We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“"Come as a Guest, leave as a friend"...”
Review of The Esmeralda Inn

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
The Esmeralda Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Chimney Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 19, 2011

This trip was for our honeymoon and we found it to be the most accommodating and amazing place ever! It was peaceful, serene, and magical. the food in the restaurant was great and again the service was top notch. Our stay at the Esmeralda was a breath of fresh air :)

Room Tip: corner rooms offer a great view of the surrounding mountains and the beautiful Esmeralda property.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Lauren G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2012

Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're glad we could share in your special occassion. This is a beautiful area. Winter here is quiet and restful.

We hope you'll visit us again soon.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (609)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

493 - 499 of 609 reviews

Reviewed December 7, 2011

My niece celebrated her wedding at the Esmeralda on December 2, 2011. The inn was ours. It was as if it were our home for the duration of our stay. The staff treated us as family providing each guest with as much personal service or autonomy as desired. The restaurant, pantries, and common areas were given over to our needs and wants. You will never meet people who are more friendly or helpful. My wife and I are now looking for a reason to return.

Room Tip: The front corner room is the best. Beautiful views, bright, and sunny.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank prospector2004
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2011

It was such a pleasure having your wedding party with us! The Inn is the right size for a small wedding and everyone seemed to be having a great time. We have a wonderful staff who truly enjoy making our guests comfortable. You were all great guests. You don't need a reason! Just come back any time.

Thank you for the great review. We look forward to your next visit.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 2, 2011

On 11/29/11 my wife and I stopped in to the Esmeralda for dinner. We live down the street in Chimney Rock, but had not eaten there for quite some time. We do eat out frequently and decided to go there rather than one of the other eateries we tend to frequent. The words "pleasant", "wonderful", and "delicious" are not sufficient to describe our experience. The food quality and presentation, as well as the excellent service were about the finest we have ever experienced, not just locally, but nationally and internationally. We have travelled around the country as well as most of Europe with some frequency, usually paying a considerably higher price for a considerably lower quality experience.
If in Chimney Rock Village, whether passing through or staying, give your self a treat eating at the Esmeralda.
(No, I'm not a paid spokesman, just a guy living in the vicinity.)

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Service
2  Thank Bob W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2011

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a Restaurant review! We are always delighted to see our neighbors stop in. I like to think we're the best restaurant in the area, but when we receive such high praise, I'm convinced! We are very fortunate to have such a great staff! Thank you and please come again soon.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 28, 2011

My husband and I just stayed at this hotel over the holiday weekend and we loved it. The hotel has a full game room upstairs along with a fridge/mini kitchen for storage. The restuarant is excellent as well. If you're wanting a quiet but elegant place to stay, this is it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank OwensboroTravelchick
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2011

Thank you for your kind review! The Game Room is a great feature of the Inn, especially on rainy days. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us.

Come back soon!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 23, 2011

We were there Nov. 9/10, 2011 and the one night Breakfast Package was the perfect way to celebrate my 51st birthday. It was a mid-week stay and off-season, so we encountered only two other guests, and we were able to really explore the place without reserve...delightful. The room was very very clean, with plush bedding and fine appointments. The in-room Bose "Wave" radio is a nice touch. The views are spectacular. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. Even the room service exceled. We look forward to next year, same time, same place.

Room Tip: Rooms 10 and 4 have exxceptional views.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Abby B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. I think late Fall and Winter here are wonderful! It is quieter and less hectic. I'm glad you enjoyed having the Inn pretty much to yourselves. We think it's the little extras that make The Esmeralda so special. And the views of course!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 21, 2011

My daughter-in-law and son had their wedding at the Esmeralda Inn and it was PERFECT! We had the Inn for the weekend of the wedding and everything was amazing!!!! The staff was very friendly and eager to do anything to help. I could not find one thing that didn't leave a good impression. I do not understand how they are not rated #1 because everything about the place is perfect!!! When you sit on the side of the bed, it is so comfortable that you can feel your body relax. Amazing! The restaurant was great. Every meal the chef would come out to ask if everything was good. Well, it was always excellent! Our waitress was Scout and the best that has ever waited on any of us. I wish she could have been there for the reception. I have never left anywhere feeling so relaxed. No one in my group wanted to come home, we enjoyed being there so much. On the way home we were planning our next trip and now, planning to spend our next Thanksgiving at the Esmeralda Inn. Everything
about our stay was great. The Inn is relaxing and cozy and you are close to everything you
may want to do while in the mountains. What I liked most is you have everything you need
without leaving the Inn. You haven't lived until you stay at the Esmeralda Inn.

Room Tip: Mountain view on front side.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Sharon S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2011

Thank you for the wonderful review! We really enjoyed having your group stay with us. It is our goal to make every guest feel at home and to provide a relaxing atmosphere. I'm glad we succeeded!

I like to think we have the best Restaurant in the Gorge, but I may be a little prejudiced. Chef Michelle enjoys meeting her guests and making sure, first hand, that everything is right. Scout is wonderful, with a great sense of humor! She is but one of the skilled servers we are so lucky to have with us.

We'll save a place at our 2012 Thanksgiving table for you!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 18, 2011

My husband and I stayed there during our mini-honeymoon. When we checked in there was a wine and cheese reception, which we gladly took advantage of. With the wedding being the day before we arrived we needed the treats and the relaxation. We enjoyed the fire and settled into the comfy chairs in the lobby. A bottle of champagne and a couple of glasses waited for us in our room. I had called ahead to let them know we had just gotten married. It was a nice treat.

The second floor of the hotel has a game room. One evening we played pool, and another evening we enjoyed leftovers from a nearby Italian restaurant on the huge sectional couch facing the flat-screen TV.

One thing I will mention, although this has no negative affect on the review, is that the fire alarm woke us up around 1:30 one morning. It was a windy evening and smoke from the fireplace in the lobby went back down the chimney and set off the alarm. Although it wasn't fun dealing with that in the wee hours of the morning, in the end it makes for a great honeymoon story. When we dined in the restaurant a couple of nights later they gave us a free dessert for our troubles. The food and service in the restaurant was excellent.

The bed was comfortable and the bathroom amenities were very modern. I'm very picky about bathrooms so I appreciated that. This is probably the only hotel I've been to that has a remote control for the air conditioner.

We would stay here again. The staff was friendly and the hotel was cozy, with great views of the mountains and the falling leaves. Just what we needed to celebrate being newlyweds.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank SpacePastry
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EsmeraldaInn, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2011

Thank you so much for the great review! We're glad you could spend such a special time with us. Every honeymoon needs it's story, so I guess our fire alarm fit the bill. You were very gracious and we appreciated your understanding. Nothing like a little excitement!

It is our goal to make every guest feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We switched to the more environmentally friendly toiletries a little over a year ago. They are very popular with our guests. I'm glad you liked them.

I think we have the best Restaurant in the Gorge, so it's good to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us.

Please come again soon. It was a pleasure having you with us.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Chimney Rock
2.1 mi away
The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa
1.5 mi away
Chimney Rock Inn
Chimney Rock Inn
#4 of 4 in Chimney Rock
32 reviews
1.2 mi away
Carter Lodge
Carter Lodge
#2 of 4 in Chimney Rock
120 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
17.9 mi away
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
22.4 mi away
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville West (Biltmore Estate), NC
12.7 mi away
Mountain Lodge
Mountain Lodge
#2 of 6 in Flat Rock
336 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Esmeralda Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Esmeralda Inn

Address: 910 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Chimney Rock
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Chimney Rock
Price Range: $165 - $576 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Esmeralda Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant is nestled within the Hickory Nut Gorge of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains located in Chimney Rock, NC. Enjoy hiking, climbing and fishing and golfing. While dining enjoy the majestic views of Chimney Rock State Park. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, Booking.com, TripOnline SA and getaroom.com so you can book your The Esmeralda Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Esmeralda Hotel Chimney Rock
Esmeralda Hotel Chimney Rock
Esmeralda Chimney Rock

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing