Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks Review

333 Audubon Drive, Corolla NC

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Editor’s Review of Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks

Editor’s Rating 4/5 In the North end of the Outer Banks, far from the more commercially dense areas of Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, it's a common assumption that your only option is to rent a house for a week. But for small families, or those who just need a weekend getaway, or even those who want to enjoy the quiet of the Northern Outer Banks while still experiencing the comforts of a full-service hotel, there is another choice: the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks in Corolla.

This 123-room hotel, which is situated right on the beach, is a gem. Don't be scared away by the brand name. We love this hotel not only because it's a one-of-a-kind full-service hotel located among the rentals, but also because it has its own private beach and ocean
... more access. What's more, a boatload of amenities ensures that you can maximize your fun time. For starters there's the daily complimentary breakfast in the lobby, the 24-hour convenience store (Suite Shop) for last minute necessities and then, for those extra-sandy kids, the coin-operated laundry in the lobby. The hotel also recently upgraded with new mattresses and Cloud Nine bedding in all the rooms so you'll sleep soundly in between packed days of playing and touring. The mattress upgrade was in response to a rare complaint the hotel received about the quality of the beds, and they addressed it right away. That kind of attention to guests' needs is standard at the hotel. (After raves about the beach, the next thing you'll hear from Hampton's visitors is how helpful and friendly the staff is.)

With plenty of options in terms of pools, gyms, spas and nearby historical attractions like the famous Whalehead Club and Wright Brothers Monument, we recommend you bring a calendar and don't miss a thing. And did we mention, children 18 and under stay free?

It is important to note that there is no onsite restaurant but there are ways around that, which we cover in Family Dining.

For those of you who don't want to deal with traffic, you can book a regional flight into the Corolla airport, which is literally across the street from the hotel. But for the rest of us, the hotel is about a half hour's drive north of Kitty Hawk on Route 12. Once you are there, you will bask in the comfort of this peaceful, secluded and well-maintained getaway.

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Our Editors Love
  • Private beach
  • Complimentary and all-you-can eat-breakfast
  • Spacious rooms right on the ocean
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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Because there is no restaurant onsite be sure to pack any utensils you may need for carryout meals in your room, including plates, cups and bottle ... Get more Planning and Tips

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The Hampton Inn has two categories of rooms: the standard guest room and the one-room Studio Suite. The standard room has over 400 square feet and features either one king or two queen beds in addition to a full-size sleeper sofa. Standard room amenities include microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker, private balcony or patios, free high-speed internet access (not wireless, bring your data cord) and HBO and best of all, luxurious Cloud Nine mattresses. All rooms are guaranteed non-smoking. Be sure to request one of the rooms with a whirlpool tub.

When you need to spread out a little more, the one-room Studio Suite is a great choice. In addition to the option of one king or two queens plus full-size sleeper sofa, the ... more suites have extra square footage for lounging and also have a wet bar. Both categories have rooms available for visitors with special needs.

Book the Family Fun Package, which requires a two-night minimum stay, and upon arrival you and your crew will be greeted with the following goodies: a disposable camera; four Outer Banks postcards to mail to loved ones at home; four free ice cream passes from the Suite Shop; a free beach ball for some fun in the pool; a Kitty Hawk kit to fly on the beach; four tickets to the Whalehead Club; four tickets to the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island in Manteo; discounts to local restaurants; and an extended checkout time of 1 p.m. The package is available year round but rates vary depending on time of year. Additional nights beyond the two-night minimum are priced based on the best available rate at the time of the booking.

When making reservations, be sure to specify an ocean view room; the higher the level the better the view. Complimentary cribs are available upon request. less


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