My wife and I suddenly found ourselves with a one night “vacation”. We figured the odds of calling a hotel on the beach on a Saturday for the following Monday would be slim to none. And to get one for less than $200 the week of 4th of July would be next to impossible.
Well, it wasn’t. Research indicated the Silver Gull Motel might just fit the bill. On a whim, I called them, just hoping there might have been a cancellation or something that would get us a room.
I spoke with Allen, a very personable gentleman. Turns out he had a few rooms. The best available was a third floor modernized room with two double beds. I asked, How much? He said Monday nights are the least expensive, and on 06/30/14 that was $150 +tax, etc. A hundred and fifty bucks! For a hotel (technically a motel, but who’s quibbling?) on the beach, and right next to the pier, no less.
The lady that checked us in was very pleasant and amusing to talk to.
The hotel sits parallel to the pier, so there are actually just a few rooms that face the ocean – all others face either the parking lot of the pier/public swimming access or a group of beach houses on the other side. But each room has a private balcony with a decent view of the ocean.
Our room was on the parking lot side, so there was a lot of activity. On the upside, there was a great view of the pier, and because we were on the side opposite the sun, it was pleasantly cool in the early evening because of the shade. I imagine it was still sweltering for the people on the other side of the building.
The main room of the hotel was very large compared to other rooms we stayed at during our travels. There was a full kitchen with a two-burner range, a microwave, a sink, a full-sized refrigerator, utensils, flatware and glassware. It had a split bathroom (vanity room and bath/shower & toilet room with a door between.) The counters in this modernized room were genuine granite and the bathroom floors and shower walls were ceramic tiles.
We had a chance to speak with a custodial staff member and she was also courteous and helpful. Highway 74 dead ends at the pier, and the private, under-cover hotel parking is right off the pier parking lot. The hotel provides free wi-fi.
The ONLY gripe I had is really just a nitpick. The room had an old 19 inch CRT television. I realize one doesn’t go to the beach to watch TV, but in the evening when all the day’s activities are complete, we watch TV. And given one can get a 28” flat screen TV at Walmart for about the cost of one night’s stay, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to provide a decent television.
With that little rant aside, all in all I must say we had a great room at a decent value with a pleasant staff at the Silver Gull Motel at Wrightsville Beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you're visiting the coast for business or pleasure, we'll make certain your stay at The Silver Gull in beautiful Wrightsville Beach is one you'll long remember. Only a wide beach stands between you and the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Restaurants, shops, and Johnnie Mercer's Pier are within walking distance. The Silver Gull it all - convenience, comfort, and best yet, that personal touch. So come see us. We're open year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silver Gull Hotel Wrightsville Beach
- Silver Gull Wrightsville Beach