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The Sand Dollar Motel
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Atlantic Beach
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We found The Sand Dollar Motel with this site, and I cannot be happier about it! Check in was quick and easy, the rules for staying are simple, management was extremely courteous and understanding, and the motel is a five minute (or less) walk to the beach. Check out was faster than check in, and Sam gave us two sand dollars, one for each of the kids.

My husband and I traveled with our 10 year old and 5 year old, and we stayed in the two bed efficiency room for five nights. Our room had a nice little kitchen in it, allowing us to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the room, which saved us a lot of money. Another convenience is the hose they have placed in the parking lot, so that you can wash sand off of yourself and any items that may go into the room. We were told we had one of smaller efficiencies, which we would never have guessed, as we were perfectly comfortable and had enough space to move around and even have a family movie night. You will need to bring your own body wash and shampoo, as well as provide food for yourself (try not to over-buy food, like we did), along with your own beach towels. Everything else is there and ready for use.

Unfortunately we were not the best of guests; having children travel with you does sometimes create a mess, as they can get sand in places you don't think to wash off (or can't wash off while they're outside), so some sand did get into the room. One of our children also broke a coaster that was on a bedside table, which I feel absolutely terrible for, but Sam was very understanding to the situation. There was also one or two food items left behind in the fridge (an unopened bag of tater tots, the last bit of milk that my husband was supposed to finish but forgot), which hopefully wasn't too much of a pain.

In the end we ran into no problems with Sam and Patricia, and if we ever return to Atlantic Beach for a vacation, the Sand Dollar Motel will be the motel we go to.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank apljax3
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you so much for the nice review. We enjoyed having you and the family stay with us. You were wonderful guest! Sorry for the unexpected visitor Hurricane Arthur. We enjoy having families, so we expect sand, no problem. We are at the beach. As far as the coaster, I have a stock pile of those so do not feel bad about that. It was very nice of you to let me know.

Hope you will come back and stay with us.
Again thank you so much.
Tricia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

This is a clean, safe and friendly place to stay! As always the owners made me feel at home. I just got back from 9 days and I recommend this location to all my friends and family. I look forward to many more stays at The Sand Dollar Motel!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank tracey s
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thanks for the nice review. You know we love having you. You are family to us and it is your home away from home always!!!
Hope to see you soon...
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Clendenin, West Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Resort its not but if you are looking for a comfortable, quite, safe, clean, low key atmosphere, this is the place for you! not to mention very affortable! The beach is just a short walk away. We will return again!

Room Tip: A short walk to the beach, rooms are large and very clean, in a very safe area.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Thank you so much for the very nice review.
We love hearing that our guest had a nice vacation.
It is what we want for everyone that stays with us.
Look forward to seeing you again.
Again that you so much for staying with us.
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Ernul, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

The manager was terribly rude to me and humiliated me in front of my out of town family guests. I was trying to work with him on the bill, as there were two children that needed to be accounted for, so he tried to sell me another efficiency apartment for $340 MORE after paying him already for a week ($600). We ended up only staying ONE NIGHT. I understand that I needed to settle the bill for more money, but he did NOT have to be rude to me, especially in front of my family. I was trying to have a nice getaway for them but our entire beach adventure was ruined. I do not recommend this place and will tell everyone i know to stay away.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
We get a bad review from a bad customer. As you can tell from her review she has a hard time telling the truth, we do not charge for children. At check in she register 4 people including the children. She was caught with 8 people in the room., she should have been evicted but we where kind enough to offer her a second room to accommodate all the people she had.
We are not going to be intimidate by bad reviews when people get caught taking advantage of us, read our other reviews. If she does not like being humiliated she should be honest!
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Rocky Mount NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Nice family-owned motel convenient to everything in Atlantic Beach. Room was spic 'n span clean and the beds were comfortable. It's a short walk down the street to the ocean and the beach has a little park area for the kids with swings/slide/gazebo. This motel does not offer daily maid service and you need to bring your own shampoo, coffee, ect. but that didn't bother us at all as it has great rates and is well-maintained inside and out. The couple that own the Sand Dollar take pride in their property and are great hosts.

Room Tip: This motel has rooms with two double beds or efficiencies with two rooms and three double beds plus...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NCCUfootballmom
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thanks you so much for the nice review.
We are not a fancy motel with all the amenities but we try our best for everyone that stays with us to enjoy there stay with a clean and comfortable room.
Hope to see you again.
Thanks
Tricia
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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Stayed over the weekend at the sand dollar. Places like this are a dying bread and at Atlantic Beach they are few and far between. If you are looking for a nice place to stay that will not brake the bank this it. Sam and Patrica are the best people you will ever know. The place is not the ritz and does not have all the pools, but you feel at home. If you want to go the beach give them a call.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tinytim9700
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Thank you so much for the nice review. We try so very hard to make The Sand Dollar a clean, affordable place for families to come enjoy our beautiful beach and area here. Thank you again and thank you for always staying with me. Hope to see you soon. Take care of yourself!!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

What can I say...this place is convenient, clean, affordable, and is managed by friendly, helpful owners. Compared to a lot of places at the beach, the Sand Dollar will not break your wallet. The room was spotless, and contained all the essentials needed for a comfortable stay.

The neighborhood is quiet, without an over-abundance of road or foot traffic. Restaurants and stores are just a short distance from the motel. Sam was very helpful in pointing out a couple good spots to fish...and they didn't disappoint. Thanks! I will be back to enjoy the great things the Sand Dollar offers the visitor in this great coastal area of North Carolina.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TheCosmicTraveler
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sanddollar2006, Owner at The Sand Dollar Motel, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It put a smile on our face.
So glad you had good luck at the fishing spot.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Thanks again, your review means a lot to us.
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Property: The Sand Dollar Motel
Address: 101 Henderson Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-7465
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Atlantic Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Atlantic Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Sand Dollar Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sand Dollar Motel is a small family owned motel.We are on the beach side with a short walk to the beach.Quiet and safe area. Mile and half to main intersection of Atlantic Beach. We have regular rooms with 1 or 2 double beds.All rooms have a small fridge and coffee maker. We also have apartments with full kitchens, separate bedroom. Great for families. We try our very best to make our guest comfortable and enjoy their stay with us. We have clean and affordable rooms with a family atmosphere. Sorry no pets! ... more   less 
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