Shell Island Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shell Island Resort Wrightsville Beach
We had a great time at Shell Island
We visited Shell Island on July 18-23, 2004. We had a great time. The room was more than big enough for our family of 5. My girls especially loved the swimming pools and being so close to the ocean. My husband and I really enjoyed the quietness and cleaniness of the beach. We are already planning our return visit for next year.
This was just wonderful. The room was big. The view was great. The people were nice. The pools were clean. I just loved the king size bed we had.
If you like to expansive views of the ocean and marsh, this is the place for you! The rooms are all privately owned condos. I stayed in an end unit which had been recently remodeled. Room was nice, pool was small, staff was probably worst part of my experience.
Great place to vacation for families or couples-huge beach
The beach is huge so it is not crowded. The rooms are a nice size for a family of 4. Some of the rooms have been renovated so ask for a updated room. They have a kitchenette with a refrigerator. The living rooms have floor to ceiling windows for beautiful ocean views. They have an outdoor pool with jacuzzi. And an indoor pool for rainy days at the beach.
Our room had new furniture, drapes, bathroom, carpet, appliances, even a granite counter top in the kitchen. We stayed in unit 318 and we liked it was close to the parking deck.
I also liked that we could have the kids sleeping in the bedroom and we could still be up in the living room or on the small balcony. We will stay there again.
Choose another hotel
Our reservation was lost and the staff was not pleasant. It was Easter sunday and the restaurant closed at noon. Since we paid for the room on a debit card we could only receive calls. We used our cell phone to call Pizza Hut and had food delivered to our room. The bathroom doors didn't latch closed. The beds were fine. Didn't really care for doing our own dishes. Gift shop wasn't open at all while we were there. Loved the beach and the view. Nasty surprise when the credit card bill came. The card used to make our lost reservation was charged for our stay also!!! Lots of other hotels here. Stay somewhere else.
The resort staff was great - the room older, clean. The hallways are concrete, painted, I am sure due to the excess sand tracking from the beach. The restaraunt was closed for the season, that was an inconvienance we did not expect. Overall is was average. I am assuming gets better as the traffic increases etc... great location - the beach was wonderful...
Shell Island Resort used to be nice I am sure
remodeling left us on concrete hallways and unappealing surroundings with no discount in rates. No room service because the hotel restaurant was almost never open and the menu I saw was very expensive for such an old hasbeen hotel. The room was adequate but not the luxury I had expected. They never released my credit card payment after I paid cash so I was double billed and still trying to settle that. Jacuzi was turned off most of the time we were there. Beach is awesome. Seems like they are short of funds in spite of the high rates.
I visited Shell Island in early October of 2003. The resort has recently opened a new restaurant and the building was in process of being painted when I visited. I stayed in an end unit with had a gorgeous view of the Atlantic, Figure Eight Island and the inlet. If you like water all around you you can't get any better on Wrightsville Beach. The room was a little small but neat and very clean. I would recommend.
Has seen better days
This obviously used to be a nice resort. However, it has not had any money put into it in a while. The facilities are a bit run down. Our room was very spacious with a great view but the furnishings were less than impressive. We also had issues with a few roaches in the room. I definitely prefer the Sunspree. Make reservations early so you don't have to end up at the Shell Island Resort.
Perfect family spot
The Shell Island Resort was a great place for our family of four to spend a couple days on the beach. The view is fantastic -- all you see when you look east is sand and ocean. Rooms have a small balcony so you can sit and listen to the ocean roar. I love the fact that this is the farthest resort/hotel north -- crowds are less and when you walk north you practically have a beach to yourself. Having a separate bedroom/living quarters arrangement was fabulous for our 2- and 5-year-old. They could sleep and we could stay up and watch TV. Our room was clean and the service we received was good. A gift shop downstairs supplied milk, OJ and poptarts for breakfast and beach toys for the kids.
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Travel Blogs from Wrightsville Beach
Wednesday morning, my wife, the dog, and I took a nice long walk on the beach down to Yaupon pier. Grabbed a couple shots under the pier. We were going to walk out on the pier but they want 50 cents a head. Didn't have any money on us so we decided to walk back to the beach house through town. Once we got back, the entire crew piled into ...
We slept in pretty much. Well... I slept in, at least. We had a simple, light breakfast and walked down to the beach just to check it out. It had rained the night before and everthing was still pretty wet. It was still pretty. After the beach, we piled into the van and went to, of all places, Walmart. We stocked up on groceries and beer (Yuengling Black and Tan). We're pretty much just going to chill for the rest of the day. I'm enjoying the Yuengling which I can't get back ...
... but annoying rays of steamy heat.. Once we got into the water it felt a lot better but Adam refused to get in. He was so uncomfortable wet and chaffing from the sun apparently. He just wanted to leave. The sad thing was his misery was entertaining for us all. He was super dramatic making claims like the beach was a fiery hell on earth...etc. It was hilarious. I felt bad for him but I didn't want everyone to go yet! Call me selfish but ...
... of no wake we have been really good about going slow but when we can we move along, well. apparently even in a open zone you are "responsible for your wake" that's what the coast guard so nicely told us ....it's not written anywhere so we were feeling bad! So example if our wake is bigger and a yahoo power boater doesn't slow down and flips it's our fault and we pay for the damages !!!crazy So lesson learned on that one, apparently it's happened 3 ...
... 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 ...