"Self Penthouse Vacation Rental"
This vacation rental was perfect for us! It had both views of the ocean and sound and the view of the ocean from the front deck is simply gorgeous. My husband and I were looking to just relax and rejuvenate--so we spent most of our time on the front deck! Plus it's only a short walk to the beach or to the sound which was a huge convenience!! Interior was very comfortable and nicely kept--there is new furniture in livingroom--different from online pics. Only two drawbacks for us: no WiFI and upper deck was closed off, but still highly recommend this rental.
-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 07/08/2015
My husband and I took our two dogs to Emerald Isle in June 2015 and stayed at the Self Penthouse. The realty company was helpful in helping us navigate issues, but this property is fairly old, has its charm, but we also encountered some problems with our stay. First, the good stuff:1. Awesome views, lots of windows and sliding glass doors.2. Pet friendly.3. A/C worked great.4. Plenty of hot water.5. Close to the beach and the sound.6. Great surround sound set-up.7. Cute lamps everywhere for nice lighting.8. Lots of ceiling fans.9. Close to a few good seafood restaurants.Now for the not-so-good stuff:1. No WiFi (though the realtor set us up with a hot spot).2. The crows nest is CLOSED!!!!! You can not get up to the very top deck and see the sound and ocean at the same time, big disappointment for us.3. There was a huge dumpster at the bottom of our stairs from the time we arrived on Sunday, through Friday. Work had been done on the roof and it was full of construction debris. Not a pretty sight to see every day of our vacation.4. There were unsafe objects in the grass around the property, definitely wear shoes and if you have pets, be very careful that they don't step on anything.5. Many of the windows are not clean and the screens are ripped.6. Many light bulbs were out, so we found a closet with extras and replaced a ton of them.7. There is a very long staircase leading up to the unit, so be very careful if walking a dog with a leash. It is very easy to trip.8. The linens that were delivered were very old and torn.9. The bedspreads need to be replaced, but the bed was fairly comfortable.10.No dishwasher! Even though I checked with the realtor before hand, they said there was a dishwasher, but there was not.11. During our stay, the downstairs unit (Self West) was packed with several families at one time. We counted 7 adults and 4 children at one point. This was a problem when it came to parking, especially with a huge construction dumpster taking up lots of space.12. A bright outdoor light goes on at night automatically, lighting up the painted "dolphin" wall in the back of the rental. This was annoying.Overall, we enjoyed our stay, but some upgrades are really needed (maybe do this in the winter months when you don't have a packed vacation rental???). There was also construction going on during our stay on both sides of this property at different rentals, so sleeping late was not an option.
Thank you for your review of your stay. This quadraplex has recently undergone some renovations, and I welcome you to give our office a call to hear about the improvements the owner has made.
-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 06/22/2015
My husband and I rented Self Penthouse in Emerald Isle for 1 week in June 2015. I notice that no reviews have been posted since August 2013, so there have been changes (for the good and bad). First, for the good:1. The realty company worked hard to change issues that were presented during our stay.2. There is construction being done on the home to upgrade some current issues.3. There is great lighting and ceiling fans throughout the rental (no harsh overhead lighting). We loved the Christmas lights over the bar area.4. The views are great. You can see the sound and the ocean from the front and back of the unit.5. The rental is pet friendly and near the beach and sound.6. A/C worked great and there was plenty of hot water (unlike a downstairs unit who had no hot water for 3 days).7. There is new decking and some new furniture.Now for the not-so-good:1. This is a very old unit and upgrades are being made. That being said, the Crow's Nest is closed, so there's no going up to your own deck to see both views at the same time.2. There are lots of windows, but half of them are dirty or screens are ripped.3. There was a huge construction dumpster parked at the bottom of our long flight of stairs for 5 days while we were there, full of smelly roofing and other construction items.4. Parking can be an issue, especially with the nasty dumpster taking up space.5. There were unsafe items in the grass and driveway due to the construction.6. There are neighbors downstairs. We would not have had an issue had the West side of the rental not had so many people staying there.7. No WiFi!! Even though there is a router, there is NO WiFi!! The rental company was nice enough to allow us to borrow a Hotspot.8. Bedspreads are outdated and need to be replaced.9. If you bring your pets, there is a long flight of stairs leading up and down to the unit, so you and they need to be very careful traversing the stairs, especially if you have a leash in hand that can get tangled.10. Construction is going on next door (both sides), so it can get noisy.11. No dishwasher! Even though the rental company said there was after I asked in advance.12. Even with the new furniture, it would have been nice to have new carpet or flooring as well.Overall, we had a pleasant stay and tried to ignore some of the noise and the giant ugly dumpster parked at the bottom of our stairs. We wore shoes outside that would be safe in case we stepped on a nail or sharp objects, and made sure our pets were safe. Hopefully the upgrades they are working on will make this place much better. Washing or replacing windows and screens would be a huge plus as the views are awesome! Adding WiFi and a dishwasher would be a plus as well.
Thank you for your review and for your suggestions. This quadraplex has recently had some renovations so please call our office for a detailed run down of all the work that has been done.
-sunflower35 on 06/18/2015