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Review of Pony Island Motel

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Pony Island Motel
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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303 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“We keep going back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have been visiting Ocracoke Island for many years and while we have stayed in various lodging vs, we return again and again to the Pony island. From our phone reservation to the check in and our stay, it is an easy and comfortable process.
The location is perfect and provides a central point for going to the beach, riding our bicycles and walking to meal locations.
The staff is efficient and the rooms clean and comfortable. Nothing fancy, but that is not we are looking for when we visit Ocracoke. Comfortable, clean, great location with relaxing porch seating for taking in the rest and talk about the day's activities.
Already thinking about our return

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank merlinsurrietrekker
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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High Point, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

Enjoyed our stay at Pony Island Motel. Our office side room was very clean and comfortable. Customer service was exceptional - really went out of their way to assist. Nice location for the activities that interested us. Plan to book again in the fall.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Joy336
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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98 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

We did not make any hotel reservations before leaving for the Outer Banks but after realizing we would not make the ferry from Ocracoke to Cedar Island, while on the ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke we knew we would have to stay in Ocracoke. Doubting there would be any vacancies anyplace in peak season, the first hotel we called was the Pony Island Hotel which had vacancies for two rooms, so we reserved them, not expecting much. We were pleasantly pleased to find the hotel in the not so crowded area of Ocracoke and within walking distance to eateries, grocery store and shops, and the only restaurant on the island that serves breakfast. Although the hotel could use some updating, the rooms were spotlessly clean as well as the bathroom. It even offered Wifi. The only reason for not giving it a 5 star is because the the TV was very fuzzy. If we traveled this way again I would not hesitate to stay here. Although the hotel is on Route 12, we did not hear any road noise. Check-in by Ella was efficient even though she was very busy. Would recommend to friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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3 Thank 02TravelBugs
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London, Canada
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed here 1 night in June 2014 as we made our way down the Outer Banks. Check in was great - very pleasant lady. Answered our questions about the ferry times for the next morning and where we should go to reserve. This motel is very good value for the price. The bed could have been better as it was a bit lumpy and the pillows could have been better. Otherwise it was very clean. It is a three story building with outside stairs so if you have a problem with stairs make sure you ask for the first floor. Nice pool.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cheryl W
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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1,290 reviews
155 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 636 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

Without going in to too much rhetoric, let me summarise what this place is about.

It is ideally located for town.
The reception area is large, bright and breezy and the lady who booked us in was absolutely charming.
Our room, which I understand is at the more modern pool end, was roomy, well furnished and spotlessly clean.
The swimming pool area is roomy and very clean.
There is a diner/cafe alongside which is apparently ace for breakfast. I will review that separately.
The room rate is very reasonable for what you get.

In short - I can't imagine any better for the money in Ocracoke.

John and Karen Houston
Knaresborough
UK

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank johnhouston2
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Atlanta, Georgia
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285 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

I’ve stayed here at least three times previously, and to me it’s the best choice on the island, or one of the best. It’s close to some of the best restaurants, and a 10-minute walk at most from the village. I’ve only stayed on the newer side (the “pool side”) and those rooms are clean and airy with refrigerators. One minor caveat, at the far end you may get some cooking smells from the restaurant next door. I did, but they all smelled good.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank FoodieOnAHarley
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed ourselves immensely at the Pony Island Motel. We must say how clean and comfortable the rooms were. This was our 2nd time in Ocracoke and I can say this will be our new place to come back to year after year. The woman who ran the front desk couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. They also have a beautiful pool. So if you're in the area, drop by. You won't be disappointed.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank RuthZe
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Property: Pony Island Motel
Address: Highway 12, Ocracoke, NC 27960
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Ocracoke
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Ocracoke
Number of rooms: 41
Also Known As:
Pony Island Hotel Ocracoke
Pony Island Ocracoke

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