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“Interesting Mix”
Review of Cape Pines Motel

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Cape Pines Motel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence
florida
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Interesting Mix”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

If not for trip advisor, I would never have booked this motel. From the road, it looks very old and dumpy. However, we enjoyed the room. It was very spacious and spotless. I loved the quilts on the very comfortable beds instead of the cheap bedspreads most cheaper hotels use. The room was HUGE compared to most standard Double Queen hotel rooms and I enjoyed the laminate flooring MUCH better than nasty carpet. There was a refrigerator that worked very well. Plenty of counter space for 2 suitcases AND a laptop, plus a large vanity in the separate dressing area. The bathroom itself was dated and cramped but spotless and sufficient.

We loved the location in the heart of Buxton practically around the corner from the lighthouse.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank pianogal83
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Angie R, Owner at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Happy you had a comfortable stay with us. There's just not much better than to hear you found our rooms much better than the average hotel. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

Take care,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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San Clemente, California
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We stayed a Friday and Saturday night over Memorial Day weekend. The room was attached to the main building on the 2nd floor and was non-smoking but the ashtrays outside on the tables on the walkway were in constant use so we had some smoking annoyance. We had requested a downstairs unit but were given an upstairs. The room was large with two double beds—one was mushy and the other serviceable. It has been a while since my wife and I have slept in a double bed but we guess no queens or kings were available. There was a nice long counter for our computer (the wifi was quick, easy, and dependable) and our two small suitcases. The room had no couch or sofa but did have a round table and two chairs. A suitcase holder or two would have been helpful. The shower was a combo and small with a shower head out of the 1950s. It was slippery and they should install a safety bar. The commode was the old fashioned, cheap, round type and the toilet paper role was attached to the wall so close to your body that you could not use it without turning side ways. I had to go downstairs and use their public toilet—a bit of an inconvenience. The bathroom vanity had lots of counter space which was a plus but the lighting was so dim I had trouble shaving. Other lighting was dim as well although the one reading light was serviceable. The pool was adequate but needed refinishing and the pool furniture was good. No towels for the pool and no extra ones in the room, in fact, you get two bath towels, ONE hand towel, and two washcloths. No extra soap or shampoo just the one when you arrived and not replenished by housekeeping. A tip envelope was provided for housekeeping like on a cruise ship but we did not use it as we tip directly by leaving the money on our pillows. There is no coffee maker in the room although you can get coffee in the small reception area/office registration but not until they arrive in the morning. We had leftover coffee from the night before but could not heat it as there is no microwave. Tried to get coffee in the morning at 7:50 but they were closed and their sign said they did not open until 9:00. The next day we discovered a microwave next to the ice machine. Hangars could not be taken off of the rod so it was difficult to hang anything. I guess they have had hangar robberies in the past so that is why they attach them now—it seemed a bit cheesy. Layout of the building is bit awkward and they have traps everywhere you walk in doorways that are raised and can cause you to trip. This is a real danger. Design of the building makes the upstairs rooms hard to use as you are constantly going up and down the stars. Despite the tip housecleaning did not vacuum. Rails were rough and my wife got a splinter holding on to the rail. This is a dog hotel as many of the rooms have dogs but not the section we stayed in. Parking is OK. For the price we expected more but it is certainly serviceable. It seems to be designed for families, kids, and dogs.

Room Tip: Unless you like stairs—there is no lift—try to stay downstairs away from the dog rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Angie R, Owner at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
While we're happy you enjoyed amenities such as the pool, it's disappointing to hear you felt inconvenienced at times. In the future, please let us know if there's anything we can do -- we'd always prefer to fix things in the moment to ensure you have an amazing time with us.

All the best,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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Warrenton, Virginia
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

I booked this place thru BringFido.com; never been to the Outer Banks, read review, looked at photos, and went for it. This place exceeded my expectations! Great staff, wonderful rooms, and the whole place was charming. Lots of attention to detail. My dog loved it too. Very close to many things to do. I will be booking there again and again...

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Mary Beth J
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Angie R, Owner at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
We're thrilled to hear you and your dog had an amazing time at our place, Mary. We can't wait to welcome you back again and again!

All the best,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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Providence, Rhode Island
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

I visited this hotel several years ago in the off season (February 2008) while I was in RTP for two consecutive weeks of work. I wanted to be right near the Hatteras lighthouse (one of my favorite places), so I could be at the lighthouse for both sunset and sunrise. I didn't spend a lot of time in the room, but certainly liked the location. The quality of the hotel was fine also. The staff was very nice. The price was much less than I would have spent if I had stayed in RTP over the weekend.

Room Tip: Actual visit was February 2008!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Ron S
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Angie R, Owner at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us back in 2008, Ron. We hope you'll come back again for a few more sunsets and sunrises at the Hatteras Lighthouse.

All the best,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

In the spirit of full disclosure -- we can't stand smokers. We probably should have turned around when we approached our room along an outdoor bank of No Smoking rooms on the first floor and smelled nothing but smoke (coming from the bank of rooms on the second floor). But nooooo. Consequently, we had to keep our windows closed at night -- which was a drag, because this is one of the few locations with windows that open AND had screens. Then, at the crack of dawn, our next door neighbor sat outside his No Smoking room and smoked his brains out. The pool was great and the owner gave us towels to take to the beach. That was nice. So was the convenient laundry room and ice machine. The long and short is: if you are used to the chain hotels, this place will make you shudder. If you're there to rough it in terms of creature comforts, you'll probably be just fine.

Room Tip: Make it known you don't smoke and don't want to (second-hand) smoke for your 89 bucks for th...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank MMPJMH
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Angie R, Anna, at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
We're sorry to hear another guest's habit interfered with your stay. In the future, please let us know if someone is smoking in a Non-Smoking room -- we'll want to take care of that right away.

That said, we're glad you enjoyed the rest of your stay with us. Hope we'll see you back again soon.

All the best,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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Hampton, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Rooms 11 and 12 are the best. Room 11 has a couch and a nice kitchenette. Room 12 is even better, with a full kitchen, fully equipped, and a back door that leads to the dog park and the gate to Grays Garden and gift shop, They have several grills on the property, gassed up and ready to use. A dog park out back, swings and a lovely path that leads thru a wooded area(I call it the secret garden) that leads to a marvelous, family owned gift shop with some very nice and unusual gifts. The Gray Garden and gift shop is owned by one of the oldest families on the island. Cape Pines has a nice clean pool, and a supermarket right across he street. Close to Beach access. Been going to the OBX for many years and I consider this place to be a well kept secret!

Room Tip: room II and room 12 were the best, but we also enjoyed the room on the end, room 14, Have never stay...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Carolyn H
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Angie R, Owner at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
We appreciate the marvelous, Carolyn! It means a lot to hear Rooms 11 and 12 always provide you with a home-away-from-home when you're here in the OBX. Can't wait to welcome you and your family back for another great visit.

Take care,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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Manchester, NH
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I'm always a little leery booking at a non-chain hotel for many reasons. I took a chance, based upon tripadvisor reviews of this motel. I stayed for one week during bike week. This motel is a terrific value. The room was very clean, well-appointed, and well-maintained by the daily housekeeping service. While the sheets were not changed, the bed was made, which was a surprise, since it was noted on the website that the sheets would not be changed. Towels and toiletries were replaced daily. The owners were pleasant, helpful and flexible. I stayed in room 23, which was above the office, and therefore right on the road. With the fan running all night on the AC unit I did not notice the street noise, or noise from other rooms (if there was any). There is a supermarket right across the street, which was convenient. I would definitely return to this motel again if in the area, and I would highly recommend to others.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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2 Thank NCHS80
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Angie R, Owner at Cape Pines Motel, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Glad you took a chance on us! We're thrilled you had such a terrific time staying in room 23. It means a lot that you would recommend us to your friends and family, too.

Can't wait to welcome you back,
Angie & Bill R.- Owners
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Property: Cape Pines Motel
Address: 47497 NC Highway 12, Buxton, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Hatteras Island > Buxton
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Buxton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Cape Pines Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Pines Motel on Hatteras is in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are a small family owned and operated establishment, offering clean, comfortable rooms at a moderate price. Our rooms are so clean you would think your mother works here! Nestled in the heart of the quiet village of Buxton and situated in the midst of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our guests are able to enjoy over 100 miles of clean, white sand beach as well as easy access to shopping, sightseeing, and the wide variety of activities offered by the Outer Banks, such as OBX charter fishing in the Gulf Stream, surf fishing, OBX windsurfing at Canadian Hole, board surfing, kite-surfing, swimming, birding, shelling and kite flying.Bring the whole family - we offer a complete range of accommodations from motel rooms to suites with living rooms. And there is no need to leave Fido home alone! Pets are welcome in designated rooms (advance reservations necessary), limit 2 pets per room with applicable pet fee. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Pine Motel. ... more   less 
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