My husband and I, my son and his girlfriend went to the Best Western Ocean Reef Suites for a last-minute beach weekend during Memorial Day, so we were happy to find a place with a vacancy. Most critical for us was the availability of separate sleeping arrangements, so the extra bedroom and the Murphy bed in the living area worked out well. We enjoyed the small kitchen area and the ocean front balcony also. The hotel was a bit pricey, but it is oceanfront Outer Banks and it was Memorial Day weekend, so I suppose that is to be expected. It was a typical beach hotel in terms of appearance -- looking a bit weathered, but it had the facilities we needed. Beds in the bedroom were two doubles, a bit small if you are used to queen-sized, but adequate and comfortable. I heard no complaints about the Murphy bed either. We spent most of our room-time in the living area which was roomy enough for four to hang out comfortably. Area included a couch and two chairs, coffee table and end tables, along with a small kitchen table w/four chairs. All were comfortable. We brought our wireless router and it hooked up perfectly to the hotel's wired connection, so we all had wireless Internet in the room. We all enjoyed the pool; my son and his girlfriend especially enjoyed some swim time in the evenings when they had the pool practically to themselves (that was a surprise considering it was a holiday weekend). They also enjoyed the hot tub, but I never did so I can't speak to that. The beach is just a few steps away and right beside a public access area. Beautiful views from the balcony, along with lots of interesting activities for people-watching because of the public access. The lifeguard crew came down and put on a "Baywatch" kind of show for everyone on the first day - that was entertaining. Just across the street is a nice shop for picking up snacks and beer and souvenirs. The room was clean with adequate towels and supplies. The hotel housekeeping staff that I encountered were very friendly and professional, as was the staff member I encountered at the front desk. Check-in was quick and easy, and we got into the room about an hour before official check-in. The only staff member I saw who looked miserable was the young lady running the breakfast area. She looked as if she would rather have been just about anywhere but where she was. We didn't eat there - I just ran in and got coffee a few times, but she did not look happy. That area was small and crowded, with minimal offerings, but the coffee was very good. In the room, we had a small oven, microwave, mini-fridge, sink and plenty of dishes/silverware that met our needs. Two televisions - one in the living area and one in the bedroom. Bathroom was small but adequate - I did like having the extra sink area outside the bathroom. Overall, the hotel was fine...a little bit dated in appearance but typical for a beach hotel. Certainly met our needs for a short weekend visit. Prices were a bit high, but it was still a good value for our money compared to other hotels with comparable amenities. Some of those rooms were going in the $300/night range, while this hotel was in the lower 200's per night and it had everything I always look for in a hotel ...just without the glitz. We enjoyed eating at the Kill Devil Grill - awesome seafood and quite a surprise from the outside "old diner" appearance. We had an expensive meal at Miller's on the beach road the next night, which was not nearly as good. Can't say I would recommend Miller's, but definitely give the Kill Devil Grill a try. Stack 'em High Pancakes makes a great breakfast too! We live not too far from OBX so we will definitely be back. I would certainly consider staying at the Best Western here again when we return.
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