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Sea Ranch Motel
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Reviewed 24 June 2008

We decided to save some money by going to a cute little motel. Here are the pros and cons of our stay:

Pros:
1. Location! This is the main reason why we chose the Sea Ranch. It has a great oceanfront location. It is also next to the Grand Sands hotel which has a nice tiki bar and restaurant. We wanted to be within walking distance of a bar so we didn't have to drive and the restaurant is very good.

2. The room was very clean. It was small and simple- perfect for a no-fuss weekend visit to the beach.

3. It has two pools and a huge hot tub and they all seemed very well maintained.

4. The shower has great water pressure. It blasts all that sand off.

5. Rocking chairs outside each room.. very relaxing!

6. The AC works great.. you definitely won't get too hot in your room.

Cons:
1. I was very unhappy that the bed was so uncomfortable. Even though the place is relatively cheap I still expect to wake up without a backache. Neither of us slept well the entire weekend. If you're one of those people who can sleep on anything (like my sister) this won't be a problem for you.

2. The shower is VERY small.. but it's fine for a weekend at the beach.

Overall this is a nice place to stay if you're looking for a no-frills beachfront location. I probably won't be going back because of the bed, but if you can handle that I definitely recommend the Sea Ranch.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2008

We stayed at the Sea ranch in July 2007 with our crawling 7 month old and our 3 year old. Overall, our experience was pleasant. The rooms were older and the showers are definitely small, but that didn't really bother us. The things that did bother us were the extremely dirty carpet that blackened our crawler's legs and hands, and our feet. Our solution for that was asking for a few extra blankets to lay on the floor for him to crawl on--which they delivered very quickly! We basically covered the whole floor with them. There was also a stain down the side of one mattress which grossed me out.
But overall the experience was pleasant. One morning the maid forgot to clean our room so I went to tell the person at the front desk. She was so apolegetic--and came to clean the room herself immediately. Now that's service!
The pools were great and never crowded, the beach was clean and beautiful. There wasn't too much noise, and we appreciated the rockers on the balcony. They also gave great dining recomendations and were very friendly. Knowing that we had children, they even came to find us to let us know that there would be fireworks that night. I have just never found this kind of service in a chain or large hotel.
Obviously for us, the small things we didn't like were very outweighed by the service and friendliness of the motel--and we are getting ready to book there for our family vacation next month!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jenny265
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Reviewed 9 March 2008

Our family of 15 (6 rooms) stayed here in June, 2007 for our daughter's beach wedding. This is a wonderful family-owned ocean front motel. Our daughter was married on the beach of the property. Our room was an ocean view with full kitchen. They have 2 pools and a great deck/patio for hanging out. The owner/manager Greg was so accommodating with every request. The staff was very friendly and efficient. We could not have chosen a more perfect place for our daughter's special day. This is a great location for a family reunion or large group. The rates are very reasonable. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank ruthie0704
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Reviewed 8 February 2008

My family and I stayed at the Sea Ranch Motel in September 2007. We stayed there in September 2006, and enjoyed ourselves so much, we came back for an entire week in 2007. We love everything about this motel. We booked an oceanfront efficiency. It was the same room we booked in 2006. We could not wait to come back. We are coming back this September and are bringing more of the family. If you come to Sea Ranch, you will not be disappointed. Everyone is freindly and ready to help if you need any assistance. The rooms are spacious, and have everything you need to make your stay comfortable. My mom came with me on this trip, and she doesn't really like the beach (so she says). She enjoyed herself so much, she wanted to stay another day. She's coming back with us this year. We can't wait to see you in September.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank ronjakitty
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Reviewed 25 September 2007

We went for a four day family vacation to take our two smaller children to the beach for the first time. The Sea Ranch was by far an excellent choice for us. The staff are friendly and helpful. The room was exceptionally clean. The heated pool was perfect for a swim with the kids. The jacuzzi is excellent for a sore back or just for relaxing from a hard day! The view from our balcony was breath taking. We felt like we had our own "private beach!"I agree, the showers are somewhat small, but I didn't go for the shower, I went for a vacation, so that wasn't much of a problem! Over all the place was an excellent choice money wise and vacation wise.

We plan on going again next year for a week and getting the effeciency room!

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 September 2007

Once again we stayed at the sea ranch and had a wonderful time. After reading some of the other comments i decided to just add a little foot note. yes its true the showers are terribly small, and difficult to wash in, the water leaves you feeling some what soapy, but for the price, location, ammenties , and exceptional friendly service from the WHOLE FAMILY. you cant beat it. If i wanted to go to a hotel to spend tons of money ,i would go to a hilton, but im going to the beach for swiming, fishing and quality family time, not to look at four walls and a tv. I can do that at home. the sea ranch as a overall hotel is just the place to bring your family to have a nice quiet relaxing stay and enjoy what you came for. I will not stay anywhere other than the Sea Ranch, cost, location and excellent service, is what makes the sea ranch the best choice for your ocean visit.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 September 2007

We live in Raleigh and were looking for a quick getaway to the beach.
We had always stayed at Atlantic Towers, but they were booked, so we decided to try the Sea Ranch.

PROs:
1. Pools were clean and not too crowded. Hot tub was large, clean and not crowded.
2. All non-smoking rooms.
3. If you're looking for a cheap quick dive, this is the place.

CONS:
1. Pool closed at 9pm and didn't open up again until 9am. If you have to check out at 11am, there isn't much time to enjoy the pool.
2. Bathroom was filthy. Towels were stained and ripped.
3. Decor was old old old.
4. Not enough outlets. With their fridge and lamps, the only outlets free were in the bathroom. Bring surge protectors with you if you need CPAP machines and if you bring your laptops and charge cell phones. The power blipped several times while we were there. Wiring/
outlets looked old.
5. You had to plug in the mini fridge when you got there (and wait for it to get cold), and unplug it when you left.
6. They charge you 25 cents for each time you fill your ice bucket. Come on...
7. Lock on door was very very old, and flimsy. Had to slam door several times to make sure the door locked which I am sure the neighbors loved. Wound up carrying all valuables around with us since
there was no safe to lock them in.
8. Did not feel safe there. There are no private balconies, so if you get a room in front of some stairs, like we did, other people and especially kids are always running back and forth in front of your room to get over to their rooms. I felt like someone was going to bust through that flimsy lock at any moment. Couldn't leave drapes
open due to so many people passing back and forth. Felt like I was on
display in my 'vacation' getaway.
9. Maid walked IN without knocking and way before we checked out. Just turned the key and walked right in.
10. Since no smoking was allowed in the rooms, everyone was smoking outside on the porches in the rocking chairs. You could smell it at the outdoor pool area, the indoor pool. It was disgusting. I was trying to enjoy the pool and couldn't due to all the smoke.
11. There is no way to see the ocean from the 'ocean front' pool as they advertise. All you see is sand due and weeds.
12. Parking is horrid.

I will not go back. I just cannot believe this property is rated #2 in Carolina Beach. No way. Atlantic Towers, Marriott, Golden Sands are much nicer.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sea Ranch Motel

Address: PO Box 176, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-0176
Region: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Carolina Beach
Price Range: £30 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 43
Also Known As:
Sea Ranch Hotel Carolina Beach
Sea Hotel Carolina Beach
Sea Motel Carolina Beach

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