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“A wonderful, relaxing getaway vacay” 5 of 5 stars
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24 South Andrews Street, Hot Springs, NC 28743   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
1 review
“A wonderful, relaxing getaway vacay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Iron Horse Station is an absolutely beautiful inn with a very helpful, friendly staff. We had to change our reservation twice, but Beverly was totally understanding and accomodating. We had a king jacuzzi suite. The bed was the most comfortable we have slept on in a while(including our home bed), the room and bath were very clean. The sitting areas were very nice and warm and inviting. Food and service were excellent. No tv in the room, but a big screen in the main sitting area and very fast wi-fi available throughout. We had no issues with noise as mentioned in other reviews and found the inn to be very quiet and peaceful. Will definately be back for another stay!

Room Tip: the king jacuzzi suites are very spacious. We had room 213 and loved it. An interior room away from...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Anderson, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Beautiful drive from Asheville. Great setting in picturesque town. Very comfortable unique inn. So refreshing to stay here compared to larger city hotel. We stayed in the smallest pullman sleeper room but it was perfect for our stay. A very tasteful comfortable hotel.
The restaurant and bar was wonderful, great food and service. Also liked the sitting areas around the hotel, the upstairs coffee/sitting area and the comfortable chairs set around the hallways. We visited the spa across the road and very relaxing. We will definitely spend a weekend here again. Only downfall was no phone service for ATT mobiles if you need to keep in touch with anyone but there is wifi.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Beverley who runs the front desk was sooooooo accommodating! I needed a get away where I could bring my therapy dog in training. He loved it and slept the whole time, he's much more relaxed then I am. I've been coming to hot springs 7 years and always gravitate to this unique, historic building. You MUST soak, it is a spiritual experience! And don't forget to get a coffee or wine from Sunny next door and pop into the outfitters to see what's on sale. You will have a nice relaxing and very easy stay.

Room Tip: They are small so ifyou get that closed in feeling request a window room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here over the MLK holiday weekend. We arrived late so we called Jim to let him know we would have to pick up our keys at the bar downstairs. He was the nicest innkeeper we have ever encountered. He stayed until we got in and took us over to our room and made sure we were settled in. I cannot say enough nice things about him and his inn. They have just renovated the rooms across the street into rooms with bathrooms. It was actually 2 rooms and a nice bathroom, very spacious. It was a little loud at night because of the bar downstairs, but we enjoyed listening to the live music. The next morning we ate at the diner a couple blocks away. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. We ate breakfast there both days. Everyone we encountered in the town was very friendly and willing to stop and answer questions. We hiked some, great views! The last day we were there we soaked in the hot springs, nice and relaxing. Very romantic!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I learned about this place via a Living Social deal. It was a 8 hour drive for us but we wanted to get away from the DC area and hike a little of the Appalachian Trail.
We stayed in room 209. It was at the corner of a hallway. No windows, TV, or phone and kinda small. But, the internet was fast enough to stream a couple of episodes of Girls and a movie on my iPad. The bed was comfy and the room was quiet. This was all we needed after a day of hiking. A comfy bed and hot shower!
We enjoyed the restaurant a lot! The food was good and the entertainment was awesome.
I cannot overstate how NICE everyone was! Especially Beverly who works at the desk of the hotel. She treated us like like we were old friends. Hot Springs has that small town hospitality that we were looking for.
Iron Horse Station may not be for everyone. Like other reviewers said, If you're looking for a Four Seasons type of place to stay, this is not your place.
But if you're looking for a nice, clean, comfortable place to get away for a weekend, with nice folks, you can't go wrong with the Iron Horse Station.
Also, the ArtiSun Gallery, the restaurant, and the hotel are all connected. You can walk to all of them without going outside. The Gallery has some really nice art, photos, crafts, wine, ice cream, and much more.
We will definitely return in the spring or fall to do more hiking of the AT!

Room Tip: Room 209 was quiet, but be advised, it does not have a window(only a skylight). No TV(there is a lar...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jamestown, usa north carolina
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My husband picked this place because of the charm. I loved the hardwood floors and the over all historical charm. The food at the Tavern below was really good. We stayed in the room right beside the train track and it didnt bother us at all. The room was a little small but clean and cozy. The only request that I would have is that they need a microwave in the hallway with the coffee maker. We loved the hot spring spa. It was beautiful and private. The staff here were very nice. If you are into fancy 5 star hotel with lots of perkys this place is NOT for you. This is a great place to get away for rest, relaxation and great food. We would stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I would like to write a better review, but can't and still perform a service for future guests.

The hotel is very "tired," and accommodations are spare. That would have been acceptable, but the heat in the room (centrally controlled) was such that neither my wife or I had more than a couple of hours of sleep (we opened the window, but it didn't help much). We left after one night of a two night stay. On the plus side, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the restaurant was fine and we were well served. As other reviews have indicated, the Smoky Mountain Diner is a good place to eat a country breakfast. We also visited the spa, and found it clean, well attended, and relaxing.

I suspect that a stay in the other three seasons would have been fine, and it would be a very welcome respite for hikers after 2 weeks on the Appalachian Trail, but winter is not the time of year to visit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 24 South Andrews Street, Hot Springs, NC 28743
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Hot Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iron Horse Station is an 1890's hotel, restaurant, and tavern with 31 adjacent artist and craft shops. Listed on the National Register, it is part of the Historic Inns of Hot Springs with sister property Mountain Magnolia Inn. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Iron Horse Station Hotel Hot Springs

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