We discovered this 'Perfect Place' in the spring of 2011 and now just can't stay away. 'Perfect' meaning both our beloved OEI and the elegant mountain town of Highlands. We've been in March, April and September but this was the first time we went in the Summer and I was a bit afraid that we would find it to be too crowded and therefore just not the same 'feel' of quietude and peace. I read somewhere that Highlands' full time population is around 3,000 and that may swell to around 18,000 during the summer. That's quite a 'swell'. But, while the streets were certainly more crowded with walking traffic and car traffic, it certainly was not terrible. And needless to say, the hotel saw more children (don't think we've ever seen children here before) which meant noisier atmosphere around the Falls pool but they went in every evening by maybe 8ish and we didn't hear another peep. So, all age groups could still have a fun and peaceful stay. Having said all that, I just don't think we'll return in the summer - just think we enjoy the spring and/or fall better but that's just maybe because that's when we were first introduced to this great place. Also, now that we've stayed in the new Falls Cottages twice, I'm sure we never want to stay anywhere else. They are just too wonderful. (We've stayed in about 3 different types of accomodations) . Madison's again was supreme for breakfast and dinner. We had my son's 25th birthday there the last night. The wine garden - again lovely for lunch. As I've said in all my previous reviews, all these things are great and wonderful BUT it is the people that move OEI from being a lovely, elegant and comfortable destination to TOTEL PERFECTION. These are the BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST in the hotel industry. Thanks to everyone - we'll be back.
- 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