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Sea Ranch Motel
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Carolina Beach
Reviewed 18 May 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this motel. I have to admit, our expectations were not high given the low cost per night, but we were pleasantly surprised! The staff members were extremely friendly and helpful and the room, though definitely 'no frills', was exceptionally clean. We had an oceanfront room on the second floor and the view could not be beat....add to it the rocking chairs and it was perfect. The motel was also close to many eating places. We will definitely be staying there again on future trips and would refer this motel to anyone looking for a great place to stay at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

We have been staying at the Sea Ranch Motel since my son was a toddler 23 years ago. Since that time we have stayed there every year with our Parents and children. Our Parents now are unable to go and miss the trip. My children are grown but my daughter now goes with her friends, continuing the tradition. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of larger beaches, you will not find it here. The Sea Ranch is a quiet, simple haven for those wanting peace and quiet with great ocean views. The rooms are simple but adequate. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. If you want something very fancy, don't go. As for our family we will continue to make our yearly vacation stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

My husband and I took our one-year-old to the beach for the first time. I chose Sea Ranch because of Sandy, the kind voice who answered the phone, and the pools. I was not disappointed. We arrived late, and were greeted with an open door to a third-floor spacious room with two queen beds, a pack-and-play, a full-sized fridge, a new microwave, toaster, coffee pot, efficiency range, clean dishes, pots and pans, and BEAUTIFUL view of the ocean. The room was spotlessly clean, the shower had great pressure and hot water, and the bed was very comfortable. Upon check-in, Sandy was so gracious, and she gave us all the information we needed to have a wonderful, relaxing few days on the beach. The pools were open, and the heated pool was warm enough for my baby to play in. The location was fantastic, walking distance to a nice restaurant and ice cream parlor, one mile from the boardwalk, and three miles from the aquarium.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2010

My husband and I checked in for a 3 night stay in a poolside room (103) on the first floor. His brother and wife and 2 small kids were going to join us that night and stay in an ocean front efficiency on the second floor. This experience was definitely a pleasant one and we will for sure be returning. We have found our new home away from home. The staff is very friendly and ready to help in any way possible. I read some of the reviews that other people previously posted-don’t pass this place up, it is truly a gem! I would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Sea Ranch Motel for 3 nights in April 2010. We really lucked out on the weather and our beach experience was great. The room we stayed in was on the 3rd floor and away from other guests, which was most appreciated. It was extremely quiet and the view could not have been better!! The room itself is nothing special, and could use many upgrades - but overall, we had no problems and enjoyed our stay. Basically, this is a "mom and pop" motel and is run by very nice folks. What our room lacked in luxury, the staff and view made up for it over and over. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen had all the necessary things we needed during our stay. Nights were quiet and we slept soundly. The pool area is well maintained, though the water seemed too cool to be a "heated pool."

In other reviews, there are comments made about a fellow who has a bird on his shoulder who walks around the property and makes people uncomfortable. This is not a true statement. I actually met this nice gentleman and he was very sweet and kind and showed us several tricks that his parrots could do. No one entered our room unannounced and in fact, housekeeping would phone us later in the morning to ask if we needed anything. Everyone was respectful of our privacy and did not bother us at all. Down the beach is a tiki bar that is up on a small pier. This place is a blast and I highly recommend having a drink or two there during your stay! Overall, great experience and we will return.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Leo35
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

Intended to to stay one chilly night instead of camping as we had planned...we loved it so much we never went camping. We had our two boys (6 and 8 yrs old) the heated pool, HUGE hot tub and the ocean right out our back door made our sons so happy we couldn't and didn't want to leave to continue on our planned vacation.

Room was comfortable, small yet full, clean, kitchen, and small, clean bathroom left all 4 of us in great spirits as we drifted off to sleep listening to the sound of the ocean right outside our room each night.

The staff is what really made it special for us. After informing them we were from Kalamazoo, Mich., they recommended truly exceptional places to visit. On the same token, they advised us of what to avoid and why. We continually felt comfortable asking any question we had at the front office.

We've told so many people about this hidden gem.

We'll definitely return!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank tyggersboy
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

The Sea Ranch Motel served as home base for a quick trip to the beach to celebrate our anniversary. We had our 21-month old daughter with us. We knew what to expect from reading other reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised. No, it is not Courtyard by Marriot or the Hilton. The Sea Ranch is a small, family-run establishment that is clean and reasonably priced. The service was exceptional; the staff, friendly and accomodating. When we arrived, we asked if they had cribs and within minutes a pack-n-play arrived in our room. We loved the rocking chairs on the balcony of our room. Even though the weather was rainy, we were still able to enjoy the ocean from the comfort of our room. The only real drawback was the bathroom, but that was only because it made giving the baby a bath a little difficult. Overall, we had a GREAT experience at the Sea Ranch and hope to return!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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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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