Sheraton Atlantic Beach Closed For Remainder Of Year

Damage from Hurricane Irene has forced the Sheraton Atlantic Beach to close for the remainder of the year.

"After carefully reviewing the situation with repair and restoration companies, insurance and safety inspectors, and a host of others, we have regretfully concluded that the safest option for our guests and associates is to temporarily close the hotel in order to thoroughly and efficiently complete the work," said Hal Barnes, general manager.

The hotel is now contacting all the groups and individuals who were booked through December 31.

An employee meeting is being held this afternoon. Ninety employees will be furloughed during the repair process, according to Barnes.

"We will be communicating with employees twice a week regarding our process and sincerely look forward to the opportunity to welcome everyone back after the first of the year, " Barnes said. "Until then, we are working to place our employees in temporary positions and we welcome calls from employers who are looking for quality staff."

"We regret the inconvenience this has caused our guests and our employees and are eager to reopen as quickly as possible," Barnes said, "once we can assure the comfort and safety of all concerned."

Two of WITN's crews stayed in the hotel during Hurricane Irene and saw first hand the damage to the pier, the front doors and driving rains causing issues in rooms. The Sheraton is always very accommodating to media during hurricane coverage as crews seek safe shelter in which to report to our viewers.

The Sheraton Atlantic Beach is operated by MJS Hotels, a national, full-service owner and third-party management company with offices in Arizona, Connecticut and Florida.


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  • by CB Location: New Bern on Sep 10, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Please repair the pier too...it has been a wonderful place for hotel guests and pier customers over the years!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Sep 10, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    The Sheraton Atlantic Beach has always been a nice place to stay and for cnventions. Hope they get it fixed better than ever. It came at a better time even though I am sure there were alot scheduled events. Hope the "Big Oak Drive In" - Salter Path, weathered the storm ok.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    Fix the pier too!
  • by MIKE Location: DOWN ON THE BEACH on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    well it couldn't have happened to a bettter bunch of people. They are really proud of thir place they charge you to park ,to use the wireless internet, and to use the beach chairs and umbrellas. All that should be included in the price you pay for the room.
  • by nick Location: local on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    You people are a bunch of selfish idiots. OOH I have no place to go to the beah Boo HOO HOO .Really pathetic people no dont worry about the people familys this affects. When the hotel is back up and running it will be better then ever as for the pier. it will be closed till further notice and all the media that think they know what is going on you are all wrong the people they interviewed WRONG!!! you need to get the facts right before you post lies.
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    I hate that they had damage, but maybe this will give them a chance to renovate those outdated rooms. For the $300-$400 per night you pay during the summer, the rooms should be much nicer.
  • by UNCgirl Location: NC on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    Hmm... wonder what the chances are that they may be open for their annual New Year's Eve party?
  • by bear on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    It's sad that the hotel sustained so much damage, but it's heart-warming to hear that the company is doing the right thing by it's employees and guests. If they hold true to their word & don't short-change their staff, I would absolutely put them at the top of my list for a getaway or to book an event...and recommend them to everyone I know. God speed with the repairs! Best of luck to all of the event coordinators (especially the Brides & Grooms) who now have to find a different venue. I know it's not easy.
  • by What?? Location: Greenville, NC on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    I stand corrected. Thanks for correcting me. That would have bugged me for some time as to how that was possible!
  • by Private Location: Williamston on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    @What???......looks like you should read the article. It says 95 events and half of those are weddings. Better to comprehend before you open your mouth.
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