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“Great beach, hotel is decent” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Shell Island Resort
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great beach, hotel is decent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

The beach is very wide, clean and the water was clear and warm. The hotel was recently renovated but still a bit tired in areas. Every room has a good view but higher floors are better. Sheets had some stains and overall decor is average. The outdoor bar was good but closed too early.

Stayed August 2014
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2 Thank Brian D
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Last year we really enjoyed our visit but this year there were notable improvements - friendlier management with a terrific, helpful staff & the Shell Island restaurant food was much better. Both times we were on the 9th floor enjoying glorious views of the ocean (from living room area) & the bay (from bedroom) which make Shell Island Resort a special place. The beach is beautiful- lots of shells & a serene, quiet place too, (with good live weekend entertainment by the pool), but a short hop in the car to fine dining. Great for swimming, walking to the tip of the island & enjoying eco tours & kayaking in the bay - glorious! Fun biking too. I only wish the resort had beach wheelchairs but the city of Wrightsville Beach provides FREE handicap beach wheel chairs-just call in advance to reserve if you are traveling with someone who lives the beach, but can't walk much - a joy for my Mom. Don't forget to pat the 'wild' rabbits. We look forward to returning again!

Room Tip: High floors for the awesome views & serenity. If you have a spcial celebration, reserve a place...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bunny F
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Shell Island Resort has magnificent views on a stretch of terrific beach! As important to us is the fact that the resort is alone at almost the very tip of the coast line here. It made it seem much more remote!

The rooms aren't overly spacious, but were CLEAN and just right for our family of 4. We stayed on an upper level, having read that recommendation from another Trip Advisor reviewer-- the little balcony is a perfect place for coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.

There is some wear-- some of the towels should be retired at the end of this season and carpeted rooms at the beach are SO hard to keep looking good. BUT, the lobby is nice, the outdoor pool and bar area are very attractive and the on-site restaurant was good. The friendly desk staff, restaurant staff, housekeepers and bartenders make it a very comfortable place.

Wrightsville is not our favorite NC beach, but if we return to Wrightsville, we'll return to Shell Island Resort!

Room Tip: Definitely choose an upper level room for the fantastic views!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank D C
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

I was at Shell Island Resort for a week long conference and it couldn't have been better. George, Meridith and the other staff were awesome to work with. The location, facilities and rooms were great.. I would highly recommend staying there for a family vacation or for a business function.

Room Tip: It doesn't matter because they are all oceanfront rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Brian1402014
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Burnsville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

My friends and I are from the mountains of NC. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Shell Island. We were especially impressed Tyler R. at the front desk. He was so friendly and went out of his way to help a bunch of "old ladies".

Room Tip: Ask for the north end and as high as possible
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Maryan H
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State College, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had a reservation to stay at Shell Island Resort from August 3-7, but we ended up staying only 1 night. Our short stay was largely due to bad weather. However, we found the hotel to have a very "lived in" feel and we also have a few more specific complaints. We had a beach walkout suite, but the first room we were given looked onto a partial wall near the swimming pool and also a walkway. The staff was courteous when we said we wanted a different room, and gave us a room with a better view (but still no real beach access or view, since we looked onto a dune that one could not walk over and could not see the ocean). There was an issue with the electricity, and in the morning our microwave, stove, and several lights didn't work. This was not a terrible hotel. It is in a beautiful setting and the staff was nice. However, I would definitely not stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Nancy L
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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79 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

We loved the beach front property and how clean it was. We had a great view from the 3rd floor but the room is small, to cramped for 5 people. The worst part was when we moved out the couch a huge cockroach ran out. Later that day we found another one by our kitchen table, we also saw two more in the stairways. We read other reviews before we rented the room about a sulfur smell which we had no problem with. The cleaning service was very nice and each day stopped by our room and asked if they could do anything for us. We did ask for them to sweep because there was a lot of sand on the ground that wasn't cleaned from whoever stayed before. The walls needed repainting, they had a lot of stains.The front desk was very nice and told us about some good local restaurants and things to do. I was surprised we had to pay for 2 chairs and an umbrella for the day because we're already paying a good amount for the room.

Stayed August 2014
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6 Thank Molly C
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Andrew G, Guest Relations Manager at Shell Island Resort, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Dear Molly S,

We are so glad that you enjoyed our beach front and the amazing views from your room. All our our suites are 660 sqft, and all are ocean front. Our property has undergone some major improvements over the last few years, including lobby, restaurant, and ballroom renovations. The units at Shell Island are independently owned and a vast majority of our owners have recently renovated their units. This included fresh paint, flooring, furnishings, and drapes. Feel free to contact the resort directly if you have any specific concerns about your particular unit. Being in the warm, humid, coastal region of the south, and being situated on a barrier island, insects are prevalent. The palmetto bugs that you encountered make there homes in the salty marsh grasses and in the estuarine vegetation that is native to our island. We combat this by having professionals come to the property on a routine basis to lay down a barrier defense. I can assure you that these natives of the island are harmless and all avenues are being taken to assist in their prevention. The resort is happy to provide seating for our pool deck, however, at this time we only provide beach chair and umbrella service on a rental program. The price of the rental includes set up and break down so that our guests do no have to carry chairs out to the beach themselves. We are very happy that you did enjoy your stay with us, and we look forward to your future stays with us!

Warm Regards,

Andrew G.
Guest Services Manager
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Additional Information about Shell Island Resort

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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