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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blockade Runner Wrightsville Beach
- Blockade Runner Hotel Wrightsville Beach