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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Golden Sands

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Golden Sands
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Golden Sands is the place to stay at Carolina Beach!!! Our family stays here every summer. Clean rooms, great view, and helpful staff. I can honestly say I've never had a bad experience at this hotel. Southern Hospitality at its best!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dacula, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

When i called to make a reservation, I specifically asked about the hot tub - explaining that a functioning hot tub is one of the key amenities that i look for in a vacation spot. I was assured that the hot tub was in good repair and functioning well. When we finally found the "hot tub - jacuzzi", it turned out to be a scooped out shape in the pool, with a ledge to sit on, and lukewarm water coming out of the side. I was so disappointed that I'd have happily found another place to stay, but it was not possible to change hotels at that point. I can say 2 positive things about the Golden Sands - the oceanfront view is fantastic, and the place is pretty clean. On the downside, there is an overwhelming smell of pinesol and some other cleaning product that was unbearable in the main hotel until we got into our room. The room was adequate, but with virtually no decor. The carpet was worn and threadbare, the sofa stained and lumpy, and a fallen bathroom tile laid for 2 days until housekeeping finally glued it back on. The man who checked me in was not at all friendly, and we had to pay $10 extra for a second vehicle to park there. Overall, the place is 30 years' past due for a renovation. The housekeeping staff was very friendly and nice. Very disappointing hotel experience. I'd have been quite content if the price was much less, but for almost $200/night, this place is no bargain.

Room Tip: In terms of a wonderful oceanfront view, our 7th floor room was fantastic.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Dondeaux57
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

This isn't by any means an upscale hotel, but if what you are looking for is proximity and casual ease, this hotel is hard to beat.

The rooms are clean and each room has a balcony. The balconies facing the beach offer wonderful views, but are a bit small and the AC's open to the balcony and are a bit noisy. I'd suggest a higher floor than the 2nd floor, which is where we were. We had a nice view of the pool and dunes which is good if you have children but not so great if you needing a little more privacy.

The decor was a bit out of date and needed some touch ups, but that is pretty expected.

The staff was super attentive and kind. There's a great tiki bar by the hotel as well that overlooks the beach. I highly recommend this hotel for families. We had a great time too as a couple, but again wish we had a bit of a higher floor.

Room Tip: Beach view is worth it, and the higher the floor, the better.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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4 Thank Traveling K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is set up a little different then
Most, two separate buildings ,office located in one nothing in the other.we stayed on the 7th floor which had
Great views. Maids had the room cleaned by 10:00 every day,which was nice. The room was large with two beds and a sofa sleeper.microwave and
Fridge also came in handy.The only negative things: the bathroom sink didn't drain very well,took about 10 min after use to drain.I also had to kill a pretty nice sized cockroach on the wall. "gross" overall it was pretty nice.

  • Stayed May 2012
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1 Thank Opnion
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Saratoga, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for one night on a trip south. The view from this hotel and the beach access are excellent. The room is very spacious and clean but is dated and could use some renovations. However for our one night stay the view was what we wanted and the price was very reasonable. We did have a mix up as I called the hotel earlier in the day to make a reservation. I was quoted a price of $79 but the clerk indicated not to make a reservation as they had plenty of rooms, it was a Sunday in March. Upon arrival it was a different clerk who indicated the price was $20 more. However after some discussion she agreed to the price quoted.
We were looking foward to the restaurant on site but it was closed.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Omaha, NE
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

I went to Wilmington on business and stayed at another hotel for that, but wanted to spend my last night in a less-expensive oceanfront. After all, nothing beats the sight and sound of the waves coming in. There were other choices, but I needed Wi-Fi and didn't want to spend over $100 like the big names wanted to charge.

I was very pleased with the over-sized room. They had a microwave, mini-fridge, iron and board, etc. I didn't use any of those items, but it was good to see they were available just in case.

The balcony was actually private (watch the way other oceanfronts advertise this feature) with two chairs and a lovely view. The staff were all very polite and helpful, and the room clean.

My only negative is that the bed was too firm for my liking, but as there is such a variance in levels of firmness desired by the individual, that won't hinder my recommendation of this property to others.

In the off-season, this is a quieter area, which was perfect for me.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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3 Thank ImaNebraskaGirl
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Madison, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

Been staying at Golden Sands for several yrs & never found one single thing wrong.
Hard to get a glass of milk in the bar but did :) Love it , .......

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Anng27025
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Additional Information about Golden Sands

Property: Golden Sands
Address: 1211 Lake Park Blvd S, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-5522
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carolina Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Carolina Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Sands 3*
Number of rooms: 115
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