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Meadowbrook Inn
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Reviewed 24 August 2014

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.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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coolideas, Manager at Meadowbrook Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2014

Dear PIR8LUVR--Though it pained our management team to read your review, we looked at it, evaluated it, and responded quickly. Here's the skinny.
We took a serious look at your concerns.
First, it's important for you to know that we have hundreds and hundreds of towels onsite, and my staff would have been happy to exchange any that you felt were not up to standard in any way. Our staff is here 24 hours a day to take care of our guests, and a quick call to the Front Desk would have taken care of that.
I don't understand about the mattresses feeling different. All our mattresses are made with the same specs, designed and built by Southern Lady Bedding in Charleston, SC. The mattresses in this room are exactly alike. We purchase 6 rooms of mattresses each year, and the mattresses in this room are pretty new. However, we have bedding products that can make our mattresses feel firmer or softer--all you need to do is contact the Front Desk, and our Housekeeping Dept. will install the necessary bedding to make you comfortable.
I'm sorry you didn't like the colors we use in our rooms. Ours is traditional decor in a time when most hotels are turning to contemporary design. We feel that contemporary and retro 60's trends do not reflect our ambiance or locale. Our earth-tone colors were chosen to reflect mountain life.
After receiving your review, though, my Executive Housekeeper and I looked at this room and immediately changed the bedding.(We are gradually changing the bedding in our standard rooms to all white, and we went ahead and installed white bedding right after we received your comments.)
We made a few changes to this room, and the couple who stayed in this same room the next weekend gave it absolutely glowing reviews!
I really appreciate you taking the time to let us know what you thought of our hotel. Everyone's ideas are really important to us, and they help us grow and change in wonderful ways. Thank you!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We had a wonderful time at Meadowbrook! My mother and I stayed in the main bldg. and were treated like royalty by the staff. The room was a perfect size (2 queen beds) and very comfortable. All our questions were answered by the concierges, and good suggestions were given regarding dining, sites, etc. Although I didn't have time to take advantage of the gym, pool, and hot tub, those are nice extras that make this hotel an extra good value. I would highly recommend Meadowbrook to anyone headed not only to Blowing Rock, but to the entire area.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

My family and I stayed on the 3rd floor of the main building. Very nice, clean room and bathroom with very comfortable beds. There was never a problem with outside noise, very quiet. Almost instant hot water, which I love.
The location is great - near the junction of Hwys. 221 and 321, and within walking distance to downtown Blowing Rock, with plenty of shops and restaurants.
It's within minutes of Tweetsie Railroad, which was one of our reasons for the trip, and about 25 min. away from Grandfather Mtn.
The buffet-style breakfast was average, with the fresh biscuits being the highlight, but there are plenty of other places close by to eat.
The staff was helpful, looking up the weather on Grandfather Mtn. before we went out there (the weather can change in a heartbeat in the mountains, and be sunny in Blowing Rock and foggy and rainy up on the mountain).
We found it to be a perfect "home-base" for our long weekend, and would consider staying there again.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This is a painful review to write, because we really like Meadowbrook and have stayed there several times previously. This time however, our experience was a little different. Our king suite was located on the ground floor of the annex. We've never stayed there before. The balcony for our room was great. It was good that there were extra pillows in the closet, but the pillowcases on them smelled pretty musty.
The major problem we had with our room was lots of noise. Maybe the annex rooms are not as well insulated as others, but our room was a disappointment because of it. A child upstairs liked to run around his room, and it was so loud that we could follow his progress around the room. We were awakened at 1 am to the sounds of the 2 ladies in the room next door having sex. It wouldn't have mattered if the noise was from a heterosexual couple. That's just not how we want to be awakened in the middle of the night. Being able to hear everything so clearly was definitely a bad experience. Finally, the jetted whirlpool tub was very loud - I think the access panel in the side of the tub was loose. We'll probably try Meadowbrook again, but if it's this noisy again, I think we're done.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the main building - or for a second floor room in the annex.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

The unique feature at this hotel is the room that has a pool inside, and the price per night reflects this. However there are some issues we encountered that will keep us from staying here again. The pool room is in the annex and the living area and bedroom are on the first floor accessible from the parking lot while the pool is in a basement area under the room.The room decor is very dark, dated and dreary.There was a used washcloth hanging on the shower head, was not happy about having to remove that. The bedroom has large furniture which makes it feel small and cramped. The stairs that lead down to the pool room are spiral and look like they are from the late 70's. The pool area is well laid out but we noticed that the pool had some spiders and some kind of sediment floating on the top. We decided not to swim under the water. The water was spa temperature and the pool is only 3.5 ft deep and very small. There is a door that is locked but leads into a long walkway basement area. It has a long mirror along the length of the pool. The mattress was comfortable and having a separate bedroom from the living area is nice. There is a microwave and refrigerator. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to some great shopping and restaurants in downtown Blowing Rock. The front desk clerk was nice and provided good information to us. The hotel grounds are beautiful with a pond and ducks. We were able to feed some baby ducklings with food you get from a bubble gum type machine they provide in the lobby area near the pond.There are several other choices of hotels though and we will look into those on our next trip and find something a little more cheerful.

Room Tip: Skip the pool room. It is not worth it.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Was passing through Blowing Rock from our ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Hotel was very clean and comfortable... Beds were good and hotel was very quite. We stayed in the building behind the main hotel and heard as much as a door open. Staff was very helpful with locations for dinner and general information..

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Stayed here for a business trip. They do a lot of things well, but some things really detract. I did feel our room was clean and the staff was nice. The hotel and its decor are sort of outdated, so everything feels a little "dusty"--from the old fashioned wall sconces in the hall to the fake plant on the table in the room as well as the beige paint everywhere. The bed linens were crisp and white, thankfully. Not a lot of sound proofing, so you can definitely hear your neighbors blow drying their hair or talking. Luckily we had good neighbors, so that didn't end up being a major issue. The pool and exercise room were major positives. It's a smallish hotel, so I had these to myself two times, which was nice. I literally swam laps in the pool for 40 minutes and then soaked in the hot tub without ever seeing anyone one day. The flowers around the grounds were lovely, and the location being within walking distance of the little main street shops was nice, too. The major let down was the breakfast service. It's hard to find--like hidden in the basement--and very gross. It was identical for three straight days, with no variation on the "hot buffet." The hot buffet was not good--some sort of weird egg casserole with burned cheese on top, lumpy white sausage gravy, sausage, and biscuits. I did not try the biscuits but the other three did not taste good at all. There were other options that I stuck to--raisin bran and toast. They had apples and oranges and some mini muffins, too. They had a pitcher of mystery milk and one of OJ to pour, along with hot coffee and hot tea. The tables were all wobbly--like a bad wedding reception room basically. The other thing they need to work on is having mini fridges in the rooms as standard instead of offering them to be added for an extra cost per night, especially with their breakfast not being good. All and all, this place was slightly above average.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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coolideas, Manager at Meadowbrook Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

I'm so glad you found our hotel to be clean and our staff to be nice! We work hard on both those fronts, and I'm happy you were pleased! Our indoor pool is beautiful, isn't it? I'm so glad you liked the grounds--July is such a beautiful time to come to Blowing Rock! One of our mottos here is, "Our town is a park!" Everywhere locals and visitors can see flower beds, blooming bushes, and flower boxes!
While most hotels in America have adopted contemporary decor, we decided to keep our boutique ambiance and our traditional style. Our sconces may seem old fashioned, but they're brass--and much loved by the designer who built this hotel 25 years ago. Our interior colors are earth tones--the colors of the mountains. We paint in browns, golds, beige, orange, and greens to bring nature and the light into our event spaces and guest rooms.
I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy our breakfast, though its menu is very standard in mid-price hotels where breakfast is complimentary. We do serve the same items each day. When we tested menus that varied by day, our guests were dissatisfied because something they liked the previous day was not offered the next morning. And, by the way, our biscuits are stellar--fresh made and hot from our kitchen each morning. Breakfast is on the Ground Floor of our earth-sheltered property--both the 1st and G floors have what seem to be first-level entries. When guests check in, our Front Desk associates are all carefully trained to let guests know where and when breakfast is offered. Lights, music, and delicious smells also point the way.
We looked into installing refrigerators in all our guest rooms, but when our building was designed, guests had many fewer electrical needs. We offer refrigerators in our suites and in all rooms in our Annex Building. Next time, try one of those, or request a refrigerator in your room for a small additional fee--we'll be happy to accommodate you.
Thank you so much for your input! We take our guests' comments very seriously, and we share them at our management team meetings. We use comments to help us make design and purchasing decisions each year. I appreciate your time!

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Address: 711 Main St, P.O. Box 2005, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-8278
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Blowing Rock
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Blowing Rock
Price Range: £79 - £226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Meadowbrook Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
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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