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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
Updated 08/11/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#2 of 6 hotels in Highlands
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4.8
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2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Old Edwards Inn and Spa sits atop the beautiful southwest plateau of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The acclaimed European style resort fills several blocks filled with amenities, music, dining venues and individually appointed guestrooms, suites and cottages. Meals at the onsite restaurants are sourced from resorts farms and gardens. Spanning four beautifully landscaped blocks in downtown Highlands, the resort is in the heart of a walking mountain town filled with restaurants, live and performing arts, boutique shopping and pristine outdoor recreation on the fun and scenic Southwest Plateau of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Golf course
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Massage
Salon
Steam room
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Shops
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Safe
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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jennifer1225_11 wrote a review Jun 2022
Athens, Georgia8 contributions
My husband and I visited for our anniversary. The attention to detail during every aspect of our stay was exemplary. The size of our rooms, the bedding, the beautiful common areas and the landscaping were just a few of our favorite things. It's so centrally located that it was an easy walk to anywhere we wanted to go. While our weather was gorgeous - particularly for mid summer - we're dying to return now for another season.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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HiddenGem2010 wrote a review Jun 2022
Johnstown, PA120 contributions133 helpful votes
This was our second stay at Old Edwards Inn, once 4 years ago in April, and this year in June. Both times, my wife and I stayed in one of the Falls Cottages. They are very private and located near one of the pools. The grounds are immaculately maintained. All of physical facilities, spread out through the center of town, are top quality. It looks like a place that was built to look old. Consequently, you don’t have the problems that come with buildings that are actually old (like thin walls, creaking floors, tiny bathrooms, old plumbing and fixtures). Everything that really matters to enjoy the property is new and elegant and solid. Really solid. There are metal gates and railings everywhere, and heavy-duty iron hinges on some of the doors. The wrought iron metal gates are physically heavy. You can tell that huge dollars went into renovating and expanding this property by the owners (Art and Angela Williams). It really looks like no expense was spared. The result is beautiful. Rustic elegance. We ate breakfast two mornings at Madison’s, the main restaurant at the hotel. It was good both times. One difference we noted compared to all prior Relais & Chateaux properties where we have stayed is that breakfast is not included in the room rate. You pay for breakfast out of pocket. Coffee is provided for free in the morning, but that is it. Dinner at Madison’s was also a little disappointing relative to expectations at a Relais & Chateaux property. They seemed to have a lot of young, inexperienced servers, mostly people of color with foreign accents, and service was a little disjointed at times. But, recognizing all of the challenges that restaurants have faced with staffing during COVID and post-pandemic, I am just happy they have staff available to fill the positions and glad they all have productive jobs. They were all very friendly and clearly trying to be helpful and professional. Our other dinner in Highlands was at Ristorante Paoletti, right across Main Street from the hotel, and that was fantastic. Overall, it is just a great property in a delightful small town surrounded by great scenery and many waterfalls and places to hike.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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johnzerochaos wrote a review Jun 2022
39 contributions106 helpful votes
The grounds and building were lovely. The room was basic and very expensive. Meals were nice, small portions, great atmosphere, very expensive. The hotel was a maze. Room numbering on the ground made no sense. The map was difficult at best. For all of its nice, it is really difficult to appreciate this place short of staying a week and $2k.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Amanda Sullivan, Marketing at Old Edwards Inn and Spa
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Thank you for your feedback, John. We’re so glad you enjoyed many aspects of your stay and regret that our rates did not suit your needs. Regarding the meandering property, we do cascade over a couple of hillside blocks in downtown Highlands, which many guests enjoy as part of the charm since there are so many areas to discover, each with its own amenities and unique room types. We appreciate your feedback on the property map. We are in the process of creating a virtual version, which we think will be helpful. We hope you will enjoy a repeat visit to Highlands at some point in the future, and we have a sister hotel, 200 Main by Old Edwards, that might be more suitable for you. There are also plenty of other lovely options in Highlands that we are happy to recommend. - With warm regards
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LucyandTerry wrote a review Jun 2022
Cherryville, North Carolina13 contributions10 helpful votes
We chose OEI because we wanted something extra-special for our anniversary. Jackpot!! The staff here exceeded our expectations with helpfulness and hospitality. And genuine smiles! If you are looking for the most charming escape with a European flair, this is it. The meals we enjoyed at Madison’s and 465 - perfect. Pools were sparkling. Our bed was a cloud. Our spa level room was immaculate. In two days we never saw the whole property. It’s expansive with beauty at every turn. Our only disappointment was having to leave this enchanting place so soon. We will definitely be back. If you are seeking luxury, pampering, relaxation, and superior staff second to none, look no further.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Susan D wrote a review Jun 2022
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Old Edwards Inn is in the darling town of Highlands, NC! We stayed in the Historic Inn and it was beautiful! The staff was attentive and so helpful and friendly! The property and surrounding area was beautiful and fun to walk around and shop. The spa was amazing as was the food! Highly recommend a nice get away to the Old Edwards Inn and Spa! We will be back as the weather did not cooperate with our golf plans!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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reviewer2012 wrote a review Jun 2022
Canton, Georgia28 contributions11 helpful votes
Absolutely fabulous hospitality staff, beautiful rooms, beautiful grounds, heated pools and hot tubs, fire pits! We had a 5 star time at this beautiful resort. From check in till check out, the professional staff (Michel) attended to our every need. It is such a beautiful, comfortable, well maintained resort!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Great self parking! Champagne upon check in Fire pits Heated pools Hot tubs
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Clasvi wrote a review May 2022
McCormick, South Carolina14 contributions2 helpful votes
We were exploring the Appalachians in southwestern North Carolina (mid May 2022) when we stumbled across this beautiful little quaint town of "Highlands, NC. It is nestled in the mountains. What a find it was. Zero crime ! Young beautiful Albanian ladies told me they go for walks around town at night time and have never been bothered. The Old Edwards Inn is a 5 star Inn. The staff in unbelievable. We stayed in suite 21. Has heated marble floors in bathroom. Beautiful "courtyard" view with unprecedented quiet and privacy. The "wine garden" was magnificent as well with cascading crystal clear brook running through. There is not enough room here to say everything I want to say about this fantastic Inn. We ate at "Wolfgang's" a short walking distance. Just incredible food. (look for review) We look forward to staying at "Old Edwards Inn" again this autumn. A golfers paradise although we didn't play. (left our clubs home) Sky Valley Course is magnificent in appearance. I will review that also. Our suite cost $600. for one night. Cant wait to go back. worth every penny.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Spend the money for a suite. Worth every penny
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Doug F wrote a review May 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina12 contributions30 helpful votes
We have stayed at almost all the different types of rooms (cottages) at OEI but stayed in the spa suites this time (directly above the spa); our first time in the "big house". Our experience this time was no different from all the other times we've stayed at OEI - perfect! It doesn't matter what the weather is or the time of year, and we've been there for all of it. The staff is always so friendly and anxious to do anything they can to make each stay perfect. My wife was a bit nervous being over the spa for noise but we heard no one! And, there are only four suites over the spa so it was exceptionally quiet. They weren't into full swing of summer yet so the terrace wasn't open yet but there are plenty of other places to hang out. We always enjoy walking around downtown and there's a great little hike right there at the inn. Take 4th street up the hill then stay straight onto Satulah Road. You get to a cul-de-sac at the top with a trail entrance at the end that continues out across the ridge to a point with awesome views. It's a pretty steep hike but definitely worth the views. If you're looking for a place to be pampered, OEI is the place. If the town and accommodations aren't enough to keep you coming back, the staff are!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: We have stayed at several rooms on property and have not been disappointed by any of them.
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Alee514 wrote a review May 2022
Columbus, Ohio122 contributions55 helpful votes
Stayed here in celebration of Mother’s Day with my mom. We stayed in a spa suite, which was perfect. The room was big, clean, plenty of room for storage, nice balcony. The bathroom was to die for with a soaking tub and heated floors and towels. The staff at Old Edwards is the epitome of service, people are everywhere to help you and super happy and kind. The spa was great - I had the Sweet Mountain Metamorphosis and custom massage services as well as enjoying the steam room, whirlpool, and 14-head shower. We also enjoyed champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in our suite, sitting by the heated outdoor pool, and taking a guided hike. Breakfast and dinner at Madison’s were both excellent. Old Edwards is not cheap if you do it right but you get what you paid for and we had a perfect Mother’s Day celebration. Note: Book everything EARLY! Recommend at least 6-9 months in advance
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Book early (including spa treatments and restaurant reservations)
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Scott P wrote a review May 2022
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From the moment we checked in until the time we checked out the trip was everything we thought it would be. We were greeted with friendly and professional staff and that remained throughout our stay. The Spa was a great experience to include the restaurants but I would recommend calling way ahead and making reservations. If you are a couple wanting to get away look no further.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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PRICE RANGE
$318 - $598 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
old edwards hotel highlands, old edwards inn
LOCATION
United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina MountainsHighlands
NUMBER OF ROOMS
93
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Highland Excursion (0.1 miles), Highlands Playhouse (0.09 miles), and Highlands Wine Shoppe (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ristorante Paoletti, Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro, and Kilwins Highlands.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Old Edwards Inn and Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Highlands.
Are any cleaning services offered at Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Old Edwards Inn and Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Edwards Inn and Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sky Valley Overlook (8.4 miles).