Booked this hotel because of the reviews, the website photos, and the all oceanfront rooms. We booked a standard/non-smoking king room. They had premium rooms, but were $50 more. This room rate was $150. I thought that was a tad high for the time of year.
The positives: The oceanfront rooms, great views, location is superb at the north end of the beach. Quiet (could have been time of year). Clean, doors needed a good scrubbing, but very clean otherwise. Beds, pillows and linens were wonderful.
The negatives: When we arrived the parking lot was empty. Upon check-in staff placed us in a room at the end of the hall on the sixth floor. Mentioned that we got an extra window since it was an end. Window overlooked parking deck, and balcony was not frontal to ocean, somewhat angled. Old carpet, and it smelled. Clearly not an updated room as mentioned on website.
My husband's back hurt, so he didn't want to switch, I did. Not a nice room. I called and they switched us to eighth floor, near elevator. New carpet, somewhat updated, but a lot of kitschy decor. Staff were very accommodating, but they were probably only at 30% occupancy. Why they put us at the end of the hall I do not know. Probably wanted to get some more use out of that disgusting carpet.
For a family this hotel would be great. The kitchenette was an added bonus, but we were only there two nights. We had snacks and breakfast, which worked out well. My husband caught fish, so we had the fridge to store them in.
I would stay here again, but I think they should revisit their room rates in the winter/fall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island Resort is surrounded by a sprawling expanse of sand and unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mason’s Inlet, and Figure Eight Island. This family-friendly resort and hotel boasts a front row seat to the beckoning sea and a beach that seems to stretch endlessly, making it feel like it is yours alone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shell Island Oceanfront Hotel
- Shell Island Oceanfront Resort
- Wrightsville Beach Shell Island Resort
- Shell Island Resort Nc
- Shell Island North Carolina
- Shell Island Hotel
- Shell Island Nc
- Shell Island Resort North Carolina
- Shell Isl All Oceanfront Suites
- Shell Is Resort Wrightsville Beach