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“our mid-summer family get-away” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cavalier by the Sea

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Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
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culpeper
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“our mid-summer family get-away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Our family (at times up to 25 of us) stay at the Cavalier every summer for a week renting several of the 2 and 3-bedroom cottages. That suits our situation well because we like to be at the same
location but not piled on top of each other in one large cottage. The location is perfect, the pool is wonderful and the rooms are adequate for the most part. Sometimes we have to consolidate eating utensils and cookware to have enough for a large crowd, but it always works out. We love the old Nags Head feel and are very content with the family tradition just like it is. Our grown children love it and now the grandchildren love it just as much. Give it a try!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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7 Thank beffie4
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North Carolina
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56 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We stayed here a couple of times in the past, the most recent being last October. This year we decided to stay there again. We really enjoyed our stay. The beds and pillows are very comfortable. Yes, the bathroom and shower are a bit cramped, but not so much that it made our stay unenjoyable. We love how pet friendly they are at the Cavalier! The staff is always very nice and helpful. We like it so much that we've already booked out stay for next October. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank hbrittingham
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Stoneville NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

First of all, this is the type of place we prefer to stay. Due to car problems, we were late getting there the night of our arrival, but there was no problem. The staf was beyond friendly and helpful, the location was ideal and being able to take my babies to the beach made for an absolutely fantastic trip! Just wish we could have stayed longer :-(

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank annieh58
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North Carolina
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36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Depending on what you're looking for in a motel.....if you're looking for a vintage feel, quaint rooms, the ocean at your front door with no dune, wonderful staff....the is THE place to stay. Built in the 50's, family-owned......much more to offer than the cookie-cutter condos or hotels where staying on the 3rd or 4th floor is the only way to have an ocean view.

Room Tip: Oceanfront rooms are the best of course. Kitchenettes or non-kitchenettes.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank NCChloe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The staff was extremely rude. There was problems from the Start. They screwed up our reservations and were very rude about it and tried to make us feel like we were to blame. 3 days after leaving we got a charge for "smoking" in the room which was a lie. Never going back.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Beachbum4life5
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Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The Cavalier Motel is old but provides you with a clean and comfortable place to stay on the oceanfront. Our bathroom was spotless and the water pressure and temperature was great. The room had the older box TV but it worked and had a clear picture. There was also a nice sized fridge that we used to keep our food and drinks cold. The room was clean and they provided us with more than enough towels and wash cloths. We didn't see a single bug in our room during our stay either!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Panthers82
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Evans City, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Like others, I must admit that I have extreme bias for the Cavalier.. I started coming here many years ago with my mom & grandparents.. my grandparents started coming here MANY years ago.. they would vacation every year at the Cavalier with a couple they were friends with. This year I carried on their tradition and went with my boyfriend, my best friend and her husband. We all split an oceanfront room and it was PERFECT. The bad reviews on here make me so sad.. if you are looking for a BEACH motel that doesn't have sand on the floor... I don't think you belong at the beach. :) I accept sand as a part of my life for the week when I go to the beach. And of course there are bugs.. you are on ground level! I have absolutely no complaints about the Cavalier. I LOVE IT! I don't think you can beat their oceanfront rooms.. the view is absolutely amazing, no dunes in your way.. nothing in your way. On our stay, we had one day that was mostly rainy. It didn't even matter, we sat out on porch and still enjoyed the ocean view. I included a photo collage, all of the pictures in it were taken from our porch! I highly recommend staying here.. I guarantee you will meet someone who has been coming to stay there year after year. :)

Room Tip: I HIGHLY recommend the oceanfront rooms.. you seriously can't beat the view.. but be warned, onc...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Cavalier by the Sea
Address: 601 S Virginia Dare Trl, PO Box 385, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7737
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#5 Family Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your "home away from home" awaits you at The Cavalier By The Sea. Friendly service is our hallmark. We believe at the end of your stay you will be satisfied and refreshed and not quite ready to leave.... and you will find yourself returning year after year as do hundreds of our previous and now regular guests. Cavalier By The Sea offers a family atmosphere. For your enjoyment we have a large swimming pool for adults, a small one for the kiddies and a large play ground equipped with swings, slides, a giant ship for the kids, shuffleboard, volleyball and picnic tables. We have comfortable rooms with queen and double beds, cable TV, microwaves and refrigerators. We also have efficiencies and two & three-bedroom cottages including living room, kitchen, and bath completely furnished for light housekeeping. You will be right on the ocean and have only a few feet to walk to enjoy it to your heart's content whether it be swimming, wading, sun bathing or surfcasting. Or if you prefer not to walk at all, enjoy watching the ocean from your front porch in our very popular ocean front rooms which, unlike most "ocean front" rooms, sit right on the beach with no dunes to block your view. We are located on the "Ocean Side" of Virginia Dare Trail (Hwy. 12) at the 8.5 mile post, diagonally across from Wright Memorial Monument and opposite the Port O'Call Restaurant. Located in the center of the Outer Banks beaches, we provide a convenient place to make your headquarters while taking short trips to other points of interest in the area, such as Roanoke Island, Hatteras and Ocracoke. Golf courses, fishing piers, deep sea, sound and inlet fishing centers, souvenir shopping, and recreational areas are readily accessible. We are open all year. ... more   less 
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Cavalier Hotel Kill Devil Hills
Cavalier By The Sea Outer Banks, NC - Kill Devil Hills

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