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John Yancey Oceanfront Inn
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
Northern Virginia
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81 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“They really try”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

I've been traveling to the Outerbanks for 20 years. We usually rent a beach house but come down early and spend the night in a hotel to avoid traffic. We travel with a dog and I understand we don't always get the nicer rooms. I also understand that being near an ocean is hard on the carpets and showers because of the sand. The rooms are small, the ice machine was broken. The room keys were demagnetized quite a bit. The hotel staff was really nice and the breakfast was average but they did have someone working there, filling items up. The beach access was good and they kids enjoyed the pool.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

This hotel is situated 50m from the beach (but in this area they are all !) with a "private" access to the beach.
The room are "functionnal" but very standard. It is clean but very basic. My son liked the TV with a screen from the 80s... There is a small swimming pool also. Nice after 5hours drive.
Breakfast is included but more than basic.
So ideal for one night if you travel in the Outer Banks, I will not spend more.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

It's not the Hampton Inn, but then we paid about half that price, got a super clean room including the bathroom,sleeping and cooking area, plus it's right on the beach. We stayed 3 nights in the 4th tower, top floor, with a view of the ocean & loved it. Can't review the breakfast because we eat limited carbs so didn't eat this. But the room & staff there, 2 thumbs up & we will return to this place. Also every thing works, the a/c hot showers, wifi, cable, I don't know what the bad reviewers expected, but we have NO complaints.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Norfolk, Virginia
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

FLASHBACK TO 2012: We stayed here in the Sea Bldg. before the renovations were done. During our 4 night stay we had major issues with the water temp. in the shower. After setting the water temperature, it would suddenly become scalding hot then turn cold! After the second occurrence we called the front dest to report it. They sent a guy up. He ran the water from the tub spout (not the shower) and said he had no fluctuation. The next day it happened again. We called the desk. They send a guy up (different guy). He runs the shower and finds what we're saying is correct. He says he'll check the water heater. Never calls or returns with a report. Later that day, while taking a shower it happens AGAIN! Getting burned by hot water is painful! By now we aren't even calling the front desk becasue we know nothing will be done. Day 3, Sunday -we leave for a few hours and when we come back there is NO water! It's turned off! No message on our door, no message on our mashine. Call the desk, water heater went out and they're trying to find someone to come replace it. Imagine that! Three days of water troubles to warn them there's a problem but they wait for the heater to totally fail before calling a real professional!!
Now to July 2013; We see they have completed major renovations in the Sea Bldg. WOW! We're thinking this will be so much better! NOT. The water problem still exists!!
This hotel is overpriced and dangerous. Especially if you have children. The renovation was simply replacement of the second floor "deck" which was rotten and severely overdue for replacement! Stay somewhere else - even it costs a little more.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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edward22, Guest Relations Manager at John Yancey Oceanfront Inn, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Sorry for your troubles. All Sea Building rooms were renovated, including walls, new tile flooring, new carpets, new LCD TVs, new furniture, new HVACs, new 6' sliding glass doors plus the new decks that you mentioned. Per Health dept, we must maintain hot water within a strict range, and we endeavor to make sure these is enough for all guests but not too hot. We have in fact replaced several energy efficient hot water heaters in the past year.

We have plans to do additional updates to the corridor next year, plus continue renovations to additional rooms. We have gone to lengths to make this Outer Banks hotel favorite a fun, friendly, and affordable destination for families as it has been for years. We do hope you will given us another opportunity to show you that!
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

My family of 4 decided to head to the Outer Banks 1 night before we started our week long stay in a rental home. We found the John Yancey to be exactly what we expected after reading reviews. We asked for a room in the newly renovated building, which we got. This oceanfront hotel is a Nags Head "oldie but goodie" . The staff was very pleasant and accommodating, we asked for a roll away, which they brought immediately, the room was clean and new decor simple. I would stay here again for a night or 2. Rates are good, breakfast is included. (Breakfast was fine for our teenagers, but mostly a carb fest.)

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the renovated building. They will eventually have them all renovated.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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West Virginia
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

First of all, this is an older hotel directly on the beach. Staff was very nice and it suited the purpose of just having a place to sleep and was only $149.00/night so it was priced far below alot of the local hotels I called when I checked rates. It seems NC doesn't allow smoking in their hotel rooms, so I was excited to hear I had actually obtained a Smoking Room. It turns out that it meant I was allowed to smoke outside of my room and had a bucket filled with sand for an ashtray. The hotel was rundown and the room was not too clean. The drawers in the nightstand,etc. smelled like they had been in a flood. The only "nice"section of the hotel was the recently refurbished Sea Building. All in all, great location and price, but otherwise is terrible.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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taneytown, md
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Tried to take a trip without the kids since we do not go on date nights throughout the year but unfortunately I wish we did not book the John Yancey. Our one time a year to be adults was less than relaxing and we felt disgusting because the room was gross. The front desk was very nice when we arrived. Immediately after entering our room I had to ask the front desk to clean the food out of the microwave, the food off of the counter with the coffee maker and clean the food off of the wall. The did that. I then tried to unpack into the drawers available. 1 drawer wouldn't open. the second drawer opened but I immediately had to close the drawer because the smell of mold rushed out of it. So we lived out of a suitcase instead which I find annoying. Went to use the restroom and I found dried urine on the toilet and what I can only assume was pubic hair. So I am so annoyed at this point that I just cleaned the toilet my self. The shower had a lot of mold in the caulked areas and black mold on the grout which when stepped on comes off onto your feet. So we had to clean that before showering. Through out our stay we found someone else's food on the floor from time to time. I know it was someone else's because it was in the shape of Chex Mix which we did not bring with us. One of the pillows had what looked like a blood stain on it so we took the case off and left it on the bed on top of the pillow hoping the maid would understand to put on a new pillowcase since we would be out for the day. After the bed was maid the same pillowcase was back on the pillow. There is a little sign in the room that says the beds get new sheets everyday but since the same pillow case was on the pillow I can only assume the beds do not get new sheets. It rained for 2 days on our trip and we were so disgusted by the room and so uncomfortable being in it that we made up places to go even though all we wanted to do was read or relax. The coffee pot was broken and we told the front desk right away after our first night. We stayed for 4 nights and finally got a working coffee pot on our last evening at the hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about John Yancey Oceanfront Inn

Property: John Yancey Oceanfront Inn
Address: 2009 S Virginia Dare Trl, MP 10, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7761
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — John Yancey Oceanfront Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront motel in the heart of the Outer Banks, NC. Outdoor pool, dune deck, rooms with balconies, FREE breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi, and more. ... more   less 
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