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“A lovely place for a Nags Head Vacation!” 4 of 5 stars
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7001 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959   |  
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Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Nags Head
Lexington, North Carolina
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38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A lovely place for a Nags Head Vacation!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had a great experience from the first moment we walked into the lobby. The lady at the front desk was super nice and made us feel welcome. She recommended a couple of local (and affordable) restaurants for us to try. The room was a little out dated, but suited our needs perfectly. Our room had 2 double beds, a sitting area, a microwave & fridge, and a balcony with a view of the ocean- oh yeah and WiFi. The cleaning staff did a great job as everything was spotless! This quaint little motel is located right on the ocean. Their pool was a little small, but served its purpose. There were grills for the guests to use and plenty of picnic areas sprawled around the motel yard. We wish we could have stayed longer and cannot wait to return.

Room Tip: Ocean views are from the 2nd floor and up- no elevators.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

If you like quick access to the beach and aren't too fussy about accommodations, this is the place to make your reservation.

I came to Nags Head with no reservations and had a hard to time finding a room anywhere in the area. Luckily The Islander Motel had a room. The only catch: they required a two-night minimum stay (and I only needed a room for one night). I gave in and booked for two nights.

The lady at the front desk was very nice and friendly. I came there at 1 pm on a Saturday and she told me that the room would be ready in an hour. I got my room (104) right on time.

Normally I hate having a first floor room because of the noise created by upstairs neighbors, but I never heard a peep out of anyone the whole time I stayed there (and the motel was full). The only outside sounds I heard were those of cicadas.

The room was very clean and had plenty of space. Accesses to the main living area and the bathroom are through the kitchenette (two burner stove, under-counter refrigerator, sink combo opposite the dining table near the front door). The soft, pastel colored room furnishings were in good working order (no signs of wear) and were comfortable. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the A/C and ceiling fan worked perfectly. The flat-screen TV worked great although a limited number of channels. Internet access was decent. The bathroom had a reasonable amount of space and was very clean--save for a few human hairs around the base of the toilet. I love a shower/tub with nice, really hot, water--this one had it. The motel did provide bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Also, from room 104, I had one the closest accesses to the beach from the back door as well as the front door.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I just spent three nights at the Islander Motel. Perfect for those seeking a clean, economical place to stay at Nags Head. At the south end of the area, it is away from the hoopla of this vacation mecca. The motel is quiet and well managed. Delightful property with lovely plantings and wooden walkways to the beach. Also a pool that is open off season...small but with comfortable chaises and umbrelled tables and chairs. Plenty of tables outside and hammock chairs for reading and relaxing. I stayed in a ground floor room...small kitchen but perfect for me who makes all my meals while on vacation. Cable TV and wi-fi...everything necessary to stay connected if needed. Less than 1/2 mile to entrance to Cape Hatteras Island National Seashore and Hatteras Island. This is a small, lovely property with all the necessities for the well-seasoned traveler who doesn't want a highrise hotel atmosphere. Perfect for a single traveler...well managed office and nice staff...slightly off the road with no noise or foot traffic on property.

Room Tip: If you want a balcony with a view you need to stay on the second or third floors. My ground level ro...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Maryland
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We've been staying here for over 20 years. Great staff. Always attentive to guests needs. Wonderful location. Easy access to a wide beach. Convenient to many great restaurants. Grills (and utensils) are available so you can grill out. Lovely pool.

  • Stayed August 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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Tennessee
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I booked this room based on some good reviews, lower price, & the fact that we were staying only 2 nights. If you simply want a cheaper place to sleep close to the beach, this is the place. I would not stay again because the whole room seemed damp (even the bed spreads). Our 3rd story deck was encased by weathered glass & provided only a partial ocean view through a small opening in the glass. The room air conditioning vents to this deck, making it impossible to enjoy sitting for a few minutes. The room is very dated (70's) but did have a good shower & the beds were pretty comfortable. There is no elevator. It is close to the beach & the grounds are pretty well kept. The staff was friendly & helpful, but like Andy told Gomer... "Don't over expect!"

Room Tip: If you choose the 3rd floor, make sure it is a full oceanfront view, otherwise stay on the 1st floor...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Concord, NC
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

After carefully researching and reviewing motels, I chose The Islander Motel for our first stay to the OBX. I was very surprised to even be able to find a room on such short notice (6 days prior to going) during prime vacation season, but thankfully they had some vacancies.

I was informed that the only slight inconvenience would be that we'd have to change rooms. On our first night (Thurs) we had a room on the 3rd floor with 2 queen beds and then for the remainder of our stay we had the room next door with 2 double beds.Both rooms thankfully were on the 3rd floor with wonderful views of the ocean.

This is a family owned motel and definitely an older one, the room keys are actual keys which I haven't seen in quite awhile. This isn't The Ritz Hotel so if you're looking for an upscale place to stay you'll be disappointed if you stay here. If you'd like a comfortable, clean, reasonably priced place to stay right on the beach, then this is the place.The property is immaculate with beautiful plants and flowers, places to sit and relax or even areas to grill with picnic tables and umbreallas. There's some slight imperfections in the rooms where paint could be touched up and bathroom faucets replaced but these things really didn't matter to us. Everyone we encountered working there was pleasant, accomodating and helpful.

The rooms are decorated in a slight beachy type theme (seashells on the bedspreads), there's a TV with a decent amount of channels. The rooms we stayed in had a coffee maker, small dorm sized refrigerator and a microwave. There are also small enclosed patios with screen windows, off each room that contain 2 plastic chairs and a plastic table, nothing comfortable about those chairs! The patios don't seem to get any attention from housekeeping, they are very sandy, dusty and somewhat grimy. The motel has a smaller sized built in pool with a good amount of very comfy lounge chairs around it, plus a surprising amount of pool toys for children. There is a short walk way that takes you to some wooden stairs and a small boardwalk right onto the beach.

Their parking lot isn't huge, so one vehicle per family is adviseable. They also do not allow pets. Their check in time is 3 p.m. and check out is 11 a.m. The office closes at 9 p.m. so you need to communicate with them if you're going to be checking in late. There are NO elevators at this motel, so if this is an issue you'd need to stay on the first floor in the lower priced rooms (due to the lack of ocean view). They have an ice maker on the second floor and a soda machine on the first floor.

There are plenty of local restaurants and attractions close by. We would definitely stay at The Islander again whenever we make another trip to the OBX! Highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Stay on the 2nd or preferably the 3rd floor rooms for an ocean view. If you get the 1st floor your...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience at The Islander... After a horrible at a place rigt down the street. We called to see d they had a room after 9 and they were still open and happy to help us. We got out room key and we were talking about dinner, the lady at the front called and asked about places that would be open for dinner so late. She wet above and beyond to make our stay wonderful. The room was very nice, clean and quiet. We will be visiting this place again soon. Very please all the way around! A great place to stay!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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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Address: 7001 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Islander Hotel Nags Head

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