We stayed here in August 2012 with our two kids (5, 7). The place looks nice from the outside but inside it is very average - really dated. That said, it is right on the beach with a pool and hot tub, and in a good location for exploring the area (although a little north of many attractions).
Check-in (and check-out) were a breeze. The front desk staff was always helpful and friendly. Luggage carts are available. We got a beach-facing 1 bedroom on the 3rd floor right in front of the elevator and stairs. The room is quite odd in that the master bedroom has a window facing the HALLWAY. I mean, wtf? Who wants a window into the hallway? The drapes in that window were kept shut at all times. The stairs are steel and made a loud noise when stepped (or jumped) on by pounding feet. Luckily the hotel was very quiet by bedtime.
Unknown to us, the one bedroom suite comes with a small (large closet-sized) bunk-bed room. This was a huge bonus as the kids got to share the bunk beds instead of us having to open and close the pull-out sofa every day. That said, the bunk bed is ancient and squeaked horribly with any type of body movement (particularly on the top bunk).
The room is quite dated but is clean and relatively comfortable. There are ample pillows and blankets for everyone. We did get 4 "pool" towels for our stay. But we were told not to use them on the beach (so we bought cheapo towels that we left behind). Also, there was once-a-week "tidy-up" service. And bath towels could be replaced a couple of times a week.
The appliances were small (expected in a small kitchenette) but all worked properly. Our room didn't come with enough bowls however for all of us, though. Weird.
There were optional activities to sign up for during the week (e.g., water aerobics, sand art, BBQ, etc.). The sand art and BBQ cost a few dollars.
The Schooner is a "voluntary no-smoking" establishment. So you can guess how well that is followed. Unfortunately, our neighbors always seemed to be smoking on their balcony which made it impossible for us to enjoy ours.
The pool was small but clean. The hot tub was nice (but a little too hot). It was closed one day for maintenance. Also, there is a sign that kids under 14 are NOT allowed in the hot tub (regardless of parental supervision). I thought that was a little unfair as my kids like the hot tub as much as we do.
Beware that the early-morning lounger "reservations" were going on here. I'd see loungers untouched for hours except for the towel placed on it earlier. I really despise this practice.
The "gym" is mostly a joke - an elliptical and treadmill and an all-in-one exercise machine. The laundry has 3 washers and 6 dryers. A wash cost $1.50 (30 minutes) and the dryer $1.00 (40 minutes for a regular load). The front desk sells detergent (at $1 per) and fabric softener if needed.
Loungers and umbrellas are available for rent on the beach from the lifeguards. A half day is $15 or $20. I never got them for a full day. believe a weekly rental is also possible.
Starbucks is a couple blocks north as is the terrific River City Cafe (great onion rings and burgers). A Food Lion is a few minutes drive for groceries and there are too many beach stores on N. Kings Highway to name just one.
All-in-all it was an average (2.5 or 3 star) "resort". Rooms really need to be updated. They did have flat-screen TVs though (Dynex brand!). :)
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