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First Colony Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Nags Head B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Evansville, Indiana
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice historic atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2011

We enjoyed our one night at First Colony Inn: the historic atmosphere of the buildings, the friendly and very helpful staff, and the short walk across the street for an evening walk along the beach to the nearby large fishing pier. The wine and cheese after check-in in the dining room was a nice touch. We decided to eat carry-out dinner in our room so we could have a little more time to enjoy the nicely furnished and comfortable room. We walked to a nearby restaurant to pick up food, and got a couple of bottles of exotic beer from the front desk. Our room was on the first floor, so we couldn't see the ocean from our room, but we did spend some time sitting on the second floor balcony from where we could see a little bit of the ocean and the large grassy lawn of the inn that provided a nice buffer from the streets and nearby buildings. The building seemed quiet during the night and we slept very well. Paying more than $200 for a night was a little beyond my comfort zone, but I had had trouble finding a standard motel with consistantly good reviews that would book for only one night in August. So we splurged for First Colony. We also appreciated their lgbt-friendly ads.

  • Stayed August 2011, 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
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Thank NealB37093
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2011
Thank you for your post. It is always rewarding to hear that our guests enjoyed their time at our inn. We sincerely appreciate your kind words and hope you are able to return to the Outer Banks soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Warrenton, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

we were treated great by First Colony, this is a great property with a lot of charm, most comfortable

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Thank emitchum
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 13 September 2011
A belated Happy Anniversary and thank you for choosing to stay at First Colony Inn. Please come back!
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Fall River, Canada
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

My mother chose the Outer Banks as her ultimate destination when I offered to take her away on a mother-daughter vacation. I was quickly overwhelmed with the choices of accommodations on the banks and struggled to choose somewhere special that would add to the overall trip. The First Colony Inn seemed to suit our needs and looked to be a very nice place. It did not disappoint!!! After seeing all of the other areas on the Banks, and looking at the other accommodations offered in the area, I would definitely return to the First Colony for another visit. The rooms were just as they are pictured on the website, complete with lovely linens and antique furniture. It is an old place, so expect there to be slight signs of age, but that just seemed to add to the overall atmosphere. The air conditioner was so quiet but worked amazingly well - I've never stayed anywhere that the air conditioner was like that, so I had to mention it!! Everything was kept very clean and neat, and it was such a quiet relaxing place to stay! My only complaint would be that the bottled water in the room on the first day was never replaced and there was nowhere to purchase drinks onsite (other than alcohol). We spent just about every evening on the deck outside our room enjoying a bottle of wine and reading or chatting. The website claims that at least one breakfast dish would be hot, but there were always at least 2 hot dishes and a variety of foods to choose from: fresh fruit, breads, yogurt, dry cereals and 3 freshly made dishes (over the week, we had biscuits, croissants, waffles, sausages, quiche, scrambled eggs, muffins, bacon etc...) . The grounds were well kept and close to the beach, and the pool area was clean and private. The staff were very helpful and friendly, providing service as requested in an efficient and pleasant manner. Thank you for adding so much to making my mothers dream trip a true dream!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 7 and room 8, and both were beautiful.
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  • Stayed August 2011, 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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1 Thank dikaba
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 13 September 2011
We always like to hear that our guests had a relaxing and comfortable stay. Thank you for taking the time to post this review and please come back to our inn when you can.
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Rockville, MD
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80 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

This was our second visit to the First Colony Inn and wouldn't stay any other place in Nags Head. We love the B & B atmosphere and the quaintness of the Inn. Our room was large, exceptionally clean, quiet and comfortable. The homecooked breakfast in the morning is a great way to start the day. The beach is a short walk away and the Inn provides towels and chairs. The staff work hard and are happy to please. We plan to make an annual trip to the Outer Banks in August and will return the the First Colony Inn.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BarryLonda
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 13 September 2011
You summed up exactly how we like our guests to feel! Thanks for visiting us and we hope you come back to the Outer Banks and First Colony Inn often
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

This was our first trip to the outer banks of north Carolina, and overall it was lovely. The inn is so close to the beach you can see the ocean from the deck! I felt it was clean and pretty there. My hushad and I ate our meals on the balcony.We also enjoyed some great wine during wine and cheese hour! The only odd thing was the room had an odd smell. I think maybe because it's so close to the ocean.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LittlelilygirlLV
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 13 September 2011
We are happy that you had a good impression and a great stay for your first visit to the Outer Banks, Hopefully you will come back many times. Thank you for your comments
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Surrey
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69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

This historic hotel was a stone's throw from the beach and a short walk to some good restaurants. The lovely gardens were a haven from the highway and its strip of ugly buildings. Staff were effiicient and helpful. The pool was great with sun shelter and wind break.
The room was great with the fantastic veranda and chairs to watch the sun go down. Air con was the quietest I have even known! All in all a great hotel when the other choices were very bland.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rooke
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 26 July 2011
Thank you for your review...it is always nice to hear when one of our guests had a good stay. I will share with the staff at the inn; they love reading these. We hope you will come back to the Outer Banks soon and stay with us again.
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

Dan and I went on vacation, and spent the first week of May at the First Colony Inn, Nags Head, North Carolina. Our vacation was centered on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and Nags Head was nearby. We had never been to North Carolina. We recommend the First Colony Inn. Every morning there was a large, free breafast buffet in the dining room. One morning had scrambled egges, bacon, fresh fruit, cereal with milk or skim milk, orange juice, cranberry juice, bagels, hot coffee, and hot tea. Every afternoon there was a free snack of wine, iced tea, cheese and crackers or chips and salsa, and dessert. The Inn has a boardwalk to the beach. It is very close to the new Jeannette's Pier. Our room on the third floor (no elevator) had a small enclosed balcony with a littel table and chairs and a view of the side yard with a marten bird house. Our room was furnished with a microwave, small refrigerator, and a bar sink. The staff is friendly and professional. The second floor library has a computer to use and books to read. You can sit out on the wonderful verandas or the deck in the backyard. The Inn is comfortable and homey. And we enjoyed it very much!
Colleen and Dan, New Berlin, Wisconsin

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank colleenbettini
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oldobxer, Public Relations Manager at First Colony Inn, responded to this review, 14 July 2011
It is always great to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay. It sounds like your first trip to NC was a success! We love our little b and b and the Outer Banks as well....and we love sharing it. Thank you so much for your kind review and please visit us again.
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Property: First Colony Inn
Address: 6715 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9050
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Nags Head
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Nags Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — First Colony Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience real southern hospitality at the Outer Banks' only historic B&B. A deluxe continental breakfast with a "hot" dish is served each morning. Our rooms are as individual as our guests. Each has a private bath with fluffy towels on a heated towel bar and English toiletries. Television, telephone, and refrigerator are standard in each room. Luxury rooms boast wet bars and kitchenettes, and some have Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, sitting rooms or private screened porches. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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