Dolphin Oceanfront Motel has been a favorite Nags Head hotel for generations.

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Plan your getaway to the Outer Banks on our pristine beachfront.  Enjoy the numerous off-season updates to oceanfront rooms for 2024 – new furniture + 43″ Smart TVs.  Dolphin Oceanfront Motel is centrally located to all area attractions, restaurants, 2 fishing piers, and lighthouses. Located near entrance to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, nature preserve, Manteo, Roanoke Island attractions.  Dolphin Motel offers modern hotel amenities & easy beach access! Nags Head beach offers a variety of nature-oriented activities within a short drive or walking distance. Enjoy your next OBX oceanfront vacation with us!

Each offseason we work to make ‘The Dolphin experience’ even more enjoyable for our guests.  Enjoy upgrades to all Courtyard rooms: all-new furnishings & 43″ Smart TVs for your streaming needs.

All rooms are recently renovated with new decor, furnishings and 43″ Smart TVs.

Call 252.441.7488 during business hours, or email us with any questions.


Dolphin Oceanfront Motel is oceanfront hotel located in Nags Head. The beach is just a few steps from your guest room. We are near all area attractions – Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Wright Brothers Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Jennette’s Pier, Roanoke Island, and Historic Manteo.

Your choice of hotel rooms includes: rooms with 2 Full beds or 1 Queen bed.  Experience a classic Nags Head motel with modern features:

Our family really enjoyed our stay! From the time we arrived till we left. Nice and clean facility, and the staff was awesome and very friendly! We especially enjoyed Carol she was really nice and treated us like friends and was very accommodating. The motel is right on the beach and right beside Jeanette pier and very beautiful! Me and my wife enjoyed how quiet and peaceful this part of Nags Head was and look forward to coming back and using this motel!
Diane H.
This place was awesome! We had an oceanfront room with two beds, an ocean facing chaise and fridge/microwave/coffee maker. This is what you want from an authentic Outer Banks beach spot. Unless you want to feel like you’re in a cookie-cutter hotel at LGA or Newark airport…this is your spot for sliding glass door beach access, sunrise and wave watching from your bed. Coffee and sunrise from an in-room chaise. Local ice cream shops, best brunch, steak house and sound access restaurants, grocery stores and fishing pier within walking distance.
Lee F.
Love this place. Very quiet. Dog 🐕 friendly. All rooms are ground level. Rooms recently updated with appliances that have that through back look. The owners are very nice will do anything to make your stay awesome.
Brian S.
Anytime I can support a non chain hotel I’ll roll the dice. This hotel was great! Right on the beach, charming room and easy to get to. Room was clean and I enjoyed the retro mini fridge and microwave. We’ll definitely be staying there again in the future!

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