Unless your renting a house for your stay on Topsail; your choices are somewhat limited. If you have a pet (dog) it gets even more complicated....there's Tiffany's and Sea Vista. I liken the Jolly Roger to a Sea Vista without pets. Tiffany's is about the same, but a short proximity to the beach. Sea Vista has a better location of the 3. I believe any negative comments about all 3, come from those expecting resort amenities at these places or believe that $160- $200 (in season) a night should buy "chocolates on your pillow". What it does buy you at the Jolly Roger is a priceless view of the beach; easy beach access;ample parking; decent restaurants across the road and within easy driving and at a very close walk to an active fishing pier and some quick necessities (beer, sodas, water, breakfast, coffee, tee shirts, papers and etc. Yes, as a previous review mentioned there are no phones in the rooms... so pick-up your cellphone or and think about it; who do you want to call; Max's pizza doesn't accept reservations. Even kids entertainment is across the street...and a great place to stop for an ice crème cone at night. No coffee maker in your room; so go down stairs and order your coffee and breathe in the southern ambiance and talk to people. Or... sit for breakfast made on the griddle and lighten up. The rooms are very basic... and yes, the balcony's are not seclusive...so say hi to your neighbor as you drape a wet towel or steal a smoke (you see, no-one will turn you in with their non-smoking policy). The kids just came back from Cancun (last month) after spending $4,000 dollars on a $4000 view... with chocolates, champagne,special fragrance pillows and massages. This is not what Topsail/Jolly Rodger is about; it a $200 cost for a $4000 view and the beach is right there: literally. They raved about Topsail more than they raved about Cancun. The kids needed to change rooms from a 2 double bed to a single double bed "closet" at the Jolly Rodger, and since it was Friday $165+ turn into $210 ALL IN. They laughed and even called it more romantic. It was sparse...and my daughter mentioned that she spent more hours on the beach and romping around Topsail than in the room and it didn't matter. The basics work here and with all 3 places...the room has a bed or beds, there is a refrigerator in the room, a microwave, a TV, a dresser, a coat hanger. Sea Vista allows pets and I suggest the 3rd floor, Tiffany's also accepts pets and I suggest the 2nd and 3rd floor, but is a very short walk to the beach....they have also rebuilt after the fire and the Jolly Roger... no pets(no smoking at least in the room); cleaner than the Sea Vista and the staff will go out of their way to answer any concerns. The lady's that clean the rooms are spectacular. A great trip!