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The Inn at Corolla Light

At a Glance

    Pros

  • lots of resort amenities available
  • shuttle service to beach, some rooms have fireplaces for cozy or romantic fall and winter vacations

    Cons

  • you'll have to walk several blocks to the ocean
  • no refund for reservations canceled seven days or less prior to arrival

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The Inn at Corolla Light Review

The inn is a part of the Corolla Light Resort and sits along Currituck Sound, about 10 mi from Duck. The ocean, ¼ mi away, is easily accessed via bikes or open-air trolley service. Even the smaller rooms feel big thanks to the generous use of richly toned fabrics, large beds, and windows with views of the garden, pool, or sound. A special treat are the off-road tours for the inn's guests to the secluded spot where the area's wild horses are now confined.

    Hotel Details

  • 30 rooms, 13 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Dec.-Feb.
Updated: 10-05-2012

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    Perfect Honeymoon

    We had an amazing honeymoon at the Inn, our room (the Moon Room) was adorable and the employees and guests were relaxed and friendly. We, along with some other guests, were all curious about the unusual behavior of the people taking pictures and laughing and yelling out in the storm. My husband is active military and is a WONDERFUL and honest man, we could not believe anyone would go to such extremes to get a "free room". Tim, my hubby, was also in the lobby getting us a movie when the man threw the fit and the employees handled the situation so calmly - I can tell you that Tim and another friend we met from PA who was there too would have handled it differently! We were all relieved when the sheriff escorted the man out. Those people must have spent the entire time there writing all those things from the looks of it (he told Bruce he was going to if he didn't give him the money in front of everyone!) and taking all those strange pictures. Even though the storms were rough, everything was put back in place as soon as the sun came out. The pool was small but beautiful, cleaned every morning at the crack of dawn (it was right below our windows and I am an early riser!) There are lots of chairs around the pool and it's a fun place to get to know other guests with such great views of the sound. It's sad that someone would say such awful things about this special place just to get some money.

    We loved it there and have even made some new friends, these are our first memories as HUSBAND and WIFE and we were so happy to have them at the Inn and the OBX!

    by OBXpertz, 9/1/09
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    The Inn at Corolla Light Review

    I wrote a lengthy review on tripadvisor.com for this Inn under the same title. Suffice to say that this Inn probably used to be a good vacation spot, but has been severely neglected in my humble opinion. The accommodations weren't worth $45.00 let alone the $250.00+ we paid (again, in my opinion). We only stayed 2 of the 4 nights we booked, and it was a stretch to get that far. The management was highly rude (except for the poor gentleman who tried to help us out in the manager's stead).

    In short, don't book here unless you don't mind getting charged for your entire stay up front and having to fight for your money back (with the assistance of the very friendly Sheriff's department) when things go horribly wrong. (They have a no-money back policy for cutting your stay short, no matter what the reason).

    I've never left an establishment under police escort before - but a hearty thanks goes out to the Carrituck County, NC Sheriff's department for helping us out when we most needed it!!!

    With a LOT of work and new management, this place COULD be a nice quiet vacation getaway.

    For clarification, I also created a Tumblr blog detailing the stay we had at the Inn at Corolla Light. It details more than just the aftermath of a rainstorm (as the most recent poster would have you believe) - it details dozens of pictures of the deficiencies of the Inn (at the time of our stay) that had nothing to do with a rainstorm.

    Also, counter to fallacious posts by another to the contrary, we never tried to get a "free" stay - merely to get back the money for the days we could not stay due to the state of the room. (Contact the County Manager's office or the tourism bureau if you want to access the records regarding the results of the resulting inspections). All of that information is detailed in the blog as well - including charges to our credit card after we left the establishment,(that were "automatic" charges that could not be removed, unless, that is, our Tripadvisor review "disappeared."), interaction with various county officials regarding deficiencies, etc.

    All we wanted was a little accommodation and understanding because our son has an immune deficiency which does not allow him to stay in a room with mold.

    Thankfully the local Sheriff (who was called by the proprietor after we left and brought us back under escort) saw things our way.

    by D0n0tStay_Inn, 8/17/09

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