This is the first Hampton Inn I've ever stayed in and if they were all like this, I'd probably never stay in different kind of hotel! This hotel was wonderful, we enjoyed every aspect of it from the beautiful shell display when you walk in to the rooms, which were top-notch, to the setting, which was sublime. The indoor pool was just ok but the outdoor pool was great, especially the "lazy river" pool with the tubes to float in. There is a nice boardwalk to the beach, which is just beautiful. We went out there at night with flashlights to look at all of the ghost crabs which were flitting around in the sand. A memorable experience. The breakfast was fine. The rooms were very nice indeed. We were only able to stay for one night but I would have happily stayed for a week (or a month) if I could have!
Fabulous Hotel - really excellent in every possible way !
We have just returned from 3 days at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Our room was very large and extremely tastefully decorated. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast is very much above average. The whole hotel is extremely well managed and we can't wait to go back there again. The weather was also perfect especially for March !
A little misleading - don't expect a suite
My wife and I traveled to Corolla for Spring Break '06 with our three kids -- almost 6, almost 4 and just over 2.
We booked what we thought was a king suite with the expectation that we'd find a king bed in one room and a pull-out couch in the living/common room. (The littlest one is still in a pack-and-play.)
When we arrived late in the afternoon on a Sunday and received our key, we learned that a "king suite" is actually a glorified room with a wet bar. Allegedly, this room is larger than their regular room. That and the addition of a sink are the only differences between the regular king and the "king suite". Other Hampton Inn and Suites are true suites with a bedroom and a separate living area. I detest so-called "suite" hotels in which there's a half-wall between the sleeping and living areas. This hotel didn't even bother with the half-wall.
My wife went to the front desk to complain and she was given two connecting rooms (smoking) at a higher room rate. Meanwhile a young man from the front desk called and asked if everything was okay and I explained our not-so-suite situation. The young man at the front desk, who'd obviously been through this routine before with other angry guests, repeated his talking points about the square footage of the room, but did nothing to fix the situation. My wife was able to secure the smoking connected rooms and we made the best of it, but it was not at all a pleasant experience trying to air out the rooms.
Unfortunately, there's nothing else of this quality in the Outer Banks until the new Hilton Garden Inn opens in Kitty Hawk. So we couldn't just change hotels. Interestingly, some neighbors of ours who were in Corolla the same week rented a three-bedroom house from ResortQuest for about the same price for a week as we paid for our two rooms for three nights. Other than the free breakfast (which gets very old very fast), a tiny indoor pool and a nice view from the balcony, there weren't any benefits to staying in the hotel.
We won't be back to this Hampton Inn anytime soon. The hotel itself is fine, but the "suite" advertising scheme left us feeling pretty sour.
Great Beach Hotel
For an Outer Banks hotel in the Northern Beaches this Hampton Inn is a terrific bargain in a great location close to everything. Duck and Corrola is the upper end of the Outer Banks and there aren't many hotels up that way.
The Hampton Inn has a very pleasant and professional staff starting with the Front Desk all the way through the Breakfast Bar Staff.
The rooms were big and spotless and the beach views were fabulous. Refrigerator and microwave in a private kitchen corner. Beach access is easy and the beach seems as though it is a secluded private resort.
The free breakfast was great with everything from eggs and sausage to baked goods, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt and all the rest.
We are planning on coming back this fall and we can't wait!
off season vacationer
This has been our third stay at the Hampton Inn. (10/05, 5/05, 10/03 , It's a nice way to earn Hilton points!) The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean, the breakfast buffet is adequate. There is also coffee and tea( specality tea too) available 24/7. The lobby has two showcases with a gorgeous collection of shells from other parts of the world. The fireplace and the furnishings in the lobby are comfortable. The hotel is set back from the road and has wetlands bordering its south side.
Unfortunately the non-smoking wing is on the north side of the hotel which means that rooms that do not look out over the pool, look out over the pine diner and its dumpster. Fortunately, the management has been able to change our room, or in one case - give us a complimentary night.
There are indoor, outdoor, and lazy river pools complete with inner tubes. Beware: the outdoor pools are not heated. There is also a small hot tub in the indoor pool area. The tables and the area around the outdoor pools add a resort feel; it would be great if the hotel offered a happy hour (like embassy suites) then maybe the tables would get used.
The beach, at least in the off-season, is quiet and spacious. You never know what you will find, as the ocean is constantly changing. The beach is always teeming with wildlife. Don't forget your flashlight for nighttime crab searches
The Outer Banks is quiet in the off season, but there are still many things to do. The Corolla lighthouse is a short drive north. For 5$ you can climb to the top and catch the wonderful views. Be sure to take the nature trail to see the native wildlife and the beautiful Currituck Sound. If you want to see the wild horses, you will need to have a 4WD vehicle or go on a guided tour.
For a long weekend, off season vacation, you can't beat the Hampton Inn. If you want luxury, go the the Sanderling Inn. If you are staying for a longer period of time, rent a house.