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“Great Stay at the Beach” 3 of 5 stars
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Elizabethan Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Manteo
Sanford, North Carolina
2 reviews
“Great Stay at the Beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I spend a good amount of time in the Outer Banks throughout the year for work and pleasure. I have stayed at this hotel on and off. Most recently I stayed there this week, it is in a great location on Manteo and an easy drive to all the local sites and attractions. As usually the staff is very friendly and helpful.

Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank George E
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. Please come back again soon!
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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59 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This hotel is conveniently located on Roanoke Island and is literally down the street from many of the island's main attractions. Roanoke Island is very pricey, and this was the best deal. The room provided an adequate night's sleep, but the rooms and the property are very dated. The room was clean, but could use a some updates to the decor as well as an overhaul to the bathroom.

The hotel lady that checked me in was more on the rude side than pleasant. She wasn't horrible, but not hospitable either.

If you have the extra cash to splurge and want to stay at a more upscale hotel, I would recommend. If you are short on cash and want a safe, clean place, this will do.

The attached Italian restaurant is a nice touch! They were great people!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Christina M
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry you were not pleased with our decor, but we find that most people prefer our old-world charm to the common cookie-cutter hotels. No, the Elizabethan Inn is not new, but it is well-appointed, well-maintained and very clean. The clerk who checked you in was very upset by your comments about her. She remembered you as nice people with a small child who arrived very late and looked extremely tired. She attempted to get you into your room as quickly as possible and was very surprised to be called rude. Just for the record, she has received numerous awards for her customer service and has also been singled out in Trip Advisor for the quality of the care she gives each guest. Again, we appreciate your taking time to submit a review and are sorry you were not happier with your stay.
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Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Clean, comfortable stay and friendly, accommodating staff. We loved the room with 1 queen and 2 twin beds... Everyone slept better without two boys complaining all night long about being kicked by their brother :). Also appreciated being able to book a room for only one night, as we were just passing through. Very convenient to The Lost Colony and wildlife reserve. Pizza was great too! We will definitely be back the next time we come through Manteo... Thank you!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank MommyJ
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you for coming to stay with us! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your next visit!
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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121 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The stay was affordable and quite comfortable as well. The hotel is minutes away from attractions and well maintained. As other reviewers mentioned, the room was dark and gloomy when the shades are closed. But they were clean and peaceful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank Sharath K
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! Manteo is the perfect place for a quiet, comfortable getaway! As I mentioned to another of our guests, we have made plans to change to a lighter wall color to brighten our rooms. We look forward to having you stay with us again in the near future.
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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We enjoyed a comfortable stay at the Elizabethan Inn during our tour of the Outer Banks. Our king room was clean and comfortable and conveniently located near the front office, where you can also access the side enterance of Le Dolce Vita, an absolutely wonderful Italian restaurant attached to the Inn! The owner/chef is from Sicily and makes fabulous, home made meals. We did not have the chance to enjoy the enormous lap pool or spa on the second floor as we were determined to see the entire outer banks in two days and returned late in the evenings, but on our next visit, we will definetely indulge! The staff was very efficient and friendly and the Inn is conveniently located on Hwy 64 just west of the Outer Banks. A good location to escape tourist traffic and easily travel to I-95. May was the perfect time to visit. The weather was beautiful. We'll be back!

Room Tip: We found the king room to be roomy and comfortable.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank TravelZone337
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! We certainly enjoyed your visit! Please come stay with us again soon. PS: The fall is also a great time to be here!
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Remember when you parked your car in front of your motel room and unloaded into an immaculate efficiency apartment? The Elizabethan Inn is located in a lovely Manteo neighborhood, minutes from Outer Banks attractions, excellent restaurants, and the weekly farmers market. We really enjoyed our stay. The room, bathroom, and kitchen were spotless. Our only complaint was the plastic liner on the bed. This is common in all of the Outer Bank facilities; but, we did not like the noise it made when we rolled around while sleeping. Still, the beds were comfortable, the room was dark when the shades were drawn, and the Italian restaurant on site was FABULOUS!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Christopher M
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Thanks for your beautifully worded comments! We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you can stay longer on your next trip. Thanks again!
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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Hotel location was superb for visiting the attractions of Roanoke and a good base for the northern OBX. Room rates are affordable the staff friendly and helpful. When I reported a dripping faucet, the maintenance guy was there to fix it in under five minutes. Our room was clean, albeit small. but as other reviewers have mentioned, dark and gloomy. This is not a problem if you are out for most of the day though.

I would have preferred a room with an internal door and like all ground floor rooms we suffered from (no doubt unintentional) noisy occupants above us.

Certainly room for improvement, but overall a pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Avoid the ground floor rooms, especially those with outside access.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank BaldEagle44
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Rajan P, Manager at Elizabethan Inn, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate your comments about the rooms being dark. We feel the "dark sand" walls, even though recently painted, are what gives the impression of gloominess and have made plans to paint them a lighter color. We have both interior and exterior entry rooms. Feel free to request an interior room on a higher floor the next time you visit us, and if we can, we certainly will honor your wishes. We want our guests to be happy! Thanks again for your comments. We look forward to having you back with us again.
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Property: Elizabethan Inn
Address: 814 N US Highway 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Roanoke Island > Manteo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Manteo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Elizabethan Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Elizabethan Inn on Historic Roanoke Island. Discover the friendly atmosphere and relaxing pool facilities that make the Elizabethan Inn your perfect island destination on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Whether you are planning a family adventure, group retreat or business trip — our comfort, convenience and affordable prices are sure to please. Centrally located in the heart of Roanoke Island, Elizabethan Inn is a year round resort with shaded grounds and country manor charm. Providing for the needs of visitors since 1954, the Inn offers a friendly atmosphere, year round indoor pool/gym facilities, and an excellent authentic Italian cuisine restaurant all on premises. For recreation and relaxation guests can enjoy an indoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, seasonal outdoor pool, and exercise room. Amenities include free wireless internet service, cable TV with HBO, and microwaves/refrigerators/coffee machines in all rooms. Elizabethan Inn, an Outer Banks hotel located in Manteo, NC on historic Roanoke Island, is the perfect place to take advantage of all that this destination has to offer. Tucked in along the shores of Shallowbag Bay, the picturesque waterfront village of Manteo is surrounded by tranquil waters and is just minutes from Nags Head’s beautiful beaches, lighthouses, Jockey’s Ridge and the world famous Wright Brother’s Memorial. Elizabethan Inn has been welcoming guests since the turn of the century. Guests come from near and far to experience gracious hospitality in this lovely historic town. The location of the Elizabethan Inn provides easy touring of Roanoke Island, which offers such visitor venues as the North Carolina Aquarium, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, The Lost Colony Outdoor Symphonic Drama, the Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, the NC Maritime Museum, and the Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse. Along the waterfront are unique boutiques for shopping and incredible restaurants to suit any taste. Only an hour to the north, you can enjoy visiting the Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Whale head Museum, NC Wildlife Museum, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Currituck Lighthouse, and some of North Carolina’s wineries and vineyards offering wine tastings and tours. Traveling to the south you may enjoy visiting the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Bodie Island Lighthouse, Chicamacomico Life Saving Museum, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, or taking one of North Carolina's unique ferries to visit Ocracoke Island. Traveling Inland to the Mainland, you will venture into the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge, home to the red wolf, black bears, alligators, and a myriad of bird life. And, of course, shopping, special tours, and the unexpected adventures that can be found all along the way; kayaking, birding, hang gliding, parasailing, and sport fishing. Return to Elizabethan Inn after a day full of fun and adventure to relax for a spell, enjoy the heated pool, gym and sauna. For those who want to “Tie the Knot” on the Outer Banks, destination weddings and honeymoons are hugely popular. Elizabethan Inn is your perfect destination on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When you stay at Elizabethan Inn, you will enjoy a unique experience – a place where both natural and cultural resources abound. Elizabethan Inn always offers nothing less than superb customer service to each of our guest. It is a place that will lure you back again, again and again. ... more   less 
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