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Historical Traveler Reviews Blockade Runner Wrightsville Beach
Avoid the Cottage
Our family rented the Cottage at the Blockade Runner. The location and layout were great....but the house was very poorly cleaned and maintained. We had many problems throughout the week. It's obvious they don't spend enough time or money to conduct normal routine maintenance. Also, the house was infested with cockroaches. You can do MUCH better for the rental price charged!
Worst place I've ever stayed
This was the most unbelievable trip we've ever had. Service was pathetic, dinning and breakfast was outrageously expensive, rooms were nothing to brag about, and a drunken "guest" tried to break into our room the last night we were there. The hotel staff did absolutely nothing and never appologized for what happened. What a joke!
We stayed here about a year ago in the fall. The location is great and the views of the ocean are breathtaking. The pool and the poolside bar were very relaxing. The room was a good size but it needed a thorough cleaning. It smelled musty and the bathroom was small and dingy with only a shower stall.
Relaxing time at the Blockade Runner
We stayed for three nights over Thanksgiving 05 and enjoyed the hotel. Good points: we had a deluxe ocean view room which had a nice balcony overlooking pretty Wrightsville beach; The bathroom is attractive with two shower heads but has two strange features; first of all, there is a window in the bathroom with a curtain which you can pull back, presumably to see the ocean while you are in the shower (unless you are near sighted like me and have to take your glasses off in which case it is pointless!) but the downside to this is that during the night, when my husband wanted to use the bathroom and turned on the light, the curtain is so see through and thin that the light would wake me up! They really should put some kind of black out curtain on this window - they do have them on the doors leading to the patio. Second strange feature, the shower, although beautiful, has a glass panel only half way down the shower stall so when you take a shower, water sprays all over half the bathroom floor!
The room wasn't 100% clean when we arrived; we found a lighter on the floor which had not been spotted by the maid and cigarette butts on the balcony from a previous guest but these were quickly cleaned up after I complained.
We did not eat at the hotel as there were a lot of special Thanksgiving functions going on and the place was packed. On the Sat. night we did have a drink at the bar - the bartender was a little disinterested to be honest and they do tack on a tip to the bill without asking which I am not used to.
Overall it is a pleasant place to stay with a nice looking pool, copper waterfall feature and pretty gardens; there is a cute boardwalk going down to the beach and the beach is clean and attractive. The waves are nice rollers here so surfers would enjoy in the summer months. They have valet parking or self parking and there are great restaurants nearby, especially the Blue Water grill - we had dinner there on Thanksgiving and the Saturday after Thanksgiving with no reservations and it was fabulous. They also offer a Sushi bar in the lobby every evening which is an interesting touch. Staff were pleasant and the Valet guys gave us some good restaurant tips.
Overall a pleasant place to stay, and we got a good rate on Expedia in advance which saved about $35 a night getting our ocean front deluxe room for $109 which was good value for money.
Hotel not recommended
First sent to room that hadn't been cleaned; bed still unmade. Moved us to another room. Room was beautiful, but had carpet stain. After a night of horrible sleeping and bed rocking, we looked under the bed and saw it had been repaired with an L shape elbow bracket. After several attempts to complain, the guest service director did not offer apologies. I would not recommend this hotel.
Best beach experience ever
This resort offers rooms with an ocean view or a harbor view. My family chose the harbor view, and it was breath-taking. We saw everything from dolphins playing, to sailboats, to yachts, to kayaks. Directly across the street you can go on scenic boat tours, kayaking, sailing, rent bikes to ride on the island, or enjoy the beautiful ocean. The resort is kept up beautifully, with extra attention to their near perfect gardens. After your walks on the beach or swim in the ocean, the resort has an outdoor shower, and indoor shower by the jacuzzi to rinse off all that sand before going back to your room. The staff was always willing to help us in any way that they could, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The air conditioner was a bit loud in the room, but nothing that would keep us away. We will return!!
How do they stay in business???
My recent visit to The Blockade Runner was my worst hotel experience. There were so many issues I can't possible list them all, but the major highlights were rude concierge, dirty room in need of major renovation, expensive price (for what you are getting), major parking problems, and dirty beach area in front of the hotel. I have previously stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree at Wrightsville, and for a comparable price it is much nicer. In the hotel room, there was only one electrical outlet that worked (used for TV and lamp) so there is nowhere to charge cell phones, use hair dryer (except in bathroom), etc. I really am not difficult to please with hotels, but this is hands-down the most overrated place I have every stayed. As an architect, my recommendation is to demolish the place and start over.
Probably used to be very nice
We just returned from one night at the Blockade Runner. I loved the decorating and the beautiful fresh flowers in the lobby. The location is perfect -- right on a nice wide part of the beach and a few blocks from the town's shops and restaurants. The pool is fine, but could use wider steps for younger swimmers. The pool sort of extends indoors and there are nice steps leading into the pool at that point. There is also a hot tub in that room. But, that area is dank and dark and cool -- not pleasant for swimming or hot tubbing. The room where we stayed was kind of dingy with the dirt of long use -- not due to lack of attention of the house keeping staff. The towels were the worst I have used since my Motel 6 days (thin, rough and small) The same was true (dinginess) of the resort in general. The food at the restaurant (buffet style with optional menu choices) was o.k. but very expensive ($25 per person for dinner). Kids under 6 ate free at the buffet, though. There is a beautiful spot to eat outside and when we were there eating our dinner and a storm was approaching the thoughtful wait staff hustled us in before the rain came down.
Rooms not worth the price
Rooms aren't resort quality. Low budget hotel room decor and bath features. Bath was small, with stained grout and no ammenities. Did find the staff very friendly and the pool area and gardens very nice. The hot tub area was unkempt and the spa again was low budget. Very pricey hotel.
We visited the Blockade Runner during Memorial Day weekend 2003.
Although the hotel was being rennovated at the time, the hotel staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. We can't wait to come back next year and look at the updates! The lawn on the beach side is beautiful with lots of beautiful flowering plants with nicely manicured lawns. Our toddler loved to run up and down the lawn in the evening.
The beach was nice as well. Very nice stretch of white sand. and deep blue water. It seemed much nicer quality beach than Myrtle Beach area.
Our room was rather large and we didn't notice any noise from adjacent guest rooms. We definitely will recommend this hotel to any friends heading to the Outer Banks!
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... another day there depending on the storm I will let you know. As we travel to Myrtle beach we have to go around Cape Fear. scary name but the skipper says it's really not difficult I will fill you in on that later :-)
I'm off to try and get a picture of those pelicans, which didn't happen...I don't know where they all went last night they were gone and this morning they had not returned....who knows, perhaps we will see more today along the way.
Another lovely Sunny morning. Had a good sleep, but I have to say I'm getting a wee bit homesick for my lovely big bed hehe. We haven't decided on a plan yet for today, I think we will walk into town and look around, maybe the beach again if we are staying here. The option is to head to Joyner Marina NC makes the trip to Myrtle Beach shorter for Tuesday, we will be there a few days through the big. July 4th weekend and ...
... 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 ...
... They like being home for the holidays.
What did I Learn:
- Campgrounds can really have totally different feels, energy to them. All depends on the people running them. Just like any company huh??
- I wish I had stayed pool side rather than going to the beach, the one day I had for sunning. Oh well, it is always good to be at the beach, but not in the wind and chill.
- Ice cream cures all.
We had planned to visit USS North Carolina but it was raining very hard, not good to look round a warship so Peter went to the small grocery store and bought bacon, eggs & tomatoes for breakfast, also English muffins but then found there was no toaster - still was a good breakfast. I did some washing in the laundry but they wouldn't sell me any detergent so I just used the washing up liquid that was there, better ...