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Shell Island Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great place for a getaway”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Beautiful accomodations, great food and the staff was very nice! This was our first time staying in Wrightsville Beach. Beautiful, clean beach, our room had an ocean view. We had such a fun, relaxing time and will most certainly come back.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Dear RN-from-NC2013,

Thank you for your business! We are glad that your family enjoyed staying here at Shell Island Resort. I couldn’t agree more that we have the quietest, most beautiful stretch of beach on the island and that the views of the Atlantic are terrific from the guest room balconies. We look forward to seeing you again at Shell Island and Wrightsville Beach the next time you visit!

Sincerely,
Kevin C.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The best thing about this hotel isn't really what's inside it. It's pretty standard fare, nice tile, great people willing to help you, and clean rooms are all expected and given. The thing that makes this place stand out, however, is that the resort itself is set on the tip of the Wrightsville Beach inlet, away from everyone else (aside your fellow guests at the resort). You have immediate beach access, and don't even have to worry about having to bowl people over to get an open spot on the sand. It's almost like having your own semi-private beach, and it's surprisingly worth while to invest into.

Inside the hotel is rather nice, the tile job that has been done is good and they do their best to keep the interior clean, though with the adjoining pool and constant tracking in sand I can imagine it's hard to keep up. The rooms themselves are great, decked out with everything you would need for an extended stay, plus a guarantee that whatever room you do end up in you will have an ocean view. One of my favorite takeaways from my stay here was simply just being able to brew a cup of coffee, walk onto the balcony and take in the waves for an hour every morning. Will be a regular visitor of this hotel!

Room Tip: All rooms have an ocean view! I prefer the higher floors, get to see a wonderful sight.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Dear Neil P,

Thank you so much for staying with us and we appreciate your feedback. We agree that Shell Island Resort is an oasis on the end of Wrightsville Beach with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the balconies of the rooms. We are pleased that the staff was friendly as guest service is our number one priority. Please think of us again the next time you visit Wrightsville Beach for a vacation!

Sincerely,
Kevin C.
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Youngstown, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

The Shell Island Resort is truely lovely. The staff is well trainded and extremely polite. Each morning we enjoyed a beaurtiful sunrise from our balcony. Soon after, went on an adventure to explore the area including historic Wilimington. Returning in the afternoon, housekeeping did a great job straightening the room, making the bed and supplying fresh towels. The grounds are so pretty, very well maintained. Our beach walks down to the bird sanctuary were just awesome. We would recommend Shell Island Resort to anyone looking for a combination of peace and quiet, privacy and just an overall great experience.

Room Tip: Room 416 was just perfect.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Sandy M,

We appreciate your comments and are happy you were able to enjoy your visit with us. The sunrises are beautiful from each balcony of the rooms and the sunsets over the marsh behind are equally delightful. Our guests love that our resort is secluded enough to be able to feel like you are a world away but close enough to drive to Historic Downtown Wilmington. As guest service is our top priority I am pleased that the housekeeping staff was able to take care of you. Please think of us again when you are in the Wrightsville Beach area!

Sincerely,
Kevin C.
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Colora, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We have visited Wrightsville Beach before and really liked the area. We decided to vacation there again and used Expedia to find accomodations. We discovered Shell Island Resort. The room far exceeded our expectations, the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. It was quiet with great views of the ocean. the outdoor pool was well maintained and clean; but, it could have been warmer. our biggest disappointment was the restaurant. We would not go there again. Our meals were substandard. The restaurant is nicely furnished and the staff friendly but the food was not good. There are plenty of places to eat in Wrightsville;but its too bad Shell Island restaurant cannot be recommended by us.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Betsy H,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We agree that the views are spectacular from the balconies of every room and are very happy that your room exceeded your expectations. We also love that our staff took great care of you as guest service is out top priority at the resort. I apologize that the food in the restaurant was not up to your standards. Please call me at 910-256-8696 so that I can discuss which entrees you ordered. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Wrightsville Beach!

Sincerely,
Kevin C.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

I’m pretty partial to Wrightsville because I went to UNCW nearby but this is my favorite beach in NC and favorite place to stay when I come back! This hotel is a typical beach hotel – it’s what’s outside that counts because beach goers are typically spending all their time at the beach, not in their rooms… The rooms are a little run down but the views (all rooms offer ocean front balconies) cannot be beat on this island! Because the hotel is at the north side of the island, it offers a nice, quiet, family beach experience. Pool towels and multiple showers/hoses are offered if going in between the beach and pool.

Room Tip: The higher floors have a better view. Also not room related but you will probably need a car while s...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Dear QueenCityTravels,

We are honored to be your favorite spot on the beach. Thank you for your loyalty to Shell Island. We agree that the views from the resort are marvelous and are second to none. One can truly feel like they are a world away here on our beach. The rooms will also be part of a major renovation project during the offseason. We will see you the next time you are in the Wrightsville Beach area!

Sincerely,
Kevin C
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We stayed at this "resort" Sept 2013. Upon Arrival it was pretty nice. It is as the end of the road and somewhat secluded. The entry was nice, the covered parking was nice (very short); however when we opened our door to our "Suite" my wife actually laughed. The "suite" is a bedroom (very tight and cramped with two full beds). A full bathroom (bath,shower, toilet, sink,etc.) a second bathroom, toilet and sink), then a small living area (pull out couch), flat screen TV (best thing about the stay), and small kitchenette. The view was great, all rooms are right over the ocean. The bathroom was old, all the caulk around shower was black with mold, the ceilings are super low. The faucets were kind of corroded. The pull out couch was awful, but most are, but you could feel every single spring. The food was okay (6 out of 10). The pool was a joke. It is a large resort (300+ rooms and the pool is large enough for 50 room hotel). The indoor pool is kind of dated and small too. Now, the beach is nice. It is huge! There is so much sand and it is pretty soft. To top it all off, we had breakfast our last day and my kids got some chocolate milk and it was spoiled... par for the course.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Dear Andrew C536,

Thank you for your feedback and comments about your stay. We agree that the views from our resort are spectacular as all 169 rooms face the Atlantic Ocean and have private balconies. During the off season, the rooms will be undergoing a renovation project. The next time you are in the Wrightsville Beach area, please call me at 910-256-8696 and I make sure that your room exceeds your expectations.

Sincerely,
Kevin C.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Facilities, customer service, responsiveness, environment are all top notch.

Great staff committed to making the experience exceptional.

The preparation by the staff and the ongoing atention to detail were spot on.

George is amazing.

We will continue to use the facility for our professional development activities.

Thanks!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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KevinC485, General Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Dear Jim F,

Thank you for your comments and feedback regarding your stay here at Shell Island. We are pleased that your organization enjoyed the resort and its amenities. I am also glad to hear that you found the staff friendly and accommodating as guest services is our top priority. George truly has a passion for attending to our guest needs and has been consistently doing this for the past seven years. We are very fortunate to have him and I am glad he made the experience for you that much more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again, either as part of a conference or to just relax at the beach!

Sincerely,
Kevin C.
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Property: Shell Island Resort
Address: 2700 Lumina Ave N, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480-1699
Region: United States > North Carolina > Wrightsville Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shell Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island Resort is surrounded by a sprawling expanse of sand and unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mason’s Inlet, and Figure Eight Island. This family-friendly resort and hotel boasts a front row seat to the beckoning sea and a beach that seems to stretch endlessly, making it feel like it is yours alone. ... more   less 
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