Innkeeper Dee and assistant keeper Sarah are the definition of southern hospitality and graciousness. They were so friendly, knowledgeable about the area's rich history, and willing to take the time to tell us about it and other attractions. They made our stay so special! Thank you ladies!
My sister and I first visited the Roanoke Island Inn in the summer of 1982, the year the Inn opened. My sisters, Mom, and niece, as well as my husband and I have stayed there numerous times over the years since. I think we've tried out just about every room in the Inn, and they are all lovely. You’ll especially enjoy having one of the front rooms that look out toward the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Shallow Bag Bay. The architecture captures the feel of the old Outer Banks, slightly rustic, and the rooms are filled with wonderful antique beds topped with colorful quilts, and antique furnishings that are sturdy and comfy. It's a magical place with the upstairs porch lined with green rocking chairs, and there always seems to be a sea breeze. The Inn has a lovely Keeper's Galley where one can get a snack at any hour (Oreos, pretzels, cheese crackers), lemonade or soft drinks or iced tea. There is a small fridge with the milk for breakfast, but you can put something in there, too, and a dedicated ice fridge with scoop for iced drinks. Breakfast is continental with pastries, cold cereals, fruit, fresh coffee or tea. The Keeper’s Galley lounge has a gorgeous trompe-l'œil hand-painted ceiling, comfy seating, bay window with breakfast tables (more upstairs on the porch), a large library of local history and other reading, plus a wonderful chess set given to the Inn by Andy Griffith. It’s a cozy spot to read or visit with fellow inn-goers. The backyard features a koi pool and fountain and a cozy garden folly to enjoy sitting and chatting or reading.
The Inn is just on the edge of the salt marsh with a wooden boardwalk leading across the marsh grass, a short walk over to the waterfront at Shallow Bag Bay and passing by the reconstruction of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and the Creef Boathouse, a small maritime museum. Walk over that way and stop in at Poor Richard’s for great sandwiches, salads, and drinks. Sit on the back porch there and watch the boats come and go. Stop in at John Silver's art gallery, visit Downtown Books, the Full Moon Cafe and Brewery, or shop at several nice fine craft shops. All are are just 5 minutes walk. And across the bridge to the Festival Park, you'll see the Elizabethan ship "Elizabeth II" and learn so much history about the Lost Colony. You’ll love it here. My family and I have for over 30 years!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Historic Bed and Breakfast offers 8 rooms , a private Bungalow- and a fully furnished historic home called the "Croatan Cottage". All of our Inn rooms offer private entrances, private baths, tv, ac,wifi.charging stations, beautifully appointed. 5 of our rooms will sleep 2 with King beds. 3 rooms will sleep 3-4 guests. Bungalow sleeps 2-4 and is also dog friendly. The fully furnished and loaded 1920's "Croatan House " sleeps max 6 and is also dog friendly. The Inn rooms offer a beautiful common pantry area which all guests enjoy the use of our microwave, toaster oven, mini fridge, ice machine, soda machine, sink, dishwasher and this common area is where our "self-serve continental" breakfast is available daily from 8-11 am. All guests have access to our 10 rocking chair breezeway upstairs on the second level offering breathtaking views of the Manteo waterfront and iconic Marshes Lighthouse building, our fabulous common lobby area with a library of books and comfy chairs, plus all guests have use of our complimentary bikes, gorgeous back yard garden and koi pond area equipped with multiple chairs and gazebo to just relax with a good book or day dream. Daily housekeeping available and attentive staff keep this gem a must stay when visiting Roanoke Island and the Outerbanks area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Roanoke Island Hotel Manteo