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Drifters Reef Motel

Drifters Reef Motel welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $30 per dog, per night. Guests traveling with dogs must book rooms with 'Pet Friendly' in the description or risk not being able to check in with a dog and/or incurring any associated cancellation penalties. Aggressive breeds, cats and other pets are not permitted.
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Room Types
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    • 1 king bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 1 king bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 double beds and 1 king bed
    • Up to 6 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 double beds and 1 king bed
    • Up to 6 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 queen beds and 1 king bed
    • Up to 6 people
    • Pet fee additional
OUR GUARANTEE: Book a room now! Our canine concierge will make sure you’re assigned a pet-friendly room, so there aren’t any surprises at check-in.


The Drifters Reef Motel is located in the heart of Carolina Beach North Carolina. Carolina Beach's charter fishing fleet top of the line cruise boats excellent shopping at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk the area's finest restaurants and beautiful beaches are all within a few short blocks and easy walking distance from the hotel. Guests will also find a variety of restaurants. They can walk to with a restaurant just across the street. Also within a few short miles one will find some of the areas finest golf courses such as the Cape. Guests can enjoy the large outdoor pool family picnic area with charcoal grills and on-site DVD/movie rentals. Pets are allowed. The property offers 57 rooms, all equipped with cable TV, air-conditioning and phones. Rooms consist of singles doubles kings efficiencies and two bedroom full apartments.

Health & Safety

Safe Stay: Drifters Reef Motel has enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place. Hand sanitizer is provided to guests, and rooms are disinfected between each stay and sealed after cleaning. Social distancing measures are in place, as well as physical barriers between staff and guests. Contactless check-in and check-out are available. Hotel staff are required to wear masks.


  • Television
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Available
  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Parking Available
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Room
  • Outdoor Grills
  • Picnic Tables


BringFido Guest Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Drifters Reef Motel has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 11 canine critics on BringFido and 3.0 out of 5 by 155 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Matt
    Mar. 6, 2022
    Good location, but too much noise

    First time here. Most of the things the motel could control were acceptable. Check in was efficient and courteous. Room was clean upon entry. Room VERY basic. Small TV. Limited channels. Room too expensive for what you get. We did have a dog with us. Up charge of $33 including tax - that’s reasonable. They did have a dog run at back of property that was good to let our dog off leash for a few minutes. The area around this motel is NOISY and the rooms do NOT block any of the noise. The parking lot is shared with a restaurant/bar next door and its’ one way nature forces all traffic to drive by all the rooms. The typical vehicle in Carolina Beach is and unnecessarily loud lifted truck. Mix that with bar patrons leaving until closing time and it was tough to sleep. So if any of your humans or dogs are light sleepers, this is NOT the place for you. Lastly, the walkways smell like an ashtray. EVERY room has a bench and a cigarette receptacle. Let me be clear, I room did not smell like it, but as soon as you leave your room you are overwhelmed by it.

  • LORI
    Mar. 6, 2022
    Rooms set up for dogs

    We had a ground level room making it easy to take the dogs out. Hotel dog park was convenient but left dogs with very sandy paws.

  • Keith
    Feb. 13, 2022
    Nice place

    It was a nice hotel for our stay. Loved that they accept our fur baby. Staff was great!!

  • Sandra
    Oct. 6, 2021
    Nice folks

    Everyone was super nice, the room was a little bare bones, but was clean and just what we needed when traveling. There were some late nite peeps out, Franci didn't like that, but she finally settled down after a short while.

  • Tammy
    Jun. 13, 2021
    Perfect for dogs

    Loved the whole trip!! Perfect place for dogs! Nice rooms. Great people! Great location for walking.

  • Stephanie
    Apr. 18, 2021
    No fuss, basics

    Checking in and out was super quick and easy. I was worried that I might have issues because we have a bulldog, but they didn’t even ask to see her. The room had a tile floor, so it was nice not to worry about wet paws. If you’re looking for ultimate human comfort, this isn’t it. The beds were alright, but “alright” could describe the entire experience, lol. I had 3 kids and a dog with me. We were going for simple and easy, and this was perfect.

  • Robert
    Dec. 23, 2020
    Great Dog Park in back!

    Would go again!

  • Ashley
    Oct. 13, 2019

    Great location was in the middle of everything!! Very friendly staff!! Just will get a bigger place next time

  • Christina
    Aug. 22, 2019
    Great location, super dog friendly!

    We love staying here, there is a dog park for the fur baby and the location is phenomenal. Super close to Freeman Park where you can bring dogs. So many things within walking distance, it is our favorite place to stay in Carolina Beach!

  • Ashley on Apr. 20, 2021
  • Leslie on Oct. 13, 2019
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