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Tar Heel Motel

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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Golf course
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Non-smoking rooms
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The renovations to the Tar Heel Motel are absolutely fabulous and terrific. We enjoyed our stay there. Since there was a one-time pet fee, we stayed there for three nights and made it our base location instead of moving down the outer banks to other motels. They gave us good
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Response from Adventurer825976, Manager at Tar Heel Motel
Responded yesterday
Thank you for choosing the Tar Heel Motel, we look forward to your next visit
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We stayed here for one night before beginning a week-long vacation at an oceanfront home nearby. So we were excited after a two-day drive to finally be in OBX and our stay and this review can be assumed to be slightly biased due to the fact that we were only there for one night
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Responded 19 Oct 2018
Thank you for the detailed review, it helps us see where we need to work on our services. With new owners, a new vision and totally renovated motel we had some kinks to work out this season. It is laid back and set up to be more of a self serve atmosphere with self check-in and check-out. We do have communications set up by email, texts and by phone and I am terribly sorry it failed in your case. Staff is there to help guests with information and assist in any issues that may arise. I am glad that we could accommodate you for the one night before your beach house rental and gather that the room itself was to your liking since no complaint was stated.
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My husband, 11 year old daughter, and 1 year old Basset Hound stayed at the Tar Heel for 2 nights. Super easy check in and check out. We received a text message when our room was ready and getting in and out of the room was simple with a push button code. The room was
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Responded 19 Oct 2018
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Tar Heel Motel! We do service rooms if we know the room is empty and pets are out with their owners. Beds now have nice pillow toppers for those that like a softer sleep and can be easily removed if a firmer bed is requested. We loved your Basset Hound, he was darling!
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This place is clean. End of good review. It smells strongly of bleach. The bathroom is so tiny you are claustrophobic. It is way overpriced. The desk clerk disappeared for two hours with no replacement. We booked here because we were under the impression it was owned by
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Responded 19 Oct 2018
Sorry you did not have the experience you had hoped for and not one that is typical of a stay with us. The king rooms do have small bathrooms with showers only, our double queens have larger baths with tub/shower combo. We do close the front for a lunch break and staff are asked to walk and check the property and help attend to guests that may need help. A two hour break is not standard at all and will be looked into.
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We usually rent a house in the OBX, but after an email announcement of the newly renovated property and summer specials, we decided to give it a try for a few days. Firstly, the rooms are very nice. King beds (a little too firm for me), very beachy decor, kitchen area with
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Responded 19 Oct 2018
Thank you for trying us out, we are happy that you enjoyed your room and stay.
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pet friendly? ocean side hotel…fridge?
The Tar Heel Motel is not pet friendly. It is across the street from the ocean which is why it's so much cheaper. Less then a five minute walk and the motel has a beach access on the corner of its property. All rooms have mini fridges and some rooms even have full size fridges.
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how far is this motel from jeanettes pier
About a block. MP 16.5. Easy walk.
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US$82 - US$213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina CoastOuter BanksNags Head
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