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“Great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Surf Side Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Lady Lake, Florida
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

Located right on the beach, with direct access to the ocean and with balconies off your own room, this hotel provides the perfect seaside experience. Our room was large, attractive, and well-furnished, with a very comfortable bed. Both our room and the common areas were immaculate and the hotel is very well maintained, which must be a daunting task so close to the ocean. The only minor negatives were that the gentlemen at the reception desk made no effort to be welcoming or helpful and the breakfast is well below the standard of even the chain hotels. BUT, you can't ask for a more perfect location, with the ocean, dining, shops, and all that Nags Head offers right at your doorstep. Make sure you dine at Pamlico Jack's, a fantastic restaurant within walking distance of the hotel!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jsan3
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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234 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

I completely hate having to choose a hotel sight unseen (other than photos on the 'net, that is). But when you are headed out for a family vacation, Chevy Chase-style, there really is not much choice in the matter - it is better to book in advance, or run the risk of having no room in the inn.

So rather than not have a room, we chose the Surf Side. And all told, we were not completely unsatisfied. The place is better than a reasonable number of places along Nags Head. They even offer a "reception" each evening, if you are among the lucky few who get there first. When there is a single bottle of adult beverage and a few eats spread on a plate, it does not seem to last long.

As to the place itself? It is indeed a bit dated, in the style of most of the places along this stretch - so you cannot really blame them. Think Myrtle Beach of twenty or thirty years ago. There is even a "vacancy/no vacancy" sign out front (it was set to "no" when we arrived, so it is actually good taht we made our arrangements in advance). I do not remember the last time I saw one of those.

The room itself is decent enough for the beach. But the racket from the a/c could wake the dead. It would run for a few minutes, cut out, then start up again. I do not know enough to know if it is a faulty thermostat, or if all of them did this, but if it were not so blasted hot in July, I may have just shut the thing off and dealt with the consequences.

Staff was nice enough, though when asking directions to someplace, their response usually was something like "oh, I have been there, it is nice" rather than "take this road to that road, then turn left". So not the most helpful on that front.

Breakfast was decent, probably better than anything else you would get along the beach, certainly so for being included with your room.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank jayseae
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Bella Vista, AR
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183 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

Had never been to the Outer Banks and chose Nags Head as centrally located. It was perfect and Surf Side Hotel has the BEST location in Nags Head, beach is beautiful, convenient to good restaurants and attractions. Great view from the terrace of our oceanfront room (#414), and we also saw dolphins playing in the waves. Comfortable beds, furnishings, and linens, convenient fridge and microwave, bathroom is a bit small and dated but the whole property is immaculately clean and well kept. Staff was helpful and pleasant; pool area looked nice but weather wasn't good during our stay so we skipped the pool and did a lot of beach walking. Only complaint is the meager breakfast offering served in a dreary downstairs room, but the afternoon wine reception is a nice gesture. I'll definitely go back to the OBX and won't have to look any farther than Surf Side.

Room Tip: We needed an elevator so booked in the south building; 4th floor rooms (top floor) have best views...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Soxgirl58
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Danville, Virginia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

Very nice place. We stayed here for the last two years. Our room was very large with King size bed and upstars loft with a queen bed.Very clean, great staff and each and everyone is always friendly and eager to please. Continental breakfast was great as well with homemade gravy and fruit salad. We will continue to stay here!! Thanks, Keith and Karri

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Karri F
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

We were at the Surfside Hotel this past Monday and Tuesday. We booked here based on other reviews on Trip advisor. We were not disappointed. We had an ocean front room on the first floor of the south side building. Everything about the stay was beyond my expectations. The staff are friendly, the room was impeccably clean, the view was beautiful, the breakfast has a delicious variety, and the wine and snacks at the end of the day were a fun surprise. I have no negatives to offer. We will DEFINATELY be back.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank M S
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SEABOARDHOTELS, Owner at Surf Side Hotel, responded to this review, 4 June 2012
We appreciate you choosing to stay with us during your visit to the Outer Banks. Your kind words and your time in reviewing the Surf Side is sincerely appreciated. We will look forward to havinig you as opur guest again soon.
Cheers
Alex Moore
President
Surf Side hotel / Saboard Hotels
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Additional Information about Surf Side Hotel

Property: Surf Side Hotel
Address: 6701 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9119
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nags Head
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nags Head
#1 Family Hotel in Nags Head
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nags Head
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,063 - ₹ 12,842
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Surf Side Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The BEST LOCATION, BEST VIEWS, BEST STAFF, BEST ROOMS, and the BEST VALUE! We are #1 on the Outer Banks because we know what our guests want and we strive hard to give it to them every day. Since 1984 our family owned and operated hotel has been making first time visitors long term guests with our Carolina Hospitality coupled with our exceptionally clean and well appointed rooms. We look forward to having you as our next guest. ... more   less 
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