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Hillsborough, North Carolina
Reviewed 29 July 2012

There are to many pickly people in this world. We did not have any problems with anything. We stayed in the middle of July 2012 and our room was clean and service from staff was great they were very helpful. We also had our minpin with us and she was greeted very nicley. The Drifters Reef is also in the...

3Thank Tonie F
North Carolina
Reviewed 15 July 2012

If you want piece and quiet this may not be place but u r also at beach so people like to party. You can walk to beach but probably a mile a way. Good place though where you can walk to restaurants, surf shops and other fun shopping, especially discount surf clothing. Generally comfortable room and beds. Could hear people...

1Thank WindyTraveler
Reviewed 7 July 2012

We had such an awful experience here, the Room stated no smoking- as soon as I walked in could smell it. I checked for bedbug and did not see any but the floor behind the bed was covered with dead bugs and pet hair. I did not sleep the entire night because I was sneezing and coughing all night -...

3Thank EileenHer
Reviewed 28 May 2012 via mobile

We stayed for Memorial Day weekend. It was a 2 night minimum, which was a load of crap. The room was LITERALLY a tiny bed, dresser, old TV, and bathroom. NO bedside tables, NO alarm clock, NO phone. ONLY one small wall lamp worked so it was dark. Had a window unit AC (which was MOLDED, and made a terrible...

1Thank AmberBee_OG
Sevierville, Tennessee
Reviewed 19 May 2012

We went to Carolina Beach on the recommendation of a friend, did not make reservations as we wanted to check all the Hotels out prior to staying. We stopped at this Hotel the front desk let us look at the room first, did not even ask him to see it first. We checked out 2 rooms and chose the one...

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 11 May 2012 via mobile

Staff was great at first, Internet says the place is pet friendly. However, they don't tell you up front to register your pet. At check out they will tell u that u are being fined $250 for not registering your pet. Then they show you a sign on the desk that a person with 20/20 vision couldn't read. These people...

3Thank Blm12366
Lillington, North Carolina
Reviewed 7 May 2012

The room had NO alarm clock...no clock at all, no chairs, no lamp (just an overhead light) no coffee pot, toilet tissue was sitting on back of commode not on a roller. While the bed did seem to be clean and comfortable and room reasonably clean, the walls were dirty and greatly in need of paint. The AC unit was...

3Thank Barbara W
Maple Shade, New Jersey
Reviewed 4 May 2012

This place was only decent on the outside. First of all the stench of smoke in both rooms used by my family, each posted as "Non Smoking" with plaques affixed to doors. The rooms were filthy as well and missing many ammenities. One room was missing some of these. It appeared to have mold, crumbs on the beds, and stains...

3Thank Abby P
Dresden, Ohio
Reviewed 17 April 2012

This Hotel was quite nice, The management was very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are quite nice for the pricing. Seems well up kept. Good location too, Nice little sports bar beside that you can walk to, and not far from the boardwalk itself. The architecture was very beachy, my wife loved the parrot mural on the side. Talked with...

Thank Shawn R
Statesville West, North Carolina, United States
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Man with reservations was very rude! Called to verify reservation and he couldn't even find it! So I told him I guess there was no need to cancel since they didn't even reserve my room. Then he proceeded to yell in my ear about how he was going to charge me a cancellation fee! Really? Wow! I was going to...

2Thank Amy M

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Drifter's Reef Hotel is located in the heart of Carolina Beach, North Carolina and offers you great accommodations at a reasonable price. We offer microwaves, mini frigs, air conditioning, cable, free Wi-Fi, large outdoor pool, charcoal grills, volleyball courts, laundry facilities, onsite restaurant and bar. The Lazy Pirate is our famous award winning restaurant boasting legendary wings and crab shack! All quests will receive a 10% discount on food purchases! Carolina Beach's charter fishing fleet, top of the line cruise boats, excellent shopping at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, fine restaurants and our beautiful beaches are all within a few short blocks and easy walking distance. Drifter's Reef Hotel has 57 rooms consisting of King rooms, Double rooms, Double Deluxe, Double Suites and a 2 Bedroom Full Apartment. We hope you will choose Drifter's Reef Hotel for your next vacation!! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Drifters Reef Hotel

Address: 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Region: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
Price Range: £87 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Drifters Reef Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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