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This was our first time to Murphy and we're glad we went. This was the only downtown place to stay and it worked out really well. We got to walk around the town, safely drink, and watch a movie without ever getting in the car - huge perk. The place was totally great but I do want to mention that it's a small town and drug use/petty theft is often an issue. During our one night stay the cars with unlocked doors and roof rack bags were rummaged through and/or damaged with everything inside stolen. We had made sure nothing was in our car and the doors were locked; I'm very grateful to not have been a victim of that night's crime. Again, it's our first time here so maybe it was a fluke. If I had to do it over again, I'd still stay at Sunset Motel - just hide your stuff! - because the sweet town, convenience, and room was totally worth it.

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We arrived late and left before the office opened, so we didn't interact with anyone from the motel. But instructions were clear, the room was clean, and the breakfast basket was a nice touch. This motel met our needs very well for a one-night stop between Asheville and Shelby.

A great locally-owned property with all of the comforts and basics we needed for our hiking adventure in the Murphy area. Just the basics - only thing missing? no hairdryer in the room - had to ask for one. First hotel in 18 months where we had daily maid service! Convenient to the historic town center and several great dining options (Perronne's!)

Excellent option for older motel property. They had nicely updated the decor and added some nice outdoor common space. I would recommend bringing eye shades because the outdoor lights come into the room and avoid room 20 next to the ice machine.

Great staff, clean space, simple but everything you need. I recommend.

Absolutely amazing for the price! Comfortable beds and fun to stay at because it’s different from the chain hotels.

Amazing place. We will stay again. So clean and great service

Nice and very clean! Will certainly stay there again.

Unique quite friendly staff great location convenient

Great price, great service, clean comfortable room, and a perfect location. The renovated old school roadside motel is such a great concept and this place nails it.

I loved everything about the place except the heater and shower. The heater was on when I got there, but it ran all night and by morning it finally got up to 61 degrees in the room. And that would have been a problem if the bed maybe had one more blanket. And it wouldn't have been so bad if the shower produced more water than a light mist, and if it didn't run out of hot water after 10 minutes. After my cold shower, I had to shave with cold water too. I'm lucky I didn't end up with hypothermia. Knowing this going in, I'd still stay there again as I dig it's funkiness - but maybe I'll wait till summer. It's the only motel I have ever seen that has a ceiling fan over the bed. I LOVE that! But not when it's 28 degrees outside.

Truly enjoyed staying in Murphy at the Sunset Motel! Its completely remodeled with up to date modern furnishing and a close walk to downtown. Parking spots at your front door and affordable.

Nice, smaller hotel, 20 rooms or so, close in to a nice little town with very good restaurants. Loved the 50s and 60s style motif. Recently remodeled, with large rooms and beautiful decor. Breakfast basket is a great feature.

This place is all around amazing. seriously I have no complaint other then the bed and pillows kind of sucked lol. just very uncomfortable, but seriously it's 5 min from the casino beautiful scenery and the town murphy is very quaint and nice. sunset motel is a great place to stay.

Valley River Avenue Murphy NC

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Sunset Motel places you next to Nantahala National Forest and within a 5-minute walk of Valley River Arts. This 16-room motel welcomes guests with in-room amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.


Rooms

Guests can expect free WiFi and 40-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs and free toiletries. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers are also standard.


Property features

Guests staying at Sunset Motel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, free newspapers, and a vending machine. A stay here includes free parking. Helpful staff is there to provide front-desk service during limited hours, as well as offer insight about the area.

Room options

Room, 1 Queen Bed

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Double Bed

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Double Beds

2 Double Beds | Sleeps 4

Suite

1 Queen Bed and 1 King Bed | Sleeps 5

Guest reviews for Sunset Motel

Everyone (6) Couples (8) Family (3)
4
Everyone

This was our first time to Murphy and we're glad we went. This was the only downtown place to stay and it worked out really well. We got to walk around the town, safely drink, and watch a movie without ever getting in the car - huge perk. The place was totally great but I do want to mention that it's a small town and drug use/petty theft is often an issue. During our one night stay the cars with unlocked doors and roof rack bags were rummaged through and/or damaged with everything inside stolen. We had made sure nothing was in our car and the doors were locked; I'm very grateful to not have been a victim of that night's crime. Again, it's our first time here so maybe it was a fluke. If I had to do it over again, I'd still stay at Sunset Motel - just hide your stuff! - because the sweet town, convenience, and room was totally worth it.

By on Jun 10, 2022

Review comment responded on Jun 13, 2022

Thanks for the feedback- we appreciate it. Somebody has been targeting our motel for 2 weeks, they have hit us 3 times. The previous 5/6 years we have never had an issue with theft or anything whatsoever. We were able to recover the luggage and luckily, they did not steal anything from the roof racks. This is generally a safe area, of course anywhere you are, you're going to have drugs/petty crimes and we are so sad that this has happened to our little motel for the first time. We have been actively working with the police and this has not happened since, we are hoping it will not happen again! We have added multiple more cameras and we are putting a streetlight in as well for more light. We are doing everything we can on our end. So sorry you had to experience this, we are truly shaken up by this. Like I mentioned, in 6 years that we have owned this motel- this is a first- it is the same person, and it has been 3 times now. Overall, this is a safe area! We hope you think of us next time you're in Murphy.

5
Partner Couples

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By on May 29, 2022

Review comment responded on Jun 13, 2022

Thanks for the feedback!

4
Partner Couples

We arrived late and left before the office opened, so we didn't interact with anyone from the motel. But instructions were clear, the room was clean, and the breakfast basket was a nice touch. This motel met our needs very well for a one-night stop between Asheville and Shelby.

By on May 12, 2022

Review comment responded on May 13, 2022

Thanks for the feedback- we appreciate it!

4
Partner Couples

A great locally-owned property with all of the comforts and basics we needed for our hiking adventure in the Murphy area. Just the basics - only thing missing? no hairdryer in the room - had to ask for one. First hotel in 18 months where we had daily maid service! Convenient to the historic town center and several great dining options (Perronne's!)

By on Nov 8, 2021

Review comment responded on Nov 8, 2021

Thanks for your feedback - we really appreciate it! We are glad that you enjoyed our motel and hope to see you again. We stopped putting hairdryers in the rooms as they kept disappearing. So we have them available in the office. Thanks again

4
Family

Excellent option for older motel property. They had nicely updated the decor and added some nice outdoor common space. I would recommend bringing eye shades because the outdoor lights come into the room and avoid room 20 next to the ice machine.

By on Aug 4, 2021

Review comment responded on Aug 4, 2021

Thanks for the feedback- we appreciate it! So glad you enjoyed your stay and we will investigate the lights shining in. Hope to see you next time!

5
Partner Couples Business Business

Great staff, clean space, simple but everything you need. I recommend.

By on Mar 13, 2021

Review comment responded on Mar 13, 2021

Thanks so much for your feedback- we appreciate it! Hope to see you next time you're in Murphy.

5
Partner Couples

Absolutely amazing for the price! Comfortable beds and fun to stay at because it’s different from the chain hotels.

By on Feb 25, 2020

Review comment responded on Feb 25, 2020

Thanks for the feedback - we really appreciate it! We are so glad that you enjoyed our little motel and hope to see you again next time you are in Murphy.

5
Partner Couples

Amazing place. We will stay again. So clean and great service

By on Aug 10, 2019

Review comment responded on Aug 28, 2019

Thank you for the kind feedback- we appreciate it. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to having you as a guest again!

5
Partner Couples

Nice and very clean! Will certainly stay there again.

By on May 18, 2019

Review comment responded on May 18, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you next time you're in the area.

5
Family Partner Couples Family

Unique quite friendly staff great location convenient

By on Apr 19, 2019

Review comment responded on Apr 19, 2019

Thanks for the feedback - we really appreciate it! We are glad you enjoyed our motel and hope to see you again.

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