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“Great Experience for an Older Hotel”
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Golden Sands
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Certificate of Excellence
North Carolina
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33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Experience for an Older Hotel”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We were very pleased by our recent stay at the Golden Sands. The best thing it has going for it is definitely the location, right on the beach. All rooms have a private balcony that faces the ocean which gorgeous and VERY close. We stayed in the main building where the office is. We had a concrete wall between each balcony so it really is private. It is an older hotel and style-wise there is no getting around that. Still, the management and staff are clearly working hard to ensure that everything is clean and in good repair. We were very pleasantly surprised in that regard. The room smelled a bit of cleaning products but really was very clean. Ours included a fridge and microwave. We used the outdoor pool and found it to be perfectly fine. It is on the ocean side and it is refreshing to come in off the beach and have a quick pool dip before heading upstairs. The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar are basically attached to the hotel. They have music on the pier on Thursday and Sunday nights. If you want to hear it, the sound is great from your balcony. If not, close the balcony door and you can barely hear it. It ended well before 10pm so it is really not too big of a deal. Just adds to the beach weekend fun atmosphere. All of the staff we encountered were super friendly and helpful. We asked nicely and were granted both early check in and late check out. We will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean but you may want to request a higher floor to ensure a great view of the oc...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Our visit was not preplanned so we weren't sure about our accommodations...we came across Golden Sands and the price was almost the same as most of the others in the area so we decided to stay there.
Yes - like others have said - it definitely needs some remodeling and some touch ups around the place. However, the staff were all super nice and the rooms and grounds were clean, which means more than anything.
We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Mebane, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I wasn't looking for a fancy hotel (or prices) but a nice friendly family atmosphere. Then I walked into our room and WOW! The view is outstanding! The room was clean with daily maid service so we always had fresh towels and empty trash cans. The beach a very short stroll down the pier and the pool right outside the door. Did not visit the restaurant or tiki bar so no opinion...but we will definitely return!

Room Tip: We stayed on the 2nd floor south and could see the waves breaking from our beds!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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St. Louis
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Everything we expected. Clean. Professional staff. Two pools. View of the beach and ocean. Restaurant - food is OK. Clean beach. Umbrella and chair service on the beach is a only a phone call away - reasonable prices.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Yes, the Golden Sands is older. Yes, it needs renovating. Yes, the connected restaurant kind of stinks. True, there is no hot tub. True, its a little bit overpriced. But with all that said, the VIEW alone, when you walk into your room is BREATHTAKING. The ocean is beautiful! The room are CLEAN. The service is SUPER FRIENDLY. They have free wi fi and hairdryers in the room. Split rooms are great for families. We have no complaints and we stayed over the busy and packed July 4th holiday. Our only gripe - the price was a bit steep for 2 nights ($500 including tax). But listening to the ocean at night - peace abounds. And that view...man, that VIEW!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Non smoking, ask for a SPLIT room if you are traveling with kids or even family members.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Greensboro, NC
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Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

This hotel has been here for a long time, and its only real attraction is the location. The food at the restaurant is subpar, and the bar is overpriced with watered down drinks. There is no breakfast served, and both pools are very small...no hot tub. The whole place is in desperate need of renovations.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Danville, Virginia
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Our family has been coming to the Golden Sands Motel every few years for over 10 years now. Carolina Beach is a very nice beach and its location near Wilmington offers an abundance of things to see and do. The motel itself has an older building (not that old) and a newer one - all rooms are ocean front and have an great view of the ocean and sunrises! The newer building is nicer and all rooms open to an indoor hallway for a more modern layout, but the older building offers rooms types that aren't available in the newer, including the split room. In this room, there are two rooms that offer better isolation for families with children, or multiple adults. Included is another television but there is no door between the rooms (although the isolation for close relatives is very adequate).
The one thing that keeps us coming back is the care the owner and staff have for those who stay there. During our most recent visit the AC in our room went out late in the day. We called the front desk and they called the owner, who was at home. He came in and personally checked out the problem and installed another unit within the hour to get us comfortable again. This is the kind of service you read about but rarely experience in this day and age.
Bottom line is I highly recommend the Golden Sands Motel for your next stay!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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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 Family Hotel in Carolina Beach
#1 On the Beach 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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