After carefully researching and reviewing motels, I chose The Islander Motel for our first stay to the OBX. I was very surprised to even be able to find a room on such short notice (6 days prior to going) during prime vacation season, but thankfully they had some vacancies.
I was informed that the only slight inconvenience would be that we'd have to change rooms. On our first night (Thurs) we had a room on the 3rd floor with 2 queen beds and then for the remainder of our stay we had the room next door with 2 double beds.Both rooms thankfully were on the 3rd floor with wonderful views of the ocean.
This is a family owned motel and definitely an older one, the room keys are actual keys which I haven't seen in quite awhile. This isn't The Ritz Hotel so if you're looking for an upscale place to stay you'll be disappointed if you stay here. If you'd like a comfortable, clean, reasonably priced place to stay right on the beach, then this is the place.The property is immaculate with beautiful plants and flowers, places to sit and relax or even areas to grill with picnic tables and umbreallas. There's some slight imperfections in the rooms where paint could be touched up and bathroom faucets replaced but these things really didn't matter to us. Everyone we encountered working there was pleasant, accomodating and helpful.
The rooms are decorated in a slight beachy type theme (seashells on the bedspreads), there's a TV with a decent amount of channels. The rooms we stayed in had a coffee maker, small dorm sized refrigerator and a microwave. There are also small enclosed patios with screen windows, off each room that contain 2 plastic chairs and a plastic table, nothing comfortable about those chairs! The patios don't seem to get any attention from housekeeping, they are very sandy, dusty and somewhat grimy. The motel has a smaller sized built in pool with a good amount of very comfy lounge chairs around it, plus a surprising amount of pool toys for children. There is a short walk way that takes you to some wooden stairs and a small boardwalk right onto the beach.
Their parking lot isn't huge, so one vehicle per family is adviseable. They also do not allow pets. Their check in time is 3 p.m. and check out is 11 a.m. The office closes at 9 p.m. so you need to communicate with them if you're going to be checking in late. There are NO elevators at this motel, so if this is an issue you'd need to stay on the first floor in the lower priced rooms (due to the lack of ocean view). They have an ice maker on the second floor and a soda machine on the first floor.
There are plenty of local restaurants and attractions close by. We would definitely stay at The Islander again whenever we make another trip to the OBX! Highly recommend it!
- Also Known As:
- Islander Hotel Nags Head