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Iron Horse Station
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Hot Springs
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

My husband and I really loved this hotel. It's clean and comfortable and the innkeeper is very nice. We loved eating in the restaurant downstairs and being able to walk everywhere we went in Hot Springs. The only thing that was an issue was that with the thin walls, it didn't feel very private. We could hear other people's conversations. Also, we had an interior room and it got pretty stuffy - a fan would have been really nice. Instead we opened the window above the door which helped a little, but then it felt even less private. Really though - we loved it and would definitely stay there again!

A hint: for breakfast, hit the take out place in the Take-Out Riverside Grill. Their omelets and coffee are amazing!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Very clean hotel located right in the one block of shops in Hot Springs. If you want to walk to the few shops/restaurants in town this is a good place to stay. Our room was very clean, linen was nice as well. When I asked about getting the heat turned up (there are no in room thermostats) the woman at the front desk loaned me a space heater for our room. It was perfect! My only "complaint" would be that the walls are very thin so it sounds like your neighbor is in the room with you. We didn't have noisy neighbors so it was fine, but it was a little awkward knowing someone could hear your whole conversation! I actually liked not having a tv, but if you have to have one you might want to stay elsewhere. All in all I would recommend this hotel and I would stay there again.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

What a nice change of pace, no TV's in the rooms :)
The Inn is an old boarding house but remodeled and all the charm has been kept. For those that are looking for a typical hotel stay, this is not it. For those that are looking for a charming place to stay, without all the mod cons of a hotel then this is the place. There is WiFi throughout the Inn so you are not totally cut off from the outside world. Cell phone service is also limited.
Yes, the train comes through at 5am, but if you have seen the movie My Cousin Vinnie, you will laugh about it rather than be annoyed by it. For us, it was part of the charm of the place. Will return.

Room Tip: A couple of the rooms are above the restaurant kitchen and maybe a little noisy before closing. Ask...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank TravelinFlorida40
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We ventured to Hot Springs, NC for the soak in the mineral spring tubs. Someone recommended a stay at the Iron Horse and we're glad we did. Be forewarned, this is not for those that have to have televisions. This place is quaint and lovely, from the front desk, the clerk, the beautiful hardwoods, the books in the hallways to enjoy, the cleaning staff, the small and cozy rooms to the tiny bathrooms. We loved it all. We enjoyed a bottle of wine downstairs at the restaurant and had some great fried green tomatoes.

The only reason I can't give it a five is the fact that the train is literally right outside your window (room 214). We weren't aware of this (we arrived in the dark and fog) and had opened our window for the fresh air. You can imagine our terror in the middle of the night when the train came blaring through sounding it's horn. We laughed and fell back to sleep to be woken up again a few hours later. At least we got a giggle out of it.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ShannonMorris
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

I wanted to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail and my wife and I went to Hot Springs, NC and got a room at the Iron Horse Station. We had never heard of the place but went in and met Ray, the manager. Immediately he won us over . We had dinner at the Iron Horse restaurant and could not have been better satisfied with the room or restaurant. The food was prepared perfectly and the server was friendly and helpful. Our room was clean and the price was reasonable. After our first night we were making plans for a return visit which we can't wait to do. We highly reccomend the Iron Horse Station to all our friends and relatives.
Odell

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Odell S
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We chose to stay at the Iron Horse Station because we wanted to be close to the train track for our young child to see the trains coming through town. We ended up in Spring Creek 2, which was a lovely room for a family. The accommodations were simple - no TV, refrigerator, etc, but we were made aware of that before we booked. It was perfect for a week day family getaway. There was a little confusion at the front desk when we checked in, but they got it cleared up quickly and were very apologetic. We will definitely visit again and book with IHS.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms are above the restaurants, so it can be a little noisy late in the evening. We wer...
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Kristin H
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

My husband and I wanted to do some day hikes on the Appalachian trail and Hot Springs, NC is one of the towns that the trail actually goes through. We really enjoyed our stay at the Iron Horse Station. It is a small place but perfect for what we were looking for on this trip. We stayed in room 201, it has a king size platform bed with a full bath and a shower, and windows (not all the rooms have windows).This room was clean and simple but it was big enough for two people and the bed was very comfortable. Be aware that this room is right above the bar/restaurant and the common room where the only TV is available, is right next to room 201. The bar/restaurant had live music Wed, Fri. & Sat. nights but they did not play past 10pm. You can hear the kitchen staff's music while they clean up at night but that ended by 11pm, at the latest. Also, if you prefer absolute quiet to sleep you will not get it in room 201...the A/C units are on the roof right about this room, they are loud and are running constantly. My husband and I wear earplugs to sleep so this was not much of an issue but for those of you that do prefer it quiet you may want to think about using earplugs or selecting a room in a different part of the hotel. :-) There are train tracks that are used frequently throughout the day by freight trains, you will hear them and feel when they pass by. The staff was great...super friendly and extremely helpful when we had questions on what to do and where to go. We ate ate the Iron Horse Station Restaurant multiple times and were never disappointed! We also ate at the Spring Creek Tavern across the street (it is owned by the same folks) and had really good food there as well. Overall, we definitely would recommend a stay at the Iron Horse Station! It is located in a prime location to have access to trails for hiking or biking, rafting or horse back riding. Their prices are very reasonable for what you are getting . There are no TV's or phones in the guest rooms but there is Wifi available in the common areas. Since room 201 is so close to the common area, we could get a Wifi connection to check emails, etc. We truly enjoyed ourselves and had some great hikes in the process.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 24 S Andrews Ave, Hot Springs, NC 28743-9213
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Hot Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Hot Springs
Price Range: £55 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iron Horse Station is an 1890's hotel, restaurant, and tavern with 31 adjacent artist and craft shops. Listed on the National Register, it is part of the Historic Inns of Hot Springs with sister property Mountain Magnolia Inn. ... more   less 
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Iron Horse Station Hotel Hot Springs

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