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.
- 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