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“Nice stay at Owens Motel - clean rooms, quiet locally owned motel.”
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Owens' Motel
Ranked #13 of 13 Hotels in Nags Head
Richmond, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Nice stay at Owens Motel - clean rooms, quiet locally owned motel.”
Reviewed August 14, 2005

Stayed at Owens Motel the weekend of August 12 -14. Called numerous motels/hotels to find a room. Finally found one at Owens. If you are familiar with the Nags Head area you know that there are not many hotels and the ones that haven't been torn down are often not very nice. Many of the old hotels have been torn down and replaced with HUGE rental homes.
This makes it harder and harder to make a weekend trip to the Outer Banks. Most houses only rent for the week in the summer and the price for a weekend house or condo rental is usually around $550+ for even a very small unit, if you can find a small unit.

We arrived on a Friday afternoon and checked in quickly. The lady working the front desk was extremely nice. All of the staff we encountered were very helpful and pleasant. We stayed in a section of the motel that was previously part of the Quality Inn across the street from the ocean, facing Beach Rd, a very short walk to the beach. I was very glad we were in that section of the motel, as the other part looked rather old, pine paneling etc. We were very pleased with our room. It was small but fine for a quick beach weekend for 2 adults and one child. 2 double beds, cable TV, microwave, refrig, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, small table and 2 chairs. They also have a pool. The bathroom was small and only had a shower, no tub. The room was very clean and the curtains and bedspreads looked fairly new, as did the mattresses. They have chairs in front of each room and the ocean breeze was perfect at night. Overall I think it was a good value and would definitely stay again. When going to the Outer Banks we go for the beach, not resort amenities. I also highly recommend Owens Restuarant - excellent seafood!

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Reviewed July 23, 2005

We found the Owens Motel after searching through practically EVERY hotel in the Outer Banks for a place to spend a Saturday night. Since it was a summer weekend in July and it was on short notice, everything was booked. The handful of hotels that did have a vacancy either required a minimum 2-night stay or were charging almost $200 bucks/night. (And I'm not exactly talking about luxury hotels either!)

We called the Owens and the lady at the front desk said they only had one room left, but she'd be happy to hold it until we arrived. I was suprised that rate was less than half what the other hotels were charging...no price gouging here!

The motel is small and family-owned/operated. It's adjacent to the Owens restaurant which I'd also recommend if you enjoy seafood. The motel is located near milepost 16 in Nag's Head. It's an older establishment from the pre-development phase when lodging in the Outer Banks consisted of quaint cottages and mom & pop motor lodges. The motel consists of a small two-story building facing the ocean front, a row of rooms on the ocean side facing the parking lot, and a courtyard of rooms across the street from the ocean adjacent to the restaurant.

We stayed in one of the units across the street from the ocean. Access to the beach was easy. We just walked across the street and walked through a breezeway in the 2-story section of the motel. It brings you right out on the dunes and we found that this happened to be a very quiet area of the beach. There is also an outside shower on the side of the building facing the dunes for rinsing off at the end of the day.

Our room had 2 double beds, a small frig, microwave, cable tv, a safe, iron/ironing board, and coffee pot. It wasn't fancy but it had everything you would need for a comfortable stay. The motel was very quiet and it seemed like it accomodates mainly families. The rooms have a small "front porch" which is really just a covered sidewalk outside the door, but they do provide 2 chairs per unit. The staff was pleasant and very "chatty". :)

The decor was comparible to any budget motel (like a Motel 6 or Econo Lodge) and I was suprised to find that the room was so clean. The bath tub, shower curtain, and toliet were spotless and the bed was clean & comfortable. I expected the room to have a more dated appearance and/or a musty smell since most motels near the ocean have moisture problems, but I was pleasantly suprised to find that this wasn't the case.

The only negative things that I noted were that the carpet did look slightly worn in areas but that's to be expected with wet towels, swim suits, sand etc. and there was a small hole in between two ceramic tiles in the bathroom that needed repairing. Also there was a flat sheet instead of a fitted sheet on the mattress, which meant that it didn't stay in place very well. But I did notice that they had a thick fabric matress protector pad under the sheet. Since this can be laudered with the linens, I'm sure this keeps the matresses much more sanitary than just using sheets alone.

Overall, we were happy that we found the Owens Motel and would not hesitate to stay there again.

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Property: Owens' Motel
Address: 7115 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9127
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
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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