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“Superb Location, Great Owners” 4 of 5 stars
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317 Carolina Beach Avenue North, Carolina Beach, NC 28428   |  
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“Superb Location, Great Owners”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My family has stayed at the Joy Lee Apartments for years. The first thing you should know about this property is that it is old, so don't expect a five-diamond resort. You will be disappointed. What you will find at the Joy Lee are spacious apartments that are clean and exceptionally affordable.

The location is ideal: situated right between the Carolina Beach Marina and the Atlantic Ocean, and within walking distance to the boardwalk and the majority of restaurants on the island. All of the apartments are poolside and have porches with rocking chairs. The apartments have kitchens furnished with pots, pans, plates, cups, etc., and if there is anything missing or that you need to make your stay better, just ask the owner, Joy. She is very accomodating and will be glad to help. The property is pet friendly, but I have never experienced any problems with pet-related odors permeating the rooms (I am allergic to dogs and cats), and have had no problems staying here.

So in summary, you can't go wrong with the Joy Lee, especially for the great price.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Another great stay with Ms. joy and billy at joy lee apartments. Enjoyed hear ms. joy tell of childhood memories (how her and her husband) met. Beautiful stories. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay this year like always. Even with the hurricane hitting while we were there and having to change rooms to stay extra nights. We werent to happy with the restaurants while we were there but Ms. Joy and Billy did not disappoint. Thank you for your hospiality. Look forward to coming again next year.

Room Tip: Even the cottages are very nice too. They are more roomier if you have a larger family.
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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Joy Lee's is the most perfect beach lodging in Carolina beach! And, Joy Lee and Billy are delightful and most accommodating! I always feel so blessed to be here!

Joy Lee Apartments is PERFECT!!!

With full kitchen and dining area, two queen beds and a bath, a month's stay is not even enough! I could easily live in this PERFECT beach lodging! Check it out...bet you'll agree!

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We recently reserved a room at the Joy Lee for the Carolina Beach Music Festival for my husband and another couple. Not the first time for me, as I come usually every year with my best friends and we ALWAYS book from Joy Lee! But my husband and his friends also enjoyed staying here and the home feeling you get from staying in these apts. Everything is within walking distants, and there is a excellent restuarant right behind the motel that you can enjoy waterfront dining, we ate there both nights. We love the Joy Lee and will alway book with her when staying at Carolina Beach.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

The owner is very sweet and willing to work with you as much as she can. She allows you to bring your pets. Which is what made us decide to stay with her. Our 2 cats are like kids to us. So it was nice to find someone finally willing to let us bring them with us. There are very few places that accept cats. Alot of places accepts dogs but not cats. Thank you Joy Lee Apartments for allowing cats. Beware some beds in some of the suites small pets can get under and hide in them or between the wall and the bed. So do not panic just lift the bed up and get your pet out. Her apartments are very beautifully decorated and consists of 2 bedrooms, kitchen (stove, full size refrigerators, table, sink and all the utensils, cook ware, etc.)- NO DISHWASHER for those that need one we prefer the old fashioned method, and of course bathroom with shower only (shower is a one person with AWESOME pressure and massage head on it). You have a private front porch and back porch with rockers and chairs. She has a private dock that she will let you fish off of for the days when the pier is to crowded or when you want to be close to your room. She even has fish cleaning station close to your room with a sink and running water to it. There is a swimming pool to swim in the summer too. The suites can sleep up to 6 people-2 per bed and 1 per handmade day bed/couch per bedroom. She has cottages that you can stay in to but the cottages close in the winter due to no heat in them but the suites are open year around. Another plus was how clean the rooms were no stale musty odors like you find at other places and NO BUGS!!!!! Her place was very easy to find once you arrive in Carolina Beach. We will be back later this year. We love how peaceful it is at night at her place and can not wait to be there again. I will post more pics of Joy Lee apartments later this year. I'll try to get pics of the pool, fish cleaning aera, bathroom, and more of the suites to help other vacationers out.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

If you are looking for a quant, clean, fun place to stay in Carolina Beach. Look no further the Joy Lee Apartments is your place. The beds are wonderfully comfortable. The building is old, but they are decorated very cute. The layout of the property gives you a very comfortable oasis feeling. The location could not be any better. A 5 minute walk and everything is available.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 317 Carolina Beach Avenue North, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Location: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Carolina Beach

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