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“Glad it was a groupon during the off season”
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Sea Ranch Resort
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
Certificate of Excellence
Pulaski, Virginia
2 reviews
“Glad it was a groupon during the off season”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

My wife and I stayed here since we found a great deal on Groupon in which we got two discounted nights. We went between Christmas and New Years and debated about staying for a third night for the full price. But after staying for the two nights, we're glad we didn't stay for a third night.

Everything with the hotel looked great at first. The location is nice that it is fairly close to the Wright Brothers Memorial Park. The building and the room was in great shape with modern furniture, linens and TV. The bathroom was also very nice and very clean. Another good surprise ended up being the included breakfast. Because it was the off season, the in-hotel wasn't open so instead we ended up eating at the Jolly Roger down the road. It ended up being a very filling breakfast and was very delicious! But that's more about the restaurant, it was nice that the hotel provided it though.

But more about our room. Looking a little closer, it wasn't the cleanest of conditions. We ended up finding a small black ant on the night stand between the beds one time. Luckily it was just one and didn't see anymore. However, towards the end of our stay, in looking to see if anything had fallen under the beds, I found why the ant was there. There were a lot of crumbs by the edge of the frame (it was a frame where a board when all the way down to the floor so that nothing would fall under the bed). We were also turned off that in the wing part (not oceanfront) there was not an elevator.

My rating here is mostly based on finding all of the crumbs and dirt. I didn't give it the lowest though because it was pretty nice for the hotel to provide a good substantial breakfast in place of the in-hotel place. So, we were both glad that we got this room as a Groupon deal, and wouldn't have stayed there at full price.

Room Tip: The oceanview or wing side rooms don't have an elevator to get to.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thank you for your review. I will be sure to bring your comments regarding the room to the attention of our housekeeping supervisor. We have high standards in providing all of our guests with clean and comfortable accommodations.

We hope that if your travels bring you back to the Outer Banks that you will return and have the whole 'Sea Ranch' experience during the season. Our enclosed pool and restaurant will re-open in March.

Thanks Again!
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

The Sea Ranch Resort was even better than I had imagined. I used a Groupon deal and only paid $44 for a night. I would have loved to stay longer. It was great going in the off-season. No crowds or traffic! I originally reserved an Oceanside room (meaning not directly on the beach or with a balcony), but after we stepped off the elevator we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in a spacious, oceanfront room with a balcony! The room was bright, airy, and clean, decorated in modern décor and featured a king-size bed, two sinks, mini-fridge, microwave, pullout couch, full-length mirror, and patio furniture. There was a flat-screen TV, plenty of electrical outlets (two on each nightstand lamp base), a small expandable table with two chairs, and a coffee table. The bathroom was nice, too. U-shaped shower curtain, two overhead lights (including one in the shower) honey vanilla conditioning shampoo and lotion. I loved the balcony – hearing the waves, smelling the salty air, and watching pelicans swoop over the waves. I highly recommend paying the little extra for the balcony. There were several amenities, but we did not use such as a covered pool, exercise equipment, ballroom, outdoor fireplace, outdoor showers, outdoor furniture, and direct access to the beach. Parking was free, but you had to register your vehicle and place a card on your dashboard. Checkout was at 11:00. The deal also included breakfast for two in the downstairs restaurant. It was cutely decorated for Valentine’s Day. We had eggs, toast, bacon, potatoes, and grits. The staff was pleasant and available 24 hours. They seemed to be taking many phone reservations, even in February, so the sooner you book, the better.
The hotel is located in a convenient location. You can easily gain access to the main road where a movie theater, K-Mart, and many restaurants are readily available. You are only a short drive from pretty much anywhere in the Outer Banks.

Room Tip: Ask for room 314. Balcony with only one neighbor!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thanks for your detailed review! I am happy to hear that you all enjoyed your stay so much (down to the shampoo) and were able to enjoy the restaurant as well! Please stay in touch for upcoming events and special offers! We look forward to having you back for another enjoyable getaway!
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Fairfield, United States
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We stayed for a week, and enjoyed the sunrise from our bed and patio every day. Large clean room, extra blanket on request. Their restaurant was very good, and breakfast was part of our package, that is always a plus. When their restaurant was not open, we were given breakfast vouchers to Jolly Roger's, within walking distance and worth the visit. Conveniently located for many day trip excursions. Would stay again for sure.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thanks for your review!
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

My sister and I checked in on Sunday afternoon, Jan 26. Jen was very welcoming, our room was clean an well stocked. We were given breakfast vouchers to The Jolly Roger, just down the street. Wednesday AM we awoke to 6 inches of snow and lots of ice!! But we could walk to the Jolly Roger, and we had a lot of paper work to do, and the power did not go off!! So all was well. The parking lot was plowed on Thursday, the temp warmed up, we were able to depart Friday AM as planned. We were snowed in at the best location on the beach!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thank you for your review! I am sure you weren't planning on snow at the beach, but it's such a beautiful thing to see! We hope that you will return as the weather gets warmer and can spend some days soaking up the sun and sight seeing!

Thanks again!
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is our first trip to the OBX and stayed here between Christmas and the New Year. The check in was very easy and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was clean and met our needs. I would booked a condo in the future just to have a little more room and a kitchen.
We love the closeness to the beach, we were like just 2 mins from the beach! Can't beat that. There is a heated pool in a heated tent but we did not swim but have seen several other guests taking the plunge. Breakfast for us were included at the Jolly Rogers.

For those who do not have a group large enough to rent a vacation home, this is one of your best choices in OBX. I would definitely come back again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to leave your review! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the convenience of out location! Come back and see us soon!
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Myersville, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2014

At the desk they were willing for us to change our original reservation of two nights in the main bldg which allowed us one night oceanfront. We had a package deal and they adjusted it in the computer so it would work. Friendly, flexible, helpful. Two complaints - the first room wasn't cleaned very well. We found food on the carpet that had not be vacummed. The other was the band they hired for New Year's Eve. While they played a variety of songs, they seemed to only have one tempo - slow. Their audience wanted to dance and kept asking them to pick up the tempo, but that didn't happen. One friend said, "Don't you all take a break?" I'd never heard someone want the band to stop and put on the stereo before.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thanks for your review. We appreciate your feedback and have addressed the concerns that you had with the cleanliness of your room with our housekeeping staff. Regarding the music, we appreciate your honesty and this will help us better identify in what our guest are looking for in entertainment for future events.

I am pleased to know that your overall experience was great and we hope that you will return to the Sea Ranch Resort!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

My boyfriend and I decided to treat each other to a trip to the OBX for Christmas. We stayed Dec 26-28 and had an oceanview room. It was an incredible trip! The room had everything we needed with a huge king size bed, TV, sitting area and friendly staff. The comp breakfast at Jolly Rogers did not disappoint at all....huge portions and very cool decor with an awesome waitstaff. If we make it back to Kill Devil Hills we will be staying here!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
I am so glad that your travels led you to the Sea Ranch for a quick winter get-a-way! We hope that you will make it back when the weather is a little warmer! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!

Until next time!
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Property: Sea Ranch Resort
Address: 1731 N Virginia Dare Trl, PO Box 325, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7940
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Family Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Business Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Ranch Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the room accommodations that reflect a coastal color palette and modern room finishes that will create a relaxing and comfortable space for your stay. Convenient on-site amenities include an enclosed heated pool (seasonal),fitness center, outside picnic area and grill. The Sea Ranch also welcomes you to our oceanfront restaurant, the Beachside Bistro, which offers a delightful menu with a focus on American Coastal Cuisine. Join us in the dining room or on our deck where you can soak in the beautiful ocean view! Beachfront Resort: All rooms on the oceanfront and main building include: microwaves, refrigerators, Cable TV and Internet. Oceanfront Suites: 2 BR / 2 Bath fully equipped, condo style suites. Each suite offers a fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer and living room with a sleeper sofa! Minimum of a 2 night stay required in season. ... more   less 
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