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“Better than I expected...” 3 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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Winchester, VA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Better than I expected...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2008

After reading mixed reviews, I was not sure what to expect for our 3 night stay at Shell Island Resort. We've just returned and I have to say our stay was better than I expected. The staff was helpful and friendly! We stayed in a 1st floor room which had no view of the beach but had direct access from the room to the beach and pools - so no annoying elevators to deal with. The room has been updated and was very clean. There was a little musty smell in the room but not terrible. The free breakfast was good and the meals at Shelly's restaurant for lunch and dinner we enjoyed! We would definitely return to Shell Island.

  • Liked — Amazing beach!
  • Disliked — Musty smell in the room.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

Good location and expected more. Management was very rude and not very accomadating at all-would not let us stay an extra hour for a late checkout. Broken windows in hallways, dirty floors, not clean at all. I would not recommend it...

  • Liked — location on beach
  • Disliked — terrible management, dirty dirty dirty
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Fairfax, Virginia
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30 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

My mother and I stayed at Shell Island for two nights. The room was larger than expected and clean. The half bath was an added bonus. The view of the beach form the balcony was breathtaking. It was great to have the small kitchen in the room. There was also an indoor and outdoor pool and a restaurant and bar downstairs. The food and service however were average. It however a beautiful hotel and I would definitely recommend it.

  • Liked — Ocean View
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, Kentucky
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

Just returned from 5 days at Shell Island, our first time there. Our suite was just as described, and even better. The space was small for 3 adults but we had great weather and were on the beach most of the time. Having the half bath was very convenient. The bed was very comfortable with high quality cotton sheets but the sofa bed was a little thin as they usually are. Anticipating that, we brought an inflatable mattress to place on top of it and that worked just fine. Towels were soft and fluffy. Kitchen supplies were just right. Everything worked. I think there is some variation between units because they are individually owned but ours had everything we needed. Our room had 2 beach umbrellas, a small raft and some beach toys. Free in-room internet, coffee, cable, too.

All the staff was cheerful and accommodating. Smiles all around even to the chronically grumpy people who always seem to show up. Our tub did not drain when we arrived but it did about 20 minutes after we mentioned it to the staff. An extra blanket was delivered promptly. Some people were heard complaining about noise in the evening. Hey, it's the beach, a family place, the weekend... not a retirement home. The complaining party was cheerfully moved to a different floor. There was a cheerleading camp going on the whole time were we there. I anticipated a crush for the breakfast line but it did not materialize. Plenty of real decent food and good coffee with a nice view of the beach. When the weekend hit, the desk kept running out of pool towels, partly because people started hoarding them and did not return used ones. We just waited and they appeared.

All in all, a wonderful time. Definitely going back.

  • Liked — SERVICE
  • Disliked — Everything was fine.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 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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KENTUCKY
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

We just got back yesterday! We have always went to Myrtle Beach or Panama City FL. We were looking for a more relaxing vacation with less people & we got it! Crowds were small @ the beach. The hotel was very nice. The staff were friendly & very helpful. Our room was EXACTLY like the virtual tour on their website! I was happy to see the bedroom was seperated from the living/dining rooms. The kitchen was clean with everything you needed to cook small meals. The bathrooms were nice with pedestal sinks, updated faucets & shower heads. The decor of the rooms was beachy & very nice. Housekeeping was great. Wrightsville Beach is a small beach town with very nice homes around the hotel. We did drive into Wilmington to shop or eat. 10 minutes- max- to lots of resturants. Fast food & Ruby Tuesday type places. Wal-Mart & Food Lion were close by too. Front Desk has Mapquest print-outs of everywhere you would want to go. See the battleship NC. Also visit the Ki Spa... GREAT! LOVED IT!!

  • Liked — Great Location! Free breakfast was actually very good!
  • Disliked — um... Can't think of anything I didn't like!
  • Stayed July 2008, 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2008

Well I'll start with check-in, room wasn't ready until almost 4 p.m. (check in was at 3 p.m.) I finally got the manager and she went up to help because there was only ONE housekeeper on staff.

Now on to the room, very cramped. I traveled with a family of four and we could barely move around without bumping each other.
Some of the other posts mentioned the outside corridor I did'nt have a problem with that, actually liked it.
The water is awful, (strong smell of sulfur). The bathroom doors did not lock and one of them did not even latch. (family of four tiny room, we need locking bathroom doors.) The remote to the T.V. did not work and was missing the rear cover, also only one T.V. in the den.

On to the restaraunt, the frier was down the entire trip which means no chicken fingers for the kids, out of apple juice, out of chocolate milk, my wife paid 7 dollars for a pina coloda and they apparently forgot that they are supposed to put alcohol in it. The food that we did get was O.K. but I've had better McDonalds. In all fairness the breakfast was good, big selection and FREE.

Now on to the important part- The Beach
It was beautiful, large, not crowded, bird sanctuary to the north and a inlet the kids loved!
All situated at a dead end road.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Hotel
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2008

Visited shell island for the first time in may 2008.
Loved the area. Residential area. Very quiet. Beautiful view from front of the property and rear. Uncrowded beach, even on the weekend. Staff very accomodating with requests. Stayed in room 619. Nice decor.Not at all what we expected from the picture on the internet. Comfortable furniture, granite countertops in kitchenette.Looked as if it had been recently updated by owners.
Bedroom with king sized bed, very comfortable. Two bathrooms with nice features.Felt like we were at home in this room. Ordered from on site restaurant twice. Service was quick. Food was hot when delivered and delicious( sandwiches and appetizers). Hotel was clean. Housekeeping services were
efficient. Only negative thing to say was could hear noise very easily from room above us. Normally would go to florida or myrtle beach but plan on going back in august.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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