by Amanda Orr
This inn, part of the Corolla Light Resort, is 10 miles from Duck and just a quick quarter-mile from the beach. The hotel offers bike rentals and shuttle services. Many of the rooms come with in-suite kitchens, and others have refrigerators. Be sure to ask about off-road tours that are offered through the hotel’s partnership with local operators. Through those tours, you can visit secluded beaches, accessible only by authorized vehicles, and see wild horses running on the beach. There are 30 rooms, 13 suites and a bonus for families — the rate includes breakfast and, of course, use of the hotel’s pool and tennis courts.
Our Editor Loves
- Short distance to the beach
- Off-road tours through hotel available
- In-suite kitchens available
We stayed for an overnight. As others have noted, the signage is very difficult to spot. We actually drove past the hotel twice before 'assuming' we had found the location using online photos as our guide.
The front desk was staffed by the owners and they were very pleasant and accommodating. Gave us a lot of tips for sightseeing, etc., but since we were only there for one night for the wild horse tours, we couldn't take advantage of the suggestions.
We were upgraded to a large, bay front suite that was pleasantly furnished with a king sized bed, sofa bed, mini kitchen with service-ware for 3 and a small stove top with 2 burners similar to a camper stove top and a coffee maker. Small bathroom.
The sofa was saggy and uncomfortable to sit upon and since we didn't need to use it as a sofa bed, I cannot comment on it's usability. The king mattress was super soft. I don't know if its the type of mattress or just old, but was fine for my daughter and I for the one night. Anyone with a bad back however would be miserable though. I know my husband would not have slept well.
The upgrade was sincerely a nice gesture and we had nice views of the bay but sadly couldn't really enjoy it from inside the room. The windows are eye level with the wooden deck and wooden pathway that borders the room, and any passersby were able to look directly into our room which was eerie and unsettling. We kept the drapes closed the entire time we were in the room.
The wooden deck extends to a gazebo over the bay which is a great spot to watch the sunrise and nearby osprey nesting platforms.
There is a shared boardwalk alongside the bay side of the hotels and homes which is used as a walking and jogging path.
Breakfast was provided but we opted to go elsewhere to grab a quick bite.
I don't think I would stay again. The room was pricey at almost $300.00 considering this was April and not prime season. There are other options available.
The Corolla Lighthouse/park is 5 minutes away.
Public access to the ocean side beaches is 5 mins walking distance.
by Marc T
In short , $250 a night is ridiculous. The place is nothing more than a place to put your head down . Kids manning the reception with no real clue about much . Much nicer places around for the price
Room clean but very tired .