We stayed at the High Hampton Inn to hike Chimney Top, a trail that's on their property. We wanted to do it for years and didn't want to trespass to get up there. Add some fall color into the mix, and we thought this might be the perfect time.
Before I get to the lows, I will describe the highs. The lodge is a rustic gem. Fires were always alight, and the people couldn't be more helpful. Mealtimes were probably my favorite part of our stay. Tables are assigned for the stay, and it was fun to try to get to know our neighbors. The outdoor spaces on the property are also immaculate. We enjoyed strolling around any time of day. Breathtaking views abounded from pretty much any vantage point. Having many of the trails to ourselves lent the illusion of being exclusive guests on a private estate.
Until we found our room. When we made the reservation, we requested a two-bedroom suite. What we found was a two-bed room on the second floor underneath a wedding party, and boy, did they like to party. We complained to the front desk, and they gave us the adjoining room for 1/3 the price. Fine, you say? Not so much. The rooms are rustic, and I know that's part of the 'High Hampton Way.' I was fine with the electric heater in the wall, and the ancient closet, and the circa 1980 institutional carpeting and the straight-from-the-woods furniture. What I wasn't prepared for in a room that cost $300 per night was the bathroom. Moldy linoleum on the floor. A toilet that had been in there so long the handle had moisture crystals growing on it. A shower fixture that made a loud whistling noise every time one turned it on - IF one could garner up the courage to climb into the horrid hole with moldy curtain and rusty bar. No shelf was provided in the bathroom for anything, meaning we had to use the back of the toilet and worry that we would drop things in it. Plus, no GFCI outlets in the bathroom meant risk of electrocution upon plugging anything in. No excuses can be made for bathrooms to be left in this state and not upgraded. The toiletries were also abominable for a hotel of this stature. I've had better soap at Motel 6.
If you go to High Hampton, plan to be outside - rocking in the provided chairs. Even sitting on the dock at the lake, hiking the many trails, reading in the lodge in front of the fire. DO NOT plan to stay in your room. And, use the public bathrooms whenever you can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A southern version of the famous Great Camps of the Adirondacks, historic High Hampton Inn is located on a 1,400-acre estate in Cashiers, NC. This full-service resort has a focus on the great outdoors and takes advantage of the natural setting. A sumptuous Spa, 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, miles of hiking trails and a 35-acre lake for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing make it easy to take in all that this scenic area offers. The historic inn exudes a rustic mountain atmosphere with cedar shingles, stone fireplaces and handmade twig and mountain-crafted furnishings. Meals are events in themselves with three bountiful buffets served daily featuring high-country favorites like Fried Chicken, Mountain Trout and local produce. A choice of lodge rooms, cottages, and cabins (all with private bath) make High Hampton the perfect place for individuals or groups of friends and family to gather. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- High Hampton Inn And Country Club
- High Hampton Inn & Country Club Hotel Cashiers
- Hampton Inn Cashiers
- Cashiers Hampton Inn