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Cape Hatteras Motel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 1, 2011

We stayed at the Cape Hatteras Motel for the location. Unless you have a beach club condo or weekly apartment rental unit, there is really nowhere to stay on Hatteras Island, and our sea view room was right on the beach—and I mean just a few feet away from the rolling breakers. There were rocking chairs on the veranda and you could veg out and watch the surfer dudes play.
The motel had nothing else going for it, though. Think back to family drives on Route 66 in the 1956 Chevy, but this is still the original equipment. There is no elevator, no Internet, no proper lock on the door, no tissues, no pen and pad of paper, only one bar of soap and one shampoo/conditioner. The carpet is hideous old broadloom, the furniture would be rejected by a Salvation Army thrift store. There was a hole punched in the closet door, and disgusting quarter round around the tub. The lino was original. The TV was ancient.
It would appear that this place has paid for itself several times over, and nothing ever put back into it. I would admit, though, that the tourist season is probably not that long, and there is a huge risk in spending money on renovations that could be blown away tomorrow by the next Hurricane.
Nevertheless, it is a sign that the Outer Banks are horrendously expensive, as we paid $198, an outlandish price for a cheap motel and far more than the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta or two four or five star boutique properties in sophisticated markets (Williamsburg, VA and Annapolis, MD) On top of that you had to buy breakfast.
I come from the prairies, so it was worth it once to actually stay right on the surf, but I wouldn’t do it again. For that reason, the Outer Banks aren’t really the greatest venue for an actual touring tourist. They are pretty much just the local summer beach for families within driving distance.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

Just got back from here yesterday. Stayed 3 nights in 3rd floor room. The steps are worth the view over the dunes. The room was fairly basic, but we had a toaster, microwave, refrigerator and daily cleaning service. I gave it 4 stars for cleanliness, because the bathroom showed signs of wear & tear. But i knew i was heading to a "beach motel" in the outer banks, not the Ritz. The only negative is that the ice machine is across the street at the office, so you may want to take a good cooler to store ice in your room if necessary. Go eat across the street at the Shipwreck Grill- it just opened and we ate breakfast there 2 mornings. Great pool hall/bar about two miles towards lighthouse called the Lighthouse Bar. Open tues-sat 6pm-until. Kat owns it (along with her dogs Emma & Oliver) it & it is great! Lisa's Pizzeria in Rodanthe was wonderful-very friendly and best pizza i've ever had. We also rented kayaks at Hatteras Boardsports in Salvo. If you have about 2 hours, you can kayak all around the nature preserve from this location. There is also a shower to rinse off in and a very friendly staff. What a great vacation! All of the towns are just straight down highway 12 and each one has so much to offer! Lastly, There is a wonderful art gallery called Pea Island Art Gallery. It has jewelry, art, pottery, scarves, etc. Over 40 local artists have items there and it is worth the stop. It is in Salvo.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 312. Third floor, ocean front.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank amarthur
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

Cape Hatteras Motel is just perfect for relaxation, no hussel and bussel of nags head but close enough for things to do without fighting alot of traffic or crowds. Very clean and modern, nice pool, beautiful beach, nice people. We will be back again!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

From sitting on the porch watching the sun come up in the mornings to the sunsets in the evening, it was a wonderful experience. Unit was larger than we expected and fit our needs perfectly. The stairs were a bit cumbersome for me but as I was trying to manage 3 bags of groceries to our room, one of the cleaning crew came by and took them to the room for me. Everyone was very nice and helpful. Am planning to go back again hopefully next year.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

A group of us went down for Memorial Day weekend.It's not a bad place to shower and sleep at night since we were on the beach for most of the day.But the tv is WAY to small in the living room and the cushions on the furniture were so flat that you simply could not get comfy at all.We had kids in the room above us who ran the deck/porch all night and early , early morning.The stove stopped working on us so we only had the stove top and no oven.Considering we did use the over the first two night to cook our steaks we kinda needed it but none the less a discount was not even offered.If we went back we would look more toward staying on the beach side.When they tell you Soundside Apts you kinda think that you will be ON the sound.....wrong, your on the highway in Buxton.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

Thought I would get the flavor of the banks & stay at a local hotel, but this is a true MOTEL.
The furniture was flea market quality & the entire place was not very clean or well kept. Glad I had only booked for one night .................. any longer & I would have been really upset. I can't recommend this place for anyone. Way over priced. Don'y stay..............Don't even slow down!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

This is our 3rd year of vacationing at this motel,we are staying in one of the town houses it is furnished with every thing you need it feels like home, if your are looking to be pampered go some where else if you are looking the best views of the atlantic ocean from two decks facing the ocean stay here,

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 46556 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Hatteras Island > Buxton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Buxton
Price Range: $140 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Cape Hatteras Motel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Hatteras Motel is located on the oceanfront in Buxton North Carolina. We are located about a mile down the beach from the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The motel is bordered by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Atlantic Ocean. The motel has a fresh water pool with a hot tub. When conditions are safe, our beach is great for swimming and surfing. It is also one of the best places in the country to surf fish. We are about ten miles from the marinas at Hatteras Inlet. Boats out of Hatteras have the shortest run to the gulf stream north of Florida. There is also a fishing pier five miles north of Cape Hatteras Motel. We offer oceanfront rooms with either one king or two queen beds. We also offer two bedroom suites, complete with full kitchens.These units are complete with linens and dishes. All units have access to free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. Whether you are coming to Cape Hatteras to surf or kite board, windsurf or fish, or maybe to just walk our miles of National Seashore beaches; the Cape Hatteras Motel is the place to stay. ... more   less 
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