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“Great Victorian Gem”
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The Green Park Inn
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 29, 2012

My wife and I have always been interesting in this big Rambling old Victorian Hotel each time we pass through Blowing rock. This past weekend we finally decided to stop. We stopped and asked for the cheapest rate which was around $145. Thinking that this was a bit steep, we went around and tried several of the old motel style places around town. To our suprise...The Green Park Inn had them all beat by about 20$. We were excited because we would much prefer staying in a grand old hotel from the 1880's instead of a gross old motel from the 1960's.
The staff was very kind and helpful. We enjoyed the period details such as the wood floor which you can feel under the carpeting in the hall as well as the wonderful pianist playing in the lobby. Our room although being the cheapest in the place, was very spacious. Also, no spooky feelings, or spectral visits to report of. Just a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

Thanks so much for your kind review of your stay with us. "While I breathe, I hope," that many others will follow your advice and choose to have an enjoyable stay at the Green Park Inn, and to help us to preserve this important piece of American History.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Let me first say that I read all of the Trip Advisor reviews - bad and good - and I really wanted to have an incredible stay at the Green Park Inn. Unfortunately as consumers we've all been trained to expect certain things from a restored property and the Green Park unfortunately does not deliver. Yes, the bed was comfortable and the breakfast was good but it's all in the stupid details - that's what makes or breaks a good hotel.

First, the bar had no cherries for a Manhatten. Yes stupid but I wanted one - The bartender told me they had thrown them out the day before so I asked why he didn't get some. He replied that he just "worked there."

Secondly, no directory of television stations in the room. An easy detail but not attended to.

Thirdly, an ac unit in the window made it impossible to open the window get fresh mountain air... yet the lack of a shade meant that the room curtains fell in front of the ac unit. It was a choice of a hot room or a room with the shades wide open.

There were two different types of enerygy saving bulbs in the lamps flanking the bed. One was a "warm" bulb (quite nice) and the other a "cool" bulb (dreadful)... again, the details.

And lastly, the new "antique" wall sconce in the bathroom was so dim that you couldn't possibly see yourself to shave.

Details, details, details. It's all in the details. The hotel needs to carefully evaluate each room.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ViaDent
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GPIOwners, Owner at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

We totally agree that details are important. And, most of your comments reflect our strong attention to such important details as the comfortable beds, the excellent complimentary breakfast, good value, location, sleep quality, impeccable cleanliness, all rated good by this reviewer; as well as complimentary WIFI, HDTVs, all new furniture and quality linens, and many other detail items. You then move on to other details of concern. Our hotel is one of a relative few in NC that is a certified by the State as a Green Travel Destination. However, we chose not to use the cool white CFL bulbs. One of the test bulbs apparently ended up in your room and we apologize for that. Due to our National Historic Register status, we face certain design preservation constraints that present a problem with replacing ACs in the five rooms that have window units. These are our most basic of rooms. Perhaps you didn't notice the clasp placed on the drapes in those rooms, so that the drapes may be held closed over the AC unit when it's on. Had you made us aware of this matter during your stay we would have been happy to have adjusted it for you. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.

As for the lack of cherries for your Manhattan, and the young man who “only works here”? Well, he doesn’t anymore. The cherries were in the cooler not feet away from him. We will never tolerate such poor job performance. Too many other fine employees have worked too hard to ensure that our guests have the most enjoyable experience possible, to permit this to happen. Thank you for your comments. Please remember that your comments here can have real consequences in the lives of real people.

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at the Green Park several times since it reopened two years ago. It is reasonably priced for the area and offers many extras such as a full breakfast cooked to order and live music on the weekends. The staff are friendly and helpful with directions, reservations, etc.

Room Tip: We usually ask for the standard room which is a nice size. The rooms with a balcony and the suites...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

As a historic hotel our expectations were not too high and we enjoyed the whole ambience of the place. Our room was very clean and as it was situated in the oldest part had a bit more character. The old elevator was 'interesting'. Breakfast was good, nicely presented and tasty.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Nice enough hotel, the rooms could do with some TLC to make it a special hotel though. I would say this is more suited to business than the touring holiday we were doing. Had we not pre-booked and paid, we would have moved to one of the smaller hotels in the town itself. Unfortunately the town was only accessible by car or a very long walk. It's a good location for touring the surrounding areas, but again so would any of the other hotels in the town itself. Staff were helpful and friendly which is always a bonus!

Overall with some TLC it would probably attract business and weddings, it just wasn't right for us

Room Tip: I would ask to see the rooms before making a decision on staying if you can!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2012

We appreciate your candid and responsible review, and thank you for having stayed with us. As the General Manager, I am concerned with your comment regarding "some TLC" being required, so I will contact you, directly, via the Trip Advisor link, and do hope that you will communicate back, and will elaborate regarding this aspect of your review. We seek constructive feedback whenever and wherever possible (perhaps you noticed the comment card available in your room, and I personally read each and every card that is returned to us) and we strive for improvement each and every day, and very often act upon guest comments that are genuine and constructive in nature, and our efforts in this regard are totally sincere.

I will remark that a reading of your other reviews (16 of which were all from your one recent road trip, and include a number of restaurants and attractions, along with hotels, among those reviews) would seem to indicate a strong personal preference for "B&B"s, as well as accommodations that are in the heart of downtown. We not a B&B, but rather an historic, full service hotel, and there is a distinction. As far as location is concerned, this is certainly personal preference. Most guests who book are quite happy to be located approximately 1 mile from the center of downtown for the opportunity to enjoy our elegant lobby, and library, our turn of the century Tavern, our award winning cuisine, our complimentary made to order breakfast, our frequent live music, and our warm and accommodating staff. Unfortunately, there is not any full service hotel in the heart of downtown that provides all of these amenities.

Again, we thank you for your candid review, and I look forward to communicating with you further.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Booked this hotel in July--during the big Blowing Rock horse event--which may be the reason why... But it was telling that this hotel was the only place in town with a room. The price ($179/night) was outrageous for the poor value received. The room we were given was dark and badly decorated--old, worn and tired. No hangers in the closet. No hair dryer. Musty odor. When we checked in, there were cleaning supplies left in the room by housekeeping. We realized later that might have been a suggestion we needed to clean our own room as, despite a multi-night stay, our room was never cleaned or freshened once. The dining room was disorganized. Staff seemed completely unsupervised by any management all over the hotel. No manager could be found for the entire weekend to discuss anything. This is truly one of the most amatuerish and laughable excuses for a decent hotel I've ever seen--and I travel constantly. We were in town for a wedding and many others in our party who planned earlier had wonderful accomodations in town. STAY ELSEWHERE!

Room Tip: Don't stay here.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Kimberley B
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2012

In consideration of all the positive reviews this property has received on Trip Advisor and elsewhere, one must wonder what, in this guest’s stay, could possibly have motivated her to create a new Trip Advisor account solely for the purpose of posting such a mean spirited and vindictive review?

1. At $169.00 (not $179) the guest opines, without basis, that she was overcharged for a deluxe room with two queen beds. Our published rates are fair and competitive in the seasonal Blowing Rock market. A comparison can be made via any of the regular search engines. A full, made to order breakfast for 2 adults and two children is also included in these rates.
2. The reviewer states that the furnishings were “old, worn and tired.” This is blatantly untrue. As part of a complete restoration of the hotel less than two years ago, all new Made in America Furniture, mattresses and high quality linens were purchased. However, our furnishings are traditional in style, not contemporary, which is entirely in keeping with the fact that we are an historic property.
3. If there were “no hangers,” at all, then the guest simply had to call the front desk and they would have been provided. Unfortunately, our reward for providing high quality wood hangers in our rooms, without latching security devices, has been that guests often take them home. Hair dryers are available 24 hours a day through the front desk on request. We chose not to install what we consider to be “motel quality” wall mounted blow dryers and instead provide these on an individual basis, as requested. With all new soft goods and air conditioners, there are no “musty odors.” This room was inspected immediately upon receipt of this review in order to verify that. However, the guest may have reacted to the use of certain cleaning products required by the North Carolina Department of Health.
4. The “cleaning supplies” left in the room was, in fact, a single can of furniture polish. Rather that offering a snide inference, others might find such a mistake to be an indication that we thoroughly clean our rooms before each guest arrives, down to and including polishing the furniture.
5. This guest reports, for dramatic effect, that during their “multi-night stay” (which was, in fact, a two night stay) the room was never freshened up (a two night stay would only be freshened once, as the second “day” of the stay is the day of check out). Upon this guest’s check out, and complaint at that time of no freshening, I personally spoke to our housekeeping supervisor who reported that housekeeping (in fact, this very supervisor, herself) went by the room three times throughout the day to conduct a freshen but that the guest had left the “Do Not Disturb” sign out all day.
6. Since this guest never dined in our restaurant, it’s hard to imagine how they can feel it appropriate to offer management advice on its operations. I am the hotel General Manager, and I live on the premises. I take strong exception to the completely false comment that there was no manager available with whom to lodge a complaint. The F&B manager and I were working all weekend until at least 10:30 PM each evening. No guest ever asked to speak with a manager on that weekend. In fact, the Front Desk was never contacted in regard to any of the issues now raised in this spurious review. Rather than bringing any issue to the attention of the Front Desk at any time throughout the guest’s stay, she held the comments until checkout, whereupon the guest displayed such acutely unreasonable behavior that the Front Desk Associate succumbed and gave this guest a $50.00 courtesy discount. Interesting that this courtesy discount, or any of the above facts were not mentioned in this review. Fair is fair, and business is business, and we’ll take our lumps when we earn them fair and square, but we won’t let stand a review such as this that is as ridden with innuendo, implication and blatant falsehoods without a strong, and factual response. Perhaps the real problem, here, was having been invited to a wedding in a destination resort town during the middle of the high season.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Stayed here for four nights. Very nice place. The new owners have done a lot of improvements. The only bad thing was that the swimming pool is closed. The good news is that the Green Park Inn has made arrangements with the Blowing Rock Public Pool for guests to swim there for free. My 6yr old loved the city pool. The pool had a water slide and some fountains. It was about a 5 minute drive from the Inn. The morning meal was included with the room and was very good. All the staff were great to deal with. Tweetsie Railroad is a 10 minute drive for the Inn. This is a must see place if you have you children traveling with you. Would be nice if the Inn at a fitness center. They do not start breakfast service until 0730, would be nice if it started earlier as we were unable to eat on our day of departure since we checked out at 0700.

Room Tip: Wooden floors that you can hear every foot step. If your a light sleeper get a room on the top floo...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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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
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Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Price Range: $103 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Green Park Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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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