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“Better than expected!” 5 of 5 stars
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Sea Ranch Resort
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, PO Box 325, Kill Devil Hills, NC   |  
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Better than expected!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I booked Sea Ranch for two nights October 12th & 13th for our anniversary. We have never been to the Outer Banks so I was not sure what to expect. Booked thru Booking.Com and at check in we asked about the breakfast that was included. They told us they did do that anymore. I showed them my paperwork and the ladies quickly honored it. Thank you ladies. By the way breakfast was very good! Now on to the room .It was on the top floor (5th) and such an awesome view of the ocean. The one night we had the door open and listen to the ocean all night. The room was very clean and the maid came while we were there and I told her what time we were going out and she was very accomodating about coming back.Which she did. Also had a small bar and a musician. We will definitely go back.

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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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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thanks for taking time to review us on Trip Advisor and we are so glad we could be a part of your anniversary! We hope that you will come back and enjoy that 5th floor view and ocean breeze again soon!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gibsonville, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Not a bad place for the money. Room was nice and very close to ocean. We were in a ocean front room on the fourth floor great view. Resturant was pretty good and bar wasn't bad a little expensive but on par with the area. Overall would stay there again if in area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thanks for your review, we hope that you will re-visit us in the future! Stay in touch for special promotions and packages!
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

Wish we booked in advance to get king room with ocean view as it has a sofa for additional seating. But our room with 2 queens is very nice. Love hearing sounds of waves from our room/balcony and to be right on the beach. Helpful staff. Great fall special rates.

  • Stayed October 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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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Fall is such a great time to visit the Outer Banks! We are glad that you found your room comfortable and a good value! If we can assist you planning your next stay in a king oceanfront room, please feel free to contact us! Thanks for taking the time to review!
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Powhatan, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The hotel staffing is incredible. We had car trouble when we fist arrived and Mary Ann the manager was so helpful; even though car was a problem the staff helped us in everyway so we still had fun and gave us late checkout. The bartender at the cafe Garrett mixed our drinks extra special to ease up the anxiety of no car and the food was great on the beachside cafe so close you could touch the sand

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Sorry to hear that you had car trouble during your trip...but so happy to hear that the staff here was able to put you at ease and help you start your vacation the right way! Thanks do much for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor and we hope to see you your next visit to the Outer Banks!
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LEWES
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We found the Sea Ranch Hotel while riding by. Our reservations were not what we had planned with Hotels.com. So we cancelled and went looking. Nice rooms right on the beach, indoor pool well keep, nice people and the resturant was wonderful with great food. We will go back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Well, sometimes things DO happen for a reason! We are so happy that we could turn your vacation around and hope that you will continue to stay with us year after year!
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

After living in North Carolina for 20 years, we finally decided to take a long weekend on the Outer Banks. I've been there on a couple of day trips for work, but never with the family.

With over 5 years of previous experience in hotel management, I tend to be very particular about where I stay. I was reluctant to pick an independent property like Sea Ranch Resort because unlike a branded franchise I don't have any recourse beyond the General Manager if I have a complaint. However, after scouring the reviews here for hotels in our price range, the Sea Ranch Resort became the obvious pick.

I got the best pricing by dealing directly with the property. They had a 72-hour cancellation policy, but even if I cancelled before then they held back 10% of my one-night's deposit. I'm not sure if this restriction was due to the special promo that we got in on or if that was standard policy. I knew the only reason we would cancel would be a family emergency or hurricane and I'm sure the penalty would be waived for the latter.

I booked an Oceanfront room and was very pleased to find that I got exactly that. In fact, when we walked into the room, the drapes were drawn back and there was the beautiful Atlantic Ocean right before our eyes. Our room type had an open air balcony that you could walk out on. There were even a couple of patio chairs to soak in the sights and sounds. In the room there was a small wet bar with sink as well as the typical hotel microwave and refrigerator. There was also a flat-panel TV and WiFi. Unfortunately, we had issues with the WiFi dropping signal on all of our devices, but we lived with it. The A/C unit is located by the wet bar area like a small apartment. It worked well, but could have been quieter. Overall, the room was very clean and well-maintained.

Beach access is from the second floor, where there is a walkway that goes right over the sand dune and then you walk down the steps to the beach. A hose is provided at the top of the stairs so you can wash off your feet before heading back to your room. The oceanfront building is detached from the lobby, restaurant and meeting space. There was a wedding reception the second night of our stay and we never heard the music from our room. The hotel's restaurant had good reviews but we preferred to explore the area and try some local eateries.

The heated indoor pool is in a separate enclosure situated adjacent to the lobby and guest building. Like the rest of the hotel, it was clean and well-maintained. I was surprised though that the hotel did not have a lock on the door to prevent children from gaining access.

I can highly recommend the Sea Ranch Resort and it will be our first choice for lodging when we return.

Room Tip: The hotel also has condominium style rooms with full kitchen. While also oceanfront, I noticed that...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you had such a great trip to the Outer Banks and felt your accommodations were a good value!

We wanted to make sure and let you know that we have addressed the issue with the pool lock and guest now gain access to the pool from the front desk.

We hope you will choose to stay with us again!
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Norfolk, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Here is the summary of our experience: the best ocean view in Outer Banks, Wonderful beach access, friendly staff, and yummy food. Overall, it is a great value! The new renovation is great, and the suite is very clean with many amenities. We really feel home there and will definitely come again and again!

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
We are so pleased to hear about your stay and thank you for sharing! Keep your eye out for GREAT off season rates and if there is anything that we can do to help you plan your next getaway, don't hesitate to contact us!
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Address: 1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, PO Box 325, Kill Devil Hills, NC
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#1 Family Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#3 Business Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Ranch Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the recently renovated room accommodations that reflect a coastal color palette and modern room finishes that will create a relaxing and comfortable space for your stay. Convenient on-site amenities include an enclosed heated pool, new fitness center and game room, outside picnic area and grill. The Sea Ranch also welcomes you to our oceanfront restaurant, the Beachside Bistro, which offers a delightful menu with a focus on American Coastal Cuisine. Join us for in the dining room or on our deck where you can soak in the beautiful ocean view! Beachfront Resort: All rooms in the beachfront resort and oceanside lodge offer: microwaves, refrigerators, Cable TV and Internet. Oceanfront Suites: We now offer 2 BR / 2 Bath fully equipped, condo style suites. Each suite offers a full kitchen, washer & dryer and living room with a sleeper sofa! Minimum of a 3 night stay required in season. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sea Ranch Hotel Kill Devil Hills
Sea Hotel Kill Devil Hills
Sea Ranch Resort Outer Banks, NC - Kill Devil Hills

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