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“Colorful and Kitschy Budget Beach Motel”

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Drifters Reef Hotel
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Carolina Beach
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2 reviews
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“Colorful and Kitschy Budget Beach Motel”
Reviewed May 26, 2009

Deciding at the last minute to extend our Memorial Day Weekend trip to the Wilmington area, we reserved a Sunday night room at Drifter's Reef.

Colorful, clean, kitschy registration/lobby area. The super friendly woman, Shorty, at the front desk was awesome, speedy and clearly busy. Well, it was M-day weekend. Small but nice enough pool for a budget motel by the beach. 5 blocks to the beach, btw, but that's fine for the price.

Clean room - newly tiled floors, decent shower, clean bathroom, and relatively comfortable bed. Again, for a budget hotel. AC that worked, and a fridge that worked even more. TV - still no remote - what is it with my reserving hotels that don't have remotes for tvs? - and some cable. Free movie rentals in hotel lobby. Pet friendly.

But wait - in our tidy little bathroom we found three sad little washcloths and no towels. They apparently were out at the time, and we had to keep checking back in until some clean ones were ejected from the dryer. Ok, maybe you should ensure you have more than enough towels prior to the inaugural summer weekend.

I'd stay there again if travelling on a budget.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2009

The week(May 18-23) started out bad with the weather being very,windy.We stayed at Drifters Reef Motel.The desk staff was friendly.The maids well was another story...she couldn't speak english and we don't speak spanish!The floors(ceramic tile) was gross...wasn't swept or mopped for awhile because (our socks turned black) I had to go down to office to get a mop because my little one spilled a drink.The only thing to use to clean the counters,table was a nasty and very smelly sponge(which I refused to use).Also when the maid changed the trash in the kitchen(twice)she used a trash bag that fit the can to the bathroom not the 13 gallon for the kitchen.I had an extra one to use for our dirty clothes.And other than having two spoons in the drawer (when there is four people that sucked) everthing else was stocked-plenty of forks,knives,plates,cups (actualy glasses). So other than that everything was great.Location was great,walking distance to get pictures of the ocean,boardwalk or even to go shopping for t-shirts,gifts.Which the best places I found to shop at the best was at a place called The Wings or even the Blue Reef. If I do Plan to go to Drifters Reef again I will be prepared...The fact that everyone(my mom,aunt,3yr old)had fun that's all that matters to me.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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kannapolis
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

Checked in and room was clean, but coffee maker was in advertisment but no coffee maker and fridge was covered in ice and needed defrosting bad.Staff at office wasn't friendly and said they would bring coffee maker and didn't. Next night we went to office and asked for coffee maker again and was given a cooffee maker dirty and with coffee in bottom because the said they had used it that morning and hadn't washed it but said we could buy coffee across the street at convenience store.Not at all recommended to stay at!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

Our new home away from home.The price was about average,but the hotel was well above.It is very neatly decorated ( Key West) ,the room was a good size and looked and smelt very clean.The staff was probley the best part,David (owner) spent about 30min. telling us where to go and what to do. Drifters,we will be back !

Stayed September 2008
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Property: Drifters Reef Hotel
Address: 701 Lake Park Blvd N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-4826
Location: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Drifters Reef Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drifter's Reef Hotel is located in the heart of Carolina Beach, North Carolina and offers you great accommodations at a reasonable price. We offer microwaves, mini frigs, air conditioning, cable, free Wi-Fi, large outdoor pool, charcoal grills, volleyball courts, laundry facilities, onsite restaurant and bar. The Lazy Pirate is our famous award winning restaurant boasting legendary wings and crab shack! All quests will receive a 10% discount on food purchases! Carolina Beach's charter fishing fleet, top of the line cruise boats, excellent shopping at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, fine restaurants and our beautiful beaches are all within a few short blocks and easy walking distance. Drifter's Reef Hotel has 57 rooms consisting of King rooms, Double rooms, Double Deluxe, Double Suites and a 2 Bedroom Full Apartment. We hope you will choose Drifter's Reef Hotel for your next vacation!! ... more   less 
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