Direct comparison to a 4 star hotel.
I recently took a trip to VA beach which is nearby the outer banks. During my stay at VA beach we stayed at a 4 star hotel for 200 a night. This came out to about 200 a night as well and we much preferred this place and here's why:
Free breakfast - not super fancy but it was perfect for a light start to a beach day.
Location - 3 minute walk to the beach, 3 minutes to convenience store with alcohol, snacks, and other beach supplies
Ice machine - ice machine worked great and saved us so much money on ice.
The biggest cons were the AC could use an upgrade and their were a ton of kids at the hotel. When I come back, I'll get on of the rooms with a balcony and a kitchenette. The room we got was very small but we didn't stay in it much as the beach was awesome.