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4.0 out of 5

"No frills motel, but you're just seconds from toes in the sand. If you want luxury and lots of amenities, go elsewhere. This is an old school motor lo ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 01 Jul 2017

Hotel Description

Beachfront motel near Jennette's Pier

On the beach

Within a 15-minute walk of this South Nags Head motel, 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 motel. WiFi in public areas is free. A terrace, a garden, and a picnic area are also on offer.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and coffee/tea makers, the 43 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Showers and free toiletries are also available.

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds (Parking Lot View)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed (Parking Lot View)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel ratings based on 12 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 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 (6)
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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4 out of 5

Quirky hotel on the beach

No frills motel, but you're just seconds from toes in the sand. If you want luxury and lots of amenities, go elsewhere. This is an old school motor lodge type hotel. If you want a clean room, a friendly staff and an ideal location this place is great! They do have good wifi, coffeemakers and mini-fridges. I'd definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from VA on Jul 1, 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. Public spaces have free WiFi. Dolphin Oceanfront Motel also features a garden, a picnic area, and beach/pool umbrellas. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Nags Head motel.

  • 1 building
  • 1 floor
  • 43 guestrooms or units
  • Built in 1952
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • 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


  • Airport: Norfolk, VA (ORF-Norfolk Intl.) (145.1 km / 90.1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel offers 43 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers. This Nags Head motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the motel 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
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Hotel Policies


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

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
Guests arriving after 8:00 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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


  • 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


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are 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.

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 are 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.

  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


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

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
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You should know

  • 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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*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.