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Sea Ranch Resort
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
Certificate of Excellence
Yorktown, Virginia
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Just what we were looking for”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

We only had two days to stay in the Outer Banks and chose Sea Ranch because of other reviews. We chose the oceanfront room which was pricer but worth it. The room was clean and spacious with a full balcony great for sipping coffee early in the morning and watch the dolphins plan in the surf. It rained while we were there so the indoor pool was a plus to have for the kids to wait out the storm. We ordered pizza from the on sight Bistro and it was affordable $11 for a large 16 in and very tasty. We would stay here again all the staff we encounter were friendly and attentive. We would like to see them incorporate a military discount but other than that a great place.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank Jackie D
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 15 August 2012
Thanks for the review! We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable stay and were able to experience our new restaurant too! I also wanted to let you know that we do offer a 20% Military discount. The discount is off our regular daily rate. Please keep in touch for future special offers! We look forward to your return!
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Front Royal, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

We stayed in the oceanfront room from 7/29-8/3.The room is very large with an amazing view easy access to the beach,hugh balcony and a full size window than ran across the whole balcony.The pool was nice to have and the restaurant was great especially the drinks I highly recommand the pina colando.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Thank sayers5
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
We are happy that you enjoyed you stay and felt it was a great value! We hope you will return year after year!
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racine, wi
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

Considering the masses of humanity on the outer banks in the summer and the great lengths that they go to to secure accommodation, I consider myself fortunate to have stayed at the Sea Ranch. I would have loved an ocean view room, but it was much higher in price. Now I'm thinking it may have been worth it. The Sea Ranch enjoys a great beachside location. No hiking over dunes or finding public beach access to get to the ocean. It is on your doorstep. The restaurant has a nice beachside deck and the food is fabulous. The rooms are not luxurious, but they have individual patios, which is a huge plus in my book. If I ever go back to the OBX, I will definitely stay at the Sea Ranch

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank iksnezok
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
Thanks for your review! We hope that you will return and enjoy an oceanfront experience with us!
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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50 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012 via mobile

We stayed in a non oceanfront room. Our first impression was a bit unsure but we were only steps from the ocean plus being on the ground floor we had easy access to the garden seating area which was great in the late afternoon and evening. Had drinks one night sitting on the back deck of the restaraunt right next to the beach. Overall a very pleasant stay for our first visit to the Outer Banks.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
Thanks for sharing your experience. We hope you will return...and maybe stay oceanfront next year!
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Louisville, Kentucky
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48 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

The Sea Ranch Resort was one the only place we could find that would allow us to do a Tuesday to Tuesday rental; all the other condos in the Outer Banks require you to check in on a Saturday or Sunday. Because of our restricted schedule, the Sea Ranch Resort was our only choice for a place to stay. We stayed in a corner unit, #327.

Good points: the unit had a great view of the beach; it was right on the water. The unit was also clean, which I greatly appreciated. For the most part, we heard very little noise from surrounding vacationers, which was a big plus. I appreciated the fact the unit had a washer/dryer and a dishwasher. It is only a few blocks away from a Food Lion grocery store.

Areas for improvement: The decor was a bit outdated. If you are looking for upscale furnishings, this is not the place for you. The "guest" bedroom in our unit had a funky, musty smell. We also had an incident in which the toilet overflowed in our unit. When I asked if someone could come by to sanitize the floor after the mess was cleaned up, they sent a guy with a spray bottle of sanitizing solution so that I could do the work. Considering we spent about $2,400 to stay there for a week, I think they should have sent a member of their cleaning crew to take care of this task. Upon checkout, we were not thanked for our business; otherwise, our encounters with the front desk staff were satisfactory.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 30StatesCounting
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
We thank you for staying with us at the Sea Ranch Resort. As you may have read in some of our earlier review responses, we are under new ownership and are in the process of renovations. Our oceanfront guest rooms were completely re-done this past winter and were opened this June. We expect to begin renovations in the condo style suites to begin late this fall. Keep in touch for updates and photos. i am sure you will be pleased with the direction we are headed in!
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

During the last year, I've been to the Outer Banks 3 times. For the first 2 trips, I stayed in 2 subpar motels. The last one was a complete dump. Wanting to visit OBX in early Aug for a few days, I found the Sea Ranch Resort after looking through some hotels that had ocean front rooms. When I arrived, I was greeted by "Shirley" (not nice but whatever) and another lovely person. I was given many coupons, discount tickets, and flyers about area events. My room is on the 5th floor. Upon entry, the room was immaculately clean. Then...the view. I opened the patio doors and took in the spectacular view. Many of OBX "ocean front" hotels do not have true ocean front views. This view is absolutely perfect. I decided to order room service as well. We ordered the creamy crab dip, house salad, and rib eye steak. OMG. It was like a sexual experience. The crab dip is to die for. The rib eye steak with the subtle bleu cheese ..amazing. I am in love with this place. They have early morning yoga sessions during the week. I am going to do that on Monday before I check out. I STRONGLY recommend this hotel. I will be back.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
We are so pleased that you had such a wonderful stay! Stay in touch for off season specials!
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

After phoning each and every hotel in the Outer Banks area to check on prices, we found the Sea Ranch Resort to be the least expensive. Not expecting much for our money, we drove there and were extremely surprised at the beautiful facilities. Our room was spotless and attractively furnished. The balcony was a welcomed surprise, too. Our room did not overlook the ocean, but the ease of beach access made it perfect for our needs. We enjoyed the pool, and also ate at the oceanfront restaurant for dinner and breakfast. The prices were reasonable and the food was great. We also took advantage of the advertised takeout pizza special offered from the restaurant, and were pleasantly impressed at the quality and the value. All in all, we were highly satisfied with the Sea Ranch Resort, and will undoubtedly return there if we are in the area again. We had no complaints, and were 100% happy with our stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cjkimble
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 8 August 2012
We thank you for sharing you experience and hope to have you back soon!
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Property: Sea Ranch Resort
Address: 1731 N Virginia Dare Trl, PO Box 325, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7940
Phone Number:
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Family Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Business Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Ranch Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the room accommodations that reflect a coastal color palette and modern room finishes that will create a relaxing and comfortable space for your stay. Convenient on-site amenities include an enclosed heated pool (seasonal),fitness center, outside picnic area and grill. The Sea Ranch also welcomes you to our oceanfront restaurant, the Beachside Bistro, which offers a delightful menu with a focus on American Coastal Cuisine. Join us in the dining room or on our deck where you can soak in the beautiful ocean view! Beachfront Resort: All rooms on the oceanfront and main building include: microwaves, refrigerators, Cable TV and Internet. Oceanfront Suites: 2 BR / 2 Bath fully equipped, condo style suites. Each suite offers a fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer and living room with a sleeper sofa! Minimum of a 2 night stay required in season. ... more   less 
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