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Riverside Motel

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent two nights here and really enjoyed the view. Old, plain motel but clean. It's right next door to Oliver's Restaurant and within easy walking distance of all other restaurants along the waterfront plus all of downtown. Only problem was mattress. Motel was remodeled in 2002 and the mattress probably had not been replaced since then.

Thank JeanA6565
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although this hotel isn't fancy and is kind of dated, it has the best river front location and views. The rooms are plain and have a fridge and microwave, and a small flat screen. The room was very clean and not musty at all. The views are outstanding! Right on the river. Each room has a porch, a swing and...

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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We spent a long weekend and had a lovely time. We so enjoyed the porch swing and time spent watching the boats go by. On Sunday evening, we were treated to a magnificent full moon and a shooting star--perfection! It is so nice to have a clean comfy room in walking distance of everything. We only got in the car...

1Thank Diane A
Morehead City, North Carolina
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Charming, retro "mom and pop's" roadside motel with all the amenities........Small, but clean rooms, literally right on the Cape Fear River affording you a close-up view of monolithic container ships navigating their way to foreign shores as well as the ever-blinking historic lighthouse just across the river.....Staff is gracious and appreciative and a stay there puts you within walking distance...

1Thank drummerbuilder
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The location is great with waterfront views, porch swings and a small deck. The woman who checked us in could not have been nicer. However, the room smells of mildew and there are black rings around the bathtub drain that made the water run black when I turned it on. The beds are super soft, which might be to your...

1Thank protravel8
Reviewed 28 March 2017

My husband and I were here for the weekend just to get away....next time we are in Southport we will definitely stay here! Conveniently located, right on the river beside Waterfront Park, clean and comfortable.

Thank Mimi R
Greensboro, North Carolina
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Every time I get a chance to slip away to southport, this motel is first on my list to try and get a reservation. Having only a few rooms can make it difficult at times, but always worth a try. The rooms are simple, the view is amazing, and the staff is like dealing with close friends. In my opinion,...

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Susan Weckbaugh
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Everyone was so friendly and Caroline felt like family. Seriously. The beds were super comfy, unbelievable. The decor was Beach and cozy and lovely (let me get my Thesaurus for more positives!). BUT THE PORCH! We were in room #7, had a porch overlooking the water and watched the lighthouse beam off and on while we sat on the swing...

1Thank Suporto
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Have been to Southport a few times, spent the weekend on my last trip and really enjoyed the stay at Riverside Motel. It feels like home to me and I can't wait to go back in six weeks! The rooms are very clean and updated. Rooms 2-7 have the back deck on the river front.

2Thank dcassady2011
Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

A great place to stay! The name motel doesn't do this justice! Great location, friendly attentive staff. The room is so spacious and clean with everything you need. The room is decorated just right with very comfortable beds and linens. Each room comes with its own little back porch with a front row seat to the waterfront. You even get...

3Thank vacationlady43

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The Riverside Motel is Southport's only motel on the riverbank in historic downtown. All rooms come with fans, phones, coffee, cable TV, microwaves and refrigerators. All rooms also have porches with swings facing the river with a panoramic view. ... more   less 

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Address: 103 W Bay St, Southport, NC 28461-3801
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Southport
Number of rooms: 12
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“All have same view, I think.”
JeanA6565, 17 May 2017 | Read review
“Water-front rooms have river view............”
drummerbuilder, 9 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Room 7 is on the far right end away from the restaurant with a bit larger deck.”
protravel8, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Some rooms face the ocean with a balcony and a swing, some face the street, but all are good.”
mimir797, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms 1&8 do not have riverfront deck but are still very nice rooms. Only one level so very quiet and pleasant!”
dcassady2011, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
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