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All reviews back porch porch swing the cape fear river within walking distance street side overlooking the river pleasure boats rooms are clean small refrigerator island lighthouse oliver's restaurant the air conditioning unit walk into town we loved our stay coffee maker ice machine bed and breakfast
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Reviewed December 14, 2017

Southport knows how to celebrate! Their 4th of July Festival can't be beat- and neither can their Winterfest celebration!! We always go down for the Flotilla and try to stay at Lois Jane's Riverside Motel. There are only 8 rooms- and 2 of those are on the street side and believe me, you want the river side!! There is a restaurant right beside the motel, and there are many others within walking distance. Come to think of it, everything is Southport is within walking distance- that's the beauty of this place!
While the motel is small, it is clean and comfortable. Rooms come with a TV (of course!), microwave, small refrigerator, and very nice bathroom. The water is hot- very nice during the winter! The heat source is outstanding and even when it is freezing outside, you will be warm and cozy inside. A coffeemaker, complete with everything you need to make coffee, is included in the room. There is even a hair dryer tucked away in a drawer! If you need ice, there is an ice machine in the motel office, along with extra towels and coffee supplies, should you need them when no one is on duty there. Each river side room comes with a private porch, 2 chairs, and a swing for enjoying the scenery. Most days you will be excited to see the ocean freighters/tankers heading up river to Wilmington or making their way back to sea.
My only complaint with the motel- and the reason 4 stars instead of 5- is that I couldn't get the free wi-fi to work. My computer and cell phone only picked up the signal for the river pilots' tower! But hey, I was there to enjoy the Cape Fear river and all Southport has to offer, so I just left the computer in the case and enjoyed the time I was there. The people of Southport are very welcoming to visitors, and the staff at the motel is no exception. They are willing and eager to make your visit with them memorable and enjoyable! Wonderful place to stay- and if the motel is full-- try the Lois Jane Riverview Inn B&B across the street!!

Stayed: December 2017
2  Thank catfish220
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Riverside Motel. We paid $106/night for a river view, and $84/night for a street view, which was reasonable. The place was not spacious or elegant at all, but it was clean, and its location was excellent. The best part was that our back "porch" had a bench, chairs, and a wonderful view of the river. Also, the cleaning maid was extremely sweet. The worst part was that the shower was a trickle, and we had no internet during our entire stay. Also, the mattress was very hard. But we will come back due to the price, location, and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Paying extra for a river view is worth it so you can have your own Happy Hour on the back porch.
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank JodyPony
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

Just spent three wonderful days in Southport at the Riverview Motel. Lovely weather and spotless rooms and great view of the ships going up to Wilmington. They are so close. Very helpful staff and close to great restaurants.

Room Tip: For best views of the river choose 3,4,5 6 or 7 all rooms are similar otherwise.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank SKelly2185
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

Motel is older but comfortable. Stayed in room 7. End of motel with deck overlooking the river. Very nice staff. Very relaxing. Close to town and restaurants so you can walk. Will plan to go back soon.

Stayed: October 2017
2  Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

I had read other reviews that raved about the gorgeous view from their room's porch, but you truly have to see it to believe it. It is truly amazing! Our room was clean, pleasant, and well-apportioned. The owner left us a donut as a surprise. How sweet is that!!?? We will definitely be back!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank K S
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