Our family had 4 days to vacation in the Outer Banks - this was one of the few places we found that would allow us to reserve three nights - most everywhere else on OBX has a 7 night minimum. This place also said they had a 7 night minimum, but they had a few "in between" dates that were vacant, so we booked a 3 night stay in their "Small 2 bedroom" unit downstairs.
Honestly, my first impression driving up, was "oh my gosh, time has stood still and it's the 1970's!". This is an old motel. Period. It does appear that the owners have tried to keep it up and running - but it is old, and the design and appearance reflects that.
The office was upstairs on the 2nd floor - yes, stairs to climb up to check in, so if you are handicapped be aware. Check in was quick and easy and owners daughter is friendly. Walking into the unit, I think we were all a little surprised at how small the space was, to be a "two bedroom unit" with kitchen and living room and one bath - and for the $167 and $187 nightly rates paid, the space and appearance just did not seem to be a good value to us.
Both bedrooms were small - the front bedroom held a king bed, and the mattress was somewhat floppy on the edges, but we did sleep well on it. The bedroom also held a dresser, small tv, and small closet. It held one of the unit's two window air conditioning units. This turned out to be a problem - in order for the unit to stay reasonably cool and keep the humidity down, this unit as well as the second unit had to run the entire time we were there - on full blast - and we could not close our bedroom door at night for any privacy from the living room, because doing so caused the temperature in the living room to rise quickly. Even cracking this front bedroom door for a couple of hours, caused a noticeable difference when walking into the living room, it was hot in there! Not to mention the second bedroom.
The second bedroom held a double bed, and this bedroom was so tiny, the bed was against one wall, and it was very tight navigating around this room. There was no air conditioning unit in this room and it was very hot and uncomfortable at night, sleeping with the doors cracked to get a little air inside. This was reported to the office and a box fan was handed out. This helped some, but did not fix the problem of no A/C in this room.
The living room area, and entire unit, has ceramic tile flooring. The living room held a sleeper sofa (which both teenagers said was very uncomfortable with metal rods in their backs - they had to turn and sleep sideways), a loveseat, and two small chairs. There was also a medium sized TV.
The kitchen area and living room are one room - the kitchen area held a old fridge with rust ./ dirt on the top (dont set your items up there!) and holds the unit's second air conditioning unit in the wall. There was a window over the kitchen sink covered with a curtain - opened up to get some natural light & reveal a view of the ground at eye level! The kitchen table was directly behind the loveseat in the living room. The kitchen was equipped to cook breakfast and had a coffeemaker and microwave, but no coffee cups were in the cupboards. We drank from Styrofoam cups.
The bathroom - oh my! Tiny was the word - tiny stall shower with exposed plastic pipes attached to the wall, and metal on/off levers like you would expect to see on an outdoor shower - tiny little sink, and tiny short little toilet. Highlight or lowlight, was trying to take a shower and shave my legs - put one hand out to brace myself against the wall so I could lean over, and accidentally touched the plastic pipe that ran up to the showerhead that carried hot water. Yikes!
Also worth mentioning, the parking is tight here. At night, trying to sleep, we heard a lot of stomping around overhead, and running up and down the steps that were right outside the front bedroom window - we heard these loud noises every night. When it continued past 11:30pm, we called the front desk and they did resolve it, both nights we had to call.
The pool area is fenced in, and the pool is somewhat small. There is also a fenced in decking area beside the pool with tables / chairs and umbrellas. Right across the street is beach access but we were not impressed with the beach in this area - the surf was very rough and crashing into the sand, with a 3 foot drop off between the beach and the water. There was a steep set of stairs to climb up and back down to even get onto the beach - and the stairs are literally one step from being in the road - you cannot step down off the stairs until no cars are coming or you will be in the path of oncoming traffic. Very nerve wracking. Right down the road at the Jeannette's pier is a much nicer beach with public access and a nice long walkway out to the sand. Much safer IMO.
Honestly, I'm not sure what else would be available on the OBX for just 3 nights at the rate we paid, but we do not feel that it was a good value for the money paid, and would probably not return here regardless of the rate - unless major renovations were done - that being said, it was clean, it was easy to locate and served as a base for our exploration of the OBX.
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