Roanoke Island Accommodations (Including Manteo Hotels and Wanchese Hotels)
The best way to experience Roanoke Island, with its small towns of Manteo and Wanchese, is to come for the night. Manteo is perfectly quiet and even more special at night and in the early morning, and the Manteo hotels are conveniently situated to put you in the middle of the magic. When everyone else has gone home for the day, you’ll relish the character of this island as you stroll the quiet streets and moonlit Manteo boardwalk. And when you wake up here, you’ll see a sunny side of the island that day-trippers seldom get to see.
Manteo hotels welcome guests to the historic waterfront area and beyond with sites that range from gracious bed and breakfast inns and guest houses to hotels and small Manteo motels. There are also two historic homes that have been transformed into nice Wanchese bed and breakfast inns. Along U.S. Highway 64/264 there are several other hotel options. Here’s a tip: These Manteo hotels and motels on the main highway offer less expensive rates than Outer Banks hotels in general, especially the beach hotels. And remember, this island is only about 10 minutes from Outer Banks beaches.
We also let you know about where your pet can board on Roanoke Island if cozying up with you in your Manteo hotel or inn room isn’t allowed.
- 300 Budleigh Street
- (252) 473-6596, (800) 279-8178
At the heart of historic Manteo in a restored 1919 Arts and Crafts bungalow, Cameron House Inn offers comfort in an easy-going bed and breakfast atmosphere. Guests are invited to put their feet up in the sitting room, to laze on the front porch in an antique porch swing or to warm up to the huge back porch fireplace. The six guest rooms here are lovely, some with soaker tubs, some with fireplaces, some with down-stuffed sofas, and all offering luxurious tiled bathrooms and bed linens. Practical touches like hair dryers and TVs make these rooms especially comfortable. Wireless internet access and large desks in most rooms make Cameron House a good choice for business travelers. Guests enjoy the inn’s full, hot breakfast each morning, and snacks and beverages are available all day. The owners have been in the local and national guidebook business for more than 30 years, so rest assured that all the information you’ll need about the area and things to do will be at your fingertips. There’s a no-smoking policy here. Bikes are provided for guests to explore the island, children are welcomed with prior arrangements, and there’s one pet-friendly room (prior arrangements are still required). Ask for details about special packages or see their website. The inn is a popular place for weddings, receptions and reunions. You’re less than a block from the waterfront historic district with its great shops, restaurants and attractions.
- 406 Budleigh Street
- (252) 256-2662
These three cottages share a lovely picket-fenced corner on Budleigh and Uppowac streets, in the heart of Manteo’s historic district and only blocks from the waterfront. You can easily walk to all the shops, restaurants, waterfront and Roanoke Island Festival Park. The houses are offered as vacation rentals, and you can rent one or both. Clemons Cottage is a quaint cottage with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a full kitchen with all the supplies you’ll need to cook your own meals, a gas grill, WiFi, HDTV and linens. The Neva Midgett House has two large bedrooms, a full bath, a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining room, a huge private covered porch, WiFi and TV. The Island Loft is a private two-bedroom flat accessed from its very own deck overlooking Manteo. Bikes are provided for exploring Manteo and Roanoke Island. After your day out, relax on the porch and you’ll see why people love the slower pace of this island town.
- 819 U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-2322
Dare Haven Motel offers clean, quiet and comfortable motel accommodations in a central location, about 3 miles from Fort Raleigh and The Lost Colony site and about 1 mile from downtown Manteo. The motel offers 27 rooms, each with a refrigerator, and some have recently been given a very pleasing update. WiFi internet is available. Rooms are set up as singles and doubles with a variety of bed configurations. Pets are allowed for a fee. There’s ample parking for boats on trailers, an especially nice touch for fishermen. Dare Haven has been family owned and operated since its inception in 1938.
- 814 U.S. Highway 64 N
- (252) 473-2101, (800) 346-2466
The Elizabethan Inn lives up to its name with a Tudor-style exterior. It’s the largest inn on the island with 78 smoking and nonsmoking rooms in a variety of configurations, including one efficiency unit, one apartment and two Jacuzzi suites. All rooms have wireless internet, a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, hair dryer and ironing equipment. There are a few pet-friendly rooms. The Elizabethan Inn is centrally located and within biking distance of most Roanoke Island attractions, including the Manteo waterfront, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Elizabethan Gardens. The on-site restaurant, La Dolce Vita Manteo, serves authentic Italian food for lunch and dinner. Some of the other amenities at this hotel are an outdoor pool, gazebo and picnic facilities, meeting/banquet space for up to 60 people and a fitness center offering a heated indoor pool, weights and cardiovascular equipment, a sauna and a hot tub. Tour bus groups are welcome, and space is available for bus parking.
- 1 Sailfish Drive
- Roanoke Island
- (252) 473-6800, (888) 372-1938
Pirate’s Cove offers a variety of accommodations options in the Pirate’s Cove resort community, from large and small single-family homes to condominiums and villas. Properties are available on the sound and canals, facing the marina or in the interior of the community. Pirate’s Cove offers a community pool and hot tub, a fitness center, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a pavilion with grill, kids’ activities, an on-site restaurant and bar, a tiki bar, a ship’s store and a world-class marina offering daily inshore and offshore fishing trips. Pirate’s Cove Vacation Rentals also offers condominiums in Shallowbag Bay Club (with a community pool, marina and on-site restaurant) and several very nice marina-front condominiums in the Marshes Light community in downtown Manteo.
- 323 Fernando Street
- (252) 473-3849
Scarborough House offers bed and breakfast accommodations in a handsome home in the historic district, within walking distance of all the shops, restaurants and attractions of the waterfront area. The inn is appointed with beautiful antiques and artwork, some of it painted by the owner, as well as local artifacts and memorabilia. The owners are native Outer Bankers who can steer you to the right activities or answer your questions. The inn offers two different types of accommodations — four rooms in the main house (two rooms with king beds, one room with a queen bed and one room with a queen and a single bed to accommodate three people) and a spacious and private two-unit guesthouse separate from the main inn that includes a downstairs suite featuring a queen-size bed, sleeper sofa and full kitchen, and an upstairs suite with a king-size bed, wet bar, lounging area and garden tub — perfect for honeymoons. All rooms offer a private bath, TV, telephone, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave and wireless internet. A light continental breakfast is offered in-room. This is a non-smoking inn. After a day on the town, relax on the porch in a rocking chair looking out over the garden and goldfish pond.
- 524 U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-3979
The Scarborough Inn’s cedar-shaked buildings and covered porches welcome visitors with classic Outer Banks charm. Three buildings — the main inn, the annex and the barn — house 14 rooms, including two queen suites and other rooms with a variety of bed configurations. All rooms have a private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and cable TV. Guests are served a light continental breakfast in their rooms. Two good restaurants, Darrell’s and Stripers, are just across the street. This affordable inn has a great central location that is convenient to the historic waterfront area, the Roanoke Island attractions and the beaches.
- 305 Fernando Street
- (252) 473-5511, (877) 473-5511
The Roanoke is one of Manteo’s most beautiful historic inns. It’s in the heart of the historic district, situated along the boardwalk and overlooking the water. The original building dates to the 1860s, and later additions and renovations have this inn sprawling over its large lot with lush landscaping and a quaint picket fence. The inn offers eight rooms with private baths and outside entrances; two of the accommodations are family suites. Ask about Room 3 if you require dog-friendly accommodations. A comfortable common area (wait until you see the frescoed ceiling), a peaceful back yard with a koi pond and a well-stocked innkeeper’s pantry are welcoming touches. Guests have 24-hour access to the fully stocked pantry, and a continental breakfast is set out each morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. WiFi is available in the guest rooms and the lobby. In the backyard garden is a bungalow offering two bedrooms and a wet bar but no cooking facilities. Children are welcomed in the two family suites and in the bungalow, and dogs are allowed in the bungalow. Bikes are available for guests to use. They’re closed from Thanksgiving through Easter every year.
Roanoke Island Inn is now also offering the Croatan Cottage, a charming and fully furnished island vacation rental home located in downtown Manteo next to the entrance to Roanoke Island Festival Park. With three bedrooms and three baths, the house sleeps up to six people, and it is pet friendly. The house rents by the night or week.
- 405 Queen Elizabeth Street
- (252) 473-1404, (800) 458-7069
With the waters of Shallowbag Bay practically lapping on its lawn, the Tranquil House Inn offers wonderful views of the bay and the boardwalk and is right at the heart of the downtown Manteo activity. The picturesque inn boasts modern conveniences in 25 individually decorated rooms and suites. Children are welcomed in all rooms. A continental breakfast is offered each morning, and there’s a wine and cheese reception for guests in the evening. The on-site restaurant, 1587, is one of the best dining establishments on the Outer Banks, a great place for a special dinner.
- 85 Jovers Lane
- (252) 475-1166
Wanchese Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Wanchese, a quiet village that is close to all the beaches and other attractions of the Outer Banks. In this historic home, built in 1900, the innkeepers offer four comfortable rooms with TVs and wireless internet. One room has a Jacuzzi tub for a relaxing soak at the end of the day. A full breakfast is served every morning, and throughout the day guests have access to a fully stocked refrigerator. This is a great place for anglers to stay, as the inn offers nearby boat slips that can accommodate boats of up to 35 feet. Children older than 12 are welcome at Wanchese Inn, but pets are not. This inn is open year round.
Booth Guest House
- 135 Morrison Grove Road
- Roanoke Island
- (252) 305-1205, (252) 473-3515
The Booth family welcomes guests to their beautiful, antiques-filled home on the peaceful north end of Roanoke Island, offering an affordable, comfortable stay with local hospitality. The big house offers five bedrooms, three with private baths, two with a shared bath. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare their own light meals.
The soundfront property with a large gazebo is a spectacular site for weddings and other special events, and wedding parties often rent rooms to accommodate their family and friends. The Booth Guest House offers sound access and is within walking distance of The Lost Colony, The Elizabethan Gardens and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. It’s a popular accommodation choice for family and friends of The Lost Colony actors, so you may meet some of the actors here. The owners frequently help their guests set up tours, get Colony tickets or make plans to enjoy the area.
Burrus House Inn
- 509 S. U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 475-1636
The Burrus House Inn is a romantic inn that offers a view of Shallowbag Bay from every room. The spacious main building is a classic Outer Banks beach house that has been remodeled and decorated in an elegant style, making for a very unique inn setting. Burrus House Inn offers nine rooms, eight of which are suites with separate sitting rooms and king-size beds. One room has a queen-size bed and no separate sitting area. All nine rooms offer Jacuzzi tubs, fabulous views and luxurious furnishings. The innkeepers strive to provide each guest with privacy and quiet. The in-room refrigerators are stocked with breakfast items.
- 708 Wingina Avenue
- (252) 473-2434
The Island Cottages are three themed cottages located within walking distance of the Manteo waterfront. The first of these is The Little Lifeboat House, a replica of an 1874-style life-saving station. This precious, tin-roofed honeymoon cottage accommodates two to four people. The Wright Get A Way is a cottage that celebrates the history of flight with its classic flight décor, and it sleeps two people. The Endless Summer is a bungalow that feels like a surfer’s paradise. The Endless Summer cottage sleeps up to six. Each cottage comes with great amenities like wireless Internet, a fireplace, a home theater, a two-person whirlpool and an outdoor patio.
Island Guest House
- 706 U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-2434
The Island Guest House has true island appeal with its bright colors and fresh appearance. Each room has cable TV, WiFi, air conditioning and two double beds with fold-away beds available. Some rooms are pet friendly. Guests will love to hang out at the house’s private Tiki bar. This is a great location for wedding parties to stay, while the couple and family can have lots of privacy at the nearby cottages. Located on the main highway, The Island Guesthouse is within walking distance of downtown Manteo.
Island House of Wanchese Bed and Breakfast
- 104 Old Wharf Road
- (252) 473-5619
Far removed from the tourist bustle, the village of Wanchese treats its visitors to true local flavor. At the Island House of Wanchese you’ll feel a world away, but the beach and the attractions of Roanoke Island are just a short drive away. Three rooms and one suite are available, and there are many amenities such as beach chairs, wireless internet, TVs and VCR/DVD players. A full home-cooked breakfast buffet is served, and a guest pantry is available for afternoon refreshments. This is an adults-only bed and breakfast. Dogs less than 25 pounds are allowed, but not other pets. To get there, take N.C. Highway 345 toward Wanchese. When you get to the Y in the road, bear right and look for the pink historic home (c. 1902) on a large shady lot across from the Bethany United Methodist Church.
- 310 Ananias Dare Street
- (252) 256-2662
This three-bedroom, two-bath house is a real find, a luxury vacation rental right in the heart of downtown Manteo. The house is a charmer, offering wrap-around porches, a picket fence, formal gardens and arbors and an outdoor dining room covered by a pergola. Inside you’ll find top-of-the-line appliances, a fully equipped kitchen, fine Haivland china, upscale furnishings and crystal chandeliers, a washer/dryer, WiFi, DVD players and HDTV. The Magnolia Cottage is within walking distance of the waterfront.
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic
- 107 Russell Twiford Road, off U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-3117
If you’re traveling with your pet, you’ll want to know about Roanoke Island Animal Clinic. Should you need veterinary care, this is the trusted place where locals go. And if your pet can’t stay with you at your accommodation, Roanoke Island Animal Clinic offers boarding. The staff at this top-notch veterinarian’s office will give your pet great care in your absence. They accept dogs and cats plus birds and other exotics. Dogs are taken outside five times a day. Pick-up and drop-off times are provided throughout the weekend. Boarders need to bring vaccine history proving up-to-date distemper, rabies and kennel cough shots.
The Outdoors Inn
- 406 Uppowoc Avenue
- (252) 473-1356
The Outdoors Inn offers two comfortable guest rooms in a historic Manteo home that was built in the 1890s. Each guest room has its own private bath, queen-size bed, refrigerator and hairdryer. In the morning, enjoy fresh coffee and a full breakfast. Relax on the outdoor patio or explore the island on one of the inn’s bicycles. The inn is located within walking distance of the Manteo waterfront. The hosts also run Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center, located just a block away. Ask about the kayak tours, kayak rentals, scuba diving instruction and dive charters they offer. No smoking is allowed on the premises. Well-behaved children age 4 and older are welcomed.
The Refuge at Roanoke Island
- 2881 N.C. Highway 345
- (252) 473-1096
The Refuge is an RV park offering sites for rent on a daily or yearly basis. The campground is in a scenic location overlooking the marsh, Roanoke Sound and a lake. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are allowed in the lake. On-site amenities include full hookups, a pool, a pavilion, handicapped accessibility and a bathhouse with hot and cold showers and laundry facilities. Downtown Manteo or the beaches of Nags Head are less than a 10-minute drive away. Pets are welcome. Only 15 sites are available by the night, so call early for reservations. The 15 nightly sites are on the lake and have cable TV and WiFi connections. The rest of the sites are leased annually.
The Roanoke Bungalow
- 511 Ananias Dare Street
- (252) 305-4473
This newly renovated 1930s Arts and Crafts bungalow is the perfect Roanoke Island accommodation for a couple, a small family or two couples traveling together. Two rooms share a common bath, but each room has a private vanity and sink. With natural bead-board finishes and pine floors, the house is a charmer and has been featured on the Roanoke Island Home and Garden Tour and the Manteo Holiday Tour. Amenities include a microwave, refrigerator, Keurig coffeemakers and deluxe bathrobes. The outdoor spaces are enticing — guests enjoy an outdoor garden shower, a cozy fireplace and comfortable seating. The bungalow is located next door to a favorite island ice cream shop and is within walking distance of downtown Manteo. The Roanoke Bungalow is “quaint, charming and delicious,” says its owner.
The White Doe Inn
- 319 Sir Walter Raleigh Street
- (252) 473-9851 • (800) 473-6091
The White Doe Inn is a bed and breakfast in one of Manteo’s most picturesque historic homes. It occupies the Theodore Meekins house, which was partially built in 1898, finished in 1910 and is on the National Historic Register. The Queen Anne-style house, complete with turret, was renovated in keeping with its style and became The White Doe Inn in 1994. The inn offers eight elegant bedchambers, some with balconies. Comforts include gas fireplaces, king- and queen-size beds, deluxe bathrobes and private baths (some with whirlpool tubs). A full, four-course breakfast is offered each morning, and tea, coffee and desserts are available in the afternoon. The inn is just a few blocks from the Manteo waterfront. This is a great place to hold a wedding and reception. Children 12 and older are welcome. The White Doe offers many services to enhance your stay, such as spa services including Swedish and hot stone massage offered in the comfort and privacy of your own room. The White Doe Inn is a member of the Select Registry of Distinguished Inns of North America.