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The Green Park Inn
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 July 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.

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Reviewed 30 July 2012

We saw a segment on NC Weekend on PBS about the restoration of the historic Green Park Inn and decided to give it a try.

We have stayed at a number of historic hotels so, we thought we knew what to expect. First, it is a historic hotel. That means old. It was obviously built over several years with wings added at some later time. It has been nicely restored.

First impressions weren't great. As we approached the front door, there was a female employee standing there texting away at hundred miles an hour. She paused long enough to smile at us and open the door. We checked in quickly and went back to get our baggage. There she was, texting away again. We loaded up and headed back inside. She again paused long enough to open the door. I'm not sure if she was supposed to be a doorman or was just an employee that picked a lousy place to take her break.

The common areas are gorgeous. There is a large sitting area in the lobby, a large front porch (unfortunately, routinely occupied by smokers) and a great little bar with stained glass windows.

We upgraded to a balcony room and enjoyed it. The room was spotless, large and nicely decorated. It did have an odd flowery-stale smell tho... The restroom had some of the original decor, the toilet was cracked and just looked old. The balcony was a great place to enjoy the cool mountain weather. We spent a fair amount of time there.

I routinely harass my wife about carrying her hair dryer when we travel. All hotels have them. So.....the one time she leaves it behind, we get the hotel without hair dryers and irons in the room. Fortunately for me, they had them available for checkout at the front desk. Another pet peeve of mine is that when I'm spending in excess of $180 for a night, the least the hotel could do is have real glassware in the room rather than crappy shrink wrapped plastic cups. C'mon, how much can glasses cost? The linens were nice quality and the beds were comfortable tho...

Housekeeping didn't get to our room until after 4:30 and after I went to the front desk and asked about it. I know that someone has to be last but, we were out of our room by 8:00 AM. When they finally arrived, our housekeepers were efficient and as nice as they could be.

Breakfast was included in the rate and was pretty good although, a bit boring and uninspired. Eggs, waffles and french toast cooked to order. The staff couldn't seem to keep up tho. Coffee cups were nearly always empty; a cardinal sin of breakfast service.

All in all, it was a nice stay although, I'm not sure we'll be back.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marc C
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GPIOwners, Owner at The Green Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2012

From objectively reading this review overall, we find that it highlights many of our positive features. In the final analysis, we’d say your review is better than the “Average, OK,” that you assign to it, so we thank you for the positive comments.
You, and many others, saw our highly complementary story on UNC TV and decided to stay with us because of it. The story accurately describes what we have accomplished in rescuing this historic, high country landmark.
We thoroughly appreciate that you found your room to be “spotless, large. and nicely decorated, and that the hotel “has been nicely restored” and refurnished as part of a overall restoration 18 months ago.
Other than your observation that yours was one of the last rooms freshened upon your stay-over, for which we apologize, we note that you found that “our housekeepers were efficient and as nice as they could be.” “The linens were nice quality and the beds were comfortable.” You are the first guest to report that the toilet in the room had been cracked. It has already been replaced.
The health department requires that our guest room glasses be sanitized and wrapped.
Our complementary made to order breakfast has four choices, including unlimited coffee. We also provide complimentary coffee for our guests in the Lobby.
So that leaves us now with your observation that an off duty employee, awaiting her ride, greeted you and opened the door for you, but was text messaging, and that created a bad “first impression”. We will correct the matter of where staff wait while off shift, and thank you for bringing this to our attention. However, we are happy that any member of our staff, either on or off duty, was courteous enough to open the door for you.

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Reviewed 17 July 2012

After reading about the hotel i would love to visit. I have one gripe concerning some of the reviews about the highway being distracting.....maybe you missed the piece of history about the hotel being built in 1891,,,,(i might be off a year or two)....obviously the highway was not there when it was built and it in no way should reflect on the owners that the hotel now sits by a highway. I don't understand why this would be mentioned as a negative.....it's just the way it is. Many historical sights around the country now sit among highways, businesses...etc. It's unfortunate but as long as the historical landmarks are still there that is what matters.
i couldn't leave an opinion without filling in questions about staying there although i have not.....i had to wing it. This is a review of what i've read and can't wait to stay there.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

Our 3-night stay at the Green Park Inn was one of the most pleasant experiences we've had at a hotel in years! Every staff member seemed genuinely proud of "their" hotel & were eager to show off her many interesting qualities. Our room wasn't the most elegantly decorated, but it was very clean & the bed linens were not cheap. We had a balcony room overlooking the golf course & so had marvelous sunset views. The first night we were there we decided to sit in the lounge by the fireplace & have a drink. The bartender, Amanda, was so helpful & pleasant, & when my husband noticed the fireplace wasn't working, she obliged by turning it on. When she wasn't able to serve the wine I requested she suggested an alternate which was right on the money! Amanda was so pleasant that we made a point of visiting her every night of our stay. We also had dinner at the Chef's table in the kitchen where Chef James Welch was our private chef & server. And during our dinner, the manager of the hotel stopped by to chat. What a wonderful experience! Breakfast is included in the room rate & it isn't a "continental", serve yourself breakfast. We were seated at tables covered with white tablecloths. We had a choice of 4 items from the breakfast menu & they were all tasty & fresh. Service was a little slow at breakfast, but it was such a pleasant room & the servers were so friendly & polite, that we really didn't mind the wait. Oh, and we had a real key for our room - not a magnetic card! This was our first visit to Blowing Rock & we can't wait to go back & stay at the Green Park Inn.

Room Tip: If you want a room with a balcony expecting to see the golf course, ask for a 2nd floor room.
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

We just returned home from a last minute trip to the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock NC. Since we run a B&B where we live, we are just a bit picky on where we stay. The inn was lovely! The staff was curtious and genuinely friendly. The beds and linens were comfortably, clean and on the higher end. The common areas were spacious and thoughtfully decorated," stately" comes to mind. I think the best part of our trip was the food! Chef James Welch prepared several dishes for our party the first night including a lobster grilled with a warm curry vanilla mint sauce along side Jamaican yams...oh my goodness. The breakfast was included with the room rate and was fresh, tasty and plentiful. I give them 5 stars all the way around. can not wait to go back.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Inn over Father's Day weekend and had a wonderful time! The Inn is charming and the staff is fabulous. We had a room overlooking the golf course and it wasn't the most plush place we've ever stayed but it was nice and very clean. The Inn is still being renovated but the work that has been done is beautiful and staff couldn't be more helpful. The Chef is fabulous and such a nice man! We recommend this Inn and area and will be going back! The resident doggie is one sweetie! His name is U.D. (Under Dog) and we fortunate enough to get to him during checkout!

Room Tip: Ask for one overlooking the golf course!
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

Great trip amazing hotel great staff,food,room everything

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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: £58 - £107 (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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