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Shell Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2700 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480   |  
Hotel amenities
New Concord, Ohio
2 reviews
“Loved it! Had a great time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2008

We had a wonderful family vacation. The beach is beautiful and the views from the room are fabulous! It's a perfect place for that "no brainer" vacation, to simply sit, relax and recharge. Our sons even learned to surf throught the local surf school!

Stayed June 2007
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Charlotte
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2007

We stayed at the Shell Island for a week, it only took one night to know that this was the worst mistake of our vacation. The window in the bedroom aligns the outdoor hallway, nice view from the bedroom, however, since the windows are not sound proof, we got to hear everyone's conversations, keeping us up till 2 am, and how wonderful, the maid's woke us up EVERY morning by 7 am. Not sure about you, but I don't want to be awake that early on my vacation. Since the hallway to your room is technically outside, the maids felt that it was okay to slam things around and yell all morning. They charge five dollars a day for internet, no big deal, but they charged us twice. We would have known this if they had given us the receipt for our stay. But the computers crashed, and they said they would mail us the receipt. Just pay extra and stay at the other hotels on the island. This one is not worth it, and we will never return. Oh, and when we arrived on our first day, our room wasn't even ready. Crappy experience all around, what a shame, it's a great location.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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UNCWALUM, Hotel Management at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, December 19, 2007
I have tried to contact luvmypug directly, but have not received a response. I am sorry for their experience they had with us. We do have exterior corridors, and you may hear some noises along the hallway. Our housekeepers are scheduled to work at 8am, this is so we can have rooms available for people to check in at 3pm. I understand they have to clean rooms first thing in the morning and we try to accommodate everyone we can and work around our guests schedule the best we can. We again apologize for the inconvenience of getting your receipt. Unfortunately, we did have our computers go down and could not print their receipt at the time they were checking out.
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North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2007

My husband and I stayed in room 211 for one week in August, when we arrived at our room the air conditioning unit was not working and it was above 90 degrees in the room. We had to contact an emergency number and we had to spend our Saturday waiting for the repair man to fix the problem. Then we were locked out of our room more than 3 times because the keys were not working properly and we also had to wait for hours at a time to be able to get back into our room. The furniture in the room was old and very uncomfortable. The sofa bed was stain and very nasty. The room was cleaner after we left than when we got it.

In conclusion, LOVED the BEACH!!! but hated the hotel, we won't be staying there again...

  • Liked — THE BEACH
  • Disliked — THE ROOM
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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UNCWALUM, Hotel Management at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2007
I am sorry this guest did not enjoy their room or stay at Shell Island. Our Suites are individually owned by homeowners and they have an option to be in our rental program. This particular suite (211) is currently not in our program. Some of the owners will elect to have a local agency rent their suites for them and this is the case for this suite. The owners that do elect to be in our rental program have to be approved by our standards in order to be rented on a nightly basis. I hope the next time they are in Wrightsville Beach they will contact us directly through Shell Island Reservations.

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Rochester, NY
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2007

We booked and prepaid over a month ahead so we got a pretty good deal averaging $134 a night. The room was clean, showing its age alittle, but still nice. Staff was very friendly. LOVED the view of the ocean. LOVED all the windows in the livingroom. Bring your own water, their water is nasty. Restaurant was a tad expensive, but good for lunch- we never went for dinner. Husband says the workout room left much to be desired.

Yes the elevators were hot, but WHO CARES? you are in them for like 30 seconds.

I was very happy with our stay and we might start making a yearly tradition out of it!

  • Liked — The VIEW
  • Disliked — The tap water.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, North Carolina
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2007

This was my second trip to Shell Island (first visit was in September 2005), and it continues to be an excellent value. The location at the very northern end of Wrightsville Beach is relatively secluded, and the beach is wide and beautiful. All suites are oceanfront and have great views, particularly on higher floors. The kitchenettes are decently equipped with two burners, a microwave, half refrigerator, and coffee maker, although it would be nice to have an oven for some serious cooking. However, it's a luxury to have one-and-one-half baths in a one-bedroom apartment.

I do wish the maid hadn't disturbed us by knocking on our door at 8:40 AM two mornings in a row--is it really necessary to start making up rooms at that hour? Also, the rates charged for beach umbrellas and chairs are exorbitant: $8.00 per chair/umbrella or $20.00 for two chairs/one umbrella PLUS tax. Bring your own and save the cash.

  • Liked — The suites have decent kitchenettes so that you can save some money by cooking at least occasionally.
  • Disliked — The water coming out of the taps is absolutely undrinkable--very sulfurous. Be sure to have bottled water on hand.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houston
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2007

The Shell Island Resort is perfect! We visit Wrightsville each year, but this is the first time I stayed here for my entire trip. The rooms are great. 2 restrooms in each suite!
The indoor pool is great when it's chilly outside or you need a break from the sun.
The outdoor pool is clean and has plenty of seating.
There is an outdoor play area for the kids to take a break from the water.
The beach is right there, so rent the umbrellas and chairs early and enjoy them the whole day...
The continental breakfast is just that, but it has plenty of fruit and other choices for all ages and tastes.
The front desk employess are very helpful as were the banquet employees.

  • Liked — The location on the beach is away from all the traffic.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2007

I was looking for a nice resort in which to have my sons wedding. Coming from out of town, I was not sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. The rooms were comfortable, clean and all had beautiful views of the ocean. This end of the island was away from the crowded sections and lent to a quiet and pleasant beach experience. The staff was accomodating and efficient and gracious. When my son's beach wedding was rained out, the manager said he would set up a room for us to hold the ceremony. The manager and his staff arrange the room with chairs, plants and other items that decorated the room beautifully and the wedding proceeded without a hitch! I highly recommend this resort for families, special occasions or just a quiet romantic time with someone special.

M. Romeo
Bradenton, Fla.

  • Liked — beach views and friendly staff
  • Disliked — difficult route to reach handicap ramp from hotel. End of ramp has drop off to beach.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Shell Island Resort

Address: 2700 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Location: United States > North Carolina > Wrightsville Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access 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:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shell Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island Resort is surrounded by a sprawling expanse of sand and unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mason’s Inlet, and Figure Eight Island. This family-friendly resort and hotel boasts a front row seat to the beckoning sea and a beach that seems to stretch endlessly, making it feel like it is yours alone. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Shell Island Oceanfront Hotel
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