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A Place at the Beach III
Reviewed 31 March 2008

We are currently at the Place at the Beach. The grounds are beautiful—well maintained landscape, clean outdoor, indoor pool and hot tub and nice gameroom. Our room, however, is deplorable. My husband and I spent 5 hours cleaning and $30 in cleaning supplies. The carpets were dirty and stained. We found the vacuum cleaner-it was a bagless system full of dirt. We had to take it outside and hose it down before using it. The kitchen floors were sticky and dirty, food was stuck on the counter tops, and dirty dishes jammed in the cabinets. The bedrooms sheets were dirty and hairy. All the furniture and plastic plants had cakes of dust on them. The mini blinds are the old style which presents choking hazards—I had to throw the chords on top of the drapes to keep my 3 year old son safe. The bathrooms counters and floors were dirty and hairy, and the bathtubs had grimy rings in them. We were left with 4 holey towels. There was only one operating light bulb in each bedroom and bathroom. Trash and clutter was jammed into bedroom closets and the bar cabinets, including moldy coconuts, dirty dishes and old papers. Other miscelaneous items--rusty patio furniture, broken handles on dresser drawers, peeling wallpaper, and dirty stained walls. Last night, we found our first roach, so we are out of here! The name of the rental agencies is Beach Vacation Properties, and believe it or not, this is the owner’s personal condo! We called the second day we were here and they offered to return $75 in cleaning fees, but would not send any linens for another week. They also said they wouldn't clean until we vacated the premises.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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gingster, owner at A Place at the Beach III, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2008

I am an owner at APATB. I can truly appreciate and understand the many complaints written about our resort, but our complex has gone through a complete make over in the past 11/2 years. We are under NEW MANAGEMENT under the direction of a NEW BOARD. New ammenties have been added to the property and most of the Timeshare units have been rennovated. If the person that rented through Beach Vacation Properties was dissatified with their room, I would recommend changing rental agencies. There are others, such as; Tetterton, Surfside Realty, Cannon and Gruber to name a few.
There are many nice and clean rooms available. I also agree with the other owner who requested that you give APATB another chance. You would not believe the many positive changes!

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Reviewed 22 January 2008

we are a family of 6 with 3 children under 11. We absolutely love a place at the beach. Our room was directly above the pool and if my oldest grandson wanted to go to the pool, we could sit on our balcony and watch. The lifeguards were great. The room was ready and clean. A couple of years ago we had a
problem with the tv, and they were there within an hour. It is a great family facility.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2007

We just spent the longest week ever at A Place at the Beach III. I know this is "off" season but I didn't think that meant the resort would be un-staffed. Ok, there was 1 person in the office 9-5 Mon-Fri. And she did let us move from the 1st floor room with the view of the parking lot to a room with a view of the swimming pool- still 1st floor. And she was very nice when we complained but no one ever tried to fix any of our complaints. Ocean? sure, it was just over the dunes and could be seen from the 3rd or 4th floor balcony. If the room had been clean it would have made evenings enjoyable. But we left early and returned late taking in all the sites of the area. There is lots to see, lots of shopping and lots of beaches if you have a car to get around. We certainly didn't want to spend any time in our room. Clean towels? take the dirty ones to the designated place at the designated time and day and exchange them for clean. Isn't that convenient? Renovation is scheduled but the place is so run down it really needs gutted and rebuilt. There is a wonderful wooden walkway to the beach.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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mikhel22, Owner and Board Member at A Place at the Beach III, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2008

I would as an owner and Board Member of A Place at the Beach like to respond to some of the negative comments of our resort. I have owned a unit at this complex for 12 years and have seen some major changes in the last 1 1/2 years. Our previous management company and board of directors let the timeshare units completely detiorate so much so that they almost needed to be gutted. As of September 2006 a new board of directors was elected and as of January 2007 a new property manager was put in place. Some of the improvements that were made to the property were a complete renovation of the exterior of the whole complex including landscaping and maintenance, all timeshare units were updated with new furniture, appliances and ammenties. We have just completed an outdoor grilling area by the indoor pool complete with three stainless gas grills, we are installing bathrooms by the outdoor pool area, and replacing the outdooor hot tub. We have tried to make A Place at the Beach a family friendly resort and are not finished yet with bringing this resort to it's full potential. Consider giving A Place at the Beach a second look and I think you will be pleased.

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Reviewed 7 July 2007

My family just got back from a week stay with some friends of ours at A Place at the Beach.

Very family friendly. The beach is within a minute's walk. The pool/waterslide is great for everyone. Rooms are spacious.

We had brand new dishes and pots/pans in our room.

Front desk help wasn't the friendliest, but I understand a management change is underway.

We loved the area and the resort so much, we bought a week from the local time share realtor! We look forward to making memories with our family for years to come.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2007

Two days before leaving on our vacation we came across all the negative reviews of A Place at the Beach III at different websites online, and we were terrified because our reservations were confirmed and we had 7 people counting on a vacation.We hoped for the best and after an 11 hour drive we arrived. We quickly realized that the negative reviews were completely unjustified.. When we arrived at 2p.m on a Saturday, our 3 bedroom unit was not quite ready. Luckily, the clerks at the check- in desk were friendly and warm and they told us to enjoy the pool while we waited.
The outdoor pool was amazing, clean and inviting, and the beautiful beach was just a short walk from the pool. And what was great was that all the units were angled so that each unit could have a view of the beach. Each unit has a private balcony to enjoy the sun rise or sun set. Within an hour our unit was ready. The unit was newly painted inside and outside.It was clean and very comfortable. Management was in the process of replacing all the furniture and accessories. The next people vacationing at A Place at the Beach III will enjoy all new pots, dishes, towels, etc... A Place At The Beach III was clean, friendly and comfortable, and exactly what we were hoping for. We would happily vacation there again.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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10  Thank Fieldhope
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Reviewed 15 May 2007

I've been a member of RCI since 1984 and have NEVER been so dissatisfied with making an exchange. This resort should be removed from the RCI Exchange program immediately because it is just plain filthy. Dont waste your travel week, your gasoline, your time, or your exchange fees making this resort your destination RCI members!

I phoned RCI to report my dissatisfaction and was told that Check-in Services would contact us for relocation to another resort, as Check-in Services had access to different inventory than the regular exchange customer service reps. This action also proved futile as RCI's Check-in Services was unable to do so... in mid May? Mid May is NOT peak season and surely with all the resorts in the state of North Carolina, RCI could have and should have done better than that. Dont expect anything from RCI, they only care about their profits and are NOT at all concerned about your little vacation nightmare!

I am now making a request to receive a full refund of my exchange fees with RCI. I don't know if I will actually get the refund, but I am going to continue pursuing one, and while I'm doing that, I plan to inform other travelers what they can expect at this destination.

Stay away. You'll be better off. Your socks wont turn black from walking on the carpeting.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2007

Stayed: April 2007
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Additional Information about A Place at the Beach III

Address: 1904 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-5608
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Atlantic Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Atlantic Beach
Price Range: £95 - £799 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — A Place at the Beach III 2.5*
Number of rooms: 279
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Place at the Beach III is managed by VRI (Vacation Resorts International) which is a management company based in California. A little information about the property: The resort has 279 units of which 98 are timeshare units and have recently been renovated. We have a putt putt course on site, ping pong, tennis,basketball, shuffle board, corn hole, lawn bowling, ladder golf, disk golf, new playground, private beach access,board walk to the beach, Indoor pool, Outdoor pool with a water slide. We have an outdoor hot tub and an indoor hot tub. During peak season we have an on-site store, pig picking, pizza night, taco night, and painting. On Site Security will ensure you have a safe and fun family vacation. We hope you visit our property and enjoy your stay with us! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
a Place At The Beach Iii Hotel Atlantic Beach
Place Beach Iii
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