Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

2.0 star property
South Nags Head hotel on beach

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Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

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Free WiFi, bed sheets
Children’s activities
Shower, free toiletries, towels

Overview of Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

8.0 out of 10 Very good
8.0/10 Very good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
8017 Old Oregon Inlet Rd., Nags Head, NC, 27959
Main amenities
  • On the beach
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Terrace
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Surfing/body boarding
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Microwave
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Yard

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Courtyard View

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Courtyard View

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • In South Nags Head
  • Outer Banks Beaches - 1 min drive
  • Jennette's Pier - 1 min drive
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore - 14 min drive

Getting around

  • Manteo, NC (MEO-Dare County Regional) - 11 min drive
  • Norfolk Intl. Airport (ORF) - 109 min drive
  • Greenville, NC (PGV-Pitt-Greenville) - 127 min drive


  • McDonald's - 7 min drive
  • Outback Steakhouse - 4 min drive
  • Mulligan's Grille in Historic Cottage Row - 6 min drive
  • Duck Donuts - 4 min drive
  • Miller's Waterfront Restaurant - 18 min walk

About this property

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

Situated by the ocean, Dolphin Oceanfront Motel is a great choice for a stay in Nags Head. Guests can enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool, along with onsite surfing/body boarding.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Masks and gloves available
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 43 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age: 21
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Children (18 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed (2 total)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free uncovered onsite self parking
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Barbecue grills

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Surfing/body boarding
  • Fishing
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1952
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Seasonal outdoor pool


  • No elevator (single level property)

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 43-inch TV
  • Cable TV channels
  • Streaming services

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled) and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Porch or lanai
  • Yard

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave

Fees & policies


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pet deposit: USD 10 per night
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per pet, per day

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • The seasonal pool is open from May to October

Hygiene & cleanliness

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).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel?
Yes, there's a seasonal outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel?
Yes, pets are welcome, with a limit of 2 total. There's a charge of USD 10 per pet, per day, and there's also a deposit of USD 10 per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Dolphin Oceanfront Motel and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like fishing and surfing. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. Enjoy amenities like a seasonal outdoor pool and a picnic area.
Does Dolphin Oceanfront Motel have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a porch or lanai and a yard.
What's the area around Dolphin Oceanfront Motel like?
Dolphin Oceanfront Motel is on Outer Banks Beaches in South Nags Head, a short 4-minute walk from Jennette's Pier and 12 minutes' walk from Tanger Outlet Center.



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4/10 Fair

Not what you expect.
I have to say this place was not what I was imagining when we booked at the price we paid. The Motel had that old Motel smell when you walked into the lobby. Pets are allowed and I am fine with that, but the couple next door their dog barked for 5 hours straight, the people staying allowed their dogs to do their business on the area where the grills and swings were and did not pick up, and management did not make them. The front door had a crack on the side that you could see daylight through. This room itself was not too bad, but very small and not enough lighting. Bathroom had a sink and no room to put anything to get ready with. The rooms were smoke free however, the maid was walking around going into room with a cigarette, and then when we needed her, she was not to be found. Overall I was not satisfied with this room, my wife and I got up and left around 8 when checkout was 11, just couldn't take anymore
Stephen, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Yoon Kwan, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Fredrick, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Carol, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Perfect location, friendly staff, and comfy beds! We stayed in one of the side rooms, not directly oceanfront but it’s just a short walk through parking lot to be oceanfront. Rooms are kind of small but comfy. I enjoyed the adirondack chairs outside of each room to sit in as well. Definitely will look into staying here again in the future.
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Kaylin, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Friendly staff, clean room, great experience!
Bradley, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Happy family
Room was clean and adorable! Pool was awesome. Loved layout of the building and surroundings - ease of getting around. Staff was superb! We will be back
Joel, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Sherri, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Ronald, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Scott, 3-night family trip
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