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“1st visit to Buxton” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cape Hatteras Motel

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Cape Hatteras Motel
46556 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Buxton
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“1st visit to Buxton”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We spent 2 nights in a 2nd floor ocean view room and enjoyed our visit. You can't get much closer to the beach than an ocean room here! Room was clean, comfortable and spacious. Plenty of space to hang towels/swim suits up. Buxton is quieter than Nag's Head. You will need a car or take a long walk along a fairly busy road to a restaurant (there is a small breakfast place across the street but we thought it was only fair - nothing special). We liked the chairs on the balcony but the balconies are not private - they are on the deck area that is used like a 'hallway'. BUT there's not a lot of people traffic going by so it's pretty quiet and nearly private. Windows had screens so we could leave the windows open a bit to hear the surf at night. Bathrooms were well kept. We did not use the pool so can't report on that. The surf was rough so you'll need to keep an eye on kids. Really nice place to stay!

Room Tip: 2nd floor ocean view room. There are also 3rd floor ocean views but I imagine that may be a quite a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dave D, Owner at Cape Hatteras Motel, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
I am glad you picked us for your first trip to Buxton and hope you will also stay with us on your next trip. Stay a while and enjoy the pool, thanks again, Dave
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Newark, Delaware
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The ocean-side townhouse and room rentals are perfect--literally right on the beach! Great views.
The pros:
-the kitchen is well equipped
-the rooms are clean
-furniture is well maintained
-management is friendly
-the swimming pool is small, but nice and clean
-overall great for families
-excellent value

The cons:
-no internet on the ocean side (or maybe for you it's a good thing!) although management if fine with you bringing your laptop to the office to use.
-the beach is beautiful, but if you have young children you need to keep an eye on them as the currents are quite strong.

Four years in a row we have been and still love it.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ocean side are good. I heard that the rooms across the road near the pool are not as n...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dave D, Owner at Cape Hatteras Motel, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Awesome review. Thank you! You will also be happy to know we added new antennas today so our wi-fi signal should be sufficient to reach anywhere on the property, which is good news for those who need to be connected. Thanks again, Dave
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Cary, North Carolina
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17 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Another fabulous stay at the Cape Hatteras Motel! We arrived late and they greeted me by name when we got there. Plenty of parking available! Unit was clean, stocked plenty of fresh towels and furnishing aren’t fancy but were very comfortable. Beds are very comfy, showers have great water pressure and having a full kitchen in the unit was such a plus for us with the kids. All the dishes and utensils you might need are already there. And if you stay here you MUST get an ocean front room! Open the door and the ocean is right there! The long open decks with rocking chairs encourage guests to get to one know another. And while there are no elevators, steps are wide and solid so easy to maneuver even for my husband who was on crutches! (Of course we had booked a third floor Oceanfront Suite before the broke this leg but he managed ok.) Also there are hoses and water spouts where you can clean off the sand on the stair landings. That came in handy after I buried the kids in the sand one afternoon. Another nice feature are clotheslines that run along the porch with clothespins. Perfect place to dry out wet towels and bathing suits.

Location is fantastic – quick drive to Hatteras Lighthouse, short drive to Avon fishing pier and close to many dining options including a restaurant next to the hotel office as well as a cute boutique to shop in. The motel also has a pool and hot tub if you get tired of the sand (as my kids did one afternoon.) If you do find only the sound side rooms are available – it’s an easy quick walk to the beach and you are in for a spectacular sunset from your back windows. And sound side parking area is larger so if you bring a boat there is room to park it.

My husband and his friend found this hotel on a surfing trip one winter and it has become our favorite place to stay on the outer banks ever since. Reasonable rates, big conveniences when traveling with kids and you can’t get any closer to the ocean than this motel. Will be back again soon.

Room Tip: Stay Oceanfront! 3rd floor is best views but now that dune is gone - 2nd floor is good too. Iif you...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dave D, Owner at Cape Hatteras Motel, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your business and hope you will visit again soon. Dave
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed at this hotel and the view of the ocean and beech were totally awesome. For the price you couldn't ask for a better value. The rooms were very clean - furnishings a little out dated but in very good condition.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We were absolutely amazed by the beauty of the view and the fact we could drop a rock from our rooms deck into the water @ high tide! Everyone was so very friendly, just the total mindset of the people on the island was totally different from most tourist type areas! They watch out for one another, for example, my daughter was getting married and we were leaving to run to the store when a gentleman on a bike flagged us down and ask if we were having a wedding which we said yes and he told us that we had someone broke down on the beach! It wasn't anyone with us so he continued going down the beach asking everyone if they were with them just to get them help that sums up how friendly they are there!!!Everyone needs to go here once in their life at least!!!

Room Tip: Oceanside is where you want to be, they are nice and the view is awe inspiring!!!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

I stayed hear for a night in late February and the weather was cool but sunny. Not much open on Hatteras this time of year but that also means there were few tourist.

I stayed on the oceanside and high tide came right up to the pylons of the building. You don't get any better ocean front then that! This place is in danger of disappearing into the Atlantic some check out before next hurricane season.

The rooms were large, clean, and comfortable. Microwave and fridge provided for the budget traveler. The very friendly hosts were helpful and obviously passionate about their business and the island.


Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cary, North Carolina
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Forget room service and a fancy lobby - that's not what we want on a vacation. I don't want to pay for a bunch of stuff I won't ever use so I love this Motel. We stayed here on a last minute idea to spend Thanksgiving at the beach in 2008. My husband and his buddy had stayed here for a surfing trip the previous winter so we decided to use it for our family trip. We stayed in the townhouse on the beach side and loved it. Full kitchen allowed us to cook full thanksgiving dinner and having bedrooms on a lower floor helped so the kids got good sleep. View of the ocean out the living room was fabulous. And we enjoyed meeting the other guests while hanging out on the large deck space that runs the length of the building. The beds were comfortable and decor simple but clean and nice. Our friend and his family who came with us stayed in the oceanfront suite a few doors down. Their Suite did smell a little fishy at first (quick spray of air freshener fixed that and smell didn't come back) but I understand since this is a favorite place of fisherman to stay. And it is super close to the Hatteras Lighthouse. Great place to eat nearby is Diamond Shoals Restaurant as well as the Motel is not far from lighthouse Sports Bar - a great pool hall. Good value, great location and very friendly staff!! We are heading back in May 2013 later this year.

Room Tip: Sound side is nice too but go for ocean front. Not much more in price and the views are great! And i...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cape Hatteras Motel

Address: 46556 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Hatteras Island > Buxton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Buxton
#3 Family Hotel in Buxton
#4 Romantic Hotel in Buxton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Hatteras Motel is located on the oceanfront in Buxton North Carolina. We are located about a mile down the beach from the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The motel is bordered by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Atlantic Ocean. The motel has a fresh water pool with a hot tub. When conditions are safe, our beach is great for swimming and surfing. It is also one of the best places in the country to surf fish. We are about ten miles from the marinas at Hatteras Inlet. Boats out of Hatteras have the shortest run to the gulf stream north of Florida. There is also a fishing pier five miles north of Cape Hatteras Motel. We offer oceanfront rooms with either one king or two queen beds. We also offer two bedroom suites, complete with full kitchens.These units are complete with linens and dishes. All units have access to free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. Whether you are coming to Cape Hatteras to surf or kite board, windsurf or fish, or maybe to just walk our miles of National Seashore beaches; the Cape Hatteras Motel is the place to stay. ... more   less 
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