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“Nice older property needs a bit of TLC” 3 of 5 stars
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Owens' Motel
Ranked #13 of 13 Hotels in Nags Head
Wakefield
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice older property needs a bit of TLC”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great location and reasonable price. Needs a bit of work, especially in the bathroom. When the tub is completely rusted through, it is time to spring for some repairs. Parking was a bit of a problem, but that was not management's fault. We should have had a spot in front of our room, but someone was always there.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Bealeton, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We checked in 8/25/13 And we were very impressed with the price, the room was clean and people very friendly unlike the experience we had in Virginia beach I would absolutely go here again. we were able to walk across to the beach walk to a little store down the street etc>

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Phyllis P
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owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Motel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing such a kind and positive Tripadvisor review. We wish you all the best and hope you will return to see us again soon!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stayed here for one night when we arrived in OBX the day before our beach house rental. The rooms are a little dated but are very clean. Our room seemed to have a few updates since our last stay (new carpet, etc). If you are looking for a chain motel with wifi and bagels in the morning, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a bit of a throwback with fantastic service and old fashioned charm, this is your place. The location is right on the beach and everyone there is super friendly and very accommodating. (They even keep track of the room we stayed in the prior year and asked if we would like the same room this year!) This motel matches the personality of Nags Head and the beach road. After reading some reviews of other OBX hotels and comparing their rates to Owens, we would not consider staying anywhere else at OBX!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank mi_2_obx
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owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Motel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you so much for writing such a nice review of our Motel on Tripadvisor. We appreciate it very much and hope you are having a nice summer. We hope you will return to Owens again!
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Prestonsburg, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Owens is an older hotel and the desk closes at 9 pm but there is easy access to the beach and its your choice across the road was ours and it was pretty good the beds were not bad .I rested well . There was no noise in the night . and they do pretty good up keep on the motel . No Breakfast but at the price we paid on the ocean how could they ? No internet was a little out of hand .

Room Tip: We chose across the road but crossing 12 is easy nearly any time .
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank misb5
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

It was inexpensive compared to others and the staff were very nice. But the outside was run down, the room was a bit shabby, the mattress pad thin and kept slipping off during the night, no place to put toiletries. There was a small fridge, microwave on top and coffee pot on top of that. Only two plugs though so you had to unplug something. No wireless. Couldn't get 3G to work either. Very noisy old air conditioner. The picnic area with one old table and one charcoal grill all very worn out and shabby. No shade by table. The beach was nice. Didn't cross the street to use the pool so don't know about that.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Newport News, Virginia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If youre looking for fancy schmancy nancy,find a chain hotel and pay double. This place is an inexpensive motel that you sleep in because you're there for the BEACH!
We enjoyed a really nice beachfront room that has been updated. It wasnt spotless ,and who cares?! Bathroom was updated recently and looked nice. Balcony was the best for my family to wake up and look out at the ocean morning and night. Decent little flat screen TV.

Only drawback is the pool. Its behind the resturant on the other side of the street. Looked small too so we didnt bother.

The general mood in Nags Head is laid back and friendly from tenants to staff. Get away from the rat race and unplug for a few days here. You may be surprised.

Room Tip: Only 9 oceanfront rooms. Plenty of others across the street if you dont mind a quick walk to the bea...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank rohlfinator
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rochester, ny
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46 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I will qualify this review by saying we have never stayed in a motel before on the Outer Banks, we have always rented a condo, but the condo was sold and not being rented.
The postives...I got a great deal on this hotel. We also stayed oceanside and getting to the beach was simple. The staff are all great, very helpful. The beach area is great, perfect location.
The negatives....Boy does this place need some renovating. Our room was clean, our bathroom was spotless, if you can call it a bathroom. There was no where to put any toiletries. The beds were awful as was the decor. Definitely bring your own pillow. The TV was on this little table that made it almost impossible to watch from bed because it was so low to the ground.
The pool was disgusting. The first night there was so much chlorine in the pool you couldn't see the bottom. The smell of chlorine was overwhelming. How hard is it to maintain a pool? The pool location is awful. Behind the restaurant and quite a hike if your staying across the main road.
Don't take ice out of the coolers they have for guests!! The ice is loaded onto the back of a gator and then scooped into the cooler with a bucket. I have no idea how this is even sanitary.
The reality of this motel is that is has seen better days, I don't even know how you renovate it.
I do realize that these motels have a lot of turnover of guests in the summer months. Your also at the beach, where sand will always be an issue. I don't envy the person who is tasked with keeping these rooms clean.
Bottom line - tired motel that has seen better days and needs some serious renovations. The staff was great. If your looking for somewhere to stay for a few days and can get a good deal, I would try it. Other hotels/motels will run you over $200.00 per night in high season and they aren't much better.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ocean side have the benefit of beach access. Horrible parking.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Owens' Motel
Address: 7115 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Owens' Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Owens Motel is a family owned and operated motel that is located on the beach in South Nags Head. Clean, cozy rooms at affordable rates. Where families, fishermen, golfers and bikers are always welcome. Accomodations include oceanfront efficiencies, oceanside rooms, westside courtyard and westside rooms. The oceanfront barbeque grill and picnic are a favorite spot. Located directly across from the beach road, you'll find our clean, refreshing swimming pool. Daily maid service, air conditioning and cable TV are part of the ammenities that will make your stay memorable. The motel is located in the center of it all. Close to the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirates Cove Fishing Center, Jennettes Pier, Tanger Outlet Mall, Jockey Ridge State Park, The NC Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Historic Manteo and the Lost Colony. Owens Restaurant, a AAA Three Diamond Award Restaurant is right next door. ... more   less 
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