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“Nice place with a couple of minor quirks”
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Tranquil House Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Manteo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I enjoyed my stay, overall. Nice, comfortable room and attentive staff. Dinner at the restaurant at the B&B was also great. It was made better by the front desk clerk making the reservation for me at check-in and then letting me know to show the waiter my confirmation for "The Lost Colony" play that night, which meant 20% off my dinner bill (although I did have to remind the waiter of that). For me, the only down side was the breakfast the next morning. I expected more than cereal, rolls and fruit for the price of the room. Also, breakfast ended at 9:30 a.m. sharp on a Sunday, including coffee service. Since there was no coffee pot in the room, I ended up going to a local bistro for my second cup. (To be fair, the front desk clerk offered to make a pot of coffee for me, but I had no time to wait.)

Room Tip: I stayed in room 29, which is a corner room with a street view. It was quiet and sunny.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed here for one night after driving through the outer banks. It is a great location if you want to stay near the outer banks. It is only 10 minutes over the bridge to the island. The inn itself is located right in downtown manteo so you can walk to all the nearby shops and restaurants.

The inn is on the pricier side, but so are all of the other properties. It is a really neat set up - all the rooms have doors to outside hallway so it is very private. We stayed in room 29 which was i feel the BEST street view room. you have your own little private balcony outside your door with 2 lounge chairs that face the sunset (so you can enjoy your wine and cheese here which they offer in the evening) plus it is a corner room so alot of big windows!!!

the wine and cheese was good, lots of cheese to choose from they had a white wine and a rose wine. they have this LOVELY large deck at the back of the inn with lots of chairs to sit on it overlooks the harbour which is beautiful. the breakfast was alright, the coffee however was incredible!!! so good!! but otherwise it was just primarily cold food, they did have little breakfast sandwiches you could heat up.

if your looking for a classy cute place to stay i would recommend here. it would be really nice as a romantic stay. they have a bistro in the inn but it looked on the pricier end. We ate at Ortegaz which is featured on diners, drive-ins and dives! there is a great little bar next door which we did trivia at.

Room Tip: it is cheaper for a street view, we had room 29 it was a corner room and it was PERFECT! there is re...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We celebrated our 49th anniversary hear for the first time and it was a delightful experience.
The Inn has a small Quaint Harbor with Boat Docks at water-side, along with adjacent wooden walking bridge over the water. A Delightful view from the 2nd floor deck. The staff is attentive and very accommodating. They even gave us a complimentary bottle of tasty Champagne for our anniversary. We highly recommend this Inn to anyone who likes romance and the outter banks.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We spent 2 nights at the Tranquil House Inn while in this part of North Carolina and found the hotel to be in a lovely setting by the waterfront. Manteo is a lovely little town with very friendly people, but we found the staff in the hotel not especially welcoming. Our room was very pretty and the beds were extremely comfortable, but there were no tea/coffee facilities in the room, no fridge and no safe, which considering the price of the room seemed deficient. Breakfast was adequate but not particularly exciting, and there were no staff immediately around to show us where things were. Also, there were some roadworks outside our room, which although not the fault of the hotel, disturbed us during night as a pump was operating. It would have been nice to have received an apology or an acknowledgment of the problem at least. Overall a lovely place and setting, but the hotel needs to make a few improvements to bring it up to the appropriate standard.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Traveling with friends, and wanted a good central point for exploring the Outer Banks without getting into the gaudy tourist areas. We found Manteo to be a great location, a delightful village with easy access to other points we wanted to visit on the Outer Banks, both north and south. Our rooms were spacious and well-furnished, no faux Victorian or red velvet that I've seen in other inns. Plenty of light, plenty of storage, good mattress, quiet, nice bathroom, no vent fan but one of those vent/heater controls on the wall that handles the condensate. Everything was clean. Breakfast was coffee, tea, juice and milk, fresh fruit, cereal, pastries- basic, but plenty. No elevator, so ask for a ground floor room if that's a problem. Helpful staff, good recommendations for local restaurants and companies. We will definitely make this our base when we return.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are great, it doesn't matter whether you face the village or the water.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We found the Tranquil House Inn to be a comfortable base for an Outer Banks stay. Its rooms are attractive and its location is ideal, being in the midst of a quiet, historic town yet close to the bustle of the beach communities. As noted, there are stairs to navigate and the breakfast bar is pretty basic, but neither diminished our experience. We would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: Second floor deckside rooms have a privacy issue since they open to the deck used by all guests. Sim...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This Inn has so much potential to be a really spectacular place! However, when the wall paper in the bathroom has to be stapled back into place and there is a huge, black plunger by the toilet, it is obvious that some upgrades need to be done. First, on the positive side: The location is extremely good. The Inn is located in the historic section of Roanoke Island, so there are a few shops and galleries to browse, as well as the marina. The Elizabethan Gardens and the Lost Colony play site are a short drive away on the island. (We did discover that many establishments are closed during the "off season," which locals say runs from Dec. 1st - Feb. 28th, excluding Christmas week.) Also, the Inn offers a complimentary wine and cheese hour in the early evening, which is a nice touch. On the negative side, we would have to say that the room we had was extremely small. The bathroom was in desperate need of a remodel, and the pedestal sink, while quite neat, takes up the entire space leaving zero counter space. There was no fan in the bathroom, requiring us to open the window to let out the steam, which was interesting privacy wise. The space between our two queen beds could not have been more than about two feet and there was only one, small chair in the room. No coffee maker, no fridge and the TV was an old, tube style set that was maybe 30 inches. We would not advise families with children to select this Inn as a result of the very small room size. And finally, the breakfast was horrendously disappointing. The pastries were dry, the protein was a defrosted biscuit-sausage item and the coffee was horrible. Parking is an issue as well.

Room Tip: Ask for a marina side room in the center of the Inn.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tranquil House Inn

Address: 405 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9815
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Roanoke Island > Manteo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Manteo
Price Range: $89 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modern inn with a view over Roanoke Sound. ... more   less 
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Tranquil House Hotel Manteo

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