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“Pinehurst Wine festival not up to par”

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The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst Resort
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Pinehurst
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 September 2011

The Pinehurst Wine Festival at Pinehurst, NC was not up to par this year as compared to past years. The festival has been shortened and not as many vendors were represented this year. They need to extend this wonderful festival back at least one day and include more vendors. It seems to me that in years past they had over a hundred vendors represented. They also need to promote more food activities, as this is billed as both a food and wine festival. The one lunch and learn luncheon was great and very informative. We want to learn more about cooking, preparing foods, and wine pairing. I would rate the overall experience as a "B" this year. The standard had been set in the past, they need to return to those high standards again. Hopefully the next one in 2012 will be better than this years.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

I planned a suprise weekend getaway for my husband for our first wedding anniversary and it was a huge success! The staff at Pinehurst was very accomodating and helpful. They made our visit/anniversary special. As golfers, it was a fun filled weekend, however there is plenty to do for non golfers as well. A visit to Pinehurst is reminiscent of summer camps and getaways of the 50's and 60's...quiet and relaxing....loved it!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

This is our third trip; what's become an annual ritual for our anniversary. They offer a military rate which is whatever the lowest rate is, but an upgrade to the best available room. Rooms have large, spacious closets, nice bathrooms, and we even had a sitting room this time along with a mini bar and good electronics. The service from the hotel staff is always five star with southern courtesy taken to the extreme. If you are into golf this is THE place to be - the facilities and service at the eight courses that are a part of the resort are the best I have encountered in my experience. A couple of points we found though - we usually stay in the west wing and this time stayed in the east - where apparently more families stay? And they tended to be somewhat noisy, holding hallway races late and early. We also found that during an event, (Food and Wine fest this weekend), the kitchen cannot keep pace - on Friday nite we waited nearly an hour after ordering for dinner to arrive in the Ryder Cup lounge as they had an event at the hotel that had priority apparently. I talked to a couple who had the exact experience in the Carolina dining room that evening - so don't recommend in-hotel dining when they have banquets, galas or dinners scheduled. Other than that, the usual great stay!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

very clean, relaxing, spa staff wonderful, breakfast buffet had everything and all fresh and delicious...don't get the pork tenderloin for dinner...it was like ham hocks...very disappointed and couldn't eat it

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We just celebrated a 50th birthday for one of our group with a Spa weekend at the Carolina Hotel- worthy of a big celebration! Away from the hustle and bustle in a charming town dedicated to golf, the staff is terrific. Rooms are comfortable and clean, dining in the hotel is delicious, and the Spa is one of the very best. You will return to real life relaxed and refreshed.
We had dinner one night at Rhett's in Southern Pines, which was also delicious and uses fresh, local produce.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

I was attending the Carolina's Chapter of the ESOP Association's conference held at Pinehurst, which has been conducted there four years running, although it was my first time attending. The facilities were excellent for the conference and the golf was amazing. I look forward to attending other conferences there and playing more golf as well as a trip with my friends for a golf weekend.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

Amazing place staffed with amazing people. Worth every penny.

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Address: 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Region: United States > North Carolina > Pinehurst
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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Pinehurst
Price Range: £94 - £386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 274
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista, the tree-lined avenue that leads to the Carolina hotel. This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” the Carolina has 274 Four-Diamond guest rooms including suites.Pinehurst Resort features nine golf courses, an award-winning Spa, a charming village, tennis, beach club and other amenities including an active Kids Club. Kids 12 and under stay and play golf free when staying in the same room as the parents. ... more   less 
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