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Oriental Marina & Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Oriental B&B and Inns
Virginia Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good central place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

We enjoyed our two nights at the Oriental Marina and Inn in Oriental North Carolina. We had a suite with a kitchenette, living room, and a king bed in the bedroom. Hurricane Irene in 2011 was pretty brutal, so most, if not all, of the floor level rooms were redone due to flooding. There was new carpeting and paint, and most of the furniture seemed new—some may have been cleaned off or relocated from other rooms. The provide free Wi-Fi, which was a plus.

The hotel has a restaurant with a bar. We didn’t use it this trip, but have dropped in there in the past and weren’t disappointed. There’s also an outdoor Tiki Bar by the pool that opened at 4pm, and closed around 10. It never got really loud. I couldn’t tell if most of the patrons were staying at the hotel, on boats in the small marina, or were locals.

My recommendations if you get a kitchenette is to go ahead and bring groceries, just keep in mind that the fridge is under the counter so it’s kind of small. There is a small but well stocked grocery store in town. There were utensils, pots, and pans, but if you’re going to need a large skillet or want to get creative, you may want to bring your own. There’s no stove, just a stove top with four burners and a microwave. I’d also advise bringing scouring pads or whatever you like to use to clean dishes, including coffee. There was a pot in the room, but I can’t remember if there were filters. There’s a nice little coffee shop called The Bean just across the street from the hotel—it won’t take you more than 60 seconds to walk there from any part of the hotel. You might want to bring some folding chairs if you want to guarantee you have some place to sit outside in the evening and enjoy a few drinks or watch the boats.

The only real criticism I have is the shower wall was groady. It had a good caking of soap film, etc. Nothing that a steamer or Comet couldn’t get rid of. It’s cleaner than the showers at my gym, but it’s pretty clear that only the floor of the tub gets scrubbed.

The location is pretty good—Oriental is very small so most anything you’d like to do is within walking distance. We brought our bikes and road around the neighborhoods. I think the popular restaurants (The Toucan, M&Ms, Trawl Door) have a bar, but most things close up around 10pm, but they may stay open later in the summer. It’s a quiet town and pretty relaxing.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

This quaint little hotel (25 spacious rooms) and marina (12 slips and a fuel dock) greets road and ICW travelers alike with wonderful Southern hospitality. Oriental has a fascinating history, is mostly quiet, but does have some really neat special events. Go to Orientalmarina.com and browse through the various tabs to find out. The restaurant on property, and the Tiki Bar as well, is worth the trip. he prices are very affordable for the vacationer and family, businessperson, or any other reason for making this destination a first choice. Also, it is not far from the Crystal Coast of Carteret County (take the ferry from Minnesott to get back to route 70) and the historic city of New Bern. Neat little golf course for senior near the ferry.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2011

We were there over the 4th of July weekend, and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It has great atmosphere and was lots of fun. They have a Tiki Bar that is the center of activity for locals and visitors, and live music, and excellent service, even with the big crowds. thier restaurant, the Toucan, serves great food, and has indoor and outdoor seating. The guest rooms have kitchens that are complete with toaster, microwave, fridge, cookware, etc. Our room even had a blender! Housekeeping was terrific, too. We already booked for next year's 4th weekend, and will probably be back at least once or more between now and then.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Oriental Marina & Inn

Property: Oriental Marina & Inn
Address: 103 Wall Street, Oriental, NC 28571
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Oriental
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Oriental
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in historic Oriental's town harbor off the scenic Neuse River, in 'The Sailing Capital of North Carolina', is the distinctive Oriental Marina & Inn. All rooms are suites with kitchenettes. ... more   less 

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