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“Pleasantly Pleased” 4 of 5 stars
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Highway 12, Ocracoke, NC 27960   |  
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Ocracoke
Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 hotel reviews
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“Pleasantly Pleased”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We did not make any hotel reservations before leaving for the Outer Banks but after realizing we would not make the ferry from Ocracoke to Cedar Island, while on the ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke we knew we would have to stay in Ocracoke. Doubting there would be any vacancies anyplace in peak season, the first hotel we called was the Pony Island Hotel which had vacancies for two rooms, so we reserved them, not expecting much. We were pleasantly pleased to find the hotel in the not so crowded area of Ocracoke and within walking distance to eateries, grocery store and shops, and the only restaurant on the island that serves breakfast. Although the hotel could use some updating, the rooms were spotlessly clean as well as the bathroom. It even offered Wifi. The only reason for not giving it a 5 star is because the the TV was very fuzzy. If we traveled this way again I would not hesitate to stay here. Although the hotel is on Route 12, we did not hear any road noise. Check-in by Ella was efficient even though she was very busy. Would recommend to friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kitchener, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed here 1 night in June 2014 as we made our way down the Outer Banks. Check in was great - very pleasant lady. Answered our questions about the ferry times for the next morning and where we should go to reserve. This motel is very good value for the price. The bed could have been better as it was a bit lumpy and the pillows could have been better. Otherwise it was very clean. It is a three story building with outside stairs so if you have a problem with stairs make sure you ask for the first floor. Nice pool.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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296 reviews 296 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 124 cities Reviews in 124 cities
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Without going in to too much rhetoric, let me summarise what this place is about.

It is ideally located for town.
The reception area is large, bright and breezy and the lady who booked us in was absolutely charming.
Our room, which I understand is at the more modern pool end, was roomy, well furnished and spotlessly clean.
The swimming pool area is roomy and very clean.
There is a diner/cafe alongside which is apparently ace for breakfast. I will review that separately.
The room rate is very reasonable for what you get.

In short - I can't imagine any better for the money in Ocracoke.

John and Karen Houston
Knaresborough
UK

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I’ve stayed here at least three times previously, and to me it’s the best choice on the island, or one of the best. It’s close to some of the best restaurants, and a 10-minute walk at most from the village. I’ve only stayed on the newer side (the “pool side”) and those rooms are clean and airy with refrigerators. One minor caveat, at the far end you may get some cooking smells from the restaurant next door. I did, but they all smelled good.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We enjoyed ourselves immensely at the Pony Island Motel. We must say how clean and comfortable the rooms were. This was our 2nd time in Ocracoke and I can say this will be our new place to come back to year after year. The woman who ran the front desk couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. They also have a beautiful pool. So if you're in the area, drop by. You won't be disappointed.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Wolfville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Stayed in early April on our way back north. Very dependable motel, clean with good beds. Got two rooms with kitchenette facilities that were very useful. Location is great, easy to get around village from there. Will plan on staying there again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed here in March and liked it a lot and will definately be back. The room we had was on the second floor, like others have said it was very clean and spacious. We like to look for shells on Ocracoke so we don't spend much time in the room and this was perfect. We had stayed at another motel and it was nice but we did feel like the room was verrry small and it felt cramped. I am a light sleeper and had no problem sleeping here and could not hear any noise from other rooms. Good experience with the people that worked here and very easy to check in and out. I really like the beaches at Ocracoke and look forward to coming back.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Address: Highway 12, Ocracoke, NC 27960
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Ocracoke
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Ocracoke
Number of rooms: 41
Also Known As:
Pony Island Hotel Ocracoke
Pony Island Ocracoke

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