We were doing a week long trip down the OBX and stopped here on our 3rd day with the intent of only staying one night. We enjoyed ourselves so much we ended up staying 2 additional nights. It's close to everything, the people are chill and super friendly, and the rooms are clean, comfortable and reasonably priced, what more could you ask for? There's a large TV, fridge, microwave, coffee maker in each room. Plenty of towels that are soft and clean. Chairs outside your room to relax and meet new friends. Besides the bikes and kayak's they provide free to use, there's a nice sized swimming pool that was beautiful, well maintained, with plenty of chairs and floats/toys for your enjoyment. I stayed in a pet friendly room with my furbaby and was so pleased to find that it didn't smell like a pet friendly room. Bonus points in my book! An on site coin operated washer and dryer was a pleasant surprise, as was the fenced in dog area for your pup to run around in. I also saw an area to clean fish with an ice machine to ice down your catch. Super nice touches that set this place apart. The owners are still in the process of a complete renovation of the place and I can't wait to see what else will be there on our next stay. See ya soon Swell Motel!…
Impromptu trip after being cooped up for 14 days with COVID. A great Mom and Pop establishment. The owners are awesome, and very eager to help make your stay enjoyable. Take any suggestions they offer, there were no disappointments. Older, nostalgic hotel with renovated rooms. They are huge and very clean. Great location, short walk to the beach or a 2 minute drive to the Lighthouse beach. You can walk to shops and restaurants; actually you don't have to get back in your car if you just want to chill. The property is great about a half-mile to the beach and going west is the marsh. They provide kayaks, bikes, floats for free. They have live music every Saturday night. No words to describe the relaxing, super clean, large pool. This is such a throw back to the 60's Key West vibe. Enjoyed all four nights and will be back. Very cool. Very chill.…
This year was a first of a couple of things for my sister and I. It was our first trip back to the beach after losing a loved one who adored the OBX, and our first stay at this particular location. We all used to stay with "Bill and Angie"....down the way, but such as life brings changes like the ocean's tide, we decided to step out and try something different. The building we stayed in was at the far end of the property, and I was told, the room we had was not yet totally renovated, but I found it clean, bright, spacious, and nicely decorated. The owner Laura has wonderful plans for the property, and I have no doubt that when it all comes together she will have the best place to "hang your hat" on the island. I travel with a small dog, and had no problems finding "waste bags" that is provided around the property, and many trash cans for disposal. If you can't find something, or need anything for your room, the owners are onsite, which is a blessing. I had the TV service (Roku Stick) in the room that went bad, and Laura had it fixed within the hour. The pool is beautiful and relaxing. There are plenty of pool toys available for play, and the water is clear and maintained. The property is located near a toy store, gas station, tackle shop, and restaurants. Also, at the entrance is The Swell Art Gallery...which is a must to visit. I think it's a great place to bring your family, or just to unwind and look at the Cape Hatteras light on a starry night. This will definitely be a return vacation spot!…
Very nice people, they helped me out of a tight situation. Reminder that good people do exist in the world. I would definitely recommend staying here on your trip to the outer banks the owners are great people.
Perhaps a little quirky but we really enjoyed our brief stay here. It's almost a little bit nostalgic. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Staff/owner was very friendly. Kayaks were available free of charge. Be aware however that a few of them had leaks. Many other activities on the grounds as well. Nice pool area.
Got off the last ferry to the island after dark. Pulled into the parking lot at the ferry and started calling pet friendly motels. This was the first one we called and they had a room. Cute old school motel. The owner checked us in and was extremely friendly. Very clean room with fridge, micro & full size coffee maker. Would definitely stay again.
We recently stayed here & loved it. The room was clean & spacious. We had a pet friendly room & the owner provided a sheet to cover the bedspread & a towel to dry off your pup (if needed). The owner also provides kayaks & bikes. She is also very friendly & gave us great recommendations on things to do in the area(especially the trails around the lighthouse). We look forward to staying here in the future!
This place is a GEM. Stayed here for three nights in August. This is a recently redone property. Is so cute! The room was bright, very clean, and spacious. It was nice to have the fridge and microwave as well as the small table and two chairs. Unlike most places that don't do daily housekeeping, they actually provide a broom. The owner was friendly and casual. We enjoyed the free kayaks on the sound. They aren't in perfect shape, but they are free and right on the sound. There are also free bikes available to borrow. The only negative is the walls are thin and you can hear every footstep. As long as your neighbors go to bed about the same time as you, it's fine. A great value at the beach, and again: CLEAN.
A nice affordable place to stay. When we first arrived I was a little worried about the outside being dated, but never judge a book by its cover. The inside was very modern. The wood floors were easy to clean the sand and the tv was big and had Netflix. The rooms were very clean and was close enough to the beach to walk. The staff was very friendly. We had a great time.
What a great motel! Called last minute for the 4th of July and was pleasantly surprised there was a room. The owner, Laura, is amazing! Room was very clean and spacious. The renovations look great. They captured the classic motel look with some modern touches. Wish we could have been there more than one night. Can’t wait to go back!