bed beside the desk. As the owner of a large breed dog, it's nice to find a place that's truly dog friendly without a weight limit even though we didn't have our dog with us that weekend. We were given an actual key on a keychain for the room which is rare nowadays and made our way up to our third floor room. The lodge is set up as three buildings, three floors each, one facing the ocean directly and the other two at a slight angle towards the ocean. Our room was on the top floor corner of the ocean facing building and adjoined my in-laws' room. Our room was a basic 2 double beds with balcony but my in-laws adjoining room must have been a suite. They had a kitchenette, kitchen table, living room area with sofa, queen bed and their bathroom was slightly larger. The rooms were not lavish but they were nicely appointed with everything you might need, including pots, pans and utensils in the kitchen. The decor carried on the art deco theme from decades past but with a cool beachy twist. The ceilings, for example, were exposed planks and beams that were whitewashed in true beach bungalow fashion. There were also cute sea life fabric prints framed on the walls. The bathrooms were smallish but had been tiled and were clean as was the rest of the room. You could tell that someone had lovingly remodeled the lodge at some point, taking care to keep and restore the items that lend a vintage feel to the place. We did not make use of the outdoor facilities due to the cold weather but did take a walk around to check out the pool and sun deck. The pool is shaded by the neat curvy beach trees native to the area and is surrounded by a wooden deck with a hot tub nearby and plenty of benches/ seating. We also checked out the game room/ lounge for the lodge and the sun deck. Both of these are on the top floor of the end building facing at an angle to the beach. The lounge has men and women's bathrooms as you enter followed by a bar with cute retro bar stools and an open seating area with large, floor to ceiling sliding glass panels with a view of the ocean. There is a big screen tv in this area and table tennis area off to the side. Further down in the lounge is the game room area with a pool table and corner poker table. The walls are lined on one side with the same cute retro stool chairs and a built in book case filled with books. There is a giant guest log in the lounge with signatures and notes dating back to the 60's that is truly neat to look through. I wish we'd had more time to enjoy all the things that the lodge provided but we were there for work. We will definitely be making a return trip and next time we'll bring our dogs along. The Atlantis Lodge is worth every penny and is a must see if you want to picture what Atlantic Beach must have been like back in the early days!
- Also Known As:
- Atlantis Hotel
- Atlantis Hotel Atlantic Beach
- Atlantis Motel Atlantic Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantis is a special place created from a beautifully wooded, oceanfront site, unlike any other on the coast. Most of our units are suites with efficiency kitchens, dining, living and sleeping areas. All have patios or decks facing the surf, cable TV with remote, HBO, and all expected amenities including high-speed internet access. And yes, we do accept your pets in most units at a minimal fee. We are a very special place on the "Crystal Coast." ... more less