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Blockade Runner Beach Resort
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

My wife and I live in Raleigh and thought it would be great to get away for the weekend. Wanting to see the sights around Wilmington, we thought a place on the beach would be great and after reading reviews of the hotels in Wrightsville Beach, we settled on the Blockade Runner. The hotel was way over priced for the off-season, the rooms and hallways were cramped, but they had a decent breakfast buffet.
Upon arrival, we had to circle the parking lot three times before someone left, because we did not want to valet our car and have to deal with the hassle if we wanted to leave. The lobby and grounds were very modern and offered everything you would want in a beach resort, however upon taking the elevator to our floor, it was a different story. The hallways were very cramped, had very low ceilings, and very dark with minimal lighting. I assume to lighten the darkness, they painted the walls a teal color, which almost hurt your eyes to stare at.
Our room door had a hole at the bottom, where I assumed somone had kicked it attempting to open the room with their hands full. The room was decently sized with a large window with a great view of the inland sound, tile floors, but the beds were practically like sleeping on a rock. The bathroom was small with only enough room for one person at a time, but the shower/tub was TINY. It was like taking a shower in aircraft lavatory. Just enough room to turn around and thats it. The worst thing about our room was that the floor and beds were COVERED IN SAND!! Apparently the housekeeping staff did not clean the floors and we also wondered if they changed the sheets before our arrival because there was sand inside the bed as well. Not cool!!
The temperature was a bit chilly, which did not allow for us to spend much time on the beach, but it was very clean and not crowded. The pool and hot tub were nice, however there were kids everywhere and we did not get to enjoy either during our stay. The best thing about the whole stay at this hotel was the free breakfast buffet. It offered pretty much every type of breakfast food, pastries, fruit, and yogurt, which were all excellent. They only serve breakfast from 700-930 and the restaurant was WAY understaffed for the amount of volume they were attempting to serve. The first day of our stay we waited almost 30 minutes for a table and the second day approximately 15 minutes, however I overheard other families state that they waited over an hour!
I am not sure if we would ever stay here again, but it is totally not worth their prices. The breakfast buffet won this round, yet it will take much convencing to get me to come back.

Room Tip: Either side of the hotel has a decent view. The ocean is always nice, but the sound has lots of shi...
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

The hotel was originally built in 1962. The pics online show a nice renovated hotel. However, that is only a part of the picture. When you drive up, you'll be wondering what you booked. The sign on the top of the hotel is messed up and the front facade includes light blue tiles. It doesn't look good except for a new front entry. Inside during check in, the place looks much better. Then, you get to the old elevators. On the way up, a creepy looking repair man told us that we were in the 'strange' elevator that does pretty much what it wants when it wants to. Getting off on the 6th floor with him, we enter a kind of small, aromatic hallway where a guy has his head inside a maintenance door fixing something. Finally, we get to the room at the end of the hall and walk inside. It is actually fairly nicely updated although the furniture looks cheap and the beds are hard. Overall, though, not a bad space and a terrific view. A free breakfast buffet is offered in the morning but was always too busy and required a wait. The restaurant is quite pricey. We ordered room service on our last night and were very disappointed. Small wine type glasses of tea. A small (but ok) lobster roll and an overcooked and dry cheeseburger. It is a shame because the hotel's location is awesome within walking distance of the shops and restaurants 'downtown'. This place definitely has potential but the renovation/update was obviously a little too little. I don't think it would take much to finish the job correctly. Spruce up the front sign and facade a bit, replace the elevators and upgrade the furniture in the rooms. Better food and drink and I think it could be what it claims to be 'Wrightsville Beach's classic boutique hotel.' As of now, though, it comes up short.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This place is over priced for what it provides. First off, we were forced to valet park, which would normally be fine, but it makes it inconvenient to leave. Secondly, they have room service menus in the rooms, and I go to order food at 9:30am since we can't conveniently leave, and I am told that's the incorrect menu in the rooms we don't do room service until 11am. I then ask why they don't update the menus and the woman was pretty rude, and didn't even seem to care. Put that all aside, even if we did order breakfast the price is outrageous $20 a person for every meal. One meal only includes a waffle and 4 strips of bacon, really?? Never coming here again! Waste of time and money!

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6  Thank Vldevine
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Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

We came here for an Easter get away. The weather was a bit cool so we were inside a lot. The hotel was delightful, clean, modern decor, big Tv and two extremely comfy chairs to view the big blue ocean, The breakfast buffet had everything you could ask for. They could have stood one more server this morning but you can't find good help. Oh and the room had tile floors which was fine but I would have brought bedroom shoes if I would have known. Otherwise, nice place and grounds. Staff went above and beyond in most cases.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The service was great and everyone was very friendly. When we got there we were upgraded to a balcony room which made it even better. The views of the beach were really great and the rooms were very clean and comfortable, expect for the mattress which was a bit uncomfortable. It was a nice walking distance from the bars and restaurants so we did not have to drive everywhere. The front desk helped us organize and SUP lesson during our stay and the company they used was wonderful, Wrightsville SUP. The breakfast they offered was wonderful as well. Would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Our 3 day stay this past week was a perfect visit to a wonderful beach at this very pleasant hotel. We had a sound-view, double-queen room on the 6th floor for the first 2 nights and moved to an oceanfront, double-queen terrace room on the 3rd night. Both rooms were clean, spacious, and comfortable with attractive and up-to-date furnishings. Bedding was comfortable, including the silky sheets. Both rooms had a fridge, kuerig coffee maker, and flat screen TV. The sound-view room had comfortable chairs that afforded wonderful views of Banks Channel through a large sliding door that opened to a juliette balcony. The oceanfront room likewise had 2 comfy chairs looking at the ocean plus a surprisingly large deck with a chaise lounge, table and 2 chairs. (From the 4th floor, the ocean view was unencumbered, but lower floors could have a restricted view due to foliage.)

The room included a breakfast buffet that was very good and extensive. Eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, pancakes, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee, and a selection of breads and pastries were very satisfying. The bar was kind of small and not very exciting, but it was only a short (about ¼ mile) walk to the center of Wrightsville Beach where an excellent Mexican restaurant (Tower 7) and a good bar (Jerry Allen’s) can be found.

The staff in every situation were very friendly and accommodating. They offered complimentary valet parking but self-parking was just as convenient. You have to order ice by the bucket (no charge except for tip), but service was quick.

We’ll definitely go back because of the value, quality, and location.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stayed at Blockade Runner a few weeks ago, unfortunately only for one night. Cool vibe feel in the lobby and front desk staff was very helpful. Great views from the rooms--you either get ocean or inlet views, regardless views of the water. Rooms had tile flooring which I personally loved and were very clean with cool bathrooms. Pool and cabanna area need a little work (a little worn down), but besides that it was good. Big grass area overlooking the ocean and easy beach access. Very accommodating to paddleboarding and surfing, which is awesome. And great complimentary breakfast buffet setup. Overall, exceptional experience here. Would definitely stay here again.

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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: $121 - $319 (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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