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“Great for beach people!” 5 of 5 stars
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6811 S Virginia Dare Tr, Nags Head, NC 27959   |  
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Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Nags Head
Virginia
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“Great for beach people!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Just returned from another great stay at the Blue Heron. This is the place for people who love the beach and go to Nags Head for the true beach experience. It doesn't have the frills of other hotels - but what it does have is spotless rooms and amazing views of the ocean and sound. Our second floor efficiency had everything we needed and more for a comfortable, relaxing few days on the beach. The staff are friendly and the cleaning staff truly go out of their way to make sure the rooms are maintained at the highest level of cleanliness. One day the wind made the low temperature frigid - but the dear housekeeper was on the balcony washing the picture window so we would have a clear view. You might find something more fancy.....but you won't find any place any better than the Blue Heron.

Room Tip: View of the ocean are better from the second and third floors. First floor views are blocked by the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Marydel, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Returned to the Blue Heron after 11 years,and the hotel is still family owned and friendly. The staff is very helpful and you get the feeling you are a guest in their home. The units and grounds are spotless and they all face the ocean. The complex is in great shape, even after taking all those hurricane beatings over the years. The rates are CHEAP! and the South Beach Grill is across the street, with decent food and drink and a local flavor. The Blue Heron is a great place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I stayed here for the first time with my young children for a vacation to OBX. Here are the pros and the cons, in my opinion:

The pros:
- The motel obviously makes an effort to maintain cleanliness, which is a top priority of mine
- The maintenance man was very kind and helpful to my family
- The motel has a family atmosphere in general, and there were numerous people there when we stayed who were return guests from previous years and were loyal to the Blue Heron
- The location is great, as it is a very short walk to the pier as well as very convenient to numerous stores, restaurants, etc.
- The beach front views from the room are great. We were on the second floor, and didn't have quite the view I would've hoped for, but it was still better than looking out onto a parking lot (which is the case at many other motels)
- The motel has a little birdhouse in the front which is populated by purple martins; the birdhouse is designed as a miniature version of the motel itself. This was a neat little feature that could be viewed from all rooms.

The cons:
- The motel, overall, was extremely uncomfortable for us. We're not used to traveling in luxury accommodations, but this was really "roughing it", in our opinion. The air conditioner window unit in the room did not work properly, and the room was constantly either freezing or burning. I developed a runny nose on the trip from the air. The bathroom was incredibly small, to the point that only one person could fit in there at a time. Not for the claustrophobic.
- The wood paneling in the room was extremely out-dated, as were the furniture and "decor". It felt like we had time warped to the 1970's.
- The refridgerator in our room was actually a mini-fridge that did not keep things cold at all. It was warm inside of it.
- The bed and pillows were very, very hard. I did not sleep well on this trip.
- As others have mentioned, there were no amenities whatsoever in the room. Please bring everything that you need, and do not make the mistake of counting on the refridgerator to keep your food or beverages cold for you on your vacation.
- People staying in the room above ours were vomiting off of their third floor balcony; the vomit was falling onto the ground below, and remained there that morning. My children walked past it. This was gross. This could happen anywhere, I guess, so it's not really fair to blame it on the motel.

I do not think that I would return to this motel, mostly due to the extreme discomfort that we felt on this trip. However, for those who do not mind the above issues I mentioned, or for those just looking for a place to stay overnight, I think that this would be a very good choice. They do have very reasonable rates, and I felt like they were making a sincere effort. I have stayed in some filthy motels, and this motel was definitely CLEAN; it was just very uncomfortable, if that makes sense. Nonetheless, my family has very good memories from this trip, and those memories are what matter the most.

Thank you

Room Tip: If you get the first floor room, you will not be able to see the beach front. From the second floor...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericktown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Even though this is an older motel, it is very clean and modestly updated. The lady in charge of cleaning has worked at the hotel for over forty years and they take pride in how well maintained they keep it. Every room has a balcony/ porch facing the ocean, and from the front of your room you can see the Sound making you have the "island feel". When staying here, you have private access to the beautiful beach right outside your door. The Blue Heron has an indoor pool and hot tub, along with an outdoor pool. One thing we really enjoyed was their LARGE ice machine to fill up our coolers for no cost. Staying here means that you are just down the beach from Jeanette's Pier, which is fun to explore and free to walk out on and fish. The Blue Heron is located in the Nags Head part of OBX which is our favorite because you are close to so many great restaurants and activities. If you do come here, you have to try Millers, and Pamlico Jacks! Best places to eat with great atmospheres!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States
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14 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We have stayed before with grand kids & loved it. This time just wife & I. Great views but it rained the whole time so we did not go on beach. Pool was down but we were offered the YMCA.
Great price, CLEAN & afforable. As others have said get 3rd floor for ecellent views.

Room Tip: 3rd floor great views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Vacationed in OBX for many years but never stayed at the Blue Heron until now and was very amazed at how clean the room and grounds were. This is an older property but very well taken care of and very reasonable. I just can not put in words how amazed I was on how clean this place was for its age. I will be a return visitor! And the view from our 3rd story room....... BREATHTAKING!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 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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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed here for one night as a last minute decision. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The views are incredible from third floor. There is no lift so you need to be able to haul your stuff up to your room. However, the view of the ocean is worth it. From the front door you can watch the sunset over the bay and in the evening you can watch the subset over the ocean. What more could you want?

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6811 S Virginia Dare Tr, Nags Head, NC 27959
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nags Head
#4 Romantic Hotel in Nags Head
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