We needed to be in the area for business and were not familiar with the area or the hotels. Our instinct was to stay in downtown Raleigh but there wasn't any availability. The Umstead is within about 15 minutes of downtown. I booked our stay based on the reviews I read here but was still a bit skeptical of the location and whether or not the pictures were really accurate. As it turns out, the Umstead practically sits right on I-40 but when you're on the property, you would never know that. It is beautifully wooded and landscaped and the pictures don't even do justice to the incredible setting. We had a room that overlooked the lake. We didn't have time to take advantage of the spa services but would definitely do that in the future. The service was fabulous across the board. We ordered food in the bar and also from room service and it was great. The response from room service was very quick ....we had one glitch -- ordered soup but it came without spoons. When I called they had new soup along with spoons to us in less than 5 minutes. The staff is very cordial and aims to please.
We would definitely stay here again but I am not sure that it is a "destination" . It is a great place to stay if you are planning on being in the area but I am not sure that I would plan a trip to the area for a get away weekend. There is not a lot to do right in the immediate area. IF YOU LIVE IN THE AREA..... I would highly recommend it for a special get away weekend without having to travel. You will not be disappointed and you will feel like you've gone out of town even though you're right in the midst of things!
Some comments about some of the other reviews that I read. Meals were expensive but not out of line based on the star-rating of the hotel. I saw kids there but know that my kids would struggle to find things on the menu that appealed to them.
Bathroom was great. We felt like the pocket doors were fine.
We plan to be in the area frequently in the near future and wil DEFINITELY stay here again!!
- Also Known As:
- The Umstead Hotel Cary
- Umstead Hotel Cary
- The Umstead Hotel
- 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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