Based off of a lot of nip-picky reveiws from Tripadvisor I wasn't sure what we were getting into as first time guests. All I can say is that I am glad my husband and I stayed there. This was our first time to the Outerbanks, and the Sanderling Resort was a great introduction to the area. The lobby was very open and inviting, and I understand before the renovation that is was the exact opposite. Also, to the horror of many reviewers we had a king room in the north wing facing the parking lot. The room was large, and we had no problems with noise. Also, we wanted our room a bit cooler, and maintenance came over right away to make the adjustment. Each morning, coffee service with a variety of newspapers was setup in each wing of the resort. As part of the resort fee, you are able to call ahead to have chairs and umbrellas set up. I loved that! I spent time at both the family pool and adult pool (can't imagine the resort not having pools before the renovation!) I had no problem getting towels at either pool. I do agree that the adult pool should have more umbrellas. While we were there, the main firepit was lit up. It was so beautiful sitting out there. My only suggestion is to have longer sticks for the marshmallows because it did get comical watching people jump back when the wind blew the fire in their direction. There was nightly turn down service with a little box of taffy by the bed with a "Sweet Dreams" note that would give you weather and activities going on the next day.
Also, one day during our visit, there was a happy hour for the hotel guests in the main building. There was a open bar and a nice spread of food. The staff, that you usually don't see, came out for this as a meet and great. I thought this was very successful.
We loved this resort and the area. I don't know how often we will be visiting the Outerbanks in the future, but if we do, we will definitely stay at the Sanderling Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Along with the Left Bank restaurant, the property is now AAA 4 Diamond. In April 2011, a soft goods renovation was completed for all the guest rooms including carpet, paint and all new bedding including mattresses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanderling Hotel Duck
- Sanderling Resort Duck, NC - Outer Banks
- The Sanderling