A friend and I stayed at the First Colony Inn in March 2007. We chose March to avoid the tourist season-- a good choice! The hotel's web site has a full map of their rooms, with photos of each room. We stayed in Room 10, on the 2nd floor, the Elizabeth Glane room. I picked this room because of its Jacuzzi tub. Room rates for the full year for each room are posted right on each room's individual web page, along with a "virtual tour"-- very convenient!
The Jacuzzi was billed as 2-person, but is on the smaller side as far as 2-person Jacuzzis go. The bathroom has a heated towel bar, which was nice. The commode and stall shower adjoined the tub room behind a separate door.
Bed was an antique cherry four-poster, with comfy linens and a hobnail bedspread. The room included a small kitchenette, which included a sink, dishwasher, cooktop, microwave and a small under-counter refrigerator. We were pleased to find a small snack and their own-label bottled water in our room upon arrival. There was a TV with VCR, and a small safe in the room. There's a trundle under the four-poster bed, and the small love-seat in the little living room area pulls out into an extra bed. There are windows on both the front and back walls of the room, and a door at both front and back.
The only downside was potential for noise. Being there in the off-season was great; all other hotel guests were couples (wide range of ages); no families, no kids. We could easily hear folks walking outside our room on the wooden porches. In the busy season, with families present, this could have the potential for being a very noisy place.
The staff were very friendly and accomodating, including our request for a specific room (#10). Afternoon tea was available daily, and wine, cheeses, and light snacks were available in the dining room in the late afternoon with tea. Breakfast each morning was a selection of coffee, tea, juices, baked goods, cereals, yogurt, and at least one 'hot dish.' One morning was scrambled eggs, one morning was a breakfast casserole. Baked goods were fresh and included homemade creations like coffee cake along with standards like bagels and danish.
Our room was cleaned and made up daily to reasonable standards, by and large the staff was quiet and out of sight. The front desk staff were helpful in recommending restaurants and providing information for local sites to visit.
The beach is about a block and a half away; the Inn is not directly oceanfront. There is a clear line of sight to the beach from the ocean-side porches, with no other buildings between the Inn and the beach directly.
Nearby, we recommend the Outer Banks Brewing Company just up the road in Kill Devil Hills, and the Weeping Radish over in Manteo (excellent Bavarian food and superb handcrafted beers).
We would absolutely stay at First Colony Inn again, especially in the off-season. It has a historic feel, between the hotel's history and its selection of antiques (there's also a reading room and library available to guests on the third floor), and was comfortable and welcoming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience real southern hospitality at the Outer Banks' only historic B&B. A deluxe continental breakfast with a "hot" dish is served each morning. Our rooms are as individual as our guests. Each has a private bath with fluffy towels on a heated towel bar and English toiletries. Television, telephone, and refrigerator are standard in each room. Luxury rooms boast wet bars and kitchenettes, and some have Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, sitting rooms or private screened porches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- First Colony Hotel Nags Head
- 1st Colony Inn