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“Great Stay on Wrightsville Beach!” 4 of 5 stars
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Shell Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2700 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480   |  
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Durham, North Carolina
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Great Stay on Wrightsville Beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We moved to NC several months ago so everyone was telling us you had to get to Wrightsville Beach so my wife and I finally piled into the car the weekend of my b-day to see for ourselves. We had a blast! Beach/sand is truly beautiful, soft, clean and the Atlantic Ocean and salt air just can't be beat.

Like the many reviews here, the rooms and property literally faces the ocean so you can open the sliding door on your balcony and hear the waves and feel the breeze. We went in early October on a beautiful mid 80 degree day weekend. Crowds were minimal even with a wedding happening at the hotel that evening right on the beach!

As some have commented, if you are looking for a full service resort like a Hyatt, etc. with multiple outdoor pools, swim up bars, etc. this isn't the place for you. The ocean and beach are literally right there and the property seems very well suited to couples, families, friends gathering for a weekend, etc. who want a nice place to stay and love the beach and some quiet to read/relax, etc. I really liked that the hotel is located in an area that is mostly residential away from the bars, t-shirt shops, etc. You literally follow the one road and it dead ends at the hotel.

Check in: fast, efficient, with no problems. no bellman but parking is right in front of the hotel and there is no charge.

Lobby: very functional, nice atrium with windows that look to the indoor/outdoor pools and beyond that the beach and ocean. Easy access from the garage to your floor.

Restaurant: again, very functional but nice, clean, prices were about what I expected. we ate there late the first night after we got in. Dining room was dead but waitress was friendly, efficient and food was great.

Rooms: Seeing the rooms you can very much see the property is geared toward weekly rentals in the summer. Our corner room on the 4th floor had a small range, microwave, full sized refrigerator, 4-person dining room table, sleeper sofa, nicer flat screen and ceiling-to-floor windows that overlook the ocean and a small balcony with table and chairs so you can sit and have your morning coffee and watch the sunrise.

Bathrooms were a bit odd with a common door separating one from the other but it worked for us. Older fixtures, tiles, vanity and lighting but again you are paying for location.

Bed was a king in a small room but it had a dresser, multiple pillows and was super comfy with a small but functional flat screen.

Room Tip: All the rooms have great views of the beach and ocean but higher you go the better. **no retail...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful place to stay! Able to completely relax. Seems like the hotel thinks of everything. Very clean. All rooms are oceanfront. Lots of huge seashells up and down the beach. Always has the prettiest sunrise. Worth every penny!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 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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Rome, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We have stayed in two different rooms - both very nice and well appointed. TV in living room and bedroom. Bath and a half. Comfy furniture - love the bed pillows!! The balcony is a bit small but the view is simply incredible. You cannot ask for a better view! First timers - ask to see the room before you rent it. We stayed in October and it was quiet, clean and the price couldn't be beat.

Room Tip: Ask if you can view the room first. Stay away from rooms near the elevator.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leland, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

First let me say that if your are expecting a resort experience forget about it!! However if you are looking for a room with a killer view of the Atlantic beach front you get it here! Our room was on the 9th floor and the views of the beach/dunes, Atlantic Ocean and an awe sum thunder storm was spectacular.
I would agree with the other comments that the rooms are small and showing some age BUT they meet the needs for a decent night's sleep, cost reductions for meals as the "kitchen" meets the needs with a mini fridge-cook top-all the necessary cooking and eating stuff, small balcony but OK for two people, direct beach access and at the end of the beach front road so traffic is at a minimum.
The breakfast is a typical scramble egg-oatmeal-cold cereal buffet but there is an omelette and waffle station for a fresh egg concoction. The coffee is plentiful and good. The staff is extremely cheerful and helpful.
My wife and I went for two nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms with room numbers ending in 01, 10, 11 or 20 (example room numbers 901, 910, 911, 920...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southeast
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We've stayed here many times and really like it, but have found out, you gotta know what room you're getting.

Pros:
Great location, very nice common areas, clean pools and facilities, friendly staff, kitchenettes, great oceanfront views.

Cons:
Rooms can be great or can be kinda spent. Depending on the room you get, they are very different in decor, location and amenities. For example - full frig or mini, great views or okay on main level, noisy (as in right across from the maids closet or tucked quietly in a corner).

Room Tip: Do not recommend rooms at the end of the hotel where the trash comes in and out and the workers go i...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I checked into the hotel with my mother and 2 children for a beach get away in late September. The room itself was a bit small but it was able to accommodate us. There are 2 bathrooms with one containing a shower bath/combo. There is a nice living room area with a tv and then a sink or kitchentte area as they call it. I couldn't image using this for anything but to make a sandwhich or pop some popcorn, it's very small and does not have a stove but does have a microwave and hot plates. Our microwave did not work in our room but we didn't really need it, as we went out for our meals. The view was perfect, the balcony over looks the ocean, it's a bit small but nice with 2 chairs and a small side table. All of the staff we ran into were great and very accommodating. We did have a problem with the hotel restaurant on the first night it was closed when we tried to get dinner there and both our in room menu and the board at the front of the hotel indicating that it should have been open. This was frustrating since we then had to go out at 8:30 in the evening with 2 young children. On the second day we did eat lunch poolside form the hotel and while my food was good, my mother had to send hers back twice as they burnt her hamburger twice. They ended up compensating us with a gift card, needless to say we ended up having breakfast there the next morning to use the card. It was typical buffet style nothing special but fine. The outdoor pool was not heated and a bit cold but the kids braved the temperature and alternated between the indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub and had a blast. We also rented an umbrella and beach chairs from the hotel and it was set up for us on the beach, I thought this was a wonderful service and something I was glad to pay for since I did not have to lug them in the car or back and forth to our room saving me space and wear and tear on my back. We encountered some minor problems but overall a very nice stay. The hotel is starting to show it's age and could use some updates but it is kept clean and the staff was great.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Disney World, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

AWESOME, OUTSTANDING.......
Beautiful clean rooms, all ocean facing - breathtaking views on a private beach.
Kudos to Meredith for helping us plan the event - it was outstanding.
Kudos to George our lead host for the evening. Nothing was too much for him.
We all had a great time and the service was 5 star.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic.........
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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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 Romantic Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shell Island Resort 3.5*
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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