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Reviewed 25 August 2016

I stay here every time I go to the Outer Banks. It's a small family owned motel. No frills but clean and friendly. Great location not far from the beach and fishing piers and you can cook your catch onsite.

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NC_Islander_12, Manager at Tar Heel Motel, responded to this review

Thank you! We love seeing guests every year, they become family!

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

I stay here every year and every year the motel improves! Nice rooms, great staff, and a great location. If you are on a budget you cannot get a better deal than the Tar Heel. It is not the Ritz, but doesn't pretend to be. It is a safe, well run beach motel at extremely affordable prices. Beach access is...

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NC_Islander_12, Manager at Tar Heel Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing us year after year! Our goal is to offer clean, simple and affordable rooms so everyone can have a chance to experience the Outer Banks.

Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

In hindsight I agree with most of the reviews I read. This motel would be ideal for someone who doesn't plan to spend a lot of time in the room. The room I stayed in needs work. The nightstand had drill holes in it, a lot of the fixtures have chipped paint and need to be replaced. Overall, the motel...

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Greencastle, Indiana
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Lodging for the area was affordable in peak season at 112.00 for two queen beds per taxes per night. Beds seemed more like full size beds. When we checked in, our room smelled very musty. Either we got used to it or going in and out aired out the room. Room was pretty clean, candy papers behind the only small...

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Portsmouth, Virginia
Reviewed 30 June 2016

We made reservations here because our favorite place had no rooms. I have stayed here before but it was 15-20 years ago. We knew it was a "bare bones" type of place BUT it needs a lot of work. The location is great & they do have a pool. Upon entering the room we notice a lot of flies (probably...

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NC_Islander_12, General Manager at Tar Heel Motel, responded to this review

I wish I had known of all these issues before you left. Had I known of the fly and bug issues you would have been moved that first night. I am glad to hear you were offered a different room the next morning and am sorry you chose not to take us up on it.

Reviewed 22 June 2016

Baby boomer throwback. This is an old family run motel that has served vacationers and fishermen for generations. You can park next to your room and walk across the street to the public beach access or walk across the highway to the rear and be at Tanger outlets. The national seashore is a few minutes drive to the south. Water...

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Virginia, United States
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Stayed three nights this month for a charter out of Oregon Inlet. Super nice staff, clean, AC CRANKED!! Good water pressure, and close to both Pirate's Cove and Oregon Inlet marinas. Walking distance to Sam & Omie's (do the fish cake breakfast, OMG). Beds were firm and comfortable. This is an old school motel, no central lobby, no bar, etc....

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NC_Islander_12, Manager at Tar Heel Motel, responded to this review

We do love our fishermen, especially when you guys share your catch! We look forward to having you back soon.

Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Old but very nicely maintained. Awesome location, just block away from beach and all major restaurants, water activity centre and shopping mall in walking distance. Friendly staff. Took a single bed room, room and bathroom were bit cramped, but unless you are here for honey moon, good stay for family vacation. Worth coming next time.

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NC_Islander_12, Manager at Tar Heel Motel, responded to this review

We are happy to know you enjoyed your stay! We are one of the oldest motels on the Outer Banks and we do strive to keep life simple and stays here affordable. We hope to have you back soon.

Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

Great place to stay,clean rooms,friendly staff and close to everything on the outer banks. Second time staying this year and very satisfied. Also took a family vacation in August and stayed a week. We had a great time and was very pleased with our room. Very reasonable rates. We will definitely be back.

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Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 11 October 2015

The motel is very close to the beach and the owner is nice. Our room had a good size but the bathroom could be a cleaner. The whole furniture is very old and we had mold (or something that looked like it) on the bed. All in all, it is okay to stay there for a short time. I would...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kick off your shoes and relax ole' Nags Head Style at the Tar Heel Motel of the Outer Banks. Walk to the beach, enjoy our pool, grill out in our picnic area. All rooms have microwave, mini-fridge, cable tv and free WiFi. The Tar Heel is in walking distance of restaurants and fishing piers as well as shopping. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tar Heel Motel

Address: 7010 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9124
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Price Range: ₹ 7,623 - ₹ 7,623 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tar Heel Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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#5 On the Beach Hotel in Nags Head
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Newport, North Carolina
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“Rooms on the poolside had bigger parking lot.”
 of 5 bubbles buggin00, 24 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Rooms by the pool are better.”
 of 5 bubbles 94AngieC, 15 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Go somewhere else. Inexpensive for the area, but still too expensive for the quality.”
 of 5 bubbles 642tims, 18 May 2015 | Read review
“Bring a power strip. Being an old motel there are very few electric outlets for today's demands”
 of 5 bubbles KennyC452, 20 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Wifi did not work unless you set your laptop on the table as close to the window as possible and then it was shaky at best. Not impressed”
 of 5 bubbles da120757, 19 Oct 2014 | Read review
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