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“Charming place just off the beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
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First Colony Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Nags Head B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“Charming place just off the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2006

The First Colony Inn is a lovely old hotel one block in from the beach in Nags Head. The building used to be right on the beach but it was then almost right on the surf so they picked it up and moved it inland. Built in the 1930's, its beautifully restored. We had a room on the 3rd floor (#26) that suited us just fine - comfy queen sized bed, nice furnishings, screened in balcony overlooking the lawn and a bird house with glimpses of the ocean and sound, clean and spacious bathroom, in-room sink, fridge, and safe.

Breakfast was served in a small dining room on the first floor - usually some combination of eggs and meat with a variety of breads and bagels, cereal, coffee, tea; not the fanciest B&B breakfast but filling.

The wrap around veranda on the second floor and the patio had numerous lounges for sitting and relaxing. On the second floor was an extensive library plus internet access. It was a short walk down a boardwalk to the beach proper. Overall we had a great time.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Raleigh NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2006

My husband and I visited Nag's Head over Memorial day weekend this year and stayed at the First Colony Inn in Nag's head. We loved this cute B&B! The breakfast was good and there was tea + refreshments every day from 3-5pm (Including wine + cheese everyday except Sun). The Inn is a block away from the ocean with a pvt walkway to the beach. They even give you beach chairs, umbrellas and towels.

What we liked the most was the quaint seating along all the inn's balconies, including hammocks, rocking chairs. This is definitely more a romantic gettaway kind of place than one for family with kids. We had a really good time relaxing on the inn's grounds and by the pool, and were a short walk from the beach. Also the inn is perfectly / centrally located on the outer banks, with water sports, resturants, attractions all within a 1-5 mile radius. Will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fayetteville NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2006

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Although this is not beach front it is in a good location between the Beach Rd (NC 12) and the main drag (US 159) There is a private walkway to the beach and good views of the bay from the west side of the Inn.

The Library and Breakfast Room are charming. The breakfasts were quite good. The days we stayed there were the standard continental fare plus an egg dish and a meat.

The exterior is in need of some paint and other maintenance. Also the is a fair amount of mechanical noise in the rooms. I was not sure if the noise was from AC units in other rooms or other equipment in the building. Also, unless you neighbors are extremely quiet you will be able to hear them if you are staying in an "A" room. The rooms are clean and there is cable TV in the rooms.

We would probably stay here again but would stay in a larger room on the 2nd floor.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2006

My husband recently came home from Iraq and I booked a few nights at the First Colony Inn in Nags Head, NC. It looked very nice online and looks can be very deceiving. We have been very disappointed before with places that we booked online but, I have read some great reviews on the place so we took a chance.

I am so happy that we did. That place was absolutely beautiful. Even though that weather was chilly it did not matter to us. The room was everything that we wanted and more. It did have a stain on the carpet that could be cleaned. The room was very clean, warm and inviting. The sheets and towels all smelled so nice and fresh......very soft too. The staff was very friendly to accomidate out needs.

I will be going back there again some day. Thanks for a wonderful stay at a beautiful inn.
Jackie & Steven.......Semper Fi

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2006

Great value and pampering! We went in the off season during the week and took advantage of the stay 2 nights get one free. We got much more than our money's worth. We arrived on Valentine's Day and they had placed complimentary chocolates, a rose, and strawberries on our bed! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They were always eager to answer our many questions. The inn was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast and afternoon snack were delicious and filling. Though not directly on the beach, it was very easy to get to many attractions from the inn. We would definitely go back!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2005

This looked like a beautiful place to stay in Nags Head. However, when I called the inn to get some more details and ask about the Outer Banks (I have never been), the gentleman who answered the phone could not have been more rude. He acted like I was intruding on his day and treated me like I was ridiculous for asking questions like, "What is the weather like at this time of year? Have you been having a warm fall?" He responded, "I've lived here all my life. It's hot in the summer, it's cold in the winter. What more do you want to know?"

With that, we will not stay at this hotel. What horrible customer service and a bad first impression. In my opinion, if this is how they are treating you on the phone when you are trying to make a decision, what is the in-person treatment going to be like?

We will be staying on either Roanoke Island or in Duck.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2005

I stayed here in August 2004. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed staying here because it was centrally located and had ample parking and a very pleasant breakfast. We stayed in a suite, I think. The bed was large and the pillows were fluffy. It had a large sitting area, a kitchette, and large bathroom with whirlpool tub. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was very clean.

One thing that surprised me is that the hotel is situated BEHIND several other hotels, which mostly blocks the view of the water. However, the beach is a short walk down a wooden path.

Overall it was a restful, relaxing kind of place with charm to it. I would go back again.

  • Stayed August 2004
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: First Colony Inn
Address: 6715 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9050
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — First Colony Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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