Thanks for taking an interest in the Waterway Inn — we’re proud of our commitment to fabulous guest service, and we want everyone to see & hear what guests have said about us!

Reviews of the Waterway Inn can be found on TripAdvisor, our Google Business page, our Facebook page and our Yelp listing (just to name a few). We’ve pulled a few representative reviews for you to see below, and we hope you’ll check us out further. And if you’ve stayed with us before, please add your own review so that everyone can see how we’re doing.

Sincere thanks & many happy returns

 Kay Owens, Proprietor

(252) 393-8027


“Small family owned on the water.”

We stayed for the long weekend and found that the owner was more than gracious. We only spent the nights in our room and though it was very small it had everything we needed and was one of the cleanest places we have ever stayed. We will go back many times again


We spent the weekend at the Waterway Inn for our third time. We now stay there whenever we go to any nearby city Atlantic Beach, Swansboro, or Emerald Isle. This is one of our absolute favorite places to stay. You can not beat the accomondations, friendly owners, extra ammenities (fishing, corn hole, boat slips, etc.). This is one of the cleanest motels I have ever stayed in. We look forward to going back and seeing the owners Kay and Dave.


Grabbed a last minute reservation here on Memorial Day Weekend and glad we did. This hotel is just over the bridge from Swansboro, so away from the crush of the busier parts of this area. But it is perfectly located on the intercoastal waterway. You can dock a boat right at the hotel, or launch a kayak (your own or a rental next door) basically steps away from your room.

The rooms are not large, but they are very clean and comfortable. And if you want to get outside you can sit on a grassy area. Coffee and doughtnuts were served one morning during our stay.

I can’t wait for the opportunity to go back.


If you visited once, your return visit is like coming home for the holidays to see family that can’t wait to catch up as you unwind. And unwinding is what it’s about here…Your visit here can be as private or social as you choose to make it.

Clean, Fresh, Welcoming, Hospitable environment that I hope stays around as long as I do.