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Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Balsam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Great Romantic Getaway!”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

My husband and I went here as a weekend getaway. We had a wonderful time. The location is perfect if you want to stay close enough to the tourist things, but far enough away to feel secluded. We were able to go to Biltmoore and Harrah's. The place was a walk in the past. There are no TV's in the rooms, but they do provide Wifi. So if you have to be connected you can bring laptop. We decided to enjoy one another's company and bring a bottle of wine downstairs to play board games. I was also able to get almost done with a book I had been working on for a while. If it had been a little warmer the porch would have been a great place to relax as well. The Inn is decorated very cute. We had dinner and breakfast at the Inn. Before booking this just get it in your mind you are going somewhere for the ambiance, not for a plush resort. The bathrooms were added in so the water pressure is not good and it made showers difficult. The bathroom we had very very small (maybe the tub rooms are better). The walls are very thin so if you get stuck by noisy neighbors you will hear everything. The Inn is aware of this and they ask all guest to be quiet after 10pm. The dim the lights and for the most part people are respectful. It is hard to sleep in since light fills your room pretty early. We did not have a problem with it since we wanted to grab breakfast and get a start on our day. If you want something that is standardize this will not be the place for you. If you would like a unique experience and ok with a few inconveniences for a unique experience I suggest this place. The staff was wonderful! We would love to come back here one day and hope it is preserved for future generations.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ellijay, GA
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We love this place. We have stayed here a couple times now, both times for quick off-the-cuff getaways. Only a couple hours from our home. This last time, we found a middle of the winter groupon deal, bought it, and headed up on the spur of the moment. Balsam had a foot of snow just a couple days before we arrived and there was still a considerable amount of snow on the ground. Because of the bad weather and our middle of the week trip, we had the place almost to ourselves - maybe 2 or 3 other occupied rooms. But the staff made us feels very welcome, accommodating anything we needed. The inn is heated with radiators (which adds to the historic feel of the place), but our room was a bit to the cool side. John, the front desk clerk, quickly found us a supplemental electric radiator that warmed our room up nicely.
Now, here is what you should expect. This is a truly historic old hotel. You should read the history on their website, but suffice it to say that this is a beautiful old building. Do not expect a generic "cookie cutter" hotel room. They come in all shapes and sizes and are individually decorated. Some are smallish, some quite large; the bathrooms (retrofitted in years after the place was built) are small - some with showers, some with claw-foot tubs. All unique. But of course, that's what makes this place so great. The wide hallways, the wooden floors, walls, and ceilings are gorgeous. It can be a little noisy - just the echoes of footsteps when folks walk down the hallways is noticeable. But the very helpful staff know what they are doing. About 10 pm, all the lights are dimmed in the hallways and lobby, creating a homey atmosphere that encourages quiet. The owner has done a magnificent job decorating this place - the wide hallways are full of period furniture, steamer trunks, old photos, and local artwork. The huge lobby and the library make for a welcoming place to relax, read, play games, and visit with other guests. A great full breakfast is included in your rate, and the on-site restaurant serves very nice, well prepared meals. Even the restaurant is gorgeous - an old "ballroom" style room that dates to the earliest days of the hotel, and an enclosed front porch "sun room" area.
I wouldn't classify this as a luxury hotel, but then that's not what you’re paying for. But it is an extremely nice historic boutique style hotel that makes for a welcoming and enjoyable getaway in the North Carolina Mountains. I should also note that while we were there this last time, a “History of Death and Dying” class from nearby Western Carolina University was on the premises looking for ghosts. Like all old hotels, it has to have its hauntings, right? Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Just got back from a trip to North Carolina and a 2 day stay at the Inn. Wife and I really enjoyed our stay. It is a throw-back sort of place. You stay here for the charm as this is not a plush resort (and I am not saying that as a slam on the place). We would go back again. This is a great place for a quiet, reflective get-away. No TVs, lots of reading and working on community puzzles that are laid out in the main room. We did not eat dinner on-site, but the breakfast was very good. Only real downsize is the bathrooms are very small (think cruise ship small or smaller, but they were added years after the inn was built) and the bed was a little firm for our liking.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Our 2 day stay was a gift from our daughter for dog sitting. We live less than 2 hours away and although the weather was starting to decline, we made it up the mountains and arrived mid afternoon. The staff was friendly and we were given a room on the third floor. We spent the afternoon in the cozy library and had dinner in the Inn. We were the only guests in the Inn and had wonderful service, it felt like home! It was cold and the Inn is old - but the hospitality was warm and we definitely plan to return. Peace, tranquility and relaxation sum up our experience at the Inn.

Stayed January 2014
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Loved the Inn. Everyone that worked there was so kind and helpful. The food was delicious and the groupon we purchased was a great deal. It's a bit like the Shining in some ways, but if you can get past the age and see the charm, you will enjoy yourself quite a bit. It was too cold for us to enjoy the porch but the view from it, is spectacular. They definitely need more parking!!

Room Tip: I would go to the highest level of the Inn.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glennville, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Although we had stopped here on several occasions to eat breakfast, have not had the opportunity to stay here until Thanksgiving. Was snowing and very cold when we arrived and unloaded in back near elevator. Was on third floor, fairly quiet and large bedroom and small bath. Bed was very comfortable but so cold next to windows could not really enjoy the pretty window seat. Dining first night was very enjoyable and had a great waiter.. Hubby and I both had the trout and was very pleased. Thanksgiving Day was a very good buffet. Lots of locals came out as well as the Inn's guests. Did not miss having a T.V. as there was always someone interesting to chat with. The heat went out the first night, and though our room was somewhat chilly we were not as bad as the other two floors. Next day the heat was repaired and all was fine. Only wish that the only real log burning fireplace had been lit. This would have made for a perfect inn setting. A few gas fireplaces, but not very much warmth and always a crowd in front of those two left many without a place to sit and enjoy.Breakfast is always very good and coffee is wonderful.Had very sweet waitress for each morning. This is not a place for everyone, but I love the charm of the inn. Just hope they can make arrangements for a real fireplace to be on during the winter months. After all, this is the mountains and it would add so much to the lobby. Really enjoyed my stay.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milton, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2013

If you are a fan of 5 star cookie cutter accommodations this inn may not be for you. The rooms are more rustic (and charming) than your typical hotel. Having said that, this historic 1908 railroad hotel is well maintained and the rooms are clean and comfortable. My bed was nice with plenty of pillows and a warm comforter. My third floor room had a window seat which added to the charm. The front porches on the first and second floors have plenty of rocking chairs and a great view of the mountains. You will not find televisions or phones in the rooms but there is good wifi. Hospitality is well above average with a welcoming, friendly, and helpful staff. Both dinner and breakfast were a pleasant experience with very good food and service.It is encouraging to see that there are people who value preserving these historic treasures. I look forward to staying again in the future.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant
Address: 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 28707
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Jackson County > Balsam
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Balsam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Read, rest, ramble and romp at the Balsam Mountain Inn! Nestled among lofty Smoky Mountain peaks just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Balsam Mountain Inn was completed in 1908 to serve the highest railway depot in the east. Restored in 1991, the inn now welcomes travelers with 50 cheerful rooms, rocker-filled porches, a fine library and gracious dining. Plump pillows and soft comforters inspire pleasant dreams! In December, 2011, the Inn came once again to be owned by Merrily Teasley, the innkeeper who restored the structure two decades ago. An experienced rescuer of wonderful buildings, Teasley bought the derelict inn in 1990, and her certified rehabilitation effort helped the inn – already on the National Historic Register – experience a rebirth. ... more   less 
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