This was our first trip to The Outer Banks. We looked for a place to stay for myself, my husband and our 3 children. I had heard all the motels/hotels there were outdated and kind of "smelly". However, Cape Hatteras Motel was a little of both but it didn't discourage us at all. We had a great stay and the manager/owner of the property was extremely nice and personable. We stayed in a sound side suite which was perfect for our family of 5. We had always vacationed where there was alot to do with children but this trip we wanted something more laid back and not as busy. There was still plenty to do and it was very nice to go to the beach without seeing all the commercialism with high rise hotels. Our children LOVED where we stayed and said they had a great time! We had a great vacation and we will be going back there again! :) If you want "fancy" and shoulder to shoulder people then this is not the place for you. If you want laid back and reserved and quiet then this is place to go!