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“Relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
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First Colony Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Nags Head B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
london
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79 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

We came to Nags Head for a wedding at the Elizabethan Gardens - all the way from England. First Colony is a wonderful place and so relaxing that we stayed an extra night. The staff are great and very helpful. The 'afternoon tea' [3.30 to 5.30] is a wonderful idea - tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, desserts and some savory nibbles - all part of the price!
Having said that, the rooms are quite expensive.......

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank trodd
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obxjm, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
Relaxing is certainly one of the adjectives we hope our guests use while they are at First Colony Inn. Seeing as you came "from across the pond" I am happy to hear you had such an enjoyable time that you stayed a bit longer. If you are back in states anytime please keep us in mind and thank you for your comments.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Branford, Connecticut
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

My husband & I stayed at the Inn 5/22-5/24 2013. The room was cute & clean but the bed was uncomfortable. The mattress could use replacing The other complaint I had was replacement towels were not left & the empty tissue box was not refilled. Also the faucet in the bathroom leaked.The best part of our stay was the friendliness of the staff. The grounds were nice & I loved the access to the beach. Breakfast was average.

Room Tip: I would recommend a room on the south side. It has a nice view of the side yard & bird house
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chris714111
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obxjm, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
First of all thank you for staying with us. And although it is not pleasant to hear that you had some issues we need to know about this so we can make it better. I do appreciate the compliments on the friendliness...that is very important to us. We do read each review posted and do our best to correct any problem areas. I sincerely hope you come back and stay with us again.
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Seattle, Washington
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281 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

My husband and I were traveling around the Outer Banks, and decided to try out this hotel. We were just thrilled with our visit, and the people were so very nice! We learned that it is a historic bed and breakfast, and is actually on the National Register of Historic Places.
We had arrived after the daily "Happy Hour" where the hotel puts out wine and snacks for the guests to enjoy on the porch. I asked if maybe we could get a bit and they were so accomodating, allowing us to partake of the goodies. We did not feel rushed at all. The hotel is located just a short distance from the beach where we were able to take a romantic walk at sunset. The rooms are quiet and very charming in their decor. And the views from the third floor where we stayed were amazing. There are wonderful swings and rocking chairs on the porches.The breakfast was good - it is included in the cost of the room. If there was a drawback it was that we had to carry our bags up three flights of stairs to get to our room. There is an outdoor pool but it was closed at the time of our visit, and it was really too cool to swim. I would definitely go back for another visit, and stay longer!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wearymom3
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obxjm, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Well, any review that starts off with Relaxing and Romantic is going to make me smile. And yours did. We know that many people read reviews when making a decision on where to stay so thank you for taking the time to share your experience at First Colony Inn. We like what we do and we think that comes through in the way we treat our guests. Please do come back and stay longer next time.
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Virginia
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63 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

This is our 2nd stay at 1st Colony. We stayed with our 4 year old and 6 month old. It was great. It was off season so the prices were low and it was pretty quiet. We were only able to stay one night since a big wedding was booked the next night, but that was fine because we were able to visit the beach both days. The rooms were immaculate, the staff was great, the wine and afternoon snack was nice, and the atmosphere was wonderful. This is not a place for partying and most of the visitors I've seen are snowbirds or couples getting away for a quiet weekend. It's got a great relaxed vibe. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Camille D
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obxjm, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
We truly enjoy hearing from our guests and especially love hearing that you have stayed with us before. Off season is such a wonderful time to experience the Outer Banks and you are right in saying that this is not a "place for partying". Our hope for our guests is that they leave relaxed and refreshed. Thank you for returning to First Colony Inn and we hope you come back again.
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Zionville, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

For a bed and breakfast, we found it to be charming and very clean. Two glaring weaknesses keep us from recommending it to friends. Beds are in need of replacement. They're so soft we ended up with backaches after each of the three nights we stayed. The other item that needs work is breakfast. There are not adequate places to sit if the inn is even half full and the food that was supposed to be hot, wasn't. Most motels serve a better breakfast. A B & B ought to be outstanding in both attributes. Sadly, First Colony Inn failed on both. In addition, the fixtures in the bathroom leaked, wasting valuable water. Surely the maid is responsible for reporting this. That's Room #5 if the management reads this.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lissa B
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obxjm, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
I regret that your stay was not satisfactory. We are replacing the mattresses this fall...and I will take your comments about breakfast into consideration. While it is not always easy to read reviews like this we do so with the goal of improving in areas where we missed the mark. I hope you will consider coming back and giving us another chance. Thank you for staying with us and for letting me know of your concerns.
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329 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Hubby and I planned a few days down at OBX, and liked the look of First Colony. The building is really old, the floors do creak, but rooms are large and breezes abound. Breakfast is self served each morning, w/a variety of cold and hot dishes. We haven't been around for afternoon happy hour so can't comment on that. We had hoped the pool would be open as the ocean was too cold for a dip, but it wasn't. Staff was most pleasant. Great central location for exploring OBX.

Room Tip: Corner rooms go fast. We opted for first floor so we didn't have to carry luggage upstairs.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank snivvy
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obxjm, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 20 August 2013
I apologize for the late response to your review here. I must missed it but did want to thank you for letting other readers know about your stay at First Colony Inn. You will hopefully come back when it is a little warmer and our pool is open. Thank you again.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

We stayed 2 nights at the First Colony Inn. We stayed in room #15 (Jane Jones). The room was very large, clean, and comfortable. We took in their happy hour both days which we enjoyed. The only thing we were just a little disappointed with when compared to the B&B we stayed at the previous night was the breakfast. The amount of choices was great and plentiful (fruit, cereal, bagels/toast, and hot items such as quiche, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc). However we were pretty underwhelmed with the hot items as they were very "instant" and not fresh. Had a great stay! It was my birthday while we were their and my fiancé worked with them to surprise me with a birthday cake when we returned from our outing. The service was top notch!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank OhMissO
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Sarah C, General Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 13 May 2013
Glad to hear you enjoyed your birthday getaway! I was in on the cake surprise... we can provide all sorts of goodies with a little lead time. Sometimes people even call and give us an order over the phone to surprise a friend or relative staying with us....
We sort of walk that fine line between "Inn" and "B&B", so sometimes we do take shortcuts in the kitchen because we're serving more guests than a typical B&B. We are happy to rustle something else up if the breakfast we're serving isn't what you had in mind.
Please come again anytime.

Best Regards,
Sarah Close
General Manager
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Property: First Colony Inn
Address: 6715 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9050
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — First Colony Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience real southern hospitality at the Outer Banks' only historic B&B. A deluxe continental breakfast with a "hot" dish is served each morning. Our rooms are as individual as our guests. Each has a private bath with fluffy towels on a heated towel bar and English toiletries. Television, telephone, and refrigerator are standard in each room. Luxury rooms boast wet bars and kitchenettes, and some have Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, sitting rooms or private screened porches. ... more   less 
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