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“Still a little pricey for what is there.”
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The Green Park Inn
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 August 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 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, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SCarolinaMG
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

Don't expect the Green Park Inn to have a AAA 5-Diamond rating or Duncan Hines recognition. It is on the National Historic Register. Know what your expectations are before making reservations! Are the owners working hard to restore and revive a classic Blue Ridge Mountain hotel which has had Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Margaret Mitchell as guests? The answer is YES. Do they have a dream and vision for this once "Grand Dame of the Mountains"? The answer is YES! Can a guest mentally capture the grandeur of another era with a glass of wine while listening to the Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio in the lobby on the weekends? The answer is YES again. You may see a golden retriever named Underdog in the lobby playfully chasing a tennis ball in the evening. Unconventional to say the least, but "UD" adds to the hotel's ambiance. Chef James Welch, a James Beard Award winner commands the kitchen and nightly plates some remarkable dishes. That said, some walls may a bit thin, the continental breakfast was somewhat meager during our stay and the lone elevator is not high speed. All were minor inconveniences. The rooms are clean with fluffy towels and the staff is very customer oriented. If kiddie pools, game rooms and such stuff are your expectations, then keep on truckin'. If you want an opportunity to savor the past with turn down service and mints on your pillow each night and have a unique stay, just look for the green horse!

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Reviewed 12 July 2011

Lorry Mulhern and her associates renovated an historic inn in Blowing Rock to create a home-like atomosphere with excellent style and flair. Although Green Park Inn was established in 1882, its renovation was completed in 2010. Chef Jack does a superior job with exceptionally good fare for the evening. I recommend his speciality items. Everyone makes an extra effort to make guests feel at home. We slept well and enjoyed the mountain breezes at night. Although the swimming area is not yet open, it is an atractive sun deck and will add value when it is. It is a perfect couples spot in attractive Blowing Rock for several days. We intend to return for next year's Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. We could get our internet connection just fine there.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

One does not expect to schlep one's own bags and do without drinking glasses at these prices. The "standard" rooms in the old building overlook a noisy highway and the breakfast was meager. The bar closed at 8:30! Better to stay at the Holiday Inn and get value for money than here and pay for architecture.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We had a wonderful weekend at the Green Park. We loved the music in the Divide Bar on Friday night. It is great to have a good bar on site. The Inn is so beautiful and full of character and everyone was so friendly and helpful. The restaurant was being remodeled so we have to come back to experience the menu! We would definitely stay here again and have recommended the Inn to friends and family.

Room Tip: Get a balcony room -- the view is beautiful.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

My husband and I decided to get away from the heat in the Piedmont of NC and head for the mountains. I saw in Trip Advisor's reviews that the Green Park Inn was being renovated. We had been there for a car event 25 years ago. We made reservations and were not disappointed. When you walk in, it is as if you have stepped into a more relaxing time. If you are looking for new and shiney, you won't find it here. Historical and charming is what you get. The lobby is beautifully and tastefully done. The folks behind the front desk were very helpful, especially Mrs. Marley. She was ready to help with anything that was needed. Everyone was very friendly.
The hotel is very clean (a requirement of mine). We had a balcony off our room and enjoyed sitting on it rocking in the rocking chairs and looking out over the golf course next door and out to the mountains. They turned our beds down at night and left candy and meditation tips. The bar is lovely, and I am sure that when they open the restaurant in a couple of weeks the continental breakfast (complementary) will have more offerings (although there were enough for me). We sneaked a peek into the dining room and it is going to be lovely! If The Green Park Inn is good enough for the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, James Stewart, and Marilyn Monroe, it's good enough for us and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 9239 Valley Blvd, (Rte. 321), Blowing Rock, NC 28605-6338
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Region: 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 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Price Range: £89 - £135 (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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