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“No problems---good experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Hillwinds Inn
3.5 of 5 Inn   |   Sunset Drive at Ransom Street, PO Box 1809, Blowing Rock, NC 28605   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 Blowing Rock B&B and Inns
Portland, Oregon
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“No problems---good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

I read the other reviews on this place, but our experience was not consistent with some of the other reviewers.

We arrived kind of late in a pretty big rainstorm. The room was clean and appeared to be well maintained. Bed was comfortable. Wi-fi access was available.

The breakfast was supposed to last until around 10 am, and we were the last to arrive. They had put things away, so we left with 2 apples and called it good.

Overall I thought it seemed like a decent place and would consider staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

Hotel staff of the property was very helpful but there were some negatives that made my stay disappointing. When I checked in my room had no clock and the first morning there was a broken and flooding toilet. The buffet breakfast was not worthy of a B&B. It consisted of pre-packaged or pre-frozen items. Only fresh item was a bowl of apples. Even some yogurts would have improved the offerings. The biggest negative, though, were the extremely noisy water pipes. Any time someone in another room turned on a faucet of flushed a toilet it sounded like the pipes would break and flood my room. Even keeping the bathroom door didn't reduce the noise. Sleep wasn't possible. The hotel has a great location but they need to do some work on the property and improve breakfast to justify the cost.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

This was a cute and comfortable stop for us on a motorcycle trip through the area. It was nice to park right outside our room and have a couple of rocking chairs to relax on in the evening. The room was a little dark, but nicely decorated and offered a comfortable bed.

It a nice stroll into town, which offered many nice restaurants. We were pretty exhausted from our long day so we opted to pick up a bottle of wine at the convenient store (which had a nice wine and cigar selection) and a pizza from the Mellow Mushroom... which was well worth the wait, Yum! We walked back to the hotel and dined at the little outdoor gazebo area.

The price was right, and we'd stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Rooms were small and cramped. Housecleaning was not sufficient, housecleaning staff obviously just did a light brush over, if that. Furniture seemed very dusty and dingy, as were the half hung curtains. The bathroom is TINY! Can not even get out of the shower without hitting the toilet. That in & of itself defeats the purpose of being clean considering the toilet is so close and so easy to brush up against. There is no vanity to speak of. The room was just not very comfortable or appealing. I would not stay there again! MUCH too pricey for what you get!!!!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We certainly enjoyed our stay at the Hillwinds Inn right in the middle of Blowing Rock. Nice hotel with great staff. We had a great time and will stay there again!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

Overall, we had a nice one night stay this past weekend. The front desk attendant was friendly and provided good service. The wine and cheese hour from 5-6pm was nice and breakfast then next morning was better than I expected. Only negatives were that the toilets flushed VERY loudly and continued to make noise for about a minute after flushing and the walls were fairly thin so you could hear noises from other rooms.

The location was convenient to the Main St shopping area (about a 3 block walk)

All in all, a nice place that I would consider staying in again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carrboro, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

We stayed in the Davidson Suite, and it was wonderful! The pictures on the Hillwinds website were accurate, it was clean, warm, and a nice mix of modern/quaint. There is also a full kitchen. The hotel is right downtown, and you can walk everywhere that you need to go. I can't speak to the regular rooms because I didn't see them, but if you're willing to cough up the extra for the Davidson Suite, you will definitely enjoy it!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hillwinds Inn

Address: Sunset Drive at Ransom Street, PO Box 1809, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Blowing Rock
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Blowing Rock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hillwinds Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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