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Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Photos on website are accurate. Dated but clean, in a somewhat depressed area. Don't expect to find a Starbucks on the corner. Staff was nice, but a few things fall short of expectation: housekeeping is an extra charge; no coin machine in laundry area which has restricted hours; linens/towels have to be exchanged by the guest; pots and pans in kitchen but no foil or coffee filters - you have to pretty much buy or bring anything; at our time of booking the pool was shown in a different location other then in the parking lot; and "in the shadow of the lighthouse" is a little generous a description (check website photos and google map it, it's not that close.). Good location for beach going, fishing, and on the way to Ocracoke ferry. Other than that we would stay someplace other than Buxton because it is pretty isolated and has hardly any good food, a cup of coffee, etc. Another major note : be prepared to use stairs. Lots of stairs. Not good for people with bad knees or those that pack like Diana Ross. Best thing LHV has to offer is beach and ocean, but its the OBX and you can get that at any lodging.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Hisamo
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LighthouseView, Owner at Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Thank you for your feedback regarding the Buxton area and our facilities. Buxton is certainly a peaceful location. This is part of the lure of the island for many visitors that continue to return each year. There are no chain restaurants or stores. Unfortunately during one of our last storms the pool was washed away and thus we rebuilt in a new location. We hope that all of our visitors enjoy the new facilities! Housekeeping services are offered to all rooms- suites and cottages are upon request. We strive to continue with updates to our rooms and cottages annually.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We have stayed at LHV many times over the years and this last stay was the final time for us. Dirty and dated interior of the rooms, rude staff, unkempt grounds and no enforcement of basic rules (no glass at the pool, smoking etc) has made it hard for us to continue to look forward to visiting there. The views of the ocean are stunning no doubt, but there are plenty of other options for the money. We understand that things will not be perfect, but clearly the rooms are not cleaned very well and things like sometimes you have two deck chairs on your porch...sometimes none and filthy windows! It is almost as if they are just not putting money in to the place because of the imminent reality that one day the units will be taken by a storm like the pool. And yes, there is a new pool that overlooks the parking lot and the only reason its there is because nobody would stay at all without one. It was almost as if they were resentful on the subject of the pool when booking months ago asking about the pool we could not get a straight answer, it took us looking at satellite photos to determine the condition of the area! Up to us discovering the truth they kept telling us everything was the same!!! Keeping the truth hidden is the same as a lie to me, but not to them. Customer service is NOT their specialty. If you are looking for warm southern hospitality, you will not find it here. Nasty notes on the fridge warning you of fines for leaving garbage in the unit, when its not even clean when you check in! This is a business on the ocean living out its last few years limping along taking what they can get. A shame. And yes, they will come on here and comment about how they are surprised and shocked at this and give some story about how we are wrong and ungrateful..but truth is glaring and you can see for yourself if you wish to throw your money away. Sad decline indeed. If they just cleaned, replaced carpets and acted like they were glad to see you it would make things just that much better. I work too hard all year to waste my money and be annoyed on a vacation. If you like campy, dirty, scuzzy camping style this is the place, but you will be paying UP FRONT prices that should get you a bit more. Staying in Buxton next year, just not at LHV>

Room Tip: Any other place in Buxton. Your car....
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Liz H
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Not that others don't have a view, but I must admit that as a seacoast aficionado that the proximity was pretty special. Sounds, smells and the spectacular surf were wonderful in this village that is 32 miles in the ocean from the mainland.
The Lighthouse View ambience is about 2 steps up from campground. The necessity of the unique beachfront construction as well as the beating wood takes from the capricious OBX weather is understood, however rudeness is not unless possibly in the middle of a hurricane. No welcome or even a "good afternoon", just a curt demand for the balance, license plate number and a fast "no" to a possibility of either a lower beachfront room or assistance with luggage was our welcome. He was the only person we met during our stay on Hatteras that behaved in such an unfriendly manner. In fairness, the gentleman improved his attitude significantly the second time we spoke. I suspect the ladies also behind the desk might have had a chat with him, but that is speculation. After we explored a bit, I understand the demand for full payment up front. There were a number of sites that were significantly more appealing to us which, if available, might have been a temptation.
We had friends that booked the cheaper side facing Highway 12 and they were not happy with the noise and lack of any view. I would strongly suggest that if you want to stay, go for the ocean view (not sure of any actual Lighthouse view, but it might have overlooked the old location))and another suggestion that, unless you want additional exercise, would be to book on the second floor or more correctly, the first one above the pilings. Same view as the third but quicker to the beach and far less effort hauling stuff back upstairs to your room..
Room was just OK: very basic, worn out bedding, noisy air conditioner, as was the room servicing. Extremely rustic if that is your thing.
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Room Tip: guaranteed an ocean view and not on the top floor.
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We just returned from out trip to the OBX and we loved staying at the Lighthouse View. The pictures on the website are up to date and right on target. Everyone was friendly and we totally enjoyed our visit. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The pictures on the webpage were accurate. The staff has southern charm and make you feel at home b/c this is no motel, it feels and looks like a beach home. Who ever designed and built the beach home was very talented and skilled and has an eye for quality. It's a historic hatteras island landmark and buxton is natural and beautiful. I usually stay in avon but the simplistic buxton is better, less people and more lighthouse. I'm staying in a suite that is oceanfront on a family trip and the 2 of us have plenty of room and two views (one deck ocean / one deck sound). if your not looking to fall into tourist traps and commercial beach atmosphere come stay in room 516.

Room Tip: ocean front top floor
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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