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Gear Head Inn

6280 Ela Rd, Whittier, NC 28789
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Excellent: Jim & Mary are the best!!! Friendly & made us feel at home, making our stay enjoyable. The room was clean & spacious with very comfortable bed, Wi-fi, pool & great rate. Cannot say enough about Jim & Mary. Would stay there again. Highly recommend. Great room for the price.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am not a gear head by any stretch of the imagination, but I can appreciate the enthusiasm and dedication that goes into this place. The name says it all. Each room has a car name and the interior decor matches the room. We got the Challenger room which I found out was not the space shuttle, but some kind... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This Motel is like stepping back in time! The room was very clean and spacious. This place had all the modern amenities. We loved the out door pool and fire pit. I would have given this place five stars but the wireless internet was very weak and would like work close to the office. That aside we would stay there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Love this hotel. Have stayed there twice and it will be my home away from home when visiting the Cherokee area. Owners Jim and Mary have created an inviting family atmosphere for their hotel which eases the traveler from road warrior to relaxed, cared for family member.

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Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We stayed at the Gear Head Inn as a home base for touring along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a single story, drive in motel with a very appropriate theme for us. Our group had about a dozen people. Nice, peaceful location. Warm personal greeting upon check in, and throughout our stay. Great room with large bed, comfortable furniture,... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had a great time. The rooms were large, the beds comfortable and the ambiance perfect. Thanks, I'd send all my biker friends here. They are very accommodating, offer good advise with regards to the routes to take. We did Deep Creek tubing, visited Cherokee and did the "Falls " route for a ride one day - the roads were... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here based on its very positive Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. For what it was, i.e. motel style accommodation, it was excellent. A very warm and friendly greeting from Mary on arrival, who was helpful and informative about the local area. The room was spotless, large and well appointed, nicely decorated and with a very... More 

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Waverly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Had a great time there with Jim and Mary. Close to Cherokee, Bryson city, Smokies and more! Jim and Mary make you feel like true guests! In the heart of the best roads for motorcycling and touring. Rooms were large and well furnished in automotive and motorcycle themes. WIll definitely be back, thanks!

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Fancy Gap, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Stayed here with a group of car people in April. Jim and Mary were absolutely fantastic! They could not have made us feel more welcome. They sat around the bonfire with us each night, and were the nicest people we could hope to meet. This is an older motel, but they have done wonders with it! If you are looking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

we have stayed here 2 years in a row while on our motorcycle trips to the Smoky Mountains... a a cute little hotel between Cherokee and Bryson City with easy access to all of the great curvy roads... the owners are very sweet and fun to talk to... having a fire every night in the fire pit out front is... More 

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