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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cape Hatteras Motel Hotel Buxton
- Cape Hatteras Hotel
- Cape Hatteras Motel Hatteras Island, NC - Buxton