Meadowbrook Inn & Suites has great potential, but really needs some updating. There is nothing inherently wrong with the place, but it is dated.
The location of the Inn is great -- close to the major highways and within a short walking distance of the historic Blowing Rock downtown. It was great to be able to walk to restaurants and shops, and not have to worry about finding a parking place.
We had a Standard Queen Room with a whirlpool tub. The tub and tv were the highlights of the room. Evidently, by getting the tub, we lost out on a real closet. There is a small area to the left of the tub/shower for hanging clothes. Our friends had a Standard Queen (no whirlpool) and they mentioned that they had a nice sized closet. The bathroom was large and nice, but wallpaper was worn and had some stains (possibly from cleaner) on it. The bathroom was clean, though. There were plenty of towels, but they looked a little worn as well. I found a make-up stain on one.
The mattress on one bed was fine, but the other had very little support. The bedspreads look like they are from the 1980s in dark earth tones and gold. Some people might like that look, but I don't. More importantly, they were worn. There were picks all over them and the bedskirt on one bed had huge holes in it. The paint on the walls was very drab and there is no overhead lighting, or sconces on the walls -- only lamps. There is no mirror outside of the bathroom and no floor length mirror (however, there was a large mirror in the shower/tub).
The AC took awhile to cool the room and was very loud.
The breakfast was ok -- not quite as good as a Hampton Inn. It was carb heavy. There was an egg casserole, but it was overcooked. The biscuits and sausage were good. There were plenty of bread, muffin, and cereal options. The room where breakfast (on the ground level) is served reminded me of an old, church social/fellowship hall. There was a nicer common area with tables and chairs on the 1st floor. We wondered why that was not used for breakfast.
We did not go to the pool, but our friends with children did and they seemed to like it.
We did find the Inn to be fairly quiet, and the staff were friendly.
I realized that Blowing Rock is a resort town, but all things considered, I felt that the Meadowbrook Inn was not a good value. I'm sure some people might find it charming, but if I had the choice I would not stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Meadowbrook Inn is located within walking distance of the heart of downtown Blowing Rock, NC, which is the "Southeast's prettiest town", according to Southern Living magazine. Enjoy the short walk to downtown restaurants, shops, boutiques, festivals, and parades.Blowing Rock's 3,600 feet elevation means great summer weather and plenty of wintertime activities. The town is a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Moses Cone Manor, Grandfather Mountain, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Appalachian State University, and to the neighboring town of Boone.Our facilities and the surrounding area make the Meadowbrook Inn the perfect location for family weekends, social gatherings, events, weddings, conferences, and romantic getaways. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meadowbrook Hotel Blowing Rock
- Meadowbrook Blowing Rock