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Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Certificate of Excellence
North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A gem of a spot”
Reviewed 17 September 2012

If you are one of those people who pick your hotel based on what you see on the outside, you would never pick this place. However, once inside, it is a totally different world. A very nice "recent" interior that has been tastefully done. Staff is outstanding ALL OF THEM! The food in the restaurant is excellent and the setting on the beach is reminiscent of South Beach. The hotel has been on Wrightsville for as long as this has been a beach destination but they sure look and act like a new start up hotel with the amount of effort and attention to detail. A steal of a deal and truly a pleasant experience!

Room Tip: Take the oceanside room... a few more bucks but a killer view! But even the soundside rooms are lov...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2012

We have been going here for more than 25 years and plan to continue to stay here in the future.We stayed 5 nights in 2 sound side rooms. My family consisted of my husdand and I, our son and his wife, and their 4 children ages 1-10. Our stay, as always, was fun, and we didn't want to leave. The staff was helpful and pleasant and couldn't have been more friendly. We did find the towel supply to be a little short, but with a call to housekeeping extra towels arrived so quickly there was hardly time to sit down. Room clean up was late in the day which interfered with naps, but the one day we thought to request an early clean up, it was done. The hotel is right on the ocean beach, but it also has a small beach on the sound. The sound beach is good for small children, especially those who find the ocean waves too much. Our grandchildren loved that it has "rought water and calm water" for swimming. The breakfast buffet provides many choices for picky eaters.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Litchfield, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 September 2012

It's literally only steps away from the beach. Included breakfast buffet is complete with hot & cold choices.
Located right on Wrightsville Beach, It's literally only steps away from the beach. Close to many restaurants. Just an absolutely perfect location!
The only complaint I have about Blockade Runner is that we couldn't stay longer! All of the staff was friendly and helpful. Our stay was 3 nites (8/28 thru 8/30).We had a room with 2 queen beds on the 3rd floor with ocean view...spectacular! The room itself was spacious & clean. The grounds and hotel itself are kept meticulous. We can't wait to go again next year!! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Blue Ridge Mountains of NC
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2012

My son and I booked this room on the internet using Room Key. Our room faced the inlet water way, we wanted to be able to watch the boats. We were right over the sign, which meant we had to close the drapes at night because of the bright lights, this was our only draw back.

Linens were super soft, beds firm and comfortable. Towels and robes were good quality. I would recommend house shoes or slippers, tile floor can get gritty from sand. The pool was refreshing and the beach access was beautiful. The grounds were inviting to the eye.

Room service was a plus, it was an expensive cheese burger ($15) but my son said it was well worth it. The fries were so crispy, not greasy. I had the house salad and lobster bisque, because I was in a soup and salad mood. The house salad was nice, with crispy greens and lots of fresh veggies, but not enough dressing to eat it all. The bisque was delicious.

Draw back was our room keys kept declining, which meant we had to go back down and have them re-keyed. This happened so much we hated coming back to the room. LOL

Room Tip: Ask for above the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed oceanfront, as we always love to do, and it did not have a balcony. I looked and looked when booking the room and could not find for certain if it had a balcony and just took it for granted that it would be. The room was pretty nice and the room floor was all tile. The view we had was ok, only 2nd floor, they could not move us up higher. The sliding glass door opened up and we had a rail mounted right to the outside wall so you wouldn't fall out. The pool was nice and the outdoor bar/restaurant was also very good. A great location and we would go back, just this time make sure we got a balcony room, they had some on the other side of the building from where we were. The buffet breakfast was great!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank MayodanNC
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Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2012

What a wonderful Resort! My family and I had a great time at the Blockade runner. From the friendly Vale Service to the amazing amenities we felt like rich people. I took Yoga in the morning by the ocean and then had a 60 min massage in my room on the patio to hear the ocean. All in all we were so sad to leave. The rooms are totally updated and the bathrooms are very nicely done. I can remember coming here as a child and the place has done a 180 degree in upgrades since then. I cried when we left. Thank you again for a memorable vacation. We WILL be coming back there again soon!

Room Tip: pay the extra for the room with a balcony but be sure to ask for floors 3 and up to avoid the noise...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 September 2012

“The Good” - Its apparent Blockade Runner has made strides in updating and refurbishing in their efforts to be a 4/5 star hotel. Our room was pleasant, spacious, and clean and a beautiful view. The staff was very nice. Great lounge!

“The Bad” - The hallways are hot, humid and have a damp smell to them

“The Ugly” – At $250 per night you expect exceptional service. First, we requested (more than once) a working iron be sent to our room. We had to roam the halls to find it ourselves. Second, towels were not replenished, requested more be delivered, again no response. And…no one offered to help with luggage. All Unacceptable!

Lastly, upon departure we relayed all this information and all we received in return was a “We apologize”

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Address: 275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480-2021
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Region: United States > North Carolina > Wrightsville Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Blockade Runner Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blockade Runner is uniquely located on Wrightsville Beach Island, North Carolina’s accessible outer-bank. On the east side, the resort fronts the Atlantic Ocean with a wide sandy beach while the west side fronts an Intracoastal Waterway harbor and anchorage. The resort offers the most complete water related activities possible. Our famous Blockade Runner full service breakfast is included for all guest including groups (not applicable to cottage groups). ... more   less 
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