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“First Flight is a Favorite” 5 of 5 stars
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815 S Virginia Dare Trail, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Westerville, Ohio
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7 hotel reviews
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“First Flight is a Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We have stayed four times at FFR and would not stay anywhere else. Condos are very clean with many amenities. We like staying on the 3rd floor where the ocean view is wonderful. FFR is located very conveniently to all of our favorite places. Always a great vacation here...can't wait to come back next year...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Collegeville, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Just got back from a week at First Flight. Stayed in unit 211 and it was great. Large balcony with terrific ocean views. Beach and ocean were wonderful. Condos are conveniently located near restaurants, sights, etc. Can't wait to come back.

Room Tip: I would book a unit on 2nd or 3rd floor for the best views. It appears that first floor unit views...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Little Egg Harbor, N.J. 08087
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Just spent 8 days here, and this place is Excellent. This is our second trip here. We had a 1 bedroom, oceanfront unit on 1st. floor. I'll try second floor next trip. Location is between priviate homes, so the beach is never packed. Lifeguard stand in front of condos. First floor is access to pool level. Crabby Fries accross the street, Capt George Seafood is on the next cornor, and 7/11 4 blocks down. Nice place to chill out.

Room Tip: Oceanfront units have Dunes view on Level 1. Sunrise is nice from Oceanfront units.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mystic Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Stayed at First Flight Retreat From Aug.26 till Sept.3. Its was our 2nd. time there. We like it cause some of the condos are pet friendly. Had an ocean view, 1 bedroom condo. Modern appliances, nice furniture, washer /dryer. Great pool area, right on the beach. It really doesn't get any better than that!! Restaurants at walking distance. Bike rental 1 block away. The only complaint i had was ..the rug was dirty all through the condo, but then again it was a pet friendly condo!!! Condo is pretty much equipped with everything you need. From toaster to blender to extra sheets. Do bring paper towels, toilet tissue and cleaning products (detergent, kitchen sponge). Plenty of parking and you get your own storage space for your beach stuff. So make sure you bring a lock!!!!

Room Tip: If you really want to have an ocean view ...get a condo on the 2nd. or third floor. Our condo was on...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, Va
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

In one year, we've stayed at FFR three times. We love the location on the beach road,and of course, it's great to be near the Stop N' Shop! We've stayed twice in a one bedroom just the two of us (May 2011 and May 2012) and once with in-laws in a two bedroom (Memorial Day weekend, 2012). Both one bedrooms were on the water with fantastic actual ocean front views, and very clean! As for the two bedroom, we were less than impressed. Though we paid for ocean front, the ocean was barely visible as the dunes were high right in front of us (can't help the dune height, we understand). Cleanliness was a HUGE disappointment as all floors appeared to have been neglected. Nasty crusted food was also on a dishwasher full of dishes upon our arrival We were unsatisfied with the cleaning service's attempt at responding to our complaints. It took them half a day to respond and after they came we still had to clean the floors and scrub the dishes.
After three stays, we have surmised that the One BR units are used Much less frequently and show less wear and tear.

We'd recommend FFR retreat to friends and will stay there again, but we'll be much more insistent upon cleanliness on our next visit.

We love FFR but will be much more critical of our next stay if we have a repeat of Memorial Day weekend 2012.

Room Tip: Oceanfront rooms have fantastic views when at the middle of the building.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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edward22, Owner at First Flight Retreat Condominiums, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Each condo unit is individually owned. That said, we at First Flight Rentals stand behind our rentals, and in the rare event there is a cleanliness or maintenance issue, we respond promptly when notified by guests. We strive for the highest level of uniform cleanliness and use only the top third party cleaning professionals on the Outer Banks.

We do hope you return to us and give a 2BR at First Flight Retreat another chance!
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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We picked First Flight Retreat for their flexibility with renting partial weeks or starting your stay on any day. We were tied to frequent flier miles and needed to arrive on a Thursday which was no problem. Our unit was clean, beds comfy, and well stocked. We had a small issue that came up that was addressed promptly by the management company. We never made it to the pool but loved the ping pong table for a rainy afternoon. One of the best features is how close you are to the beach, walk down the nice board walk, and boom…ocean! I was thrilled to have life guard stationed right there as well. We stayed on the 3rd floor and had an “ocean view” not “ocean front”. This wasn’t a problem for us at the unit had tons of windows, only one next door neighbor, and we saved some money for not being ocean front. Each unit seems to have different size beds and the 2 kings plus the pullout couch worked best for our family. We also enjoyed the fact that we could walk to the Dairy Queen and some of the nearby restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Canandaigua, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Last week (Aug 11-18), my family vacationed in the OBX for the first time. We had a terrific time. We saw Cape Hatteras National Seashore, went up both the Hatteras and Currituck Lighthouses, kayaked, swam, and much more. We stayed at a 2 br condo on the beach in Kill Devil Hills called First Flight Rentals. This condominium complex is absolutely wonderful. The condo was clean as a whistle. The appliances, furniture, we all top of the line and worked perfectly. The porch was large and looked out on the ocean. Every morning we had breakfast on the porch and then went for a walk on the beach. The pool and hot tub were very clean and convenient to use. I highly recommend First Flight and have no doubt we will be returning.

Room Tip: Get a condo on the 2nd floor. You have better views from the porch, fewer mosquitos when sitting ou...
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: 815 S Virginia Dare Trail, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Kill Devil Hills
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful oceanfront condos, located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills at MP 8.5. Enjoy weekly or partial week stays. Upgraded kitchen, oceanfront balconies, outdoor pool & spa, elevator access, fitness room, and game room, free WiFi, all make First Flight Retreat Condos an Outer Banks favorite. Wedding, Family Reunions and other groups welcome. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
1st Flight Retreat Condominiums
First Flight Retreat Condominiums Hotel Kill Devil Hills
First Flight Retreat Condominiums Outer Banks, NC - Kill Devil Hills

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