My daughter-in-law and son held their wedding reception at the GPI. This was also the "official hotel" for the wedding party and guests.
The hotel was originally a boarding house and built in the 1890's. It has a good balance of old charm and modern conveniences, with an attentive staff and an extraordinary chef. It is uniquely situated, straddling the Eastern Continental Divide.
My suite was spacious, with a bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom. The other rooms that I saw, which were not suites, were also spacious and well designed. My room was extremely clean, and the housekeepers were very accomodating of my hectic schedule, servicing my room outside their normal cleaning times.
The hotel has many open areas where the families congregated and visited. It was a benefit to have everyone together to become better acquainted in a relaxed, home-like setting.
In addition to the public sitting areas, there is a room where some of the antique artifacts that were replaced during the recent remodeling are displayed, as well as old photos of the property.
The award winning chef at the GPI - James Welch - is one of the finest chefs in the area. The breakfast, which is included in the room fee, was made to order using high quality ingredients, and the portions were generous. I have dined in The Chestnut Grille on another occasion, and highly recommend the restaurant! The menu selection for the wedding reception dinner was unique, and had an international flair. The food was well prepared, which can be a difficult feat when serving ~175 guests.
The dining room was recently remodeled, yet retained its charm. A section of the restaurant has a wood floor, which is great for dancing. There is a patio off the dining room that provides additional space for guests, and can be romantically decorated for an evening event.
I rated the location as a 4, because the hotel is close to the road, which is convenient, but can be challenging to exit when there is a lot of traffic, which is common given there is road construction in the area. Having said that, I had a room on the front of the hotel, and did not hear any of the road traffic.
I had such a wonderful time, that I plan to return in the fall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Graceful Victorian era hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places has been lovingly and faithfully restored as of the fall of 2010. Turn back the clock to a more genteel time when exquisite attention to guest's needs, a polite, respectful and helpful staff, and an atmosphere of quiet elegance was the magnet that drew authors, poets, presidents and first ladies to the cool mountain breezes of the Green Park Hotel. Come and experience our affordable elegance. And, when you want to spend time away, spend it someplace that's timeless. The Laurel Room Restaurant open nightly, or weekends seasonally, under the direction of award winning Chef James Welch. The Divide Tavern opens nightly at 5pm, serving casual dinner fare nightly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Green Park Hotel Blowing Rock
- Green Park Inn
- Park Inn Green