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Golden Sands
1211 S Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach, NC 28428   |  
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Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Mebane, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“First time stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed for one night this weekend and were blown away. The customer service is first class. Rooms are simple, clean, and have amazing views. We lucked out with a live band on the pier, so were able to get an amazing show right off the back patio. I have stayed at many places in the past, from motel to 5 star resort, in many cities around the gulf coast and Carolina coast and Golden Sands is the best in price and personality. You couldn't pay for better customer service.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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goldensandsmotel, General Manager at Golden Sands, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
So glad you stayed with us and had a great time.We try very hard to make our customers feel at home and really appreciate each and everyone of them.Please come back to see us soon.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Just got back from this hotel at Carolina Beach and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Shouldn't have been based on the reviews. But I was as I'm used to staying at Marriotts or Disney :-). The room was spotless and very comfortable. We were top floor room 501. We had a separate room where there was a bed then you had the bathroom then another bed and sofa bed. It worked out really well for us. Nothing fancy but just what we needed. My only complaint was that there wasn't a place for breakfast. The Ocean Grill was great for lunch, the food we had was great! But I wish it would have served breakfast, we ended up at McDonalds both days which I hated. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: I would say get a room on the top floor. Saturday night on the beach can get pretty loud and being...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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goldensandsmotel, General Manager at Golden Sands, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us and we hope to see you back soon.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Ok, so I will admit that this is the first time I've stayed at a #1 rated hotel and not understood why it was rated #1. My guess is because it is quite simply the best deal, cost-wise, in expensive Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. And it has a tiki bar and restaurant on its own pier. Those aspects were definite pluses! But, the rest, sadly was not totally up to par. The entire hotel, inside the rooms, common areas, and outdoors, is seriously beat. I get that it is a lower cost hotel/motel, and not a resort, but there really isn't any excuse for the shabby condition. Also, the pool areas were so basic/spartan it was hard to believe. So, that said, would I stay there again? Well, if I went over a holiday weekend again and it was the best priced hotel by over $100? Then yes! But if it was at a less in-demand time when other choices might be more reasonable, then probably not.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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goldensandsmotel, General Manager at Golden Sands, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
We are very sorry that things were not up to your standards but we do appreciate you staying with us.We do not claim to be a Ritz Carlton Hotel we are a family run Hotel on the beach and are really proud of our rating on trip advisor made by our loyal customers reviews.We realize not everyone may not like that kind of atmosphere but we really want everyone to be happy and will gladly allow someone to look around before renting.We will be doing a lot of updates this winter and we hope you will give us another try.
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We drove on the strip looking for something decent and away from the commercial boardwalk. Great find! Lady at the desk even let us check out the room before we obligated ourselves.Southern hospitality, I suppose-it was great! As soon as you open the door you get a most beautiful ocean view and you can hear the waves crash (we stayed on 6th floor). The room was clean and smelled fresh. Below us was the Tiki Bar and the pathway to the beach. These made our views nicer. We tried the pool but the chlorine was too strong and the beach steps away was no comparison. We were close enough to trek to the boardwalk and see the fireworks at night.This town must have $ because they lasted 30mins long! I'd recommend this spot for sure!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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goldensandsmotel, General Manager at Golden Sands, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us,we will be doing alot of updates this winter so be sure and come back to see us.Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your review.
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Zebulon, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Just spent 3 nights at the Golden Sands for a "Girsl Weekend". Hotel is a bit dated in the common areas but the room was nice. We had a suite type room with 2 beds and it worked perfectly. Beautiful ocean view off the balcony. Loved the restaurant and Tiki Bar that both are on the water with ocean views. Good food and good times at both. Overall, I'd say this is a great place and would go back tomorrow. If you are a hotel snob, it's probably not the place for you. But if you love a wonderful view, a true North Carolina beach experience, and a nice relaxing but fun place to go, this IS the place to be!

Room Tip: 5th floor, ocean view!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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goldensandsmotel, General Manager at Golden Sands, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your stay.We will be doing a lot of updating this winter so hope to see you back.
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Thomasville, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stayed 4 nights and everything was perfect and the view is outstanding!!..Loved the pier Tiki Bar and the restaurant there was pricey but delicious. The pool was clean and refreshing and Id love to say again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Barcelona
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went here 2 weeks ago with our entire family and took 3 rooms.
The views were outstanding and just walked out the door onto the beach.
Our family had just a great time.
We were concerned that it might be noisy but had absolutely no problem.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Flat screen TV's which were excellent as well.
Only negative was in my mind still expensive for the room size but after the weekend thought it was worth it.

Room Tip: Each room has great view. First floor may not be best so try higher floors
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Address: 1211 S Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 115
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