I really don't understand the high rating of this motel - stayed for 3 nights since fewer nights were not offered. We had stayed in Wrightsville Beach, just a few miles up the road, but the feel of the town is completely different. While the beach is beautiful, well groomed, natural dunes with sea oats in most places, the town just feels distressed. There is a gang presence on the street side with signs in bar windows that say "No club colors", old motels in places that have been converted into multiple resident facilities, signs of mold and water damage everywhere. In summary, here are the pros and cons in my view:
•The "private" balconies are not private - timber frame construction dividers with airspace over and under allows smokers to pollute everyone's air - conversations and children playing feel like they are in the same room - defeats the purpose of the oceanfront accommodations.
•The suites are small, dated and patched up, painted over.
•The rooms are "surface clean" but carpets are thick with ground-in dirt.
•A small parking lot with a few excellent covered spaces but the rest of the spots are tiny and the overflow lot is across the street. I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving my car there.
•New shower surround and bathroom fixtures with new linoleum flooring - felt clean and sanitized.
•One of the most beautiful, well maintained beaches on the East Coast that I have been to.
•The suites have almost everything you would need but bring a hair dryer and iron if you need them.
•A Mom & Pop motel - very friendly and responsive.
•New looking linens, dish cloths, etc.
•Walking distance to the "Boardwalk".
As the title suggests, we won't be going back but, if the smoking and noise from neighbors doesn't bother you, this might be a good choice for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small (22 units)oceanfront Inn with rooms and suites. All rooms have a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker and vary in size. Our suites are one room units with a full kitchen in the same room. Most have a private balcony or porch area facing the ocean, a few face the swimming pool. All units are comfortable with quality bedding and furnishings. A peaceful and relaxing Inn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beach House Hotel Carolina Beach
- Beach Hotel Carolina
- Beach Carolina
- Beach Motel Carolina