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4.1 out of 5

"I was able to check in early, staff was great went above and beyond to help us. We will be staying there again. " More

By a verified traveler on Thu 30 Sep 2021

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Hotel Description

Enjoy the free WiFi at this beachfront Nags Head hotel

On the beach

Within a 15-minute walk of this South Nags Head hotel, you'll find Jennette's Pier and Tanger Outlet Center. Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf and Full Throttle Speedway are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Outdoor pool

A seasonal outdoor pool, free self parking, and barbecue grills are featured at this hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. A terrace, a picnic area, and express check-out are also on offer.

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Courtyard View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$99* Per night/room Oct 3 - Oct 4

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Courtyard View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

Everyone (6) Couples (1) Family (7)
5 out of 5
I was able to check in early, staff was great went above and beyond to help us. We will be staying there again.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 5, 2021 by Jeff

Thanks, hope to see you back again next season!

5 out of 5
We were really satisfied with our accommodations. The staff were very pleasant!!! Right on the beach which was exactly what we were lookjng for.

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 6, 2019 by Michael

Thank you! We appreciate your business and hope to have you back again soon :)

4 out of 5
The Dolphin Motel was perfect for what we needed. We were down visiting relatives that had a cottage. We needed somewhere to shower and sleep.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 27, 2019 by Michael

Thanks for your review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

5 out of 5
This hotel was great! It was super clean and the beach access and beach were great! No long walk or long pier over dunes to walk in order to get to the beach! They have a ramp to get to the beach which was great for our wagon full of beach toys! We have 2 young kids, 6 and 2, and they loved it!!! The pool was secure with a locked gate so the kids were safe! The pool was clean with nice lounge chairs. The parking lot was small and a tight squeeze to get to your parking spot but it was no issue at all! The only downfall I would mention was the bathroom size. The rooms are not that b

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 30, 2019 by Michael

Thank you so much for your feedback! We pour our hearts into this motel each day, and reviews such as yours make it all the worth while!

5 out of 5
Proximity to the beach is perfect!!! Pool was great, staff was great, room was clean. Nothing negative to say at all.

Posted by , from Northampton County, NC on Jul 24, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 25, 2019 by Michael

M - Thanks so much for your feedback and kind words. You've made our day :)

5 out of 5

Posted by on May 18, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 7, 2019 by Michael

Thank you for your feedback! We hope to see you again in the near future :)

4 out of 5
Not 5 star, but great for the price. Not a lot of amenities, but it’s what I expected, and It was good for me on this trip.

Posted by , from VA, USA on Apr 16, 2019

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2 out of 5
Not enough electric sockets,no phone,front desk closed early, for the price the was not that good, was not pleased at all.

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019

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3 out of 5
Great location as it is close to the peer. Room and bathrooms painted and updated. However, simple amenities are not provided. No microwave, no phones in the rooms, no hair dryers, but at least there is coffee. The pictures are bright and sunny so I thought it would be cute and quaint, even though its small, but once in the room it lacks personality and is drafty. The furniture is very old and dilapidated and a bit threadbare. There is a mini fridge, but it also is old--works TOO well as it froze my salad. I felt like I was definately overpaying. For just a few bucks more I would have gotten a modern rooom with all the little amenities nearby. On the upside, the staff was wonderful and very friendly. Can't say anything negative about them!! This place has potential though, if they invested in newer furniture, phones, fridges (that weren't so old that they are raising the electric bill like crazy) and put their personal stamp on the place, it could be the sweet older motel that I would go back to. My bed was very comphy and I slept very well. :) So I would say that if you don't expect fancy, this smaller place is fair-to-middlin and very clean. If they lowered the prices, they might keep their rooms occupied and do better business.

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018

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2 out of 5

Nice people, but close to camping

Rooms are small and old in the part next office.Free bags of ice for guest was the part. The beach front ones appear to be upgraded. We paid 150.00 for this room. The toilet rocked when you used it and the shower would burn your feet. Bedding was old . Over priced for the quality. Nice pool and picnic area.

Posted by , from mt.airy on Jul 14, 2017

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Property Features

As a guest of Dolphin Oceanfront Motel, you'll find a seasonal outdoor pool, a terrace, and barbecue grills. WiFi is free in public spaces. Dolphin Oceanfront Motel also features a picnic area, express check-out, and pool umbrellas. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Nags Head hotel.

  • 1 building
  • 1 floor
  • 43 guestrooms or units
  • Built in 1952
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Terrace
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel offers 43 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers. This Nags Head hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access.

  • Private outdoor space
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a seasonal outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Fishing on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/bodyboarding on site
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • No elevator (single level property)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 8:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Guests will receive key retrieval information.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 10 per pet, per day, plus a deposit of USD 10 per night
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Service animals are exempt from fees


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place and a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Property does not offer onsite COVID-19 testing
  • Property does not require health documentation at check-in
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Reservation is not required for facilities onsite
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff does not wear personal protective equipment
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Staffed front desk
  • Children stay free - maximum age 18
  • Guests are not provided with hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Children stay free
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guest stays


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet deposit: USD 10 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 10 per pet, per day
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Dolphin Motel
  • Dolphin Oceanfront
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Motel
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Motel Nags Head
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Nags Head
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Hotel Nags Head
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Nags Head
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Motel Hotel
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Motel Nags Head
  • Dolphin Oceanfront Motel Hotel Nags Head

You should know

  • The seasonal pool will open in June and close in October.
  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.