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“Stayed at the Roanoke since 1982!”
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Roanoke Island Inn
Ranked #3 of 9 Manteo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
USA
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Stayed at the Roanoke since 1982!”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

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!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

My wife and I stayed here on a short 5 day trip to Roanoke Island and Nags Head. The first thing I should say is that Dee, the manager, was extremely responsive to an issue that arose with our room (related to a health problem with my wife). I was very grateful for this, and my wife and I subsequently had a lovely vacation: Manteo oozes charm, and is a great respite (but still easily accessible) from some of the more crowded, commercialized parts of Nags Head. I also greatly enjoyed the architecture of the Inn itself, which was designed by a former, long-time mayor of the city.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

What an amazing, hospitable and slightly quirky place to stay.
In a lovely quiet spot, right on the waterfront, and an easy stroll from to the old town where there are some great little restaurants and shops.
We enjoyed excellent service from genuinely friendly, helpful staff.
The rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable. From the gorgeous 'handmade bed quilts to the fantastically painted sitting room ceiling, this is a slice of apple pie America.
The lovely rockers on the breezeway porch, the seating in the garden around the koi pond, the bikes for us to use and the readily available snacks and drinks all help to make this place a little bit of heaven.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

My wife and I have been staying at the Roanoke Island Inn off and on for 7 or 8 years now. The house and gardens are so inviting you feel at home. Dee the manger is a hoot and has the low down on whats happening around town (which isn't much- just enough) that's part of what makes it so relaxing in Manteo. Don't tell everyone just folks you want to hangout with.

Room Tip: non are bad rooms in front have a water view in back you have the garden.
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Went down for a quick 3-day get away and had a great time. People were so nice. Great accommodations. Like someone else said, the bed was a little firm and a small fridge in the room would have made it perfect. Great location, great views, easy walk around town, convenient to the hustle and bustle of the beach area. Highly recommend it. We will go back!

Room Tip: Porch upstairs is accessible to all guests, but is REALLY convenient if your room is up there.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Roanoke Island is great and the Roanoke Island Inn is the place to stay. Awesome Inn. I've stayed here while on business 3 times and love it. The staff is great. Last week I was blessed to be acompanied by my wife and son. Now they wonder if I was realy on business. They loved it and can't wait to be back. The bikes and snacks made my son not want to leave!

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Not sure what the best part was: location, charm, hospitality, or ambience! The Roanoke Island Inn had it all in spades. Rocking chair porch overlooking the water, waterfront walks, summer house (or folly) in the garden, colorful koi pond, round-the-clock snacks, and a stable of bikes made for a very relaxing stay. Parking is ample, and downtown is just steps away. Such a perfect place to base a trip in the OBX. A quick drive over the bridge and you are on the beach, then come "home" to quiet southern comfort and grace. Only snag was a fairly hard mattress in room 7, but that is a matter of preference as much as anything.

Room Tip: Second floor waterfront view is worth it!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Roanoke Island Inn
Address: 305 Fernando Street, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9128
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Roanoke Island > Manteo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Manteo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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