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Jackson, Wyoming
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed for a few nights in an Oceanfront Single room. The staff is incredibly friendly and the location is fabulous. We could walk to the beach right from our rooms. The pier has a restaurant and Tikki Bar. Can't wait to go back!

1 Thank skibradshaw70
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

We are so glad the staff was pleasant and that the room was to your liking as well as the location of the hotel! We are so excited that you plan to return and truly appreciate your kind words and the time you took to write a review on the Colonial Inn! See you again soon! More 

Louisville, KY
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74 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Could not ask for a better location right next to Nags Head Fishing Pier! They are not only oceanfront, but pet friendly as well so I got to walk my baby on the ocean with me on my birthday! The room was perfect for the night, even came with a fridge & microwave. The bathroom was small, but not bad... More 

1 Thank traveldivaaficionado
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Hey Travediva! Thanks for the great photo and review!! We are so glad you were able to bring your furry friend and enjoy your birthday with us here at the Colonial Inn! We hope it was everything you wanted and more and hope that you will return to see us again soon. We are so glad you got to enjoy... More 

Harrisonburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This is our 12th time at the Colonial Inn. Yes, the motel is older; yes, the parking lot is cramped; yes, having the over-flow parking down the street is a pain; yes, the showers are small; but those things don't bother our family. We go there because we get a lot of bang for our dollar. We stay in one... More 

1 Thank Kathy R
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Hey Kathy, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of the Colonial Inn with so much great information for travelers to help make their decision as to where to stay on the Outer Banks! Thanks so much for all the staff shout outs as well, we will make sure they know what you have said and... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This hotel is overpriced for the accommodations. Only In Nags Head can they get away with charging such high rates for such mediocre rooms. This place is in desperate need of a renovation. The furniture is outdated. The rooms are old, musty smelling and in terrible shape. The bed linen is dingy, the bathrooms are suspect looking, and the are... More 

1 Thank Bobbie G
Joshua R, General Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Bobbie - I am very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay with us. I can say the owner has put a lot into renovating this hotel while keeping its character. Most of the furniture was purchased in the spring of 2014. We are planning more improvements this off season as well. As for our pricing we try... More 

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We had 11 adults and 8 kids in 6 different rooms. The kids had a great time being able to go to the pool and then the beach without having to get in a car. The staff was extremely friendly...especially Bo. He is a great employee to have at the front desk. He was very friendly and helpful. He made... More 

Thank Mark I
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Mark, we are so glad we were able to accommodate your large party. We are glad that you enjoyed your vacation with us and thanks so much for your kind comments regarding staff member Beau. He certainly is great with the guests and has a lot to offer as an employee and a person in general. We are so glad... More 

Faber, Virginia
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Booked a two bedroom apartment (Still have the confirmation sheet) stating that the bedroom holds two queenside beds, When I checked in, I was told that wasn't what I booked. Staff was reasonably friendly about the matter but it was definitely a take it or leave it situation. Room was clean but dated. For two adults to sleep on a... More 

1 Thank Jim T
Joshua R, General Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Jim - I certainly remember this situation as the staff did let me know about it right away. I found the issue root cause of why this happened and been able to fix it from happening again in the future. I hope our gesture helped to rectify the system mistake. I apologize for any inconvenience and hope you were still... More 

Greenville, North Carolina
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69 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I liked this hotel. We had 7 people in our party and the spacious apartment with 2 queen beds in 2 bedrooms and a large kitchen/living room were perfect. t's not fancy but everything was clean and comfortable. Who needs fancy when you spend most of time at the pool, fishing off the pier or on the beach! Being next... More 

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Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Patty, we are so glad you and your party enjoyed the apartment and your stay with us! We are glad the pier was easily accessible and worked well for your party's needs. In addition, we appreciate the comment about the room being clean and comfortable. Thanks so much for your review Patty, we hope to see you again soon! More 

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We stayed in a 2 br apt by the pool in July. The staff was very friendly and the cleaning service always had everything done by the time we came back from the beach. Convenient to everything and the rooms although older had everything you need and clean. Loved it!

Thank Flucos
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! We are so glad that everything with your stay was to your liking including the service, the room and we certainly hope that you will join us again! More 

Enfield, Connecticut
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

My roommate and I stayed at the Colonial Inn again this year. It is a very comfortable place, very clean and well kept. I love the fact that you can put a chair outside of your room and relax. We made reservations for next year, when we were checking out. The 4th of July fireworks on the Fisherman's Wharf were... More 

1 Thank Nancy M
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Nancy, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Colonial Inn!!! Thanks for all your kind words and we appreciate the review! We are so glad you have already booked for next year. We are excited for your stay in 2015 and we are glad the prices fit your needs, and the location as well as the staff!... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This motel is not a Hilton...but I don't think that's a bad thing. The rooms are not what you would find in a nicer hotel, but since this isn't a Hilton, the employees are able to be more accommodating and flexible than in any full service or even, self-service hotel. There are pool toys provided in the pool area, residents... More 

Thank S B
Emily C, Manager at Colonial Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Colonial Inn. We do appreciate your feedback. Thanks for your kind comments regarding the staff. No, we are not a Hilton, but we certainly take pride in our ability to please our guests and we take extra time and pay extra attention to the needs of our guests because we are a smaller... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Colonial Inn is nestled at MP 11.5 On the oceanfront right next door to the Nags Head Fishing Pier. The hotel offers many different room types to accommodate every need. We are also pet friendly! There is a seasonal outdoor pool, a private beach access, refrigerators and microwaves in every room, as well as LG flat screen TVs. We also provide free YMCA passes at request, and free WIFI for our guests. We offer discounts for AAA, AARP members and run specials throughout the year. Historical sites, gift shops, and the outlet mall are just minutes away. Jockey's Ridge State Park is half a mile south and the Wright Brother's National Memorial is less than 4 miles away. Lucky 12 Tavern is in walking distance, and Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar & Grill is half a mile north of the Colonial Inn!If you are looking for Old World Charm in the heart of Nags Head, the Colonial Inn is the place for you and your family! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Colonial Inn

Address: 3329 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9267
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Price Range: $91 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Colonial Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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Also Known As:
Colonial Hotel Nags Head
Colonial Motel Nags Head
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#7 On the Beach Hotel in Nags Head
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