Boy, it was difficult trying to find a hotel in this area. Reviews are very limited on Yelp, and I totally forgot about Trip Advisor. We ended up here on recommendation by extended family, whose family is local.
It definitely fits the name, with its wood floors throughout, non-sound-deadening construction, quaintness, charm, and views. This 25-unit inn is tucked behind a quiet residential street and also borders some local restaurants & shops and is right on the water. A boardwalk connects the pier as well as neighboring inns and businesses.
We drove from Philly and arrived at 3:00am. We pre-arranged a rate for the partial night's stay. A simple call to the person-on-duty brought her out of bed to check us in.
Because of our schedule and I guess the hotel's, we were in 3 different rooms each night. All of the rooms were clean. Yes they're older looking, but clean & up-kept is what matters to us. It's not a dive by any means. The TV's are old meaning not flat paneled. The air conditioning units are strong & cool. The windows are covered with vinyl shutters which are great for blocking out the early morning sun, and to me are cleaner than drapery.
As far as the bed quality, all 3 rooms differed, from sagging and springy on our first 2 nights, to newer & more firm on our 3rd. Nothing far from uncomfortable though. The bed was actually more comfortable than some of the major hotel brands we stayed at during our 26 day vacation! And the pillows were great, meaning firm. I loathe those soft worthless ones.
There's free Wi-Fi, but a bit spotty. No biggie as AT&T has great reception.
All 3 were the same, 1 sink and shower/tub, and hair dryer. But the tub filler doesn't come on, and there's no drain stopper. Possibly to discourage baths? Water pressure was good and drainage was quick.
All the ladies who we interacted with were very friendly.
It's free! Where are you going to get that perk nowadays?!
On the day we had to relocate to the room next door, the housekeeper knocks on the door regardless of the DND sign. Not a big deal as we were up already.
Stopped at the front desk to return the keys and for a receipt. All's well that ends well!
We'd stay here again. The rate was reasonable for the room quality. But I doubt we'll be in this neck of the woods again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern inn with a view over Roanoke Sound. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquil House Hotel Manteo