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“Economical and clean, great for large group/family”
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Colonial Inn
Ranked #12 of 13 Hotels in Nags Head
Greenville, North Carolina
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69 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Economical and clean, great for large group/family”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

I liked this hotel. We had 7 people in our party and the spacious apartment with 2 queen beds in 2 bedrooms and a large kitchen/living room were perfect. t's not fancy but everything was clean and comfortable. Who needs fancy when you spend most of time at the pool, fishing off the pier or on the beach! Being next to the pier made it very convenient for fishing for my husband and brother. The pool was clean. The only thing I didn't like were people lingering outside our door late at night on the shared balcony/walkways. Overall, it was a good inexpensive hotel for a vacation at the beach!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
Patty, we are so glad you and your party enjoyed the apartment and your stay with us! We are glad the pier was easily accessible and worked well for your party's needs. In addition, we appreciate the comment about the room being clean and comfortable. Thanks so much for your review Patty, we hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stayed in a 2 br apt by the pool in July. The staff was very friendly and the cleaning service always had everything done by the time we came back from the beach. Convenient to everything and the rooms although older had everything you need and clean. Loved it!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
Thanks so much for your review! We are so glad that everything with your stay was to your liking including the service, the room and we certainly hope that you will join us again!
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Enfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

My roommate and I stayed at the Colonial Inn again this year. It is a very comfortable place, very clean and well kept. I love the fact that you can put a chair outside of your room and relax. We made reservations for next year, when we were checking out.
The 4th of July fireworks on the Fisherman's Wharf were the best. The Inn had front row seats for guests on the dunes (this is the only time it is allowed).
The parking is a little dicey, but it is part of the charm. You just have to be careful, that's all.
Having a vehicle you can easily maneuver helps also.
Fabulous location with great prices, and super staff.
There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance, which is convenient. And of course don't forget that beach! Love walking on the beach!

Room Tip: the rooms on the south side (room 14 side) get less sun, which was perfect for me.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Nancy, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Colonial Inn!!! Thanks for all your kind words and we appreciate the review! We are so glad you have already booked for next year. We are excited for your stay in 2015 and we are glad the prices fit your needs, and the location as well as the staff! Thanks again Nancy and hope that you have a wonderful rest of your summer!
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

This motel is not a Hilton...but I don't think that's a bad thing. The rooms are not what you would find in a nicer hotel, but since this isn't a Hilton, the employees are able to be more accommodating and flexible than in any full service or even, self-service hotel. There are pool toys provided in the pool area, residents are allowed to hang their towels over the balcony, and one can chain a bike nearly anywhere. The front desk workers were so accommodating - they even bought a big pot for us to boil our crabs in when we asked. ...I would definitely stay here again based on the service alone, not to mention that the hotel is on the beach, on the bike path, and has an 8' deep pool. I do wish a continental breakfast was provided, but our apartment had a refrigerator, so we bought cereal and milk to eat each morning.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for your review of the Colonial Inn. We do appreciate your feedback. Thanks for your kind comments regarding the staff. No, we are not a Hilton, but we certainly take pride in our ability to please our guests and we take extra time and pay extra attention to the needs of our guests because we are a smaller property. We are glad the pool was to your liking! Have a great summer and we hope that you will return at some point to see us again :)
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Jenera
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed for a week in the two bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 10 with our family of 7. We enjoyed the stay very much. When I asked if their was a larger pan available for cooking they went out and bought one for me. I can't think of any better service. The house keeping staff were wonderful all week long. The pool was clean and enjoyed by our children. The room was everything we were expecting it to be! Thank you for a wonderful vacation!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Josh and Becky...we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Colonial Inn! We are glad that you could join us on vacation and that we could meet your needs so that the whole family could enjoy their time at the beach! We strive to give a level of service above and beyond your average hotel, and we are so glad that stuck with you as a memory of our location and thank you for the feedback. Please come back and stay with us! During the off season, we offer 20% off to returning guests if the stay is booked between Sept. 2, 2014 - April 1, 2015! Have a great rest of your summer!
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Milford
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice overall Inn. Needs remodeling, more parking for sure. Staff was very polite and helpful. There were a few things wrong with our room and these things were fixed immediately. WIFI...was horrible at best. With teenagers with us that was a huge disappointment. Beach was literally within feet...pool was very nice and well kept.

Room Tip: We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment. worked out well for space however with AC only in the living r...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Patricia W
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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Patricia, thanks for the review. We did some renovations in 2012, 2013, and 2014, but seeing as the Colonial Inn is an older property, there are always things that can be improved. The limited parking is sometimes a hassle, but we do have the overflow parking lot that is less than a quarter of a mile away. We certainly apologize for the WIFI not being in service at the time of your stay, sometimes technology glitches out of our control happen at the worst possible times. We appreciate your understanding and we are glad whatever room issues you had were taken care of quickly. We are so glad you enjoyed the pool and hope that you will return to see us again sometime!
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Lancaster, Kentucky
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7 reviews
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our family has stayed at Colonial Inn since I was little and the pier was owned by Joe Justice. It is what it is, a smaller, historically older, out dated motel.. but that is what gives it character. That being said... we did have a few issues. We traveled as a family of 11 (4rooms oceanfront) to remember my sister. I am addressing only my room in this review. We had the oceanfront efficency, a very nice large room with pull out couch, small shower (not helpful with toddlers that need a bathtub), didn't like the traffic of other guests as the only access to their rooms are right in front your window- (and some were nosey) the only downside was the fact that our refridgerater did not close and we had to use a wedge to keep the door shut- we were told that one was ordered but during the week stay it was never replaced. The younger gentleman at the front desk was very understanding and seemed to try his best to get replaced, as for the older lady with glasses.. she was not.. when asked if it was going to be replaced (remember toddler who liked to pull the wedge out) we were told " why? is it a problem" when we stated "yes it is" she looked at a younger maintance guy who said it should be on a truck and we should have it about 9am.. great.. Never Happened.... when I mentioned at check out (same lady) she shrugged and said "well we can always get what we want"... and then answered the phone. If you have every had to deal with a faulty fridge door and a toddler its just frustrating.. SO other than that!! Joshua (Manager) was very very gracious when we found out, at the time of check in, that they no longer serve a continental breakfast.. budget crunch... A few housekeepers remembered us from last year and I can say that they are the best! Very friendly, personable and fun!!! Kudos to them, and I hope that they get the pat on the back or a raise, because they deserve it!! All around, my 4 had a great time at the beach and in the end thats what matters... thanks!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Heather R
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Joshua R, General Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Heather, first off I'm elated to hear you and your family enjoyed your time at the beach. I sincerely appreciate such detailed feedback as this helps us improve each and every day. I will certainly share your kind words with regard to the housekeeping staff. The front desk agent that spoke to you in that manner will be dealt with as that is in no way how we do business and I sincerely apologize. As for the refrigerator this sounds like a misunderstanding. The refrigerator was ordered however you should never have been promised a delivery date as this varies from the vendor. I do apologize for this misunderstanding and I will ensure that staff understands how this misunderstanding may have happened. Again, I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the beach and sincerely apologize for the issues you encountered on our side. We do hope you return soon.
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Property: Colonial Inn
Address: 3329 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9267
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Colonial Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Colonial Inn is nestled at MP 11.5 On the oceanfront right next door to the Nags Head Fishing Pier. The hotel offers many different room types to accommodate every need. We are also pet friendly! There is a seasonal outdoor pool, a private beach access, refrigerators and microwaves in every room, as well as LG flat screen TVs. We also provide free YMCA passes at request, and free WIFI for our guests. We offer discounts for AAA, AARP members and run specials throughout the year. Historical sites, gift shops, and the outlet mall are just minutes away. Jockey's Ridge State Park is half a mile south and the Wright Brother's National Memorial is less than 4 miles away. Lucky 12 Tavern is in walking distance, and Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar & Grill is half a mile north of the Colonial Inn!If you are looking for Old World Charm in the heart of Nags Head, the Colonial Inn is the place for you and your family! ... more   less 
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