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“All about location and value” 3 of 5 stars
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Falcon Motel
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Buxton
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“All about location and value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

This motel was the perfect price for what we needed.....LOCATION. The staff is hard-working, kind, and welcoming. However, I will say that the website room photos are nowhere close to representing the room we had. This is obviously a very old establishment (in the process of a room-by-room renovation) and everything in our room was very dated (pre 1970s) including the mattresses. The towels were new and the room was freshly cleaned cosmetically, but there's nothing that can be done about aging walls, doors, etc. If you're a Northerner coming down to the OBX expecting Hilton standards, you will be sorely disappointed. But like most, you will spend most of your time on the beach and little time in your room. Don't complain. Best wishes to the owners/operators of the Croatoan Inn for maintaining a landmark business and retaining the old world feel of the OBX. I'd rather give my patronage to a mom-and-pop motel than see the chains come in and take over. Thanks for meeting our need.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Came for a fishing get a way leaving with a smile. If your looking for the Ritz on a budget this isnt for you. If you are looking for a comfortable clean and functional place to stay keep reading. The staff at The Croatoan were extremely out of their way friendly from the time I placed my first call for reservation through the end of my stay.

Rooms offer the basic creature comforts with a good strong Wi-Fi connection. Beds were comfortable. The place has been here for awhile and it appears as though they have down some updating. If you cant handle a little rust in the sink this might not be for you. Price is absolutely the best in the area and beats paying an outrageous chain price just because they are on the Outer Banks. What could be better than helping the local economy ?

Location is perfect in the heart of Buxton. It was exceptionally quiet with the exception of one night when I could here other guest outside complaining about everything under the sun (ie oh the rooms is so small, the pool is so small, this place is old.....wha wha wha...you get my point)

Good restaurants all around. Burger Burger was delicious and the best burger I have ever partaken. Diamond shoals good menu variety. Shipwreck grill quality food at a decent price.

If you are no frills and coming to experience the raw Beauty of Hatteras this is the place for you.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Winterville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I simply chose this place because it is the cheapest place I can think of going near the Lighthouse without a significant drive of anything more than an hour. I have always stayed here when I visit up to 2 times a year with my family. I get what in a room; a microwave, a fridge, a coffee pot, and I can always be assured the bathroom and sheets are clean. I love the fact there is no phone in the room because I can really feel like its it a getaway and I don't really have to stress gas because most everything is within a mile walk. I really do also enjoy seeing the same faces working there after so many years. To be clear too they are very worn out rooms, but still clean...If you were looking for the best most comfortable room this wouldn't be your place, but if you wanted a good rate for a fair room that you will hardly stay in because YOUR AT THE BEACH!!!!!! I reccommend this motel.

Room Tip: ask for up the hill rooms because there is so much more space in those rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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N. Carolina
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We have been staying at the Croatoan, once,the Falcon, for over 30 years. We have seen it go through many changes and improvements. They have weathered hurricanes and nor'easters and keep on going. The rooms are always clean and neat. No fancy "froo-froo" but comfortable. Microwave, coffee maker and fridge makes it a little like home. The BEST thing is that it is fisherman friendly with
cleaning tables with water hoses! We stay there at least twice a year for fishing on the Cape and will
continue to do so.

Room Tip: Check ahead for specials and discounts. Great restaurant across the street!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank WoodyGboroNC
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Battery Park Va
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This hotel was just what we needed for our last minute trip. We could not find any other rooms for under $250.00 a night. Clean room and bed with no frills. Staff were very helpful expecialy Molly. Mosquitoes were horrible outside after dark but other than that we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Norfolk, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

First of all - call about the rates as they always have a special. As of last week it was stay 3 nights with 4th one free (-: Secondly, if you are high maintenance (or your wife) and are into thread count or Eygptian cotton you are probably on the wrong island. Maybe it would be better if you vacationed at The Hampton's on Long Island, NY. However, if you desire friendly staff that goes out of their way to be helpful, clean basic room and you are a true Hatteras Island lover of the good old days, then this is the ticket. They have been in the process of updating rooms and the last hurricane, the National Park Service rulings on beach driving has been a big set back for them. I have stayed at the Croatoan (formerly The Falcon) for the last 20 years, at least 10 times per summer. Molly & Juanita, the day and night desk clerks are like family (maybe better as family argues too much (-; ) Yes, the entire island has water bugs, NOT ROACHES, sorry they come with island life!!!!! They are found in your $10,000 a week fancy cottages. Sort of like complaining about mosquitoes. Good value - extremely convenient - 1 mile from lighthouse, 5 restaurants within walking distance, mini golf and ice cream next door. I will always return as it is like going home again. Did I forget to mention they cater to fishermen, families, windsurfers and nature lovers. Croatoan hope you are in business for many years to come.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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mocksville, n.c.
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95 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Stayed here due to the cost as I had thought it would be similar to the Cape Hatteras Motel owned by the same people which I stayed at in the spring. Way wrong. This is a very basic motel, people barbequing int he parking lot, cracked tiles, generic toiletries, rsutic would be the word I would use to describe it. Not horrid but certainly not a place i would stay again.Only redeeming facor is that there are several restaurants within walking distance. Had to wear glasses to watch the tv due to the distant location and size. Scratchy sandpaper towels so bring lotion to soothe your skin. Totally different than the other property which is very nice.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank mel4
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, Owner at Falcon Motel, responded to this review, June 30, 2012
Thank you for your kind remarks about our other property. In just the last few days we have begun using the same toiletries and the same plush towels that we use at our other hotel. Apparently your room hadn't been changed over yet and for that I apologize. That process should be completed this week. The property is dated. We have started remodeling a few rooms at a time. During this process we will strive to provide a clean and comfortable stay for our guests. Thank you for sharing your concerns. Dave D. Owner
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Property: Falcon Motel
Address: 46854 Highway NC 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920 (Formerly Falcon Motel)
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Hatteras Island > Buxton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Buxton
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Falcon Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Falcon Motel is located about 1/4 mile off the beach and 1 mile from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. All of the rooms are ground level and non smoking. There is a fish cleaning table where you can clean your catch. The rooms are clean, comfortable and inexpensive. We also have a swimming pool and picnic area under the live oaks. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Croatoan Hotel Buxton
Falcon Hotel Buxton
Falcon Motel Hatteras Island, NC - Buxton

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