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“A charming, quiet retreat at a great price”
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First Colony Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Nags Head B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Washington, DC
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A charming, quiet retreat at a great price”
Reviewed 29 April 2009

Although the First Colony Inn is not on the ocean, it is only a short walk across the street to a lovely, quiet and very clean beach. The Inn itself is architechturally interesting, with a sprawling porch and rocking chairs, a nice lawn, and an outdoor swimming pool (which would be nice in the summer).. The room was large, comfortable and very quiet, except for the sounds of the birds. We thought it was charming, and would certainly stay there again if we pass through Nags Head.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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The World
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2009

I booked an "oceanview" room, only to find out that the hotel is between a highway and a major road. Oceanview is like saying the room faces Europe -- it is out there somewhere. I had expected ocean breezes going through my room. But the hotel is -- according to the front desk clerk -- "set back 500 feet" from the ocean. This means behind another hotel & across several streets. The clerk was really quite rude about it. The address is incorrect, in terms of accessing it. You enter the hotel from the main highway on the island.
The bath/furnishings are not top quality, but they try to make up for that with top notch toiletries. The breakfast is nothing special.
Overall, I went away feeling that this place was not worth the expense.

Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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NJ
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2009

Took my sister for a "big" birthday trip. Staff pleasant yet very low key (excellent!). Very comfortable and welcoming inn. Great room (#15). Wonderful amenities. Nice bathroom products, fridge, micro, minibar. Lovely breakfast. Afternoon wine & cheese; great out in the sun on the lovely back deck. Free beach towels and beach chairs.

Really, all the modern conveniences we like, while maintaining the historic charm we love.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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27 Thank holidaystuff
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2009

My husband and I have stayed twice at this hotel, both times during the off season. We absolutely love it! It is a quiet, unique and beautiful place to stay. The staff is friendly and the rooms are comfortable. One of our favorite features is the library which is stocked with books and games - fun for a quiet evening in or a rainy day. They also put out a nice spread for breakfast and have a happy hour with wine, tea, juice, cheese and crackers in the afternoon.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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17 Thank jlmiller417
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New York
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2009

We loved everything about our stay last summer from the generous room size to the friendly, helpful staff. The Inn itself is charming. The location is excellent - 1 block from the beach and close to all major attractions. The rooms were exceptionally clean. No dust on the blinds here! We loved being able to choose between regular continental breakfast items and the delicious rotating hot dishes offered each day. Not many B&B's welcome families with young children, but our 4 year old daughter was made to feel right at home and she loved the pool! We were also impressed by the free amenities offered such as complimentary beach chairs and boogie boards. Plus passes to the local Y with it's indoor pool, fitness center and child care. If you're traveling with children, be sure to check out the Y's parents night out service (one evening a week.). We will certainly be visiting this wonderful inn again!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Asheville, North Carolina
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2009

The First Colony is one of those hotels you hope to find in a sea of horrid sea-side motels. I've not been to any of those in Nags Head, and don't want to, especially after this place. Clean, clean, clean. We thought we were the only two there, but at breakfast there were at least 6 other couples...that's how quiet it is there. But you can hear and see the ocean. Decent breakfast, nothing spectacular, but it's plentiful and the setting can't be beat. We'll be back.

  • Liked — Good old fashioned hospitality
  • Disliked — nothing really
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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16 Thank wuthering72
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Santa Monica, California
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75 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2008

The First Colony Inn was a charming historic hotel in a perfect location one half a block from the beach along a private walkway. The rooms were beautifully decorated in tasteful antiques with a lovely wrap around porch with rocking chairs and porch swings. The hotel staff were impressive with their attention to detail including an array of high quality bath products from shower gel to aloe vera. They even offered complimentary beach towels, beach chairs, boogie boards etc. The swimming pool was an added bonus and the complimentary breakfast was fabulous. The room included a small refrigerator, a coffee maker, complimentary bottled water, an in-room safe, high quality coffee and a TV.

  • Liked — Charming hotel in a perfect location
  • Disliked — The bed was a bit soft for our taste. Also... the shower pressure was a bit weak.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about First Colony Inn

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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