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“Nice place to stay”
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Island Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Surf City
Certificate of Excellence
Given, West Virginia, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice place to stay”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This was the second hotel we stayed at during our trip. We left a few days early and had trouble finding vacancy on the island. Once we got to this hotel our vacation was awesome!!! This place is super clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I like that the owner lives right across the street and even leaves her cell number for you just in case you need her for anything. The rooms are very clean and up to date. I loved the enclosed sitting areas and the areas to shower off after being at the beach. The décor looks very neat and clean and up to date. You can tell the owner takes pride in this place. It is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at.

Room Tip: Our room was a double with pillow top mattresses. The beds were very comfortable.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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4 Thank Melissa J
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
We appreciate and welcome all our guests with open arms. We strive to make your experience a positive one!! Thank you so much for choosing us!
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

My husband and grand daughter stayed here for 5 days and must say it served our needs greatly! The room though small, and I mean very small was the cleanest of small motels that we have ever stayed in. Though my granddaughter slept on an air mattress on the floor she enjoyed it. It would have been better suited for a couple without a child. It had a micro, fridge small table and chairs and small bathroom. It suited our needs as we spent most of the days on the beach with other family members. The staff was so friendly and caring. We chose this place because of the pool which my granddaughter loved. After a day on the beach, the pool was refreshing. We left a shirt of my granddaughters when we left and the office called and let us know they had it and offered to send it to u's! So thoughtful. We will definitely stay again, hopefully in a larger room. Barb, thanks for your kindness, (your son and staff as well). it allowed u's to give our granddaughter a week of fun while her mother continues dealing with health issues! See you soon!

  • Stayed July 2013
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Thank you!!!! We do try our best to make sure every room is the cleanest it can be!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We recently stayed at the Island Inn for a few days. The hotel is located on one of the nicest beaches in North Carolina. It is a privately owned, very well maintained, and one of the cleanest places I have stayed at. For those that like the ocean, you will find yourself only a block away. And for those that are looking for a pool will find one on the property. They allow for small dogs so that is a big plus for those that do not want to kennel their pet.

If you plan on staying anywhere near this part of the coast should check here first for reservations.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank TravelerDan70
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We love that our guests appreciate our efforts!! We could not make rooms bigger, so we added the big decks and porches with picnic tables to extend the room outside. We are always looking for ways to make our guests experience better!!
Next season we will add DVD players and more shelving! Our focus is our customers!!
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Garner, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Me, my sister, her 13 year old son and my 10 year old son stayed here 5 days & 4 nights July 18th through the 22nd. We had a blast! So quaint! Everyone was really nice & helpful. The boys could walk to shops, food, ice cream places. It's close to everything! Beds were so comfortable! Clean! Loved meeting everyone staying there and having drinks with them outside the rooms on picnic tables! Great way to meet people and have fun. Beach is so close! Nice to have WiFi, table to eat on, fridge, storage. Really great place and nice price! We will definately be back!!!

Room Tip: We had a room by the pool, nice to be right there. Room was quiet too.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay!! We are a small older motel and did the best we could with what we had to work with. Love to hear when our guests appreciate our efforts! Plus we get really great guests and lifelong friendships have been forged :)
Thank you
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Will definitely go back and stay with them. I loved the location and the rooms were clean. They had trouble with the free WiFi going out when it rained but they were always nice when I told them about it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Dana H
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you so much!! Yes, above ground utilities, salt air and rain just don't mix. Charter came out and replaced some corroded fittings at the pole and changed some in the motel too. Working better now!!!

Look forward to seeing you again!
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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed here in June, 2013 after reading positive reviews. We rented 2 rooms - one, for myself and my husband to share and another for my daughter. We were aware that the rooms would not be next to each other, but didn't realize the way things were set up. Our room was tucked around the corner from the office, so though my daughter's room was only 2 away from ours, we could not see her room from ours. My daughter stayed with a friend in her room the first night, but felt extremely uncomfortable being in her room by herself, as there are picnic tables with ash trays right outside each door. Note...these ashtrays are literally inches outside of each door and they seem to attract a lot of smokers. In fact, there were very few times that we went to my teenage daughter's room, that she did not have to walk through smoke to get into the door. In addition, all of the smokers that gravitated outside of her room, were men. While possibly well meaning, they would try to strike up a conversation with her - which was extremely uncomfortable. The result was that she ended up staying at her friend's house on the sofa and barely used the room we paid for.

If the set up isn't a problem for you, the rooms were decent in size and clean. The beds were small and uncomfortable. The air conditioners in the windows were very loud and had trouble cooling the room.

The location was great but we will not be staying at the Island Inn again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank SuzanneRG
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
I am sorry about your experience. If the men tried to talk to her it is because we get a lot of friendly people, not because we are an unsafe place to stay. There has never been any incident here to make anyone fearful and am sorry your daughter was concerned.

There are butt receptacles at every picnic table for every room so the smokers we do get have a place outside their room to smoke. They are not concentrated in one area and one area is not where all the smokers go.

If an air conditioner is not cooling well, we have to be told about it and will change it out. One can be operating fine for last guests and stop working so well come the next. We don't know if we aren't told.

Thank you for staying with us and perhaps rooms by the pool would suit you better.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Super cute inn. Room was very clean as was the bathroom. Perfect location for beach access and the pool was awesome for the little ones. Decor was cute and beachy. I will say that the rooms are a lot smaller in person than they appear to be on the website. The window ac unit is inadequate to cool the room down on a 90+ degree day. Other than that, I'd stay here again. But next time I'll bring a fan to help with air circulation.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Thank Tianawana
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topsailislandinn, Owner at Island Inn, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
When it is 90 degrees and high humidity, about 72-72 degrees is the coldest the room will cool down. Also depends on how much the door is open. We have the same window units in our house, set to 72 and the thermometer reads 74. Can't cool down to the 60's, sorry.
When we redid this motel, we could not make the rooms bigger, which is why we put on the wide porch with picnic tables outside each room. This way the room was extended to the outdoors.
Thank you for staying and hope you come again.
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Property: Island Inn
Address: 202 Goldsboro Ave, Topsail Island, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6811
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Topsail Island > Surf City
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Surf City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Island Inn is located in the heart of Surf City on beautiful Topsail Island. All rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, in-room coffee, hair dryers, and flat screen TVs. We have a pool and are located directly across from the beach. Walk to pier, marina, shops and restaurants. Come stay with the best! ... more   less 
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Island Hotel Surf City
Island Motel Surf City
Island Inn Topsail Island, NC - Surf City

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