We were looking for a place to stay - very last minute - for a weekend getaway. Fortunately, there was a room available for 2 nights. About an hour later, as we were loading up, I received a phone call stating that there was a mix-up.. our room had already been booked! The good news was, there was another room available, an Executive Suite, bay-side, that overlooked the gazebo. Even better, was that it was $50 less, and on top of that, we were offered an additional discount due to the inconvenience. We arrived late evening, and check-in was a cinch. Sign here, here's your keys, boom.
We decided to check out the room before unloading. There was an elevator, but we opted for the stairs. On the walk up to the third floor, we were impressed with how CLEAN the stairs and hallway were. The hotel had exquisite looking decor and was really staged well. We opened the door to our room, and were immediately in awe. The layout was really impressive, and it definitely screamed "luxury". The first thing we noticed were the beautiful hardwood floors. The living room was to the left, with a nice table on top of a circular rug. There was a leather sofa, and a nice leather chair, oh, and a wall mounted television. The curtains and trim certainly helped it feel like a luxury suite. The kitchenette was nice, with a deep sink, and a full size refrigerator. There was a table for four, which was 100% solid. Outside of the bathroom, was a vanity, which matched the one in the actual bathroom. The lighting was really easy on the eyes, the sink was deep, and that faucets were top-end. The vanity top was a REALLY nice marble. The flooring changed from hardwood to porcelain tile, impressive. There was a jetted tub, and a walk in shower. The shower may have been the only thing I wasn't as impressed with. It was just a standard walk in, no fancy shower head or glass. I would note, though, that there was a paper slip over the toilet, letting us know it was cleaned and unused - I hadn't seen that before. The bedroom was connected to the bathroom, and also had a doorway to the living area. The king sized bed was comfortable, with high-end furnishings, and another (larger) wall-mounted television. It had the same nice curtains, and let in a lot of natural light. The bedroom closet was huge, and the room had ample space to unpack your luggage. Last on the list was the balcony. We were on the third floor overlooking the gazebo. We arrived at night, and it looked really pretty with all of the lights. There was also a nice dock which people could fish off of, and a picnic area with a table and grill available for use. The outdoor furniture was of good quality, and the tile used outside was surprisingly nice. Our view over the bay was breath-taking.
We took the elevator on the way down to get our luggage, and found it to be very clean and well maintained. Easily one of the best we've ridden. Outside, they used a nice stamped concrete. My only complaint would be that the parking is a little "tight". It seemed like it was easier for people to back into their spots. The short walk across the lot revealed a good sized pool, and a hot tub. There was also a small kiddy pool. The nice thing about this area was that it had an outdoor shower and also a restroom.
tl;dr - Nice place, definitely feels luxurious. They pay attention to detail, and definitely earned their 100% clean rating (proudly displayed at the front desk).
Perks: Coin-op laundry (washer was OOS, so they let us use the housekeeping machines. There were vending machines on the third floor, reasonably priced, and a ice machine on the second floor. There were spa services available, but we did not partake. We opted for chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, which was waiting for us on the kitchen table upon arrival. In the lobby there was a Keurig with complimentary K-cups, and bottled water for purchase. While not beach-front, beach access was not that far. Park off of Virginia Dare by all the beach rentals, or drive down Cape Hatteras and use the ORV access points (Pro-tip: 4WD and deflate your tires to 14 psi!)
Quirks: The bay side of the hotel was closer to traffic, so you could hear cars going by. It was not that bad at all though. Like I said, parking felt a little "tight", too. There was no ramp access directly to the elevator, unless you went up the side near the lobby and through 2 doors, otherwise, you had to carry your luggage up two small steps. Oh, and there was a note by the thermostat kindly asking not to drop it below 70 degrees. I think this was more for when it is 90º+, that they didn't want the A/C working too hard. This was difficulty, seeing as we keep our home at 64º, but it was manageable. Not really a quirk, but some sort of breakfast bar or simple menu for room service would have put it over the top.
We stayed in room 306 for 2 nights, and added a third and got moved to a Family Suite in room 302. We originally were to check out at 11 am, and would have to return at 4, but at 10 to 11, the front desk called up and said that the other room had checked out early, and that the maid staff jumped on it right away - talk about convenient! The layout was a little different, but they used the same style furniture and furnishings. I felt that our Executive Suite was a little nicer, but that could have just been because it was what we first walked in to. The maid staff was very nice and friendly, and even let us peek into other rooms when they were cleaning them. The Honeymoon Suite was jaw-dropping. We will definitely book that suite next time. The king size bed overlooking the waterfront, and the 2 person heart shaped jetted tub sold us. Oh, and the living room had a fireplace. Nice touch! Room 301 seemed like a nice suite as well, a waterfront Executive Suite IIRC.
When I was looking for a place to stay, I didn't want a family resort or a vacation rental. I wanted a luxury suite, and they exceeded my expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All suites offers a pet & smoke free environment, daily housekeeping service, luxurious beds with duvet covers, fluffy bath towels, flat screen TVs, full kitchen, seating area, jet spa tub, body shower, private balcony and Paya Organics toilette's. No Pets. Open Year Around. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oasis Hotel Nags Head