i would like to first off say that all of the negatives surrounding our trip were completly out of the control of the staff of the lighthouse view. this was our first trip to the obx. we were in a third story king oceanfront. wich was nice and the view great. walking distance to beach super short. staff was friendly. as far as the reviews in wich people claimed the sand was full of cigarettes and that the smoking was a big problem for them...I belive that these are simply the kind of people who must find something to complain about because I am a non smoker, and found the butts to be very minimal. the grounds were very clean. smoking is also outside so i cant imagine why they are bothered so badly by this. however, and again this is out of the control of lhv and really more of a general complaint about obx.. the ocean side in front of the hotel is dangerous very little sand and big waves. there was a powerful rip current the entire trip making the ocean in front of the hotel just a view for us. so we thought we would find a beach with more sand area for our toddler to run around safely...here in lies the BIG problem with obx. almost ALLL of the desirable beach area...and i mean more beach area than not, is not only closed for orv making the permit they try to get you to buy absolutley useles, but is in most areas blocked off entirely, even to walk on...if you even want to walk the very very long walk.. due to the nesting piping plover....the sound side is nice for small children.. and my little one had fun there but again the small areas not closed off for the plover were crouded. so hotel gets a very good review. my review on the obx..this place is for the birds..LITERALLY.