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“Lovely Place right on the AT” 4 of 5 stars
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289 NW Highway 25/70, Hot Springs, NC 28743   |  
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Peekskill, New York
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“Lovely Place right on the AT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This lovely B & B boast large and pleasant rooms, a big living room with a roaring fire and a nice library to while away an early evening after a day of hiking on the AT. The hosts are super friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good and plentiful for our taste buds the coffee could stand a tad improvement towards the stronger side.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I stayed overnight at the hostel after spending a week section hiking the Appalachian Trail in October of 2013. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the hostel was clean with a soft bed in a single room for a very reasonable price, plenty of hot water and a shared kitchen, refrigerator and a seemingly unlimited supply of good company! The grounds of the hostel and lodge were beautifully kept and would be a great place for an event or wedding. The town of Hot Springs is a short walk from the hostel, and the AT is visible from the back door. The Lodge was gorgeous and also quite affordable and I look forward to staying there during my next trip to the area. Best hostel I've encountered so far, Thanks so much! "Apple Guy" 2013

Room Tip: Reservations are accepted, and recommended, thesingle rooms were full when I visited!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, South Carolina
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This was my third stay at the Inn. The two Karens are always gracious and attentive. The Tranquility room lives up to its name and the egg casserole breakfast was delicious. This place is so peaceful. Just like before, I didn't want to leave. But....for sure I will be back.

Room Tip: Tranquility is on the back side of the house and has a large bathroom. Very quiet and peaceful.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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St. George, Utah
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119 reviews 119 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We visited Hot Springs for a friend's wedding and stayed at Laughing Heart Lodge for four nights. The Lodge has a charming look and the hosts were very friendly and helpful. The common rooms were comfortable and welcoming. Our room was very clean.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Inman, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed here on Columbus Day weekend. The lodge is very welcoming and charming, and we were impressed by the comfort of our bed - firm like we prefer, and the foam pad they placed over the pillow top mattress helped. I enjoyed the large selection of books, and the owner's dog, Jazzy was fun to play with outside! The only improvements I would suggest would be to place another mirror in the bathroom that could be used without stooping down to use it - perhaps on another wall. The bathroom was very clean and modern, especially the shower!And a firmer chair to sit in, within the bedroom, would also be good. We personally did not find much to do in the town of Hot Springs, as my husband is not able to walk a lot at this time, but it did not take too long to drive to Gatlinburg for an afternoon. The drive to Gatlinburg along back roads was pretty, as well as the route 209 we took to get to I-40 when we left - very pretty! *** I was surprised to see that the 'boardwalk' route from the window fire escape ended with a drop to the ground below - wonder if there are plans to place steps there for a safer fire escape, can't believe this escaped the eyes of safety inspectors!

Room Tip: The Firefly and Dragonfly rooms are the smallest, but all the rooms are very nice from what I could...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is an absolutely lovely place to stay in Hot Springs, NC. We stayed for 5 days in August specifically for day hiking. Chuck was very knowledgeable and helpful. Both Karen and Karen were very friendly and made our stay enjoyable. These days I judge things by whether I would do it again. Would I stay there again? Absolutely !!

Room Tip: We stayed in The Monarch room. Very spacious.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Greenbelt, Maryland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is such a wonderful place to stay in Hot Springs! We loved the peaceful feel of the Lodge, the decor, the welcoming people we met. We stayed for 6 nights and were sad to leave. We enjoyed sitting outside looking at the beautiful view and there are comfortable common areas to sit inside as well. I had a delightful massage on site with Linda who was great!
We also had a soak in one of the hot springs in town, ate at several good restaurants, and enjoyed shopping in the unique stores.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room called "Tranquility" on the first floor. Nice large bathroom, priva...
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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 Laughing Heart Lodge & Hostel

Address: 289 NW Highway 25/70, Hot Springs, NC 28743
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Hot Springs
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Laughing Heart Lodge opened in August 2012 after extensive renovation. The lodge was built in 1892 and for over 50 years was a Jesuit Retreat Center. Today Laughing Heart Lodge offers accommodations for visitors and travelers in its 9 lovingly renovated rooms (7 with private baths) and most with exceptional mountain views. Laughing Heart also has a hostel which is at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail and offers very affordable lodging for hikers and other visitors to Hot Springs. ... more   less 

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