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Review of Blockade Runner Beach Resort

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Blockade Runner Beach Resort
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Falcon Heights, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dropped in - never wanted to leave!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Loved this place! Got a same-day reservation in early October and had a beautiful sound-facing room! There was a free 30-minute cruise around the bay we signed up for and afterward a free happy hour. Best Thursday ever and best day of our 5-day trip to North Carolina! The room was clean, beautiful, uncluttered, contained a nice fridge, coffeemaker, etc. Loved it! Will be back!

Room Tip: Soundside, high-level provides a great sunset view!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

The Blockade Runner is located in our adopted hometown, so we wouldn't have stayed overnight if something special weren't available. Which there was, on a recent New Year's Eve weekend: A one night, dinner/dancing/party package that was reasonably priced. We knew the hotel from previous lunch, dinner, and pool visits, so we were aware of the terrific beachfront setting, the satisfying menu choices, and the dependably good service. Our room was a nice surprise: Balcony with stunning view of the ocean, and although not a suite, a sofa that divided the space into a plausible sitting/entertaining area in front of the sleeping area--and with the ocean view before us and our friends. We enjoyed the stay so much that we decided to spend a second night. The hotel is situated across the street from the Intracoastal Waterway (some rooms view this side, and are probably quite nice), and there are many places along it to sit and watch passing boats and, since you'll be facing west, the sun setting over the water. There are no sidewalks to easily stroll the Waterway, but the hotel has its own grassy, secluded area with a number of chairs, immediately across from the parking lot. And mention should be made of the grassy, landscaped expanse on the ocean side of the hotel. It includes a putting green, and its greenery is unique to Wrightsville Beach hotel properties. Our only reason for giving 4 stars instead of 5 is a lapse in service. The morning of Jan. 1 we arrived at the dining room for our complimentary breakfast at very near to their closing time, and were told they were closing up--we were not offered coffee, danish, whatever we might take with us that didn't require table service. We asked for such, and were rather impolitely told "No." We registered a complaint with the concierge, but never heard back. However, we did stay a second night, found the service to be again as good as we'd had previously, and wound up deciding that the morning after New Year's Eve may not be the best time to try a hotel's staff's patience. Overall, Wrightsville Beach offers one, maybe two, better hotels, but Blockade Runner is more than adequate.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard R
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North Carolina
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

This is a quaint little hotel on Wrightsville Beach with a view of the sound on one side and the ocean on the other. We had a room with a view of the sound, it was nice to watch people out doing stand up paddle boarding, boating, dolphins jumping, etc. There was not a balcony but we had a sliding door we could open up. There were no comforters on the beds which I thought was odd and had to order a blanket but room service brought it to me right away.
Breakfast was fantastic! Make sure you get there early, though because a line forms quickly to get into the dining room. Ate dinner one night at the restaurant and the food was great. Ordered room service also and that was great so we were pleased with the food/drinks.
The pool area is beautiful and there are neat little chairs to sit in and relax.
The lobby was decorated nicely but the rooms are a little sparsely decorated/plain. The only complaint about my stay would be the very loud neighbors in the room next door, they literally stayed up until 5am partying.
Make sure if you are military to ask for the discount, it is very helpful!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HJMNorthCarolina
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Ohio
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204 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

This hotel is very nice and the service is excellent. The rooms are well kept, but a bit on the small side. The hotel offers balconies, but you need to check carefully to assure you will actually get a balcony. We had a sliding glass door, but no balcony. The restaurant is nice and has a good breakfast buffet, although the food was just warm and never hot.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a balcony room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank cjkines1
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Raeford, North Carolina
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

I have always given this resort and its staff top marks, but am a bit disappointed apparently this has evaded my attention in previous trips, but NONE of the rooms come with an available microwave. I came to Wrightsvile Beach to attend a wedding, and could've stayed at a number of hotels. I chose the BR because of my pleasant experiences before hand. I became disappointed that, with the least expensive room available (approx $175/night with a military discount), I was unable to get my bag of microwave popcorn popped anywhere on the premises(my son had endured a day full of nuptial protocols, I thought he deserved some popcorn). I asked in the bar and at the front desk, and while all were polite, addressed me as they had no idea what a microwave was. Do I love this hotel? Yes. Do I think they go above and beyond for their patrons(for example, as I have done for them by writing excellent reviews on tripadvisor.com)? NO. so, until I get notice, or otherwise remunerated, I'll look to other hotels that I've visited and liked, maybe not as much as BR, but they are less expensive and I can get a lousy bag of microwave popcorn popped.

Room Tip: No microwaves available! Unacceptable for the price of your room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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67 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

We had stayed in downtown wilmington for a couple of days before heading out to wrights ills beach for a couple days. We arrived early, round 10 am and I went in to see if they would let us park and go enjoy the beach until afternoon checking time. I was somewhat scared cause I've had some scary experiences in other hotels. The young lady was so happy and genuinely glad to see us, found our room was already available and checked us right in! Amazing over the top service!
Our room was on the sound side and we loved it. The boats coming and going and the sunset view was beautiful. I snuck in one of the oceanfront rooms while a maid was cleaning it, save some $$$ and pick the sound side. No real balcony, just sliding doors with a cage.
I don't want to rant about the pool bar because it is pretty and the bartender was very accommodating, BUT.... 15$ for a drink in a plastic cup! 7$ for a can beer! Even for beachfront that is crazy! We rode back across drawbridge, abc store on left pass Harris teeter and came back and made our own. I went downstairs and asked for ice, felt bad poor boy had to come all the way to our room for a small bucket of ice. They also charge for beach chairs and umbrellas, we have our own but at those prices for a night they should be included.
The famous br breakfast is a wait for a hastily bussed table done by an anxious stressed young person. Eggs, meat, pancakes, French toast, fruit, pastries. It's all there, just not great but not bad. The anxious server brings you your beverage and then drops a 0.00 check, I guess so you can leave tip. One morning I did, the other morning the server never even had a chance to drop it. We got tired of waiting, there were guests staring hungrily at our table, we just left.
Beautiful beach, but the real gem was the sound. Nice chairs set up across the street on the small beach. I waded in the warm water, enjoyed the sunset. Great photos because wasn't as windy as the beach. This hotel centrally located in middle of island, the others were all the way at end of island.

Room Tip: 7th floor rooms were bit noisy due to ac unit on top of building but view was great. Loved the soun...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mrsbaa85
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

The Blockade Runner is nice, the service is good, and the place is well maintained. While the hotel is something of an NC tradition, and while the free valet parking and shuttle service are nice, there isn't much there that you wouldn't find at a Holiday Inn. And the prices are higher. The rooms are spartan, with no microwave and styrofoam cups to accompany the tiled floors. Our room had a shower only. The room service rate for a 2-egg breakfast was $20. The breakfast buffet provides good food, but nothing out of the ordinary, such as an omlete station or anything beyond scrambled eggs and steam-table pancakes. It's fun, the location and beach are nice, but "boutique," as it says on their sign out front, is a bit of a stretch.

Room Tip: Seaside is nicer than sound-side, oviously enough.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ken5Ken
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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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