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“We Are Addicted To That Place!”
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Sea Ranch Resort
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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432 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“We Are Addicted To That Place!”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I have reviewed The Sea Ranch before and would like to provide an update. My wife and I are frequent visitors, as the property is one of the few located right on the beach. Barbara Gusler, the general manager and her delightful staff extend themselves to make each stay memorable. We especially like their specials and try to take advantage of them whenever possible. These usually include vouchers to their first class bar and grill located on premises as well as to The Jolly Roger, one of our favorite restaurants in the vicinity. The Sea Ranch recently installed a fine exercise room which reduces the need to work out at the local YMCA (which, incidentally includes a free pass). In the past, I have had a problem with their Wi-Fi delivery; however, that has since been corrected. Great experience, very well managed property and an overall great value.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Thanks for being such a loyal guest and part of our Sea Ranch Family! We appreciate your reviews that reflect the attention that we give to guest suggestions, etc! We will see you soon!!
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We bought a Groupon for the Sea Ranch Resort. Since the weather (Nov.) was too cold for outdoor swimming, we chose the SR for the indoor heated pool. Turns out the pool is indoor, but in a totally separate building, which was NOT heated. When I inquired, I was informed the pool is heated, but the building is not. There is also an exhaust fan pulling what little warm air out. I swam one or two laps; my daughter didn't get in past her waist. We were very disappointed that the "resort" had a pool that was virtually unusable, since we had planned to swim and read and relax by the pool.
That being said, the suite was great. Housekeeping takes pride in their jobs, as everything was spic and span. The carpet had a few stains, but beds, baths, linens, kitchen were all clean. The waves come so close to the porch I felt I was sitting on the sand while I was actually in a very comfortable chair in a warm sunroom, reading that afore-mentioned book.
I'd recommend the Sea Ranch, but not if you are looking for a pool to get the kinks out on a cold day.

Room Tip: The view and sounds from the suite was wonderful!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Thanks for reviewing the Sea Ranch Resort. I am glad to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay! I am sorry that you all weren't able to enjoy the pool as expected. Our pool is enclosed (not indoor) and heated to 81 degrees. The air temperature inside the enclosure is very close to the actual outside temperature. We do offer passes to our local YMCA that offers an indoor heated pool as another option for our guests on days that may be to cold for swimming in our pool. We will take a look at the GROUPON description and make any necessary changes.

We hope that you will return to the Sea Ranch!
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Raleigh, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We stayed at Sea Ranch last week, not to enjoy it as a resort (cold Nov. days in Nags Head) but as a good place to use as our home base for a vacation house hunting trip. We requested the Fall Special rate and asked for a complimentary upgrade, which was nicely provided, since the hotel was not busy during the week. That was the beginning of the excellent service provided by the staff. The manager, front desk, restaurant staff, and housekeeping were outstanding, making for a wonderful stay. Of particular note was Cindy who kept our room clean. We travel a lot and this was one of the cleanest rooms we have ever had.

We needed to make some copies from Google Maps and the manager offered to let us use their computer and printer. The resort has an excellent WiFi but not a business office for guests; however, they said it was being looked into.

We were in room 217 and the ocean and beach view from the balcony was outstanding. We could even hear the muffled roar of the surf with the door closed at night. What a wonderful way to fall asleep at the beach.

Net: Great job! We will return the next visit to Nags Head.

Room Tip: Room 217 has great ocean views and Cindy keeps it spotless.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
I am so pleased to hear that you all thoroughly enjoyed everything about your recent stay at the Sea Ranch! We are very proud of our staff's dedication to consistently providing outstanding customer service. I will be sure to let them know all your kind comments, from the front desk to housekeeping!

Don't hesitate to call us for any assistance we can offer in planning your next trip to the Outer Banks!!
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Naperville, IL
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel overlooking the beach and ocean . . . this might be your place. We stayed for two nights, taking advantage of a discounted "Fall Bed & Breakfast" rate. The front office staff were extremely helpful. We had an ocean front room that was large, clean, and almost hung over the ocean at high tide. Very peaceful setting. Their on property restaurant was closed during our stay, but hotel provided vouchers to the Jolly Roger about a block down the street. Would be a great place for a nice low key OBX vacation.

Room Tip: Our ocean view room on the 5th floor was just the right spot for sunrises, and beach watching.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Thanks for sharing your recent experience and recommendation of the Sea Ranch! I am happy that you had a nice stay and we hope we can get you back when you can visit the Beachside Bistro and all of the other seasonal offerings here! If we can help with any planing, don't hesitate to call!
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Manteo, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

My girlfriend won a weekend getaway to the Sea Ranch Resort. It included a two night stay in an oceanfront room, breakfast, and dinner for two. The room was clean, the ocean view was amazing, and the food at the Beachside Bistro was awesome. I know good food and this chef knows what he is doing. Don't be afraid to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. You literally can't get any closer to the beach while enjoying your coffee and biscuits and gravy.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for oceanfront! Beautiful sunrises!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
As a long time resident to the Outer Banks, I know that most of us don't get to stay oceanfront very often and I am so glad that you had this opportunity! I am also happy to hear that you had such a nice time at our Beachside Bistro! We hope that you all will come back and enjoy a meal with us...the restaurant will re-open in March, 2014! Thanks for taking the time to review!
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Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed for two nights... Clean room, remarkable view, and friendly staff. The complimentary breakfast was a full breakfast and very well prepared. The hotel is in a convenient spot. Only wish there were not gale force winds (not that they could control that!)

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Thank you for sharing! Keep in touch for more upcoming events and promotions from the Sea Ranch! We'd love to have you back as one of our many returning guests!
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Sea Ranch Resort this weekend and had a wonderful time! We stayed in an ocean front room. The view was amazing! Breathtaking! Awesome! The entire wall on the balcony side of the room is floor to ceiling windows! And in our room (2 queen beds), one of the beds was right next to the windows! So we could watch the ocean even from bed. The room itself was clean and modernly decorated.

Also, the bistro at the resort was lovely! We went down for breakfast and it was very good. The next morning we came down and the waitress remembered that I liked coffee and my husband like juice. We had lunch there one day too and one of the staffers told us about the lighthouses and was just overall very friendly. I want to mention the blonde female waitress that was working this weekend was so kind and wonderful!

I would highly recommend this resort to anyone and I am planning a trip to come back next year!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Ranch R, General Manager at Sea Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
We welcome you to our Sea Ranch Family :). Thanks for taking the time to review your stay and we will see you next year!!!
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Property: Sea Ranch Resort
Address: 1731 N Virginia Dare Trl, PO Box 325, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7940
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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 Business Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Family 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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