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Blockade Runner Beach Resort
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

This place was pretty nice with a few exceptions. I will start with the bad and end with the good.

-Parking sucks, not much room at all. However they do offer valet.
-Bathroom was very small and the shower sucked. It was literally like trying to take a shower in the rain. They need a shower with a wand or at least some pressure for a beach area. Sand is hard to get off.
-Furniture was not comfortable at all. The patio furniture was horrible. The stools didn't even match the height of the table. The only exception was that the bed was very comfortable.
-Double check the resort activity that they list. Some of those things change and are hard to find where they move them.
-Dining if kind of expensive and not much to chose from. We ate at other places a lot.
-You have to have ice delivered to the room which was a pain each night. We felt bad for calling for ice each night. If they had a machine somewhere I would just get it myself.
-In room Wifi sucks, had to turn it off on our phones.

The good:
-Hotel lobby was awesome looking.
-Staff was very friendly
-The pool and pool bar was nice
-The hotel was very clean and had a great artistic vibe
-Free breakfast was great
-The ability to rent beach chairs and umbrellas was great if you wanted them. They set them up and take them down as well.
-They give you beach towels each day
-Bed in the room was very comfortable
-View was great, we requested a high floor in the balcony section
-You can turn the A/C down to 60!!! First hotel I have seen that allowed that. I sleep with the room freezing.
-You could literally walk to everything from this hotel.
-Beach access was great
-Has a small putt putt for kids, corn hole, volleyball, kayaking, sailing, paddle boards etc. Tons of activities. This place was very kid friendly even though we didn't bring our kids this time. They even had a movie night by the pool for kids.
-Look for rabbits, they are all over the grass area of the property. So cute.
-Landscaping and flowers were awesome.

Even with the few minor downsides I would recommend this hotel and we will probably come back. This has been a great place and town. People are so friendly and laid back here. It is great. One of our top places we have been and we travel a lot. Highly recommend. Just wish they would upgrade the furniture and shower heads and I'd be 100% happy.

Room Tip: Higher floor the better the view
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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derossetgordon, Marketing at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Dear JASON8502,

I would like to first thank you for your review. It helps us to know where we can improve and receiving guest feedback such as yours is essential in our quest to giving visitors the best experience possible.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our resort's amenities and adventures. Our location on Wrightsville Beach does give our resort a unique surf-to-sound experience with access to both beach, harbor, garden, and pool activities!

To satisfy the expanding internet needs of our guests, in the last week we have taken the initiative and installed a robust Cisco Meraki wireless solution and added 1 GB of fiber broadband. This system affords us seamless high-speed WiFi connectivity throughout our resort.

Thank you for your feedback regarding the disappointment you experienced regarding our guest room amenities. I have notified our directors and we are taking steps to make sure that this issue gets taken care of.

Please let us know if you plan to return as we look forward to welcoming you back! We take our guests' comments to heart as we continue to strive for perfection.

Best regards,
deRosset Gordon

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Our family of three just spent three nights at the Blockade Runner.
Pros:
- Loved our ocean view
- The hot buffet breakfast
- Really enjoyed hanging out on the grounds, both the ocean and sound sides
- Beach was not too crowded, especially when walking in the evening
- Having lunch by the pool
- Both meals we ate at the hotel were great
- Location - easy to walk to restaurants
- Free parking
- Had a great time on the complimentary sailing cruise
- Enjoyed the room/lobby décor
- Comfortable beds

Cons:
- Poor wifi connection
- Room needed a little attention with rust in the bathroom and a little mold above the A/C vent
- Bathrooms are small due to being an older property

We are looking forward to our next visit. This is a great hotel for families. Even my 13 year old was happy! If you are a couple looking for a modern, luxury beachfront property, then you may be disappointed, but it is a great fit for families looking for a wonderful location and good amenities. Next time, we hope to take advantage of renting a kayak or paddleboards. You could definitely spend a whole week in the summer and have plenty to do!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at the Blockade Runner this week! All the employees were very helpful. They have a great hot buffet breakfast that comes with the room. The rooms are spacious although could use some updates. The views are beautiful of the bay or the ocean. One tip is if possible bring your own beach chairs. They have them there but charge $10 per lounger on the beach per day and $15 per umbrella. That seemed high to me. But other than that we were very please and definitely will come back! The location is perfect! wifi service was only OKAY.

Room Tip: We had a bay view room and it was beautiful.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank gkunik
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We were completely disappointed , after seeing the pictures on line and then pulling into resort my heart sunk ... looks nothing like the pictures they have on line , the rooms are tiny, low ceilings, dirty , doors to enter room are not code ! 30" doors ?? Our room had hair everywhere, mold on windows and tile grout is filthy !! I'm just saying I spend several weeks a year traveling and spending time in 4 star resorts , I would have to say this is a 2 star hotel and our family would never consider this place again !!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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derossetgordon, Marketing at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Dear Wilda107,
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We take guest service and satisfaction seriously, and share in your disappointment that your experience did not meet your expectations. I completely understand and agree that the condition in which you found your room is completely unacceptable. I will be speaking to my Directors to help see what we can do to ensure this issue never happens again.
Best regards,
deRosset Gordon
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This past weekend was our first time staying at here and we had a wonderful time! The location of the hotel is perfect. It's a quick walk to Tower 7 (love their tacos) and the strip of shops/restaurants in WB. The service and staff were very nice, professional, and helpful. The resort grounds were probably the best part! We enjoyed grabbing a bite at the beach bar and also loved sitting in the Adirondack chairs on the lawn in the evenings. Breakfast in the mornings were a huge plus too. The only drawback for us was the tiny bathroom and no balcony off of our room. We would definitely return though!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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derossetgordon, Marketing at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Dear lovemysilverbug,
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you were able to enjoy many of the benefits of our resort. We just want to let you know that we do have a balcony section on the north side of our grounds. Please make sure to inquire about them when you start to plan your next visit. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Best regards,
deRosset Gordon
Marketing

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Address: 275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480-2021
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Region: United States > North Carolina > Wrightsville Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Wrightsville Beach
Price Range: RM524 - RM1,346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blockade Runner Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blockade Runner is uniquely located on Wrightsville Beach Island, North Carolina’s accessible outer-bank. On the east side, the resort fronts the Atlantic Ocean with a wide sandy beach while the west side fronts an Intracoastal Waterway harbor and anchorage. The resort offers the most complete water related activities possible. Our famous Blockade Runner full service breakfast is included for all guest including groups (not applicable to cottage groups). ... more   less 
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