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“Quaint isn't good enough.”
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The Green Park Inn
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Durham, NC
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61 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quaint isn't good enough.”
Reviewed September 6, 2011

This is an old place, quaint! They are trying to improve things and make a go of it. The staff is inexperienced but try to be helpful, especially the cleaning staff. Our room was bearable but not near worth the price. The bathroom only met minimal standards, hot water was at a minimum, the toilet ran, there was no shelving for toiletries, and the electrical system was archaic to say the least (light switch outside the bathroom and it turned off the wall recepticles).

There were no screens on the dirty windows in either the bath or sleeping room, wall hooks but no pictures carpeting and furniture okay. The closets were large and so was the room. The rooms in the South wing first floor are not accessible. You need to carry your bags up a small set of stairs to get to those 4 or 5 rooms.

Dinner was supposed to be spectacular here, new chef and all, and was above average but somewhat over priced. Breakfast included with the room was average and sort of makeshift. Coffee at breakfast was good, the food was okay but cool, never quite complete (If it comes with fruit, shouldn't it be more than one strawberry?) and service at breakfast, lackluster.

They may have a pool next year. One is there but not fully repaired at this time. They do give you access to a health club somewhere nearby. The grounds will be nice, if they get them improved some. Right now not so hot but there is potential.

One of the two owners (brothers) is usually there. The one from NY was there during our stay (delayed in leaving by hurricane Irene) and if you're lucky maybe the other one will be there, during your stay. I met Mr. Marriott while staying at one of his Los Angeles hotels a few years ago. He was much nicer, down to earth and less of a "know it all".

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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South Carolina
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175 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed here 10 years ago when "the old girl" was not in great shape but we loved it anyway. We decided on the spur of the moment to get out of the heat of the Low Country and head for the hills. I looked up the Green Park Inn and found it not only still open but undergoing a major face lift with new owners. I read some of the new reviews and found most of the complaints to be a bit picky and some, what I would call "cheap shots". This place was built in the late 1800's and it isn't hard, well for most people, to understand the monumental task of getting this old hotel back into shape. It isn't going to happen over night. I called and talked with Cat...one of the front desk specialists. She couldn't have been nicer or more fun to talk with. I knew then we would like our stay. She reserved a King Suite with balconey, exactly what we wanted. Free breakfast was also included and a 10% discount to try their newly reopened restaurant. Sounded like a deal to me. We were welcomed by the front desk staff when we arrived early and they went out of their way to see if our room was ready. No, "sorry, you're early" stuff, they immediately called house keeping and found our suite ready. Check in was simple and they offerred to assist with luggage, which was nice but not needed. They explained all the hotel emenities and showed us a menu of the new restaurant. We then took the "old elevator" to the second floor and entered our beautiful room. So much better than 10 years ago. Clean, comfortable, and gorgeous. The elevator is actually a hoot and works fine. One reviewer complained it was slow. Duh...it's OLD! Anyway, how fast do you need to get to the 2nd or 3rd floor, for crying out loud. Walk or run up the stairs if you're in that big of a hurry. It worked fine. The bathroom has been upgraded but still keeps it's 1880's charm. I read other complaints that it's too small. Geeze people, I'm there to enjoy the room not live in the bathroom. The size was just fine, and everything worked just great. If you need anything here, just ask the front desk. They took care of all our needs. We decided to try out the new restaurant with famous Chef. The staff were fantastic and so was the food. It's a winner! I'm usually not a big fan of hotel food but eating here at least one night is a must. Beautifully furnished and one of the most friendly wait staff I've had in a long long time. Great job people! The bar has been remodeled and is a great place for a night cap. Don't miss it either. Staff there were also friendly and fun. Not a complaint, but I would have loved some Hennessey XO after dinner but hey, the VSOP was fine. Our bed was so comfortable we actually slept in Saturday morning, which usually doesn't happen in a hotel. We met friends there from East Tennessee who had never stayed here before. I can say for them that they adored the hotel and everything about it. They had also read some of the reviews and we had a good laugh at the complaints. Don't pass this place up. Relax and enjoy the spender of this fine hotel.
All the staff were fantastic but I want to give one more accolade to Cat. She was a sweetheart and makes the place warm and friendly. Management...you need to hold on to this one.

Room Tip: We loved our suite and our friends loved their room with balconey. Not a suite but they loved it.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

After visiting colleges with our daughter we decided to treat ourselves to a relaxing weekend. We choose the Green Park Inn. As soon as you enter the lobby you feel you are in another era.The hotel is beautifully restored. The staff was so welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. The history is felt throughout the hotel and yet it is so comfortable. We were treated to music on Friday and Saturday night. Charlie Ellis and the trio are great. The bar area is fabulous and right on the continental divide. Dinner in the Laurel Room at the hotel is phenomenal, the entrees so creative and delicious. Much to our surprise and delight the complimentary breakfast was made to order eggs served in the breakfast room with linens and china. Our room was charming and the balcony with rocking chairs made you never want to leave. We never have slept better. In all our stay was so much more than we expected. We cannot wait to return for leaf season which we hear is beyond words.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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SC
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111 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2011

If you want a Ritz-Carlton, this isn't for you. But, if you want a charming hotel on its way up (I hope and understand), then it is. Great ambiance, Beautiful front porch. Rooms have nice porches. Attentive cleaning staff. Bar is fabulous - Erin the bartender couldn't be more talented or lovely - and new restaurant menu looks amazing - wish I could have eaten there. Rooms spacious and functional - but not quite enough amenities. I didn't have a problem with hot water - you just have to run it a while sometimes. Good location. They like children.
Minuses: You MUST have coffee ready at 7 a.m. every day - and you must have cups, cream, and sugar available!! And you must refill the coffee. You need to recommend massage places, not just say, "We only do couples massages and you need 48 hours notice." When I ask for cream for coffee, please don't tell me the morning wait staff are there (when they are completely awol) and leave me to wait 8 minutes until I come back to you to ask again. Often the staff seem a litle "put upon" when you ask for help. Check in was slooow and no one offered to carry up bags - just offered luggage cart. At $189/night I would expect a little more service.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2011

Hotel is way overpriced. Check in is extremely slow. Was given a room with the key...attempted to enter the room...it was occupied! Was given a second room. It smelled like smoke even though there is a non-smoking policy. The hotel staff argued about this. Asked for a different room. Hotel staff claimed they would take care of us while we left to eat lunch. Came back to find that housekeeping had sprayed air freshener. We asked for another room. This room didn't smell, but, it was so disappointing. There are no hair dryers. Luckily I brought my own. I asked the staff and they said they would provide a hair dryer upon request. ???? There wasn't even an electrical socket in the bathroom. Bathroom tiles were cracked, abundance of mildew, zero water temperature control, rusty water when the faucet was first turned on...unbelievable. Four hangers in the closet. No dresser. No iron or ironing board. The tv was so small it could barely be seen and the wiring was stretched to the max to reach a socket. Ever heard of an extension cord? I could go on and on. We will never be back. Such a disappointment.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wadesboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2011

Very clean historic hotel but carpet in need of replacement-just worn out. For the price we paid, almost two hundred per night for what you get-too much. Start out slower and renovate fully before saying you are a fivestar hotel. Was disappointed with this thought the rooms were nice size and clean but not worth the money.
Include more "History" with historic hotel. Travelers that stay in these places want to know more history!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank vintagejen
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2011

We just returned from a 4-night visit to The Green Park Inn and were delighted with our stay. Having recently reopened after a major renovation and under new ownership, the staff is still working through some growing pains. But, they were very helpful and genuinely friendly. Our room was spacious and the king bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom was small, however it in no way took away from the comfort of the room.

The hotel is only 5 minutes from downtown Blowing Rock, which was a plus. Close enough to run into town, but far enough away to avoid the downtown crowd. The Divide Bar, located inside the hotel has a knowledgeable and friendly staff and a well-stocked bar. The restaurant has an experienced chef, delicious food, and a menu that includes something for everyone.

The Green Park Inn originally opened her doors to the public in 1882 and you can feel the history the moment you walk in the door. We enjoyed listening (2 nights in a row!) to the pianist playing such tunes as "Satin Doll," "Georgia," and "Quiet Nights."

You will need to be a little patient. A very good hot breakfast is included in the price, however, service was overwhelmed at the amount of guests wanting to eat at the same time. The window AC unit in the room was noisy and our clothes were damp from the humidity, but I understand that is changing soon. Hair dryers are kept at the front desk, but you don't know that unless you ask. Informational books for the rooms are in the production stage, so be sure to ask the front desk staff any questions you might have.

All in all, the longer we stayed the more we fell in love with The Green Park Inn. I can't wait to return to see what the new owners have in mind for this grand lady. She is definitely worth the stay, even with the small inconveniences.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Green Park Inn
Address: 9239 Valley Blvd, (Rte. 321), Blowing Rock, NC 28605-6338
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Blowing Rock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Green Park Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The graceful Victorian era hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been lovingly and faithfully restored as of the fall of 2010. Turn back the clock to a more genteel time when exquisite attention to guest's needs, a polite, respectful and helpful staff, and an atmosphere of quiet elegance was the magnet that drew authors, poets, presidents and first ladies to the cool mountain breezes of the Green Park Inn. Come and experience our affordable elegance. When you want to spend time away, spend it somewhere that's timeless. The Chestnut Grille Restaurant is open nightly, or weekends seasonally. The Divide Tavern opens nightly at 5pm, serving casual dinner fare. ... more   less 
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