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Jolly Roger Inn & Pier
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Topsail Beach
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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“If you like basic at top price - This is for you”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

Location 5 star - facilities not even one. If you're not a fisherman then even allowing for the view, it's a very poor value hotel. The ONLY piece of equipment was a fridge and that was probably to keep the bait fresh. No phone/Wifi/Kettle - not dirty but hardly sparkled. In September the locality was hardly buzzing and there is a decent restaurant close by. For $120 a night, I expect more than a sunrise

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

No, it is not a 5 star hotel. Yes, the rooms smelled a little musty and the shower head almost fell out of the wall. But it is a reasonably priced place to stay right on the beach within 100 yards of the fishing pier. There is really no better location in Topsail Beach with such a breathtaking view of the sunrise which I could photograph right from our balcony or the fishing pier; walk barefoot out of our room onto the beach; rent a fishing pole and fish all night on the pier. The staff was very accomodating and friendly with their sweet southern accents I love. The bed sheets were clean, the towels were fresh. Our only complaint is the beds were hard! It was sort of like sleeping on an ironing board :) But after spending a day splashing in the ocean or a night fishing, we had no trouble sleeping on any surface. Overall, it is a nice place for those who want to avoid crowded beaches and commercial high-rises that block the most spectacular view of the ocean.

Room Tip: Oceanfront room is a must. A king suit is a great value and worth inquiring about.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fairfax, VA
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

The Jolly Roger is a popular motel right on the beach. It's in a quiet location with a pier that you can walk out and to (and fish). You can also walk to several shops and restaurants, plus they have a small grill and shop off the motel office. There is a small but charming museum two blocks away, but most people seemed to be focused on the relatively uncrowded beach. It is family-friendly and the ocean-front rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors have nice balconies. We had a connecting room with a bedroom off of toom with a kitchenette, couch and bed, which was an ideal setup. The staff seemed friendly.

On the con side, this is not a luxurious place. Reading lights could have been better/ more numerous. But the main problem we had was the tap water, which had a weird smell and taste, so we drank only bottled water while there. Also, there was no hot water in the shower, but we didn't ask for assistance, so there might have been some trick to getting it to work. (If so, they should post a card in the bathroom with instructions; there are no phones in the rooms, so we couldn't just call.)

There was expanded cable on the TVs, but no list of the channels was supplied, so if you are not from the local area, you have to scroll through dozens of channels to find what you want.

There was a Mr. Coffee, but no coffee supplied. Also, there was a microwave, but the dishes supplied had metal trim on them that arced in the microwave, potentially causing a problem at some point. The room was not terribly dirty, but there were a few things that housekeeping missed. Adding a screen door to the balcony would allow fresh air and fewer flies to get in. Trash under the units was there for three days, so they must not have had anyone assigned to pick up stuff around the grounds.

If you are looking primarily for beach-front location without luxury, you should consider this motel. Even with things for the Jolly Roger to work on, we much enjoyed our stay there!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Bluefield, Virginia
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

The bathroom door wouldn't shut, there was no in room phone service, and the ice cost 25 cents a shot. I'll still have to say that the friendly staff and the great view and atmosphere more than made up for it. I would recommend it if you are a no frills kind of person like myself.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

If you want a room that smells like ashtrays and urine with rude, redneck staff, hillbilly cops, and domestic violence this place is for you. Gross rooms, slack staff, terrible place....what were we thinking?! I would have paid more to stay in a dumpster-it would have been cleaner and more accommodating

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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White Horse Beach, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2011

This is an older motel and does not have any amenities. But it does not matter. The beach is amazing and everything in this very sleepy little beach town is directly across the street from the motel. The rooms are average with 2 double beds and very good air conditioning. We had a back porch on our third floor oceanview room with a couple of chairs to sit and enjoy the view. There are 2 men who are the managers and one of them is as nice as could be and the other is like a grumpy old grandfather. The motel has a fishing pier and it is wonderful to walk on and watch the locals fish. Inside the office is a small store and a little restaurant that serves surprisingly good food, very basic breakfasts and lunches, but good and at a good price. If you are looking for someplace to go where they change your sheets everyday and leave you a mint, forget it! But if you want a very basic motel with a great beach, this is it! Warning to some, we were told the rooms were all non-smoking, and our room had no smell of smoke at all, however my daughter was in a first floor efficiency and when we first opened the door the smell could have knocked you out. It had a very old couch and the room was not in great condition. When I said something to the cleaning staff about it, they were great. They went in and recleaned, covered the couch with a brand new bedspread and removed the linens and pillows and replaced them with brand new items. I think as soon as the motel can, they should remove the old couches and window coverings that hold that old stale smoke smell, other than that, we definatley enjoyed our stay and if we have the chance to go back to Topsail Island we will stay at the Jolly Roger again.

Room Tip: 2nd and 3rd floor have great views
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Amelia Court House, Virginia
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

I stayed in a standard room for two nights and it was perfect for me. If you are used to luxurious things then this probably is not the hotel for you though. The room was a bit outdated, it had a 19 inch TV and a 2 full size beds, but I really did not care because I was there for the beach not the room. The shower head needs to be replaced but other than that the bathroom was pretty clean. The balcony had two chairs and did have a small partition but you could still see everyone so had no real privacy. There are 3 restaurants within walking distance along with shops and miniature golf so it is in a great location if you are looking to save gas money. I will return but be aware if you get a standard room there is no microwave or coffee maker like there are in most hotel rooms.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Property: Jolly Roger Inn & Pier
Address: 803 Ocean Blvd, P.O. Box 3008, Topsail Beach, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6953
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Topsail Island > Topsail Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Topsail Beach
Number of rooms: 65
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Jolly Roger Inn & Pier Topsail Island, NC - Topsail Beach

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