Duck, NC, hotels are small in number but mighty in appeal. In this small seaside town, there are but three Duck hotels: a beautiful national chain—The Hilton Garden Inn—on the southern tip of Duck Road (technically located in Kitty Hawk, but who’s telling?!), a wonderful bed and breakfast and a world-class resort and spa. You see, as with its grand neighbor to the north, Corolla, Duck “hotels” are actually in the guise of Duck vacation rental houses. And there are hundreds upon hundreds of them.
But let’s give a moment of well-deserved editorial focus to the Duck hotels that are here because they shine. The Hilton was built only a few years ago, and it’s a welcome addition to the full-service Outer Banks hotel market. There aren’t that many Outer Banks hotels that offer room service, an on-site restaurant or large meeting facilities, but this one does. On top of that calling card, it’s just plain pretty and has an oceanfront location to further entice. Duck’s bed and breakfast has been pleasing guests for many years and can boast a very loyal following (hint, hint…call early if you want to join the loyal list). And the Sanderling Resort and Spa could just as easily be situated on the coast of some posh New York or California town and compete head to head with anything there. It’s calm, upscale and absolutely what those who expect the cultured best are looking for.
So, while the variety is not the feature of Duck hotels, high-end quality is, and no hotel-staying Outer Banks vacationer will be disappointed.
You should also check out our section on Vacation Rentals for Duck’s vacation rental companies.
- 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1, Kitty Hawk
- Southern Shores
- (252) 261-1290, (877) 629-4586
The newest oceanfront hotel on the Outer Banks, the Hilton Garden Inn offers 180 rooms, including suites. Every guestroom has a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, a whirlpool and a Precor fitness center. The on-site restaurant, Garden Grill and Bar, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Handicapped-accessible rooms are available. Throughout the hotel you can access wireless Internet and use remote printing services, and each room is equipped with a large desk and ergonomic chair. Enjoy complimentary HBO and on-demand movies and video games. Pets are not allowed. The hotel has guest laundry facilities and a game room. The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk is open year round.
- 1461 Duck Rd.
- (252) 261-4111, (855) 643-7563
The Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond Sanderling Resort is a grand seaside retreat of classic Outer Banks architecture. Its refined accommodations include 96 rooms, five vacation homes, three restaurants, conference and wedding facilities, a luxurious spa and salon with an indoor pool and fitness center. New to the resort is the addition of two outdoor pools and firepits. The resort pool is family friendly, while the tranquility pool caters to the adult-only crowd. All the buildings in the resort are in close proximity to each other and to the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, providing for an easily walkable vacation village atmosphere. The rooms offer varying levels of comfort, but all have private baths, private decks, plush robes, fine personal-care products and a small refrigerator. The five vacation rental homes accommodate families or small groups from eight to 16 people with all the same amenities an inn guest receives. Personal Chef dinners, housekeeping services and nightly stays are available.
This exclusive resort has three restaurants, Kimball’s Kitchen (formerly The Left Bank), the Lifesaving Station Restaurant and No. 5 Bar and the more casual Sandbar (see the Restaurants section). The Sanderling’s conference facilities can handle groups from 10 to 100, with flexible meeting and board rooms, high-tech equipment, sound systems, banquet facilities and catering. Weddings are popular at Sanderling Resort with multiple sites for ceremonies and receptions. Sanderling Resort’s world-class spa offers an amazing menu of massage, body, skin, hair and nail care as well as an indoor pool and steam rooms. A full schedule of yoga is available seasonally. The restaurants and spa are open to the public as is the on-site water sport rental center run by Kitty Hawk Kites.
Advice 5¢, a bed & breakfast
- 111 Scarborough Lane
- (252) 255-1050, (800) 238-4235
In a residential neighborhood within walking distance of the ocean, Town Park and the shops of Duck, Advice 5¢ is a friendly, welcoming bed and breakfast with a beach house atmosphere. The inn has four guest rooms all with private baths and shared decks. Breakfast is a homemade affair, with tasty baked goods, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Common areas for guests include a great room with a fireplace, decks and a “ship’s tower” with a panoramic view. This is a nonsmoking inn. Use of the neighborhood swimming pool and tennis court is offered to guests, as are the inn’s outdoor shower, beach chairs and beach towels. Wireless internet service is available.