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“Long In the Tooth Resort” 2 of 5 stars
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Barrier Island Station - Duck
2.5 of 5 Villa   |   1245 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Duck
Chesapeake, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Long In the Tooth Resort”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

Friends have been coming to Barrier Island for at least 17 years. I can remember coming to visit and was most impressed with this one time premier resort. As the years have gone by, the place is crumbling. The location is beautiful. I put up with this resort just for the location. The pool has been horrible in the past but the new maintenance man, Bob, has whipped it into shape. I do not like the indoor pool, though he tells me it is looking great since he has worked on it. The rec center I never set foot in. It is old, the jazzuci looks like a breeding place for herpes and the workout room has had it. The trolly has not been in service for 2 years. I always stay in units close to the beach but people who stay at a distance have to pack their car and drive to the beach area. Deck is a nice size but cheap outdoor furniture that could cave in. Bathrooms are dark and dingy. Mold in tubs, old glass doors, water pooling in tub. I stay at two units so I can truthfully say this happens in both units. Bed linens and towels cheap and scratchy. Pillows flat. I always carry my own plus my own comforter. Hate to think what might be on it. Refrigerators do not cool adequately and are old. Dishwashers barely hanging in there. Appliances and utensils outdated. Old scratchy furniture in Living room.

The location is terrific, you can walk to the village of Duck. Sound across the street but who wants to go in there with the leeches, crabs, etc. Sunset Grill is overrated across the street.

Apparently new people have taken over and are opposed to cleaning up and remodeling the place. There will be a point in time where the beach will not be why people go to BIS. The cliental is not the same as 17 years ago. No surpise here. People on vacation are looking for more comforts if they can afford it.

The beach is rocky and has dropoffs. Not easy to get in and out. Lifeguards are a plus and they rent chairs and umbrellas.

I'm just glad I did not purchase one of the units to watch it go downhill and lose money on this investment.

  • Liked — Location-location-location
  • Disliked — Falling down resort
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2008

From what I can see of the reviews and from what I heard from others while staying at the property, there is great variation in the condition/updating of the units. We rented from a long-time owner who was unable to use their unit this year. We stayed in a top floor unit in the Kinnekeet Station building. It is not meant to be a luxury resort. The unit had fairly new carpeting and appliances. There were some issues to be addressed such as cracked bathtub tiles and mildew in the shower, but certainly not horrible. The unit had a beautiful ocean view. There were a lot of stairs to the third floor, which may be an issue for some. I found the front desk staff to be helpful and friendly. We arrived in the dark and had no trouble finding the unit using the directions and map given by the front desk staff. There were numerous activities and events planned for the guests, although we did not participate in any. The outdoor pool was large and not very crowded. There were always lounge chairs available. It was very clean, especially in the morning. Bob the pool maintenance man was very courteous. He cleaned and treated the indoor and outdoor pools early each morning. We talked to a resident who had been going to BIS for many years, and she admitted that there were pool cleaning issues in the past. But, she said that after Bob started a couple years ago, the pool has been very clean. Beach was wonderful! The location of BIS in Duck was prime. It was so close to shops and restaurants. Fishbones Sunset Grille is directly across Duck Rd., the main road. The Waterfront Shops complex is practically across the road. My friend liked the unit and BIS so much that she decided to purchase a week timeshare there from an owner! I rate BIS "above average" considering the total package, including location, and also comparing it to what I would expect for similarly situated timeshare resort properties. It was built in the 80s so it will show wear and tear. One other plus is that the other guests at BIS were very friendly. Many have been vacationing there for many years and were more than happy to share experiences and recommendations to us (first timers to the Outer Banks). We felt very safe and welcome.

  • Liked — Location, convenience, friendly people
  • Disliked — Internet access, maintenance/repair of bathrooms
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bryn Mawr, PA
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

We have owned at BIS for almost 20 years and returned to the area for most of them. Most years we have exchanged into a different week also at BIS but a couple of times have rented homes in the area. This is also a terrific option but plan to spend at least $3000 / week to go that route. As others have reported, we have had both great and no-so-great check-in experiences. I think it just is who you find on-duty when you arrive. It is difficult for new comers to locate the units especially in the dark as the numbers are small and because of the irregular (and charming) layout of the units, not always obviously ordered. Part of the charm / frustration. We have also experienced terrific new and newly remodelled units and older, in need of serious update / maintenance units with leaking windows and non-functional freezers. I would be happy to see more work done on maintenance but realize that maintenance fees would then have to increase. We had another time share in Colorado with Maintenance fees of nearly $2000 / year for example which were very nicely maintained. The BIS fee of about $400 obviously can't match that. We have wondered if the owner's association has a large hurricane insurance policy and is anticipating the next big one to allow a total renovation?? In any case, we love the area and are so happy with the experience, we are considering purchasing another week. The location is terrific, pool and beach availability awesome and potential is great. I have never had a bad time there, regardless of the accomodations. You may just luck into a redone unit and be completely delighted. If not, the beach and surrounding area can still be a wonderful experience. I'd recommend BIS because of its charm and location but it would probably be helpful to confirm the time of the most recent unit make-over to insure you will have the best possible experience.

  • Liked — The location in DUCK and the outdoor pool / beach access combo.
  • Disliked — The maintenance in some of the units (year to year) and need for update.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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East Coast
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

This is our first year staying in a timeshare unit we purchased sight unseen. The unit I stayed in last year in the same building, while dated, had no major issues.

This unit, 105, has many serious ones, including cracked tile, porch doors that sticks, cabinet knobs that come off in your hand and dated decor. The top problem, though, is the water! Water everywhere, coming through the walls and leaking onto the floor so much that you leave squishy, visible foot prints in the carpet. It leaks into and all along the main hallway and out of the vanity area in the MBR. The carpet is moldy, the wood in the door jams splintered and moldy. Vinyl tile is peeling up and water and mold is visble from all sides in the bathroom. The head maintenence guy commented that what would be best for this place would be a storm coming through and knocking it all down!

I feel bad for the people who will stay here over the summer as the problem is major and will only worsen, becoming more moldy and smelly and vile.

The outdoor pool has a giant ince wide crack that goes from the pool to one of the sitting areas; looks like an earthquake hit!

The ONLY thing that saves this place is it's location.

  • Liked — Location between the sound and the ocean.
  • Disliked — All the major water related problems in addition to the smaller problems with the unit.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sterling, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2008

Every year we go and stay at the same condo that my hubby used to stay at when he was a kid. However, they haven't updated it since he was a kid. This unit is a 2 story condo with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The AC is duct taped together and doesn't get cold on the second floor. Last year it rattled so hard that it kept everyone up. The roof in the second floor bathroom is coming down. The fridge door didn't shut cause it is rusted. The back door doesn't open or close properly. The unit wasn't cleaned...I found hair in my shower! The resort still hasn't fixed the pools clear coat so the pools are rough on the feet. The indoor pool is missing the same tile that it was last year.

If it weren't for it's location and the fact that this is our traditional location, I wouldn't ever step foot near this place. Walking distance from the community to the beach and the sound is fantastic. I wouldn't go anywhere near the kids tot lot, tennis courts, or basketball courts.

  • Liked — Location, location, location
  • Disliked — Everything else.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2008

We were greeted warmly and it took every bit of 5 minutes to check in. Our 2 BR condo was as nice as it could be. We had a full kitchen and were able to save a lot of money by cooking in. Each morning, we ate breakfast out on the balcony overlooking the ocean. We spen all day, every day sight seeing. It was fabulous!

Stayed March 2007
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North Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

We stayed at this resort? for a week. Check-in was very unorganized. The people behind the front desk seemed unfamiliar with the area (couldn't tell us where a grocery store was) and the services provided at their resort. There was a sign on the counter in the office, saying that wireless internet access was provided, but the staff had no idea what we were talking about. (We could not access the internet, as it turned out.)

The unit was very old. We had a one bedroom unit with a pull out sofa in the living room. It looked like the bedroom furniture was new but the mattress was only 4 inches thick and had springs sticking up. The ceiling fan in the bedroom was not working. We were only given 2 rolls of toilet paper for the week, good thing my friend brought some from home. The towels were threadbare. They gave us 2 packages of dishwasher detergent but no liquid dish detergent and only 2 tiny bars of regular soap. There was a washer and dryer in the hallway, to be shared with the unit above us. The unit was barely adequate and certainly not up to other resorts I've stayed at.

The Rec Center was very old and dirty. The indoor pool was in terrible shape, tiles missing, green water, not a place you'd want to spend any time in.
They did have 2 tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and shuffleboard courts.

We were told we had to check out by 10am Saturday morning, but when we went to the office at 8:30 am to check out, the office was dark and a gate was across the desk area. We had to shove the paper work , keys, and the small ironing board that we borrowed from the office, through the bars and we tied the iron that we used to the bars surrounding the desk area.
We called the resort about 2 hours later and were told that they had received all our stuff but the office didn't open until 9am!!
What a way to run a business!

On the plus side, the resort is on the beach and our unit was only a few minute walk to the beach. There are lots of things to do and see on the Outer Banks and fortunately you don't have to spend too much time in the unit, unless the weather doesn't co-operate, then you'll be stuck in this dingy unit.

  • Liked — nearness to the beach
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1245 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Duck
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Duck
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Barrier Island Station - Duck 2.5*
Number of rooms: 176
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