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The Esmeralda Inn
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

My husband and I are fans of and familiar with the Asheville/Lake Lure area of western N.C. However we were not prepared for the wonderful little gem The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock is! The Inn combines charm, beautiful landscaping, hospitality and comfort. (Small details like the thick texture of the toilet tissue and towels conveyed a message that the proprietors value their guest’s comfort.) Those who like to avoid the stress of driving on winding country roads at night won’t have to forgo dinner. The Inn’s restaurant is a gourmet delight serving some of the best food we’ve eaten in the area. We especially enjoyed dinning on the deck with the views of the mountain and gardens. The proprietors have thought of just about everything one might need for a truly comfortable and enjoyable stay. We look forward to returning.

Room Tip: We like a room with a balcony or terrace. Room #2 is the only one that offers a balcony. It's actually the corner of the shared second story porch. The area is semi-private with comfortable seating and suited our needs nicely.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Bliss_Lady
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Management response:Responded 29 June 2012

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We want all or our guests to feel both pampered and at home.
We are very fortunate to have a great staff, both in the Inn and the Restaurant. I think we have the best restaurant in the Gorge! I'm glad you enjoyed the view too. It would be hard to find a better location.
Creating wonderful memories has been the hallmark of The Esmeralda since it was first built. We hear so many great stories of the old Inn. Our guests are creating the next generation of tales now!
Thank you again. We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Our romantic getaway at this lovely inn offered both rustic charm and elegant style. Conveniently located near outdoor attractions, onsite amenities include the outdoor jacuzzi and fireplace, game room, and full restaurant. Excellent service, great food, comfortable beds, and the sound of the nearby river made this a great weekend.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank carolrovello
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EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2015

Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon.

Kim & Don Cason
Innkeepers

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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Definitely one of my favorites...The restaurant and accomodations were excellent...best kept secret in the lake lure area....

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Thank Resa C
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Management response:Responded 25 June 2012

Thank you! The secrets out!
We're glad you had a good time and hope you'll come again soon.

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Reviewed 21 June 2012

What a great inn. The rocking chairs on the front porch are very relaxing. You can hear the river rushing over the rocks. The hot area is beautiful and it is also very relaxing. The inn is incredible with all of the natural wood. The 2nd floor has a great tv room, game room and kitchen. A freezer would be nice. The food was great and the wine and cheese hour is a nice addition. The only thing I did not like was the wall a/c. It woke me up all night when the fan came on blowing air in my face. The people were very nice.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carol D
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Management response:Responded 25 June 2012

Thank you for your review! Our location by the Broad River is hard to beat! You can hear the river at night if you crack the windows.

When the Inn was rebuilt after the 1997 fire, the owners tried to keep the flavor of the old rustic Inn, and succeeded! It has been modernized of course, but still has the warm, welcoming feel of the old Inn. We're very proud of our Restaurant. I think it's the best in the Gorge!

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope you'll return soon!

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Reviewed 20 June 2012

This is an enchanting Inn. Absolutely beautiful. Close to several fun activities. Peaceful for those who just want to get away and relax. Very customer orintated. The staff from the top to bottom were extrememly accommodating. We felt at home. Rooms clean and beds very comfortable. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you Esmeralda Staff for making a perfect wedding and reunion for us.

Room Tip: Our family rented all of the rooms at the Inn and I didn't hear any complaints from anyone.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Connie M
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Management response:Responded 22 June 2012

Thank you for the lovely review. We think of the Inn as home and are delighted when our guests feel the same. That's the goal!

It was great having you, your friends and family with us. We really enjoy having wedding parties stay with us and sharing such a special time.

We hope you'll stay with us again soon.

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