After a very difficult year personally, I was looking for a place to relax, read and be pampered. If I could, I would go to Old Edwards Inn and Spa on a monthly basis! It's been a long time since I travel via air and rental car alone and I took more into consideration in planning this trip. Although I could book online, after seeing comments about the helpfulness of the reservation staff, I called for help in choosing which room would suit me. As I was traveling alone and was new to North Carolina, I wanted to be in the main Inn building. Julie was very helpful as I decided which of the less expensive rooms would serve my needs. I flew into Asheville, rented a car and drove the 1.5 hrs. to Highlands. If you've never been on this drive, I would not recommend it after dark. Not only do you miss beautiful scenery but a good deal of the way is a very curvy road reminiscent of the "road to Hana" in Maui. I don't know if Julie was responsible or if the Inn was very quiet, but upon my arrival, I was shown to a higher priced room (at the reserved rate) which was a wonderful way to start my trip. Staff were quickly available as I tried to figure out "Direct TV" usage, a place to eat that met my mood, or just the lovely turn down service, complete with fresh ice. I spent a good deal of time in different locations in the building reading, particularly enjoying in the library in front of the fire and in the spa on the excellent plush loungers with an afghan and the sound of a waterfall. I had the "Healthy Transformation" spa package which had me spending the entire day at the spa with a hour of relaxation between services and lunch in front of the fireplace. It is the epitome of luxury. I was looking for somewhere to eat and although Madison's, the fine restaurant on premises, was suggested after 7 hours in a spa, I was not looking for a 4 star dinner occasion and staff were able to make other suggestions that suited me perfectly. Following this long day, a freshly grilled pita tuna melt with fresh potato salad on the side from the Mountain Market, couple streets down, was ideal. The butler's pantry has cold soda, water bottles, fruit and Dove ice cream bars, which all complimented my light dinner nicely. Complimentary Dove ice cream bars are dangerous and delicious! I was at the Inn 5 nights. On the day I was leaving, there'd been an ice storm and management were quite concerned about me. They relaxed a little when I told them I was from Chicago and knew about driving in foul weather. One of the young men took care of my car which was encased in ice. I was assured that they had people to assist me at any point between Highlands and Asheville Airport and they requested I call to advise when I was safely at my destination. They even sent me off with a care package of fruit and water. It took more than the 2 hours we anticipated and when I arrived home, there was a phone message at home asking for confirmation of my safe return. In the meantime, I had called from the airport so all was well. This was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. It was a quiet time to be there and some businesses are closed in late January, when I was there, but it suited me perfectly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This European style luxury resort cascades over several scenic blocks in downtown Highlands, NC, offering multiple room types, suites, cottages and full guest estates. Two spectacular outdoor heated mineral pools with whirlpools and cabanas, a world-class spa and fitness center, award-winning dining, and golf at the private Old Edwards Club are signature experiences at this full-service mountain resort. All guests enjoy champagne arrival and complimentary Dove Bars, fresh fruit and bottled water. European bedding, fine Italian linens, plush robes & slippers, rainfall showers and heated bathroom floors enhance the in-room experience. Most rooms feature fireplaces as well as private patios or balconies. The restaurants serve farm-to-table fare harvested fresh from two gardens and a greenhouse. Craft cocktails are enjoyed around the resort at casual bars and upscale lounges, and several live music venues provide entertainment indoors year round and outdoors in warmer months. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Edwards Hotel Highlands
- Old Edwards Inn