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“Special Birthday - Perfect Choice!”

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Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence
Clayton, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Special Birthday - Perfect Choice!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I decided to surprise my husband on his 75th birthday with a stay at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. We had never stayed at the Inn, and could not have been more pleased with the lodging, the dining, and of course the views. I could go on and on about the amenities, nothing was missing.

The Old Edwards is a vacation stay not to be missed. Upon entering we were made to feel like royalty and our suite in the Lodge had exceptional views, with 2 balconys and 2 full baths.....we now feel we should add this feature to our home bedroom!

A MUST is dining at Madison's - oh my, the food was exceptional. My husband has been involved with the dining business, and when he is impressed, it is without a doubt, exceptional!

I must also add that before dinner cocktails in the Hummingbird Bar, was also special experience. It was as if we had stepped back in time, to a beautiful era. The atmosphere was as if we were back in the early 1900's - just beautiful and relaxing. Also, I can't finish this review without mentioning the lovely pool areas and the Spa, wonderful experiences.

Thank you Old Edwards Inn and Spa for giving us unforgettable memories for any occasion.

Room Tip: We loved Room 10 in the original Inn. The newer cottages all looked beatiful. We wanted to be in t...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Thank you for your thorough and great review! We are so honored to have participated in such a special occasion... and to make it a memorable one for you. And what an apt description of Hummingbird Lounge. We look forward to your next visit!
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Lake Wylie
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Very nice place great amenities great restaurant and SPA played golf old edwards golf course beautiful, challenging and majestic. Highlands is a neat town with some unique shopping and dining experiences.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor. We're happy that you enjoyed downtown Highlands, as well as our spa and golf course. We hope to host you again soon!
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St. Catharines, Canada
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Warm and welcoming. Friendly professional staff. Accommodation to suit every need. Perfect if you want to spend a few nights in a cabin without giving up on luxury, equally wonderful for golf groups, and would be lovely for a special event.

Room Tip: Check the website. There is room for every need. Would be a beautiful place for a wedding or special...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay in the rustic-luxe Falls Cottages, and we appreciate your posting about it on TripAdvisor! We do host weddings and special events and even have a gorgeous property called The Farm where many of them take place. Perhaps you can visit it next time you're here. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Greenville, South Carolina
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Old Edwards Inn never ceases to delight and surprise me. This was my hisband's first stay for our 45th anniversary. OEI made it so special! The staff here is superior to any I have found. The hospitality students from various countries add so much to he culture of OEI. I had a facial and most of all the Sweet Mountain Metamorphosis with Angela - best ever anywhere and I do visit spas! Dinner at Madison's was excellent - especially the chocolaye soufflé! We will keep coming back. Stayed in a suite at the Historic Inn- lots of room, spacious bath with tub and shower, heatedf
Floors. Small but welcome balcony.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for your great review! We're so happy to know that we continue to surprise and delight you. Thank you for remembering our staff by name. They love seeing their name when we share the TripAdvisor reviews with them. We, too, love our international hospitality students. We learn as much about their cultures as they learn from us about hospitality. Happy 45th anniversary!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

I own a home very near Old Edwards, and its a good thing!! Here's why:

Nothing beats lunch in the wine garden--transport to Europe. Many of the servers are lovely young hospitality students. Having visited the OEI farm, I can attest the organic salad is utterly fresh! Next door, Acorns, is a fabulous place to buy hostess gifts that are packaged beautifully for all budgets! Same goes for the beautiful ladies things upstairs.

Make sure to visit Hummingbird Lounge, with Cy Timmons in the evenings. In summer, the rooftop terrace is also great for drinks and snacks.

Arts at the Lodge is great for coffee, drinks and more light bites. (overseen by Bill).

And finally.........A trip down the chocolate hall to the spa is passage to nirvana. Make time for a ginger pear tea before a cozy fire. I live in Atlanta, but choose to get my hair done in the Salon. Michael is the best--not just at hair but makeup also! The salon has a beautiful adjacent courtyard to relax on lounge chairs.

check out Old Edwards, wherever you visit Highlands!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you for your great review on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your visits to our spa, restaurants and retail locations. We're always happy when locals or second-home owners come enjoy experiences at Old Edwards.
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Lewisville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Stayed at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa at the Lodge Cottages in late May and loved the location. The Lodge area is just up the hill from the main inn, a few stairs near the pool and across a nice green lawn with crochet equipment. The Lodge check in area had long covered porch with rocking chairs. Being up on the hill, the view was really pretty and more expansive of the surrounding mountains than being down at Main Street level in the main inn. The cottage I had was perfectly appointed and comfortable. Plantings around the cottages are beautiful and parking is right outside each cottage. Had a massage (blissful) at the spa, and a facial another day. Much preferred the massage over the facial.

Room Tip: Choose room in The Lodge section and take advantage of lodge office porch with rocking chairs for gl...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
We're so glad you had a relaxing and enjoyable visit to Old Edwards. Yes, the lodge section of the property does offer a nice serenity. Thank you for posting to TripAdvisor. We hope to have you back for another visit soon.
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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Everyone who works at the inn goes above and beyond to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. The room was well equipped and the bathroom was a treat! Visited the spa and it was superior! The gym facilities were also terrific. Enjoyed a yoga class. The lounge chairs by the pools were the perfect place tp read and nap!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Amanda S, Marketing Director at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you for posting your positive review on TripAdvisor! We're so happy to know that our staff met your needs and contributed to enjoyment of your stay. We look forward to your next visit.
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Property: Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Address: 445 Main St, PO Box 2130, Highlands, NC 28741
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Highlands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Highlands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Edwards Inn and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Edwards Inn and Spa sits atop the beautiful southwest plateau of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The acclaimed European style resort fills several blocks filled with amenities, music, dining venues and individually appointed guestrooms, suites and cottages. ... more   less 
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