Colonial Inn

The Colonial Inn overlooks the magnificent Atlantic Ocean that offers fun–filled days and marvelous nights. We offer standard rooms, efficiencies, and apartments that are fully equipped. Pool – Beach – Pier – We have it all here. Feel free to also visit our sister property, the Outer Banks Inn.


Colonial Inn Motel

Enjoy a dose of classic Nags Head charm with plenty of ocean waves in the not-so-distant background with a stay at Colonial Inn Motel. This historic motel that was originally built in the 1940s may be basic, but it has all the comforts of a coveted beach motel as well as an incredible location that’s close to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Jennette’s Pier, and a nice selection of shops, watersports, and other activities that the Outer Banks is renowned for.


Comfort Inn South Oceanfront

Can’t decide between the busy central Outer Banks activities and attractions, and the quiet shorelines of Hatteras Island and the Southern OBX? Then enjoy easy access to both with a stay at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront. Located on the edge of Nags Head, and close to Manteo, the central Outer Banks, and the wonderfully desolate beaches of Hatteras Island, this towering hotel has it all for beach lovers – including a stellar locale that’s steps away from the beach.


Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

Low key and deliciously relaxed, the Dolphin Oceanfront Motel is the place to go to enjoy long days on the beach in a wonderfully central setting that’s close to busy attractions and deserted shorelines alike. Perched on the borders of Nags Head and South Nags Head, and therefore minutes away from the attractions of Roanoke Island, the central Outer Banks, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, vacationers will have a hard time deciding what to do and see first, but will also find plenty of ways to relax in the salt and sun at their own home away from home.


Fin 'N Feather Waterside Inn

Anglers and water lovers will be in a simple Outer Banks-style heaven with a visit to the Fin 'N Feather Waterside Inn. This coastal hotel is found in between the communities of Nags Head and Roanoke Island, and as a result, is surrounded by the Roanoke Sound on virtually all sides, and is close to a wealth of local attractions and activities. Visitors will be minutes away from favorite Manteo sites like Roanoke Island Festival Park and the North Carolina Aquarium, as well as favorite OBX destinations like Jennette’s Pier and Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which will leave guests with one continual question in mind – what to do next?


First Colony Inn

The First Colony Inn features all the romance and charm of the classic Nags Head lifestyle, and is found within a historic 1930s structure that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to this stately pedigree, the site has been renovated in recent years to include all the amenities that beach-goers love - from a sparkling outdoor pool to a boardwalk to the oceanfront - and has a surprising number of accoutrements and extras designed to make guests smile.


Holiday Inn Express Nags Head

The Holiday Inn Express Nags Head, (formerly the Nags Head Inn), is a dream of a destination for ocean lovers, thanks to a stellar location where the Outer Banks beaches serve as a personal backyard. Boasting 4 acres of oceanfront terrain, and a host of modern amenities and recent upgrades, this multiple-story hotel offers plenty of ways to have fun that are above and beyond those miles of ocean views.


Rodeway Inn & Suites Nags Head

From cottage-style apartments to basic but effortlessly comfortable individual rooms, virtually every beach-loving Outer Banks vacationer can be accommodated at the Rodeway Inn & Suites Nags Head. Featuring a premier location that’s close to both pristine beaches and busy attractions, the Rodeway Inn is a fine example of classic Nags Head appeal, and all the fun sights and attractions that the Outer Banks has to offer.


Tar Heel Motel

Budget-conscious Outer Banks visitors who want to relax in a central setting without breaking the bank can head to the Tar Heel Motel. Open since 1960, this local motel has been providing reasonably priced accommodations for vacationers for more than 50 years, and continues to welcome generations of families who want to kick off their flip flops, relax, and enjoy the heart of the Nags Head shoreline.


Nags Head boasts more than a dozen hotels, motels and inns, which range from small one-story lodges to high-rise oceanfront national chains.

Because of this large number of hotels, and varying locales and sizes, Nags Head is one of the most popular destinations for long weekend vacationers or small families and couples who want a little room by the beach to call their own.

Nags Head Hotel Locations

The hotels in Nags Head are typically clustered together in a few distinctive locations, with each region appealing to varying Outer Banks lovers.

  • Beach Road - Most of Nags Head's hotels are located along the "Beach Road" or NC Highway 12. This location means that these establishments are within an easy walk to the beach, and are essentially a block or less away from the oceanfront. In addition, hotels and motels on the Beach Road are close to a world of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, and often have their own restaurant or bar on-site. Accommodations in this region also vary greatly, from small motels that have been standing strong for 50 years or more to larger, multi-story national hotel chains.
  • South Nags Head - While South Nags Head is primarily home to vacation rental homes, there are a very small handful of hotels which are close to this region's intersection with the Beach Road and the Beach Bypass. This includes one of the larger hotels in Nags Head, a large oceanfront high rise that's convenient to US 158 and US 64 / 264.
  • Washington Baum Bridge - A pair of hotels are located on the skinny causeway which stretches across the Roanoke Sound, connecting the town of Nags Head with the town of Manteo. These hotels are small but incredibly close to the water, and as a result, are good fits for anglers and mariners looking for a quiet place to stay for a night. These two hotels are also close to several noteworthy restaurants, as well as the big Roanoke Island attractions like the aquarium, the Elizabethan Gardens and Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Staying at a Nags Head Hotel

Nags Head hotels are best for couples and small families who are staying for a night, a long weekend, or even a week's vacation. The majority of Nags Head hotels offer community pools, game rooms, on-site restaurants or snack bars, easy beach access, or all of the above.

Rates at Nags head hotels vary by season, with many hotels offering noticeably cheaper nightly rates on weekdays, and on off-season weekends when the beach is colder and fairly deserted.

A handful of smaller hotels close up shop for the winter - generally from Thanksgiving or Christmas until early spring - but the national chains and larger hotels stay open all year long.

Booking a Nags Head Hotel

The majority of hotels, motels, inns and even B&Bs in Nags Head have individual websites which outline amenities, seasonal rates, and offer online booking. This makes it easy for potential guests to view at a glance if a room is available for their desired weekend.

Smaller motels, or classic historic motels, may have limited websites without online booking, and must be called directly for inquires or to secure a reservation.

Summer and holiday weekend visitors will want to reserve a room well in advance - at least 2-3 months before an intended arrival. Despite the large selection of hotel and motels in Nags Head, these accommodations are very popular and fill up quickly, especially over 4th of July, Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and other popular beach vacation times.

Shoulder season and off-season visitors have much more flexibility and can often find a number of open hotel rooms just days before their stay.

Many hotels and motels in Nags Head offer discounts for AAA members, military personnel and veterans, seniors, or all of the above. Call ahead or check the respective website to see if any discounts apply.



If you know where to look, the Outer Banks can be a beachcomber's paradise. With miles of shoreline to explore, hidden beaches that are relatively untouched, and literally piles of shells washing up on the beaches after a storm, shelling on the OBX beaches is simply a matter of timing and area expertise.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

Scientists run these dolphin tours as part of their research on these beloved aquatic animals, so you know this will be an interesting trip. Passengers will be able to see how researchers with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, a nonprofit organization,  conduct their research and hear about some of the discoveries from more than a decade of studies and monitoring. Some of the hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the area show up so frequently they’ve even been given names, like “Rake,” “Scarlet,” and “Onion.”  

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