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Durham, North Carolina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was happily surprised by this little gem, we had spent the weekend getting married at The Durham hotel so had been properly spoiled. we wanted to get away but didnt want to leave our dog behind. we hit bad weather so the drive was twice as long as expected.. we were happy to find the lazy pirate next door...

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at Drifters Reef one night to catch the ferry to Southport the next morning. I arrived around 10:30 PM and was happy to get some rest. I was there for like 6 hours and it was a bed and a shower. I always check for bedbugs and did not see any in my room. It is basic. It...

1Thank StephanieSB2001
Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 4 October 2016

I rarely write reviews, I don’t go around trashing local establishments because I feel I have been “Wronged” I am not that guy, I also am aware that a low budget motel is exactly that but… I stayed over the night of October 1st, 2016 I stayed with my friend in room 212 and I was in the bed closest...

3Thank bbiedny
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The only thing they have going positive is the cheap rate during heavy peak vacation ($164 per night). The air conditioner was loud and blows out warm air. The room was not cleaned well - doesn't appear that they care. Parking was horrible since they did not reinforce towing on non-paying guests. They have benches by the room door which...

2Thank GeekGuests
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Checked in around 5 pm. Room was over 100 degrees because the a/c was set to fan. Checked bed as always and found tons of long back hair, black specks and some unknown substance on bedding. Lady at desk was very nice, apologizing and said she'd take care of it which she did. Small holes in walls, cracked outlet covers....

1Thank Peter H
Shelby, North Carolina
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This was my 3rd trip to the same hotel. Our first night, the couple next door sat outside on the bench smoking and it was coming in our room, which already smelled like smoke. There were only blinds on the window and large security lights in the parking lot so our room was well lit at bedtime. We put our...

Thank hippsjerryjudi
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Recently spent 3 nights here. The location is convenient and the Lazy Pirate Bar and Grill is next door. The pool is fairly nice and the motel is very colorful on the outside but the rooms are lacking. The bed slept good but the pillows were flat as pancakes. The carpet is awful and needs replacing badly. I don't think...

2Thank sunbunny125
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Ok..... Where do I start, this has to be the worst hotel in Carolina Beach!!! We came down to Carolina Beach for a short getaway and of course, everything except the drifter reef was vacant. The only option they had was a two bedroom apartment. As you will see in the pics that I uploaded, this place was filthy! Flies...

5Thank Chinadoll71
Reviewed 16 July 2016

We arrived July 13, The staff at Drifters was very gracious and friendly made my wife and I feel comfortable. The room was clean we had a king size bed, cable TV, Micro wave, mini refrigerator, and coffee machine, since our sole intention was to get to Carolina beach we did not take advantage of their swimming pool, maybe next...

Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful stay here! The front office was extremely clean and neat. The front office manager was amazing and so helpful! The room was wonderful! In walking distance to everything! Book this hotel for a fabulous stay at the beach! We will be back for sure! Best hotel on the island!

1Thank Ashley T
driftersreef, General Manager at Drifters Reef Hotel, responded to this review

We appreciate your business! Thank you for your kind words! It is our goal to make sure our customers are happy and enjoy their vacation at the beach! See you again soon! Laura

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Drifter's Reef Hotel is located in the heart of Carolina Beach, North Carolina and offers you great accommodations at a reasonable price. We offer microwaves, mini frigs, air conditioning, cable, free Wi-Fi, large outdoor pool, charcoal grills, volleyball courts, laundry facilities, onsite restaurant and bar. The Lazy Pirate is our famous award winning restaurant boasting legendary wings and crab shack! All quests will receive a 10% discount on food purchases! Carolina Beach's charter fishing fleet, top of the line cruise boats, excellent shopping at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, fine restaurants and our beautiful beaches are all within a few short blocks and easy walking distance. Drifter's Reef Hotel has 57 rooms consisting of King rooms, Double rooms, Double Deluxe, Double Suites and a 2 Bedroom Full Apartment. We hope you will choose Drifter's Reef Hotel for your next vacation!! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Drifters Reef Hotel

Address: 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Region: United States > North Carolina > Carolina Beach
Price Range: $146 - $289 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Drifters Reef Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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