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“You'll love it in Autumn!”
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Inlet Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 November 2013

This was our first stay in the Inlet Inn, though we have visited Beaufort many times over the years. That said, I believe the Inlet Inn is where we'll go from now on, in the Spring or Fall. The rates are better then, and the town is less crowded then. And the weather -- delightful!

Note that this is not a typically cozy B&B, which can be wonderful indeed. Nor is it a typical motel, with a lobby-side room offering multiple continental breakfast do-it-yourself choices. This is a seaside inn with a twist: you can simply call room 309 anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 and they will bring a tray to your room. Not "room service" where you make your selections and then pay extra on your check-out. It is simply two very large glasses of good orange juice, two toasted bagels, two large muffins [each one a little different], assortment of spreads, and either coffee or hot tea. Nothing special on that menu, but what a treat to have it delivered, without a hand out for a tip, or a "room service" charge added to your bill. Alternatively, you can go to room 309 yourself and find a comfortable seat up on an indoor balcony or outside on the widow's walk. The view from each is definitely worth the flight of stairs.

But most folks don't choose a hotel based on its breakfast. What really matters is the size of the room, the comfort of the bed, the cleanliness, the privacy, and in this case the view. Inlet Inn scores high on all counts. We chose a waterfront room on the second floor, which meant a private balcony overlooking Front Street and the yacht harbor -- both provide ample entertainment just watching the people and the birds. What surprised us was the good size of the balcony, with two very nice wooden rockers [and room for several more]. The walls between the balconies, and apparently between the rooms, were so thick that we actually never heard a single neighbor in our 4 days there, even though the inn was nearly full. The room had a nice double closet, a sink and vanity area separate from the toilet and shower, an alcove with a nice little refrigerator and drawer and cabinets for food items. There was also a bureau with flat screen TV, two bedside chests with drawers for clothing, a comfortable sofa with nice throw pillows, a good size coffee table, and a drop-leaf table and chairs for dining or playing games. All the funiture, knotty pine, was reminiscent of a nice beach cottage, nothing pretentious. Our bed was king size, and so were the four pillows. And all of these items left room to spare, a truly spacious and homey design. I'm already looking forward to our next opportunity to stay there.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We stayed at Inlet Inn in July 2013, upon recommendation of a friend. We arrived to a very clean and well-maintained 1st floor waterfront room with a great view of the inlet/boat dock. There was a little bit of elevation so we could sit on the balcony without feeling like we were on the street. If given a choice next time, I would ask for a second floor room, just to be a bit more above ground. The third floor rooms do not have a balcony, so I wouldn't recommend those. Every day there was a baked good in the office to greet guests. We didn't wake early enough for the free continental breakfast, so we can't comment about that. The location was great! We walked everywhere from the inn easily. Both the boardwalk and the town were accessible to the inn. The inn was quiet and peaceful with a nice courtyard. When we checked out, we mentioned to the receptionist that we were going to go on a boat trip before we left town. She told us to be sure to keep our car in the parking lot and come back and use the upstairs bathroom for anything we needed, including a place to change our clothes. How nice was that?! We will definitely be back to Inlet Inn.

Room Tip: Choose 1st or 2nd floor water front rooms.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MojitoNC
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We stayed for 3 mights in early October. You can't beat the location, right on Front Street, looking out on the docks and Taylor Creek. We had a second story room with a large balcony, and I'd recommend spending the small amount extra for a view of the water if you have the choice. I loved sitting on the balcony in the early morning with a cup of coffee. The room itself was large and clean and bright. It's an easy walk to a number of restaurants, or a stroll along the water.

Room Tip: I recommend the second floor rooms facing the water if you enjoy relaxing on the balcony.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jtgonzo
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

It was a wonderful surprise when we found this little gem. Its a great little inn, located perfectly on the bay just at the edge of downtown. It was convenient to walk to restaurants and other shopping. The inn was very clean and the staff was most helpful. They have a novel spin on their continental breakfast. They prepair a breakfast tray for you, coffee, juice, great muffins and bagles. Go by and pick it up, eat in their sun room or they will bring it to your room. Overall its a nice, clean well positioned inn thats reasonably priced.

Room Tip: The second floor has a great view of the bay and carrott island, we saw horses from our balcony!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Great little inn in the heart of historic Beaufort! My husband & I stayed there the weekend of October 11th for our anniversary & loved the location. It's just a stones throw to Beaufort Grocery Co & Blue Moon Bistro (both highly recommended) & cute little shops on Front St.

When making my reservation, I opted for a first floor room because they have fireplaces & I thought that would be romantic, however, it never got cold enough. (My bad....I should've known considering it was early October.) It turns out that there's an additional charge for using the fireplace....you have to pay for the special logs to burn inside them & a cleaning fee. I was thinking it was a gas fireplace, but it's not. Won't go that route again. The second floor rooms have a dining table instead of a fireplace & all things considered, that would have been a better option for us. Both the first & second floor rooms have a balcony & we did enjoy sitting outside watching the boats come & go on Taylor Creek.

The front desk lady was very welcoming & check-in was quick. Breakfast, which consists of bagles/muffins & coffee/OJ, is served from 7:30 - 9:30 in Room 309 or they'll bring it to your room. The ladies working the breakfast area were very friendly & prompt.

Can't beat the location & the view. However, I do think it was on the pricey side considering the time of year we went. Would stay there again, but next time, opt for a second floor room.

Room Tip: A second floor balcony room would be my recommendation. You'd get a great view. The first floo...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank FashionRPh
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This is a charming inn with spacious rooms and a great location in Beaufort. Be sure to request a water side room, 2nd floor may be best view-wise, ours on the first floor (#110) was just fine. Nice balcony with rocking chairs to people watch and look over the water, Carrot Island, more water, then Shackleford Banks. Lounge is located on the 3rd floor with access to a widow’s walk/balcony on the rooftop/4th floor. Be sure to enjoy a beverage and take in the view from here. We observed wild horses from this balcony along with the coming and going of ships, and Fort Macon in the distance. There are small stores/markets just across the street with a nice selection of beverages. Ferries and boat tours are directly across the street on the water.
Rooms are nicely appointed with furniture and comfortable bed to lounge, enjoy snacks, take in TV in the evening, several rooms on the first floor have working fireplaces, also had a nice mini-fridge. The staff is very nice, willing to offer recommendations and things to see, do, personal favorites. You can take breakfast in the 3rd floor lounge or call the lounge and they will deliver breakfast and coffee to your room.

Room Tip: Be sure to get a room on the water side of the Inn, 2nd floor views from balcony probably best.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Furthur54
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

The Inlet Inn is a nice hotel across the street from the marina. Love the balcony with rocking chairs and the large spacious room. There are not a lot of tourists here at this time of year and the weather is fantastic. Wish we could stay longer.

Room Tip: Room facing south toward marina.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Judy O
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Additional Information about Inlet Inn

Address: 601 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516-2209
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Beaufort
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Beaufort
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small family owned waterfront hotel in downtown historic Beaufort with great views of the harbor. We have 36 rooms divided among three floors. Our first and second floor waterfront rooms have king beds and private balconies to relax and enjoy the warm summer breezes. Some of our first floor waterfront rooms have wood burning fireplaces for the chilly winter months. Our third floor rooms have two queen beds and a large bay window seat perfect for watching the wild horses and traveling mariners. We also have some non-waterfront rooms as well as one room with a king bed and two twin beds, but with no balcony, perfect for larger families. Included with your stay is a small continental breakfast with warm muffins, bagels, and orange juice with coffee upon request. We deliver to your room or breakfast can be enjoyed in our third floor widows walk lounge. However don't hesitate to try many of our great downtown Beaufort dining locales, all within a few blocks of our location on the waterfront. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Inlet Inn And Conference Center
Inlet Hotel Beaufort

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