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The Harborside Motel

229 Irvin S Garris Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This motel is a great because 1) it's a family friendly motel where it's always quiet at night, unlike other hotels I've been to 2) the cleaning service is friendly, we'll go to the beach and come back to a nice clean room with a made bed and fresh everything 3) it's right on silver lake so I can walk... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This motel has been operated by the same family for 50 years. We always get a friendly greeting when we arrive and our room is always ready. Its an older property, but don't let that stop you. Friendly service, clean rooms and just steps from everything in the village. If you are looking for a 5 diamond resort, this isn't... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Well, it was clean. There is no view except from the deck across the street. The ice machine was broken, no coffee pot, minimal piece of soap, the floor of the tub was broken and when we arrived, there was an ozone machine in our room ( to deodorize it I think). The walls and ceiling are paper thin. If... More 

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Billings, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We decided to spend the night in Okracoke to catch the early ferry to Cedar Island and chose the Harborside from the AAA TourGuide and I thought it would be OK - not great - but OK for one short night. I should have done more research. The hotel was closing for the season in just a couple of days... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have stayed at several places around the island but this one will never see me again! When we walked in the door the stench of mold hit us in the face along with a ton of flies. The room even had a flyer swatter in it. The toilet was running when we got there and never stopped. Our food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Harborside is an island motel that may seem dated but it is (and always has been clean and comfortable for us, this being our sixth trip). We favor the second floor, room 9, which has a king bed. All the rooms have a refridge and ac, which can be loud .They have complementary coffee, juice and breads in the morning.... More 

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Middletown, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

ok-I just read the review that someone said "no one wanted the cottage"-wrong. I have been coming to Ocracoke over 20 years-if we don't rent a house we stay at the Harborside-and the cottage is always the preference. We were here in September of 2013-hadn't stayed in a few years. New paint,decorated nicely. I agree-pillows could be better-but we generally... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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52 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

No - really - nothing! Except it has all become 25 years older. The carpeting, the drapery, the bathrooms - as if time stood still -except a lot of people have come & gone since then. No coffee pot provided. No microwave. An old small TV. The internet service is unattainable. No hair dryer. I doubt we will be back... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This hotel had no pictures on the hotel web page of what the rooms looked like, so it was one of my last choices. But, none of the other hotels I had called had any vacancy. As soon as the lady that answered told me she had a room available, I snatched it up. It was only after that I... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Let me start off by saying that we always book pricey hotels in Boston, London, NYC, San Fran....and so on and so on......so what do we do when we want to book a last minute room? You take what they have. We were fortunate that we found The Harborside Motel that didn't require a minimum two night stay. We needed... More 

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