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Sea Ranch Resort
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2010

Stayed 4 nights - First night neighboring room kept us up until 3AM. Fourth night - new neighbors were scary - loud, banging and thumping, and after they were requested to lower the noise, it got worse. We were afraid for our safety, and almost called the police. Room was poorly lit, had a musty smell, and the toilet flush was problematical - maybe yes - maybe no. Front desk seemed courteous - but the clientele was questionable. Breakfast at the Jolly Roger was a nice touch. At these rates - why bother ?

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

I was looking for a place that my 85 year old mother could "be on the beach" without leaving our room and this was the perfect spot! The staff was understanding and helpful and gave us a room with a great view. This hotel really is ON the beach! Mom spent a great deal of time on the balcony watching waves, dolphins, storms, kids and dogs playing, and the tides.
We were happy to have the refrigerator, sink and microwave in the room. We had meds that needed to be cool, so that didn't present a problem.
Milepost 7 is a good central location. We could travel both directions to see attractions.
The breakfasts at Jolly Roger were wonderful. How nice to have your first meal of the day served by a freindly pirate. We loved the Sea Ranch!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

My spouse and I were invited to a wedding in Kill Devil Hills. The bride and groom reserved a block of rooms at the Sea Ranch, for guests, which is located on the beach. The front desk staff was friendly. When we checked in we learned that our rooms could be had for a cheaper rate than when we booked. We were given the lower rate for everyone in our party without argument. The room was spacious. It looked as though it had received some updating. It was very nice, but not fancy. It had a fridge, tv and "wet bar" area with writing desk and table. No safe. Housekeeping was fast and efficient. The oceanfront rooms have a glass enclosed balcony with slider windows, good for enjoying the view in nasty/cold weather. Be careful that you do not lock yourself out of the room when on the balcony since the only way to get help is to call from your cell or open the window and shout down to the beach. The Sea Ranch restaurant is The Pearl. It seemed popular with the "Saturday Night Crowd" and it was here that the wedding reception was held. The restaurant is surprisingly nice with a large meeting/banquet room across the hall from it. There is also outside "deck" dining. (We observed a "bachlorette party" being held there one afternoon, which appeared to be nicely done, i.e. chairs covered in white linen, etc.) The Pearl did an excellent job on food and beverage service and prep for the wedding reception. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. The Sea Ranch has a large indoor pool, kept very neat with lounge chairs. The bathrooms off the pool left something to be desired and need some work. At least one Trip Advisor reviewer mentioned "bugs" at the Sea Ranch. There were none in our room. I did spot one on a wall away from our room but otherwise saw no serious evidence of insect infestation. We thought this an excellent venue for a wedding. Another nearby restaurant is The Jolly Roger which has a great breakfast deal tied to the Sea Ranch. You receive a coupon from the Sea Ranch front desk for breakfast each morning and the food was more than ample and delicious. At night we stopped in there for a "nightcap" and walked home. Also nearby is the Outer Banks Brewing Station, but it is a short ride by car. The OBBS is a fun place to go with excellent food (not just burgers and fries, my dish was almost gourmet quality) and craft brewed beer. Shopping centers are located within walking distance of the Sea Ranch. On checkout the front desk urged us to return for another visit and, someday, we just might based on our stay.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

This hotel was a disappointment. The outside was quite run down. Unfortunately, the room was quite dated and had a musty smell. One of the beds had a broken spring poking out of the mattress. Staff was friendly and helpful and told us they would definitely have maintenance check out the spring problem. The bedding was old and needed replacing. The balcony had a wonderful view, but we really were disappointed with our room. Free breakfast at Jolly Rogers was excellent. Quite a long wait, but well worth it. (even if we had paid)

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

We just returned from yet another GREAT stay at the Sea Ranch. We have been going there now for 5 years and the service just keeps getting better.

The staff could not be any friendlier and actually they make you feel like family while you are staying there.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

My husband and I stayed here Valentines Weekend 2010. We wanted to be on the beach, with a heated pool and breakfast included...We got 2 out of 3. The view was beautiful, so close to the ocean and the gorgeous sunrise was unbelievable. They included breakfast for 2 at the Jolly Roger for each morning and it was the best breakfast ever, absolutely delicious and very quaint. The heated pool was not so heated, it was not cold but not heated just kinda tepid. None the less we had a good weekend. The room was clean and no funky smells, nothing extravagant and definitely a bath only big enough for one person. I would recommend it,all in all a pretty good value.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

While it is true, the outside could use some sprucing up, our room was large and very clean. No issues with musty smell, as some beach properties can have. Very nice pool, seemed clean, tho we didn't use it. Front desk staff very nice. Loved having the enclosed balcony, as it kept the rain and wind off us while allowing us to just sit and watch the waves, no matter the weather. I would definatley stay at this hotel again, very good deal and nice breakfast at Jolly Roger each morning.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 Family Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Business Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range: £53 - £197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Sea Ranch Hotel Kill Devil Hills
Sea Hotel Kill Devil Hills
Sea Ranch Resort Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, NC

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