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"Room was very clean. Staff was very polite. Room was just a bit small but we weren't there for the room. " More

By a verified traveler on Fri 23 Jun 2017

Hotel Description

Motel near Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach

Close to the beach

You'll be within half a mile (1 km) of Carolina Beach Boardwalk and 2 miles (3 km) of Carolina Beach State Park with a stay here. Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and Freeman Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

2 outdoor pools

This motel's 2 outdoor pools and seasonal outdoor pool are among the featured amenities. Guests will appreciate free perks like free self parking and WiFi in public areas. A picnic area, express check-out, and barbecue grills are also on offer.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

The individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and ceiling fans. TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include refrigerators and microwaves.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$88* Per night/room Sep 3 - Sep 4

Signature Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchen

Bed Count 3 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Deluxe Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchen

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Dry Dock Vacation Club ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.2 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Dry Dock Vacation Club

Everyone (8) Family (3)
5 out of 5
Staff was all very friendly & helpful. Loved staying there !

Posted by on Aug 6, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 6, 2019 by Crystal

Thank you for your post. We appreciate your business and feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

5 out of 5
Double room was super nice and exceptionally clean, this place is more than expected and I hope to be able to return soon, As a rating of 1-5 stars, I'd have to say 6! SO much more than expected at the remarkably affordable price, I simply cannot say how much I appreciate the owner and all staff including housekeeping because they were absolutely awesome! I live on disability and can't afford the high priced hotels, but this Dry Dock had the feeling of a luxury hotel on an economy wallet, but what I think the one thing I liked best is that all the staff make you feel like a person and not just a statistic.

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 19, 2019 by Crystal

Thank you for your kind words! This is exactly how we hope each guest feels when staying at Dry Dock. We do hope to see you again soon!

1 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 13, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 14, 2019 by Debbie

We would love to hear why you were dissatisfied, so we can correct it. Cannot track that you were a customer at our establishment. Thank-you

4 out of 5
Although we asked for towels to be changed out in just a few minutes when we’d be leaving for the day, when y’all s sweet housekeeping crew knocked on the door, but they never came back...:/ but not a tragedy.

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 21, 2019 by Debbie

Thank-you for taking the time to write a review. I first apologize for the inconvenience that may have caused you and it will be addressed. We do hope you visit again. We are always trying to improve for our guests.

4 out of 5

Within walking distance of the beach.

Room was very clean. Staff was very polite. Room was just a bit small but we weren't there for the room.

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

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3 out of 5

It was just ok

Under the sink leaked but they fixed it right away.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

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3 out of 5

A motel is a motel.

The sheets were clean, but the comforter was filthy. On our second night, a breaker blew at 2:00 am causing the window ac unit not to function. Luckily, there was a power strip that the fridge and microwave were plugged into and we were able to use that to connect the ac to the bathroom socket that wasn't blown.The staff was nice and the room and the grounds were clean, although there was mold in the shower. Very average/ sub par experience was had.

Posted by , from Maryland on Jun 14, 2017

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2 out of 5

Uncomfortable and Noisey

The beds were awful and very uncomfortable the bathroom was very small there was not even a box of Kleenex in the room and there was only 1 ply toilet paper and the light from the front porch shined into the room also very noisey

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

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2 out of 5

Won't Stay Again

Cons: Update and put in deadbolts. If the rooms are non-smoking, don't allow people to smoke right outside the rooms.
We changed rooms and ended up leaving, taking the loss and going to a different hotel. Didn't even stay one night. The first room we had, you couldn't close the door properly and we worried we couldn't lock it and sleep peacefully. My boyfriend was able to break into our own room. We asked to changed rooms and the new one was not any better. No deadbolts for the doors, only a chain and the new room was not any more secure. The bed was not secure and when my boyfriend sat down on it, it collapsed. (He is of average height and weight.) We went to the front desk to let them know and said that we would leave. They could care less, gave me my money and we went to a much nicer hotel, that was closer to the beach and more affordable.

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 10, 2015 by debbie

Thank-you for your comments and I assure you that we do care very much about your experience here. We do up-date every year and dead-bolts are top priority for peace of mind for our guests. We hear you and we are making changes! Thank-you Debbie

3 out of 5


Cons: hotel needs major update
Location: boardwalk, restaurants, beach
Booked this hotel for a weekend with a friend last minute, and she was on a budget. Rates are cheap, and the location is amazing. Close to the beach, board walk and tons of places to eat. The toilet in our room was broken, the ac unit in back bedroom was leaking water all over carpet, fridge was leaking water on floor, fire alarm battery alert started beeping at 3AM and had to place it outside on the balcony as we couldn't get it to stop beeping. Hotel staff was nice but said they didn't have any other rooms to switch us to. Wifi was terribly slow. Overall, I wouldn't stay here again due to all the problems. But if you're looking for cheap hotel w/ good location, this will work.

Posted by , from Raleigh, NC on Sep 1, 2015

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Property Features

Dry Dock Vacation Club offers its guests 2 outdoor swimming pools and a seasonal outdoor pool. Public spaces have free WiFi. Dry Dock Vacation Club also features barbecue grills, a picnic area, and express check-out. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Carolina Beach motel.

  • 37 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-out
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.) (29.7 km / 18.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Dry Dock Vacation Club offers 37 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Cable television is provided. Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a seasonal outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Ziplining nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 8:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 25

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning.

Guests driving to the property should contact this property in advance. Please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving after hours will have to wait until the next morning to check in.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. No onsite parking is available. Safety features at this property include a smoke detector. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No onsite parking is available. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation.

  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Late check-out fee: USD 50.00 (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Dry Dock Vacation Club Motel Carolina Beach
  • Dry Dock Vacation Club Motel
  • Dry Dock Vacation Club Carolina Beach
  • Dry Dock Vacation Club

You should know

  • The seasonal pool will open in April and close in October.
  • Pool access available from 9 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Alcohol isn't served at Dry Dock Vacation Club.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.