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Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   8017 Old Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head, NC 27959
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Ranked #5 of 6 Nags Head B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Towanda, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid $168.00 for one night. NO Internet, NO Coffee pot, NO sound on the TV, Shower sprays in your face (No room to move), If you have the Air conditioner on while taking a shower, the shower curtain blows in the shower, even with the bathroom door shut!! Tiny Bathroom, Very few outlets in room! Had to dry hair in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was friendly it was very clean bleachy clean it was like being at home! I will stay here again best motel in nags head and a very nice place for my pet. You could not even hear the other dogs barking in the rooms. An island vibe I've never stayed anywhere I felt so welcome.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent three days during the past week at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel. The first thing I have to say is that the staff is first-rate. All of them. Friendly and made me feel like they cared about me having a good mini-vacation. Had one of the rooms on the beach. It was very clean upon my check-in. The property is very... More

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Ridge, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly staff clean room didn't have the oceanfront room but didn't really matter too much although wasnt fond of sitting outside room looking at parking lot. Walking distance to pier and yummy hamburger joint . You couldn't even tell a hurricane went through the day before. My only real complaint would be no coffee.

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Franklin Furnace
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

$150 per night to get the following: dirty room, paint chipped walls, loud air conditioner, broken tiles in tiny bathroom, no tub for little ones, dirty sheets that had sand in them from previous occupants, no hairdryer, stained towels, TV screen was dirty, crack in the main door (safety concern), it smelled, and uncomfortable bed. We stayed 4 nights, the... More

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edward22, Owner at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves at offering an affordable, clean hotel rooms. We have been a favorite for families for years. THis past year we did extensive exterior renovations. We have plans this fall/winter to renovate/gut the bathroom - which many guests enjoy for their charm - but we are excited will offer guests are more modern... More

chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect for what I needed. Tile floor, odd... But perfect for wet and sandy coming from beach. Minimal amenities. Only fridge. I paid for a nice clean room for sleeping on the beach. That is what I got. Friendly feel, nice location. I didn't want to stay inside at a ritzy hotel. If I had, I would have gone there.... More

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Nags Head
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Floor in room not level, no towels on arrival, no clock/ alarm, no hair dryer, ants, door don't seal, can not lock sliding door that goes to beach. Paid for oceanfront had to walk around due to door that don't lock. Barking dogs next door and nothing was done and could not get reimbursement to leave early. And they charge... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My daughter and I had a short weekend vacation. I booked the motel for a two night stay. The motel we got was very minimal accommodations, two double beds in a small room, one small bathroom with a stand up shower, a TV with no DVD player attached, and a small fridge. We had expected at least a microwave. I... More

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Management offered me the oceanfront upgrade and I'm glad I took it. These rooms are the most updated (but remember this is still a small, old, family-run OBX motel), offer direct access to the beach (walk out your sliding glass door) and are worth the extra $$. Just a low-key OBX hotel, nothing fancy but definitely provides a value. Yes,... More

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edward22, Owner at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel, responded to this review

Guest, thank you for your feedback. Dolphin has been a favorite Nags Head style for decades. We pride ourselves on offering the cleanest, affordable oceanfront accommodations on the Outer Banks. We continue to look for ways to improve our guest experience, and have completed extensive exterior upgrades this offseason. We have more planned for the coming offseason. We look forward... More

Lady Lake, FL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

THIS PLACE IS A HEALTH HAZARD. THERE WAS ALWAYS THE SMELL OF GAS AND SMOKE...perhaps coming from people having bonfires on the beach? I unfortunately have asthma and could not breathe. This is the WORST motel I've every stayed in.....a total waste of money. Our 25th anniversary was completely ruined by these ignorant people.We complained about the mold in the... More

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edward22, Owner at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel, responded to this review

Guest, thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you didn't have a better experience at the Dolphin. We pride ourselves on offering the cleanest room, best customer service, and the most affordable oceanfront rooms on the Outer Banks. We have been a favorite for families, fisherman, pet lovers, and more for generations. Certainly we deal with the environment from... More

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Address: 8017 Old Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head, NC 27959
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Oceanfront Motel 2*
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