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Blockade Runner Beach Resort
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

I found the room and accommodations to be "common" and not worth $180 per night. There are not many nice options at Wrightsville Beach, but I'd stongly consider the Holiday Inn or just staying at a B&B downtown next time. I've lived in Wilmington for 25 years and always heard good things, but it just did not meet my expectations for this rate, in November (off season). It certainly was clean, the shower was nice, but the bed was just "ok", the furnishings were quite common, and the lighting was poor. The view of the beach was nice but I can get that for free by standing on the beach! The service at breakfast was poor and I found the staff (mostly appeared to be young and untrained) to be inexperienced and somewhat rude, but not on purpose...just because they didn't know better. The front desk staff was awesome, I have to say that the 2 ladies at the front were very helpful and nice. The grounds appeared to be very nice as well as the pool area, which we did not visit due to time of the year.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We experienced a wonderful weekend at the Blockade Runner, and were really impressed with the location, amenities, room, and view. We chose a King Balcony room, and the large balcony and extra space was worth it. This property is a conversion of an older hotel, but it is tastefully done. The Blockade Runner's transitional/contemporary design is a fresh idea in a costal area that is full of outdated hotels. It was nice to see a Keurig coffee station in the room, a mini fridge, a nice rain shower head, and a nice big screen TV. The staff was friendly, the bartender was fantastic (showing us photos from his trip to Africa when he found out we honeymooned in Victoria Falls), and the chef even came out to the bar and asked us to taste test his homemade "beet marshmellows" (yum!) The hotel was busy for off season with a wedding, but there was no noise at night, and we slept with the sliding glass door cracked listening to the waves of the ocean. Completely relaxing!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Lovely atmosphere throughout. Impeccably maintained room and lobby and grounds. Excellent linens - and I'm very picky! Balcony view of the beach to die for - a photographer's heaven. Cheerful, attentive, helpful staff. Great food! (Try the awesome vegan burger - and I'm not even vegetarian.) Nice variety of fresh and freshly-cooked dishes in the breakfast buffet. The hot tub is a handy way to wind down at the end of the day - it's older but well-maintained. I like to try someplace new every time I have some money to travel on, but I'm already considering coming back some day. Thanks for a lovely few days!

Room Tip: An oceanfront balcony room is worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

We LOVE the Blockade Runner! The oceanfront rooms are so close to the beach, it's great to sit back in your room, open the sliding glass door, and just enjoy the view and sounds. The breakfast buffet is unlike any other. Our room (November, 2012) was around $100, and included breakfast, which I would value at least $40.00. WHAT A DEAL! The rooms have nice linens, a flat screen TV, and spa-like bathrooms to include bath & body works toiletries.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had so much fun staying at the Blockade Runner. As children of the 50s and 60s in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we were transported back into that era. The beach was right outside our window and while we were there a wedding was taking place on the grounds. It was fun watching the staff scurrying around. We had a great experience with the staff. Including a ride in a Town Car to the grocery store.

Room Tip: 2nd floor in the right building
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We just spent three days in a beautiful ocean front room. Very comfortable in every way. Clean, bright, all in working order.
Breakfasts included in the price, were superb. Lots of choice, everything delicious. All (very young) employees friendly and helpful at all times.
We would go back happily.

Room Tip: ocean front definitely the right side
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were visiting family in Castle Hayne and just happened upon this hotel and were glad that we did. Clearly updated the lobby was very inviting! The desk clerk, Christine could not have been nicer in reviewing the available rooms to meet our needs. We arrived late in the afternoon and watched a beautiful sunset from our 7th floor room. I really enjoyed being on the channel with all the sailboats. Being from Virginia Beach the oceanfront view was not quite as important as it might be to others. He we been on that side of the hotel I am sure it would have been equally as beautiful. Beds were comfortable, bathrooms nicely stocked. I see they have taken the recommendation of a previous review and added shower gel! The only unusual thing was there are no ice machines. You must call and ask for ice but the delivered it immediately!!

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Additional Information about Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Address: 275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480-2021
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Wrightsville Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
Price Range: $122 - $299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blockade Runner Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only NC luxury resort offering all waterfront rooms, the best of both sound and sea, with either Atlantic Ocean or Banks Channel Sound views. Just steps to the sand, and even closer to the sound, the waterfront balconies offer great sunrises and sets with invigorating breezes. Activities within minutes of your room: sailing, fishing, kayaking, SUP and eco-tours, a complete fitness center (including whirlpool and dry sauna), and seasonal yoga on the seaside gardens lawn. A supervised "Sandcampers" program provides crafts, evening activities, lawn games, beach fun, pool, and island excursions for children aged five until twelve. The Outdoor Patio Bar combines casual dining with spectacular views, while the award winning EAST Oceanfront Dining delivers only the freshest local seafood, lobster, delicious wine tastings, fabulous comfort food, and the ever-popular Sunday Brunch. ... more   less 
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