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Tar Heel Motel

7010 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
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Tar Heel Motel
Ranked #6 of 13 hotels in Nags Head
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed in this hotel in July of 2013. When we arrived, we were a little skeptical it would be nice because it looks so old on the outside. (We are from the west, where everything is new.) The décor is kind of ugly, the carpet could use a cleaning, and some minor maintenance should be done like some painting... More

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Brooksville, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Visited in July 2013 for our first trip to the OBX and this was a great place to vacation in the OBX with your family! It's steps from the beach, off the main drag so the traffic noise isn't noticeable. Walking distance to the fishing pier.The pool is a nice place to jump in and relax after being in the... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed 4 nights the last week of July, it was a clean, comfortable room at the best price on the beach ... well across the street from it. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The motel has been around for decades but it is well maintained, my only complaint is that there was no dresser so we couldn't... More

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Ladysmith, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The Tar Heel is an old motel. That is a good thing. Everything in the room/kitchenette was fine. It is close to public access for the beach within walking distance. The wifi was weak but worked. Room was clean & quite. Everyone there were good, friendly people. I was there for the Bluegrass festival. I would stay again. Maybe next... More

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New Hampshire, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

My son and I worked our way down the eastern seaboard staying in hotels in the $65-$70 range -- hey, he's going to college! -- in nice oceanside locales. The Tar Heel was just a block off the beach and the room was clean, if not even close to luxurious. A little scruffy on the outside, but a bargain, fer... More

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Mertztown, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Not a fancy motel, but is very budget friendly and has everything you need for a nice vacation. Close to the beach, swimming pool, A/C. Room was cleaned everyday and had plenty of room for 3 adults and 1 child.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Its not easy to find a hotel that fits my family's budget and is right across from the beach, Tar Heel topped it all off with nice clean rooms and wonderful service. The staff was friendly--extra towels, extra pillows, and even a cot for my little one. (Yay for breathing space!) I'm already planning to stay there again next summer!

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Manassas, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Stayed at the Tar Heel for a summer wedding at the Outer Banks. Great job by the staff keeping everyone happy and all the rooms cleaned. They had no problems getting us extra pillows, ironing boards, directions, etc. Everything we couldn't bring from home, or forgot, they helped us out with. The place was very good and at the lowest... More

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Roxboro, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

If I could afford to stay in a 5 star hotel in Vegas, surrounded by strippers, playing slots, I wouldn't be spending my vacation in Nags Head. That being said, I was very pleased with my room. It was clean, well maintained, and worth the price I paid for it. I needed a nice place to sleep, while I was... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were in room 24 and it was filthy and disgusting. Three-quarters of the ceiling border in the bathroom is covered in mold, it's very dark and the room smells musty/mildew. It's cheap and across the street from the beach but I don't think the rate is worth it. I have random bites on my stomach and neck and am... More

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NC_Islander_12, Manager at Tar Heel Motel, responded to this review

We are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at the Tar Heel Motel. You stayed in a room that has not been refurbished but I can guarantee that it is clean and bed bug free. The poolside rooms are dark with the original paneling with the exception of 26 & 27 that have been redone. We take... More

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Additional Information about Tar Heel Motel

Also Known As:
Tar Heel Hotel
Address: 7010 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Nags Head
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kick off your shoes and relax ole' Nags Head Style at the Tar Heel Motel of the Outer Banks. Walk to the beach or stay and enjoy our pool and sundeck. All rooms have microwave, mini-fridge, cable tv and free WiFi. Choose between standard rooms, double rooms and kitchenettes. The Tar Heel is in walking distance of restaurants and fishing piers as well as shopping. ... more   less 

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