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Sapphire Inn

761 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2674
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#10 of 12 hotels in Franklin
Welcome to Sapphire Inn Franklin Featuring a perfect getaway motel in Franklin, North Carolina when planning that beautiful mountain vacation filled with several exciting activities in the Gem Capital of World. Franklin, North Carolina is located in Nantahala National Forest. Sapphire Inn is close to many hiking trails including Appalachian Trail & Bartram Trail, waterfalls, gem mining, golf courses, boating, fishing and much more. Sapphire Inn offers free Wi-Fi and pet-friendly accommodations in Franklin, just 20 miles from Cherokee where jackpot awaits you at Harrah's Casino. Free private parking is available on site. Certain rooms include views of the mountains or city. The rooms include a private bathroom fitted with a bathtub. A flat-screen TV is provided with Direct TV. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Maggie Valley is 28 miles from Sapphire Inn, and Bryson City is 17 miles away. The nearest airport is Asheville Regional Airport, 73 miles from the property
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Canoeing offsite
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Room service
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Tim I wrote a review Jul 2021
High Point, North Carolina33 contributions16 helpful votes
I wanted to like this place as my memories of Franklin were of a simpler time and I don’t need fancy hotels. (We used to stay in The Franklin before it was closed down). Booked through an online site, so that was easy enough and thought the price for 3 nights wasn’t too bad. Upon arrival we found the front door to the office locked., which seemed strange for 530p. There was a phone located on an exterior ledge with a request to call announcing our arrival. After a few minutes someone showed up to check us in. We were on the bottom floor, which now after having read additional reviews, we should have requested upstairs. The floors looked to have been recently replaced and the room actually looked pretty good (for a budget motel). I did not notice a musty smell that some other reviewers had commented on. Maybe the changing of the floors helped to resolve that issue. The mattresses were comfortable. The bathrooms still need some updating. The faucet handles in the tub for the hot and cold water were loose and turning the water off could be tricky, but the shower was very strong, so that was a plus. If this was the extent of our stay, I’m good. The main issue was the noise. It looked like some construction contractors were occupying some of the rooms above ours and the noise (moving of furniture (?) and heavy footsteps) went on through out the night. In noting some of the other reviews, it appears the motel may be used frequently by groups working in the area as some of the other concerns noted regarding 2nd floor noise was what we had experienced. We will likely look to stay elsewhere on our next trip to Franklin but I hope some improvements can be made to The Sapphire Inn to help preserve the small town personality of Franklin.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Request a 2nd floor abs check it before paying.
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gingersci88 wrote a review Jan 2021
Newport, Tennessee5 contributions2 helpful votes
Excellent stay when my car broke down near Franklin. Was hesitant to stay, but found the rooms to be clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly. Would definitely stay again if in the area. Thanks for the hospitality.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
David Carmen C wrote a review Oct 2020
Bryson City, North Carolina10 contributions
DiRTY AND NASTY IN BAD SHAPE!!!remodeled but doors not safe and mildew smell!! Would never stay there again!!! The only heater that had was portable. We only stayed a couple hours and had to pay for 2 nights!!!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Michael M wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I am always satisfied staying here. I pick this location every time I need to stay in Franklin. Always clean and good friendly customer service . When something came up, they did everything you could to get it right as quickly as possible
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Debbie W wrote a review Nov 2019
San Benito, Texas18 contributions5 helpful votes
This hotel was comfortable for a couple nights. It was very clean. It was pet friendly. Walking distance to several restaurants. Wi-Fi available. Comfortable beds. Coffee available in the lobby. It was very reasonably priced.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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$55 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina MountainsFranklin
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sapphire Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Sapphire Inn?
Nearby attractions include Scottish Tartans Musuem (0.7 miles), Ruby City Gems & Minerals (0.6 miles), and Outdoor 76 (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sapphire Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at Sapphire Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
Is parking available at Sapphire Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sapphire Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Caffe Rel, Ms Lois' Restaurant, and Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant.
Is Sapphire Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Franklin.
Are pets allowed at Sapphire Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Sapphire Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.