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The Green Park Inn
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We attended a wedding here and loved the ball room and grounds. The antique bird cages hanging from the ceiling and the drinks and service was excellent. Over 100 guests all loved the place was in great shape. We would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

This inn is over 110 years old and has a certain charm for those who enjoy staying in historic, Victorian type hotels. Although the inn was renovated a few years ago, you cannot help but notice the sprinkler pipes hanging down from the hallway ceilings and in the older rooms. Old creaky wood floors, no heat in the cold corridors and the fact that the hotel has seen much better times in the past could discourage some tourists. However, the best feature of the hotel was its friendly and accommodating staff. For example, the first room that we were given overlooked the ugly rooftop of one of the hotel buildings but the front desk went out of its way to find us another room that not only overlooked a golf course but also that was larger and more modern.

We dined at the hotel on the night that we arrived. The food was good but not great, but again, the service was good. Unfortunately, the same could not be said of breakfast the next morning. Breakfast service was terribly confused and lacking. We had to ask several times for proper place settings including basics like forks and spoons - as did guests at two neighboring tables. My order for fried eggs "over easy" was met by eggs hard cooked.

Finding a good, reasonably priced room in Blowing Rock at fall color season is difficult to do. For a AAA rate of $143.10, including breakfast, I am not sorry that we stayed at the Green Park Inn. However, it will not be ranked among my favorite places to stay.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed here in September 2012 for ASU's Parent Weekend as all rooms in Boone were booked. It turned out to be a pleasant alternative and only 8 miles from Boone, Blowing Rock is a great little town with lots of shops and restaurants but you have to drive to get there from the inn. The inn is in the process of renovating their rooms thus we were the only ones on the third floor. The elevator took forever to get us to the third floor and when the doors opened -- it was totally dark (spooky)! Although that problem was remedied, the elevator remained "quirky" and ultimately a pain! The bar was great. All the personnel was helpful and prompt. the room was clean and well appointed. The breakfast was average, but made the cost of the room reasonable. Overall I would definitely consider staying again, but on a lower floor and away from the road which is noisy. Keep in mind there are no mountain views from this hotel!!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Old stylish hotel but with no patina. Our room was large overlooking the golf course. Bathroom was good. Room was clean. Service was very good and price was reasonable. Restaurant was excellant. Given the fact that staying at a place in the Blowing Rock/Boone area, which would have been materially nicer, would have been much more expensive this was a good choice.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

We're very happy that you enjoyed everything about your stay. Please feel free to contact our front desk if you have suggestions regarding "patina", as we're not quite sure what you are referring to. Thank you for choosing the Green Park!

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is a beautiful, lovely old victorian hotel. HOWEVER, make sure you do not get rooms near the bar. Because this is an old hotel, the walls are paper thin. I was down the hall (about 4 doors) from the bar and they had a band and they also have a juke box. When they were on (and they were on until 2am) you could hear them clearly EVEN WITH EAR PLUGS ON. This is the only reason I rated this the way I did because I got no sleep. I was with a large group and those who were upstairs or at the other end, slept very well. The rooms are excellent and just beautiful but not sleeping was a drag.
If it hadn't been for that I would have rated this place a 5.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank Erin W
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

We really appreciate that you would have rated us a 5, but for the loud and late music. However, we have never had a band playing in the Tavern (it's not large enough for that), and we have never had a jukebox in the bar, or anywhere in the hotel. Never, ever. We see that the date of your stay was October 2011? Given that that was quite some time ago, is it possible that you are thinking of another establishment? We are sorry that you had no sleep, wherever you stayed. But, again, we have never had bands or jukeboxes and our bar has rarely, if ever, been open until 2am. The Tavern is generally closed by 12-12:30am, at the latest.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

My husband & I went to Blowing Rock for a quick getaway in Spring of 2010. On our way home we saw they were working on the Green Park Inn so my husband pulled in. He stated as a child going to the mountains with his family he had always wanted to stop @ the Inn with the "green horse" outside. There was a sign on the door stating they would be opening later that year. So when it came time for another getaway he wanted to stay there. When we got there we had no problems getting a reservation. As we later found out we were the only couple staying there that night. They had only been opened for a month or so. It was great. We wondered around all weekend peaking in @ all the different rooms under renovation. It is old but everything in it is new. The rooms are large & have all new furnitue. The linens are top quality & the staff always great. We love the fact they "buy made in America". The second night we met a man in the bar who stated he was a "Paranormal Research Investagator" & he told us stories of when he had stayed there years before & some history. I was intrigued. Since that lovely weekend we have stayed @ least 4-5 more times.We love the history, the staff, the decore & all it has to offer. Our eight year old twin grandsons had heard us talk about it so much they had wished they could go there. So Janurary 2012 we took them with us. It was "Winter Feast" weekend. There was lots to do in Blowing Rock. We went to the Polar Plunge .They loved riding the old trolly from the Inn into town. The Inn was hosting a wine tasting & had a very large ice sculptured bar outside that the boys thought was great. As always, we had a great made to order breakfast in the diningroom. At night the boys went with us into the Tavern, where they enjoyed coke & pizza. Every thing I have eaten there prepared by Chef Welch has been delicious. Later that night the boys & I were sitting in the lobby listening to Charlie Ellis who plays the pIiano. The boys were playing on my computer while sitting there & Mr. Irace one of the owners came over to speak to them & make sure they had the Internet code, that is just how friendly everyone is @ the Green Park Inn. In fact on our second visit we were going down the hallway to our room when Lauren who had been working the front desk on our first visit & was now in house keeping stopped us to say welcome back as she had remembered us from 6 months earlier. On our last visit in August 2012 we did not make reservations & we were very suprised when we were told they had no rooms. I said that is good for you but bad for me, but Lorry the manager heard me & came out to the desk. She looked to see if they had anything @ all to offer. She finally said she did have one room but the air conditioner was not working in the room, but we could open the windows. We decided to check it out. It was a corner room with two windows & of course a ceiling fan. She had offered to also get a box fan if we wanted to stay. We told her when we left home it was 95 degrees & when we pulled up there the temp was 83 degrees so we decided to take the room. It was another great weekend even with no air. The room was pleasant with the windows open & cross ventalitation. In fact I pulled the blanket up on the second night. They just go out of their way for you. My grandsons recently ask when we can go again, they said remember eating in the "that good breakfast in the fancy diningroom". I did not have the heart to tell them my husband & I are going back next week without them. But I know we will be taking them again. V. Hatley Albemarle, NC

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Thanks so much for all of your kind words, and especially for recognizing our staff. Everyone here on staff truly love the hotel and feel very, very vested and committed to ensuring that each of our guests has a great experience during their stay. And, while we'll look forward to welcoming your grandsons back, again soon, as well, we'll look forward to welcoming you and your husband back again, even soon! Thanks so much for choosing the Green Park!

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

My husband and I had planned a trip to Boone, NC for some time and had the trip pretty much planned and then I read about the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock in the Fredericksburg, VA Free Lance-Star. We immediately changed our plans, I called the inn, received good guidance in deciding on a room that would be comfortable for my husband who has MS. Our room was large, comfortable, and clean with a great bed. A grab bar in the tub added to safety, towels were good and bath items quite nice. There was a balcony which would have been better without the traffic noise. The entry to the inn is attractive and the lobby lovely with furnishings made in NC. Loved the old photos displayed near the bar. Breakfast choices were good and well prepared. Dinner in the dining room was nicely done (the chef has a kitchen garden out back). We were particularly impressed with the staff in the bar and dining areas. So friendly and helpful. Checking in and out was smooth. This is an elderly facility and lots has been done to spruce it up but it continues to be a work in progress. Grateful we decided on Blowing Rock, which is next to the NC Blue Ridge Prkwy. The town is fun with the most glorious plantings of flowers and baskets everywhere. These people take pride in their hometown. Try the Village Cafe for breakfast or lunch and Kilwins for ice cream and/or fudge. Lots of cute shops. We would definitely return to the Green Park and Blowing Rock.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GPIOwners, General Manager at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

Thanks so much for choosing the Green Park, and we're so happy that you enjoyed our hotel and our lovely town. Thanks especially for acknowledging our terrific staff. They all take a lot of pride in their work, and in providing an exceptional level of customer service. We'll look forward to welcoming you back again!

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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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