The HHI is a contradiction - if you understand and like the format you will enjoy it. If you don't pay attention before you book you may be disappointed.
The property is old and rustic. The wood is rough - cabin like. It is not polished and luxurious. You might expect to see a lumberjack walking through the lobby - except that it isn't allowed - jackets must be worn to dinner and in the lodge in the evening.
If you are able-bodied you will have no trouble getting around. If you are not you should think about alternatives. There is a lot of walking involved in getting to the cabins and most of it is on uneven surfaces.
The rooms lack air conditioning. If you visit after September or before June that won't be an issue. However the summer months may be quite warm. The rooms have fans - decide for yourself if that is adequate.
There is very spotty cell reception in the area. The lodge has wifi - some cabins are close enough to pick up the signal. It is an open connection (not password protected so use with caution).
Our cabin had a bed with a deep rut - not a pleasant night's sleep. The bathroom was decent sized except they wedged a shelving unit in between the sink and the toilet requiring you to sit sideways on the toilet - someone in the engineering department is not a rocket-scientist.
Service was generally good. Initially the front desk had a kid there flirting with the girl working at the desk. It was like an 80s teen-love movie - but someone shooed him away and the the other employees were fine. The food servers were excellent. The food was also good - country menu but well-executed.
Will you enjoy it - that depends on why you are there. It's quiet and remote. Lots of winding roads to arrive. I don't recommend trying to arrive after dark. There is golf, a spa ... and not much else. You can go for a walk or a hike. You can sit on a rocking chair ... if that's what you seek you will be happy. If not, seek opportunities elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A southern version of the famous Great Camps of the Adirondacks, historic High Hampton Inn is located on a 1,400-acre estate in Cashiers, NC. This full-service resort has a focus on the great outdoors and takes advantage of the natural setting. A sumptuous Spa, 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, miles of hiking trails and a 35-acre lake for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing make it easy to take in all that this scenic area offers. The historic inn exudes a rustic mountain atmosphere with cedar shingles, stone fireplaces and handmade twig and mountain-crafted furnishings. Meals are events in themselves with three bountiful buffets served daily featuring high-country favorites like Fried Chicken, Mountain Trout and local produce. A choice of lodge rooms, cottages, and cabins (all with private bath) make High Hampton the perfect place for individuals or groups of friends and family to gather. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- High Hampton Inn And Country Club
- High Hampton Inn & Country Club Hotel Cashiers
- Hampton Inn Cashiers
- Cashiers Hampton Inn