Roanoke Island Hotels, Motels, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts, Including Manteo and Wanchese

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.

Cameron House Inn

300 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(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 new high def TVs make these rooms especially comfortable. Wireless internet access and large desks in most rooms make Cameron House a good choice for business travelers who appreciate an Outer Banks hotel that takes their needs into consideration. Guests enjoy the inn’s full, hot breakfast each morning, and homemade cookies and other 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.

Cottages on Roanoke Island

The Starry Banner, 205 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, on the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
Pink Pelican, 65 Ballast Point Drive, Manteo
Magnolia Cottage, 310 Ananias Dare Street, Manteo
The Island Loft, 406 Budleigh Street, Manteo
The Neva Midgett House, 406 Budleigh Street, Manteo
Clemons Cottage, 404 Budleigh Street, Manteo
Reservations for all cottages
(804) 640-4440

Cottages on Roanoke Island offers six perfect island homes for your vacation. Most of these cottages are found 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, so longer stays are convenient in these charming cottages. They vary in size, but all have luxury furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, porches, WiFi and TV and lovely landscaping. Bikes are provided for exploring Manteo and Roanoke Island. After your day out, relax on your porch and you’ll see why people love the slower pace of this island town. Recent -- and fun! -- additions are The Starry Banner, a luxury yacht moored at the Manteo Marina, that accommodates up to four guests just a few short steps away from all the activities, shopping and dining opportunities available along the beautiful Manteo Waterfront, and Pink Peilcan, a stunning waterfront house in the amenity-rich Pirate's Cove community that can sleep up to 14.

Scarborough Inn

524 U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(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, cable TV and free WiFi. 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.

The Roanoke Island Inn

305 Fernando Street, Manteo
(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 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 fully restored and furnished 1920s Sears kit home located in downtown Manteo next to the entrance to Roanoke Island Festival Park. Voted #6 in Best Homes 2012 by Hooked on Houses, the Croatan Cottage offers three bedrooms and three baths, sleeps up to six people and is pet friendly. The house rents for a two-night minimum. Make sure to ask about their four-night stay and seven-night stay special packages!

Tranquil House Inn

405 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo
(252) 473-1404

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.

Wanchese Inn Bed and Breakfast

85 Jovers Lane, Wanchese
(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. This inn is open year round.