We just returned from a 4-night stay at the Surf Side. We usually rent a house, but in the off season we've stayed in various hotels. Surf Side is the 4th hotel we've tried, and we'll be back. Surf Side is not as nice as the Hilton Garden Inn, but is much less expensive. Parts of the hotel have been renovated/updated but other parts still appear outdated or under renovation. The positives, however, are many: great oceanfront location, comfortable beds (pillows not so much), large room (we had a corner room with two balconies), helpful staff, clean, free breakfast (not hot, but enough variety to fill us every day), The location is great for southern Nags Head activities and restaurants: close to Sam and Omies, Owens, go carts, mini golf, outlets, Jennette's pier, etc. The view from our oceanfront room was spectacular. Helpful tip: There are two buildings. Breakfast is served in the main building, which also has the lobby. The indoor pool and hot tub are in the south building.