Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach
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Happy Canada Day!
It feels very strange to not be in Canada to celebrate July 1st at home. We are leaving to make our way to Myrtle beach, staying at Grand Dunes Marina, it was tough to find a place coming up to the July 4 th big weekend in the US...it looks like a nice place.
Its another beautiful day here sunny and calm waters. There thunderstorms in the forecast so we are off the dock early and will get tucked I to Myrtle beach, we may have ...
... here I will attempts to get a picture later, they are amazing to watch swooping down for their fish.
One bit of excitement when we got here Bryan was busy finishing off tying the spring line when a man on the dock beside us yelled at me MAM a sailboat is drifting into you...OMG I ran onto boat grabbed the hook pole and ran along to about 3/4 of the way to bow it is a narrow spot to run! anyway between the captain of the boat ...
... are more typical southern beach style. Today was a sunny, warm day - perfect for visiting beach towns, having lunch by the ocean, taking a ferry from Carolina Beach across the coastal waterways to Southport. Colorful beach houses, gift and antique shops, lots of tourists walking the streets, sailboats on the water. A relaxing ...
The campground felt that someone had actually blessed the campground before I got there, set sacred space, did Feng Shui. Whatever it was, I fell in love with the campground and the energy of the space the minute I pulled in. My cabin actually had a porch swing on the porch, with an extra chair. The cabin had a small frig, none of the others did. It was very very clean with a really nice pool.
I was only going to spend 2 ...
... while I was waiting I cut peters hair with my nail scissors, wasn't easy but it looks ok. Eventually when it stopped raining we went to the ship but we only had just under 2 hours to look around and with Peter that's not really enough as he likes to study engines- a lot. It was a good tour though, it's fascinating to see the kitchens, post rooms, cinema, bathrooms, food stores and loads of other stuff that's ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCourtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach
We recently stayed at the Courtyard and I couldn't have been more pleased with our overall experience. We stayed with 2 toddlers, and as far as location it was ideal! You are right on the beach, and can walk to alot of great places to eat, not to mention the carnival next door. The staff were wonderful, and kept the place very clean.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach
It was worth the money!
We were on the 10th floor and thought it was alittle high up at first, but once we stepped out on the balcony, we were hooked! The view was gorgeous! The staff was friendly, the rooms were great, being a brand new place. We spent alot of time out on the balcony and enjoyed our two nights stay.
Bring Your Ear Plugs
Carolina and Kure Beaches are some of my wifes and my favorite places to get away. We decided for our 14th wedding anniversary to go down to Carolina beach for a little get away. We checked into the Courtyard and not 10 minutes after we got into the room the slamming doors started. It got so bothersome we asked to be moved which the staff gladly did (even upgraded the room). We were told that they would try to isolate us from any further noisy guests. At mindnight we were awaken by people moving into the room beside ours slamming the door constantly. It sounded like they were bowling next door. We called the desk and they were moved this time. This continued on one side of us or the other every night. No one could close a door quitely. We were so dissapointed in the rock hard beds and constantly being waken up by slamming doors, we checked out early and cut our vacation short. You either have to sleep like the dead here or bring ear plugs. We won't go back.
Beautiful views from every room in the hotel. Ample parking in a beach community is unheard of but, not here! The beach was right out the door and uncrowded with tourists, a great little surfing competition was going on just down the beach. Restaurants within walking distance were affordable, casual and elegant. The room was small but well laid out, with a private balcony. The restaurant was cozy and had a tasty buffet breakfast. Poolside service was available to spoil you more!
Great Hotel....but Very Cold Outdoor Pool
The Courtyard Carolina Beach is a new hotel on Carolina Beach. This hotel reminded me more of a full service Marriott than a Courtyard. The staff is really friendly and helpful. The rooms are great - each room has free wireless internet access and standard Courtyard amenities. All rooms face the beach. Since the hotel opened within the last year (during 2003), the rooms and the common areas are clean and look impressive. There is a small gym (treadmills, stair machine, exercise bike) and an indoor pool and hot-tub. In addition, there is a nice outdoor pool - unfortunately, the pool temperature was extremely cold (so cold that even when the temperature outside was 80F and sunny, the pool really could not be used). The beach is a 2 minute walk from the hotel (Great beach that is not crowded at all). The hotel also has a full service restaurant that we did not use. Expect to pay $25-50 more per night on Friday or Saturday night. Also, this tends to be a family hotel, especially on weekend nights, so the indoor pool (which was quite small) was constantly filled with children. Overall, a great hotel - I just wish they would heat the outdoor pool.
Great stay during off season
Had a great stay here in the winter. very inexpensive. New and clean.
all rooms ocean view. Staff was helpful. I would stay again
Worked great for our family
Warner Brothers TV series "One Tree Hill" has used our home several times in the last few months for filming, and we needed a place to stay that was convenient with food and other facilities. We chose the Courtyard by Marriott, and the staff, food, and all accomodations were just perfect for our needs. It gave us a great place to stay while out of our home. We are thankful to have this excellent hotel in Carolina Beach and have never seen a staff work harder to make guests feel welcome and comfortable. Thanks very much.
Bring your own pillow!!!
We stayed at the Courtyard over Valentines Weekend. We ate dinner at the restaurant. Kinda expensive, but all 5 courses were superb. We also ate breakfast there the next morning, and it was more than worth the $10 for the buffet! The only bad part was the actual sleeping. The walls are paper thin and ALL NIGHT LONG we heard the TV in the room next to us and the people (mostly kids) running up and down the halls and slamming doors. The bed was pretty comfortable, but the pillows were horrible. They were half the length of a normal pillow and extremely flat and lumpy. We would definitely go back though!! It was a great experience over all!
Can't beat it for the view, newness, and cost
This is a great place, but even the greats have their issues. So here's the bad part first.
A prior guest had decided to smear what appeared to be residue from his or her nasal passage onto the wall next to the toilet. The cleaning staff should have seen this. It is a beige wall, and it was clearly visible. Also in the bathroom the metal stopper in the sink had come off and could not be screwed back on, so there was no way I could have saved water in the sink. I didn't want to so it wasn't a problem. Also in the bathroom, the rack for the towels is an unusually long way from the edge of the tub, unless you're tall like me and can easily reach for it.
OK that was the bad part. And it was picky (no pun intended). But still those are issues that need to be addressed. Rooms are not getting a once-over like they should, and this is probably true at most places.
Anyway, the bathrooms have ample room in them, especially for people in wheelchairs. The decor throughout is cute- a blend of royal blue carpet (in the bath the shower curtain is also a nice royal blue) while the walls are tastefully done with a light beige wallpaper. The enter rear of the room is glass, in the middle of which is a sliding glass door that opens into your private balcony. It's a decent sized balcony too with room for several adults (not that you'd want to put that much weight out there if you've seen too many suspense movies like I have).
Watch your step as you go out though because there's a metal bar at the bottom that you're not ready for and if you trip you could get a really good scare as you tumble toward the railing outside.
The standard king room I was in had your normal tv and sofa/table and inside the desk is a mini-fridge. They provide all standard cable channels ( like Sci-Fi, TNT, etc) which was neat because a lot of places jsut give you 7 or 8 channels. The bed was comfortable and slept really well. The view from the balcony is awesome, but be sure you get above the 3rd floor. The lights from the pool at night will shine in your window otherwise. I was on the 8th floor you could see them glaring below. The hotel sits directly on the beach though the outside pool is just before the sand.
You do have to watch the cost. My stay here was for 3 days arriving on a Sunday and my rate for mid-October was $89 per night. Fridays and Saturdays it was $100 more, which was too much for anywhere. Carolina Beach is much less developed than say Wrightsville nearby and has a lot less hustle and bustle. I check out in the morning and have yet to be on the elevator with just one other soul. The elevators by the way are excellent- large, clean, fast, and unless you're watching the floor number it's hard to tell you came to a stop.
The staff was courteous and room service from the restaurant below while expectedly outrageously expensive was good and fresh. Overall, for the cost, the oceanfront view, and the newness of the facility, you can't beat this hotel for any beach near Wilmington.
Waaay over priced
Brand new and clean but 200 a night is ridiculous for Carolina Beach.
Loved this hotel
Stayed at the Courtyard for 2 nights over Labor Day weekend. The hotel is beautiful, a little expensive but it was worth it. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The pool area is great, live entertainment on Fri night. I would definitely go back.