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“I may be spoiled, but not my cup of tea”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ocean Isle Inn

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Ocean Isle Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Matthews, North Carolina
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232 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“I may be spoiled, but not my cup of tea”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

This was a stop over on the way to the beach (in Florida) for the week. We traveled this leg with friends and we decided since it was just 2 days/nights that it would be ok, but it was just not up to our preference and rating. Maybe for 2 people, but really cramped for 2 adults and 2 kids.
THINGS TO KNOW:
1. Ocean front rooms smaller than the rooms facing the marsh area (3 Ocean front to 2 Marsh view)
2. These are truly a hotel room only with micro amenities in the room (details below)
3. Rooms NOT ocean front have NO balcony
4. NICE to have small bar sink outside of bathroom, had to double as a place to brush teeth.
5. Bathroom had nice tub and arched shower curtain, but it is really low - the curtain really hangs inside the tub, and you actually step on it.
6. The marsh rooms are really a nice size and the bedding was fine, just (I can't believe I am going to say this) too plush/squishy for my taste, but it was tasteful and I disagree with a comment I read before we left about it being 70's décor. it was fine, just not over the top plush. The bedding really was fine.
7. Our room connected to our friends, but we had to get a maid to key unlock from each side and it was weird once it was unlocked, we could not lock it - since it required a key.
8. The microwave was below the TV (seemed odd placement)
9. There was a coffee maker in the room, and a small college dorm refrigerator - but it was nice to have the refrig. I am too much of a germaphob to use the coffee maker.
10. "Breakfast" is doable - but we went out - the breakfast sandwiches had more sodium than a body should be allowed - it was like 79-80% of the daily allowed. It did however have a waffle maker like at the Marriott restaurants. The breakfast area was VERY basic. Folding tables, etc. ALL Styrofoam - and teeny-tiny coffee cups. It was not something we would go back to - but then again, I have been spoiled.
11. My friend said she used the bathroom area outside of the breakfast conference room and it was nice enough and roomy enough.
12. Decent beach and I just recommend that you leave the day you check out before the many people start to leave. We went to breakfast off the island Saturday and when we returned the cards were lined up for miles to get off the island.

Bottom line, not bad if you don't need frills and don't mind basic. It was pretty quiet and we slept good enough. The AC unit is not the best - our room was VERY humid, but temps ok. Our friend said their room was a bit better.

I am NOT hating on this place, it's just not a place I would go back to - but it worked for what we needed, but if I were in the same boat again, I would choose a different option.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN HELPFUL!!! (THANKS)

Room Tip: Just know that Ocean Front are small and non-ocean front have no balconies. No Elevators in our sec...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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5 Thank FlanFam
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking time to share your comments with us about your recent stay at our property. We do appreciate your honesty in your review. We are a small family owned and operated inn and we do strive to provide a clean and comfortable stay for all of our guests. However, we are not a huge mega-resort offering 5 star luxurious accommodations, nor do we strive to be such. Each one of our guests are important to us and we do value your opinion. There is nothing wrong being spoiled, as you admit to and we realize we are not everyone's cup of tea. Still, we are happy that you were comfortable and hope you had an enjoyable time while visiting our beaches. Many happy travels to you and please feel free to stop by any time you are in the area again.

Safe Travels

Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Cherryville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

I really thought that I had booked an ocean view room, but had a road view. The only good thing about this was my husband got to see deer two different times. The mattresses were terrible. The only time that the floor was swept was when I asked a maid to borrow her broom. I liked the proximity to the beach and town. No place to hang beach towels and swimsuits. The room slept four, but there were only two chairs to sit in when eating. The tv could only be seen from the beds. There was very little storage for clothes. The hot tub had so many chemicals that our eyes burned. The insulation between the floors is very poor...very noisy.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank Jan C
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking time to offer us your feedback about your recent stay at our property. We truly do appreciate hearing what our guests have to say, both good or bad. We are saddened to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations. Most guests rave about how comfortable our beds are and many have purchased the same kind for their own home. However, we do realize that each person has their own preference in softness or firmness of bedding and we will not be able to please everyone. We do apologize if there was on oversight in housekeeping not sweeping your floor one day. Typically this is done every day as they service rooms. Please accept our apologies. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts. We hope you will consider staying with us again during your future visits to the area.

Kind regards
Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

My family was very pleased with the clean and well maintained accomidations. The staff was very friendly. The gazebo and outdoor pool area was beautiful day and night. The hot tub was also nice. The rooms are the typical hotel room, but clean and nicely decorated. The only down fall was the limited park (however there is parking in the public lot next to the hotel free of charge) and the replenishment of the waffle batter. Outside of that, w e loved our stay. We've already booked for next year, this time ocean front! I have to give OII props for providing nice accomidations without overcharging!!! Oh, did I mention there is a military discount!!!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
Helpful?
2 Thank jlsolo1517_76
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you so much for your kind words about our staff and our facility. It's nice to read that you enjoyed your time with us while vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach. Our entire staff works hard to assure that our rooms are clean and our property is well maintained. we're glad you noticed! We certainly look forward to having your stay wish us again next year.

Safe Travels

Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

From the minute you check-in you are made to feel important. I loved the location we were quite literally on the beach. Rooms were large, clean and had an amazing ocean view. Air con was a bit noisy.
Staff were helpful, friendly and cheerful.
If you want a relaxed beach getaway, Ocean Isle is definitely the place. Not too crowded.
Loved every minute of my stay.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Helpful?
1 Thank Alimcin
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking time to give us your comments about your recent stay at our property. We are delighted to hear that you had such a nice time while staying here and found us to be the perfect beach getaway spot. It is rewarding to know that our guests received the level of service and comfort that they expect from our staff and property. We look forward to having you stay with us again during your next visit to Ocean Isle Beach.

Safe Travels

Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

This was a decent place. The location was close to town, within walking distance to a few restaurants. The breakfast was filling, and there were several choices. The rooms were cozy, and clean.
Some negatives were that the pool could have been cleaner, there is no where to hang wet towels or suits.

Room Tip: The ocean front rooms are overpriced. We stayed facing the street, and it was fine
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Shar0n_NC
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for sharing your comments with us about your recent stay at our property. We are happy you chose the Ocean Isle Inn for your lodging needs and that you found our inn to be a "cozy and clean" place to stay. You mentioned that you felt our pools could be cleaner. We are a bit puzzled by this, as our pools are serviced every single day. I will be sure to pass this along. Still, we are happy that you had a nice time while staying with us. Perhaps we will see you again during your next visit to Ocean Isle Beach.

Safe Travels,

Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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Dobson
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Good location; liked balcony with rockers and ocean view!
Rooms were clean and there were plenty of towels. Liked having a sink outside of the bathroom close to the refrigerator. Breakfast was ok; expected fresh fruit when they mentioned fruit. All the employees were very nice and helpful. The remote control for the TV did not work correctly in our room.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Helpful?
1 Thank Kathryn M
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for sharing your comments with us regarding your recent stay at our property. We are happy to hear that you found our rooms to be clean and that you really enjoyed the ocean views from your balcony rocking chairs. It certainly is quite beautiful. We are also happy to hear that your interactions with our staff members was a pleasant experience. Please accept our apologies about the TV remote for your room not working properly. Admittedly, technology does get the best of us sometimes, but we would have been more than happy to try and remedy this for you. We hope this didn't impede upon your relaxation and enjoyment of the Ocean Isle Inn. We look forward to having you stay with us again during your visit to the area.

Safe Travels

Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Made arrangements at Ocean Isle Inn to cater our daughters wedding a few years ago.
The Inn set aside a block of rooms for guests from out of town, arranged for a minister to perform ceremony on the beach and set up chairs and decorations.
They also arranged for music and hot and cold foods. Overall everyone seemed to
have had a great time and a unique experience.......
The rooms were fine and the views of the ocean were fabulous.....

Room Tip: ocean view was worth the small premium.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Helpful?
1 Thank Sicilian48
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Oceanisleinn, Social Media Director at Ocean Isle Inn, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you so much for taking time to offer us and our other guests your comments about your daughters wedding ceremony here. It was truly our pleasure to be a part of such a special time with your family and loved ones. We host several weddings each year. Each one is unique and it is a privilege for us to host such events. We appreciate your kind words and we wish many happy years of wedded bliss to your daughter and her husband. We would love to have you stay with us again during your next visit to Ocean Isle Beach.

Safe Travels

Tracy A. Spencer
Social Media Director
The Ocean Isle Inn Team
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Property: Ocean Isle Inn
Address: 37 West First Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
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Region: United States > North Carolina > Ocean Isle Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ocean Isle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Isle Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the coast of southeastern North Carolina is the Ocean Isle Inn. An Oceanfront property which is the perfect oasis for leisure travel, beach weddings, golf outings, family reunions or even business. Enjoy our beaches and all the amenities ... more   less 
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