Checked into Umstead on Saturday. The room was gorgeous and staff was very attentive. I was taken here as a nice little getaway for the night even though I live about an hour away. My boyfriend booked us a couples massage. I've had many massages in my life, but this was my first couples massage. It was a Swedish massage, I think it was pretty weak. I'm used to more intense deep tissue and the masseuse didn't focus on my back and neck like I asked. So if the review were solely on the massage it'd be a 2.
Right before our dinner reservation at Herons my guy asked me to marry him right outside of the bar area on the terrace in front of outdoor fireplace. Very romantic, I said yes.
Dinner at Herons was such a great experience, Devon was our server and was phenomenal. I can't speak highly enough of the food and service. I love that Herons grows some of its own food and has deals with many local farmers for a great deal more of its food. The menu changes seasonally. It is pricy, but worth it for very special occasions. Dinner was 5 stars.
A few small quirks with the room, about half the tv channels didn't work. It looked to be all the HD channels not working. I felt the bath products not to be very high quality. We had a room on 2nd floor with extra large patio. Unfortunately we couldn't be out there often or even leave our door open, despite the perfect weather because the person in the next room was a chain smoker. If we're there for more than one night I would have asked to switch. We called ahead to ask their pet policy. Although they say pets are welcome, they charge $200 to let them stay. This fee isn't a deposit, you don't get it back at the end of the stay. This was informed to us before we got there, and we found boarding for our pup with a friend for the night.
The cons were minimal, I'm pretty sure the Umstead couldn't make the person in the next room stop smoking. TV was only watched for a short time. I wish I found the massage more enjoyable considering the price was shockingly high. The pros were the plush, there was an abundance of Keurig K-cup, the bed was comfy. It was a great night and very romantic to get engaged. We luckily got an extra hour of sleep due to the time change, so we got to spend some time lounging in the room before we checked out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled lakeside on 12 acres of beautiful grounds in Cary, N.C., The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a calming retreat and luxury destination. The Umstead features 150 oversized guest rooms, elegant furnishings and signature amenities. The Umstead welcomes and inspires guests to find comfort, tranquility and indulgence in the meticulously landscaped property, as well as the plush Umstead Spa and contemporary American cuisine of Executive Chef Scott Crawford at its signature restaurant, Herons. Independently owned and operated since opening in 2007, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is North Carolina’s first full-service hotel to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and is a Forbes Five Star rated property and member of Leading Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Umstead Hotel Cary
- Umstead Hotel Cary