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“Nostalgia served up with a side of local” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pine Crest Inn

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Pine Crest Inn
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Pinehurst
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Level Contributor
41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nostalgia served up with a side of local”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Okay, before I start, I should explain that I've never stayed here and probably won't since we live locally. Having said that, read the other reviews for info on the rooms. However, I will write this review based on the bar and restaurant.

We were volunteering for the US Open last week and ran into a lot of golfing greats: Peter Jacobson, Ben Crenshaw, John Feinstein and others all ate and hung out at the Pine Crest. The inn is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was purchased three years after it was built by Donald Ross and he owned it until his death in 1948. If you're lucky, you may get to meet him, well, rather his doppelgänger, dressed in tweed suit and plus fours.

Most of the greats have visited here. Sit at the bar and let the bartender regale you with stories. Or sit on the expansive quintessentially Southern porch and enjoy a drink. Weekends there is usually music. You will find locals blending seamlessly with hotel guests.

As for the restaurant, food is great and more should take advantage of the breakfast (called brunch, but cooked to order and served at the table). It is ample and inexpensive. Also, at dinner, I loved the shrimp and grits.

Don't come to Pinehurst without scheduling a visit to the Pine Crest. You would miss an essential part of the ambience without it.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Massnurse
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PineCrestPinehurst, General Manager at Pine Crest Inn, responded to this review, 18 August 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write this . We appreciate our local business and we are glad that you come here.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Makes me think of some of the ole inns in Ireland and England. Very simple, not elegant but completely unpretentious . Great old bar, with a great location. They let you chip golf balls In the old fireplace in the lobby while drinking scotch right in the middle of the lobby. Plus they got one of the best porches in the state. The local staff is funny and helpful when u need it. Nothing at all over the top. If u are looking at being pampered and 5 star staff go to The Carolina, if u like being left alone and with funny and friendly staff with a lively fun historic and beautiful hotel that has no reason to change go to Pinecrest Inn. Bars great, food is good, and clientele from all over the world are hilarious. Great Inn and worth the trip back in time.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Taylor C
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PineCrestPinehurst, General Manager at Pine Crest Inn, responded to this review, 18 August 2016
We love hearing all these great experiences and we thank you for sharing yours. Glad you had a great time and we hope you come back soon!
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

The Pine Crest Inn has been one of my favorite stops in Pinehurst for the last decade. The improvements they have made are nice. But the best part of the Pine Crest has always been the blend of locals mixing with out of town golfers, chipping into the hole in the lobby and a drink on the patio is what made this place special year after year. Last week I noticed fewer locals, the chipping hole was put away and it appeared to be a little more "stuffy" than previous years. Pinehurst already has plenty of "stuffy" and what made the Pine Crest special was the relaxed atmosphere and fun we always had there.
The Pine Crest is still an enjoyable stop and a great place to spend the night; just appeared to me that it's changing.

Room Tip: The telephone cottage is the best room in the house! Just don't book it during my annual golf e...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SecretGuestObserver
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

The Pine Crest Inn was recommended to us by someone from Pinehurst who understood that they had recently remodeled in preparation for this spring US Open. I don't know what it was like before, but what ever remodeling they did was minimal. Our room was a disaster. The carpet was stained, the bathroom old, the blinds dusty, and the decor dated. The door to the adjoining room didn't lock or even latch! It was just closed with a chain. If we had had nosy neighbors, they could have opened their door and peeked right in! Also, we had two light bulbs that were burnt out in the lamps and a TV which was placed in such a way that you had to lie sideways or sit on the side of the bed to watch it. Also, we fell asleep to the sound of the fairly loud band that was playing downstairs in the bar. All in all not a great stay.

I did complain about the above issues and was given a discount, which I appreciated. I felt like the staff in the inn was surprised that I had complaints about the room - as if they didn't realize what poor condition their place is really in. One would get a better room at a Hampton Inn or some such chain.

The only reason that I've given this place three stars instead of two is that the food was pretty good. We had a good dinner and buffet breakfast that was included in the room rate. Service was pleasant and efficient. It's also a good location right in the middle of town. Eat here, perhaps, but stay someplace else.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank 1Brit11
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Level Contributor
40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

The Pine Crest Inn has been closed for the past few weeks for a total remodel. It reopens tomorrow, February 5, at 6:30 AM for breakfast. The rooms have all been repainted, new furniture and mattresses in the rooms, all areas have been refurbished in anticipation of the men's and women's US Opens this summer. This spring should be a great time to visit the "home of golf" as tens of thousands of dollars are being spent all over town.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
Helpful?
1 Thank Jim D
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Oak Forest, Illinois
Level Contributor
103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We recently spent 2 nights at the Pine Crest Inn and had a mixed stay. When we booked we knew that it was 100 years old and expected the usual things that come with 100 year old hotels. We also knew that it was directly in the middle of downtown Pinehurst and just a couple of short blocks to the Belle of the town the Carolina so we thought that it would be nice. Here is what we encountered.
Pros:
1) Great, friendly staff. Helpful, kind, polite and overly accommodating to the best of their ability.
2) Very good comfort food (which is included in your room price). Large portions (actually too large!) tasty and flavorful.
3) Historic! In it's day I can imagine that this was the place to see and be seen.
Cons: (our room)
1) The Pine Crest is old, I get that, but there is no excuse for old and dirty! Our sheets and the bed coverletts were stained .... the pillows were yellow from years of use and lumpy. The sheets were so thin that you could see the yellow, sweat stained pillows thru the sheets. The linens has Black Sharpie Marker PCI on each towel ..... seriously?
2) the very old wall paper was coming off the wall in spots, outlets were coming off the wall and the push button light switches were detaching.
3) Instead of the decorating looking like vintage and nostaligic it looked like a hodge-podge of bad 70's garage sale items. Nothing matched. We didnt even dream about sitting in the stained Lazy Boy recliner. The Green Screen 1980's Zenith TV put my husband into a fit of hysterics. And .... this still might have been ok except that it was DIRTY. There were pop stains on the wall, the carpet was flithy and the chairs had obvious stains,

We were relocated the second night to a more up to date room, but it too needed a deep cleaning.

The Pine Crest Inn is in serious need of three things .... a handy man to just fix some of the obvious things, a cleaning person who understand that old and dirty are two different things and a decorator who will recommend upgraded, matching linens, replacing stained mattresses and pillows and some style.

We will not be staying here again. Was not a good value for what we paid and we would only recommend this place if it gets cleaned and upgraded.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Bordenbunch
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Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Level Contributor
84 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

From the moment we checked in we were treated to a great weekend. We were immediately upgraded to a nice room on the third floor.Everyone was very nice and accommodating. Afternoon cocktails on the front porch were awesome. We really enjoyed the meals that were offered as part of our stay. Look forward to coming back next year.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank gafowlie
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PineCrestPinehurst, General Manager at Pine Crest Inn, responded to this review, 18 August 2016
Thank you for the great review. We hope you continue to come and enjoy the Pine Crest Inn some more.

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Additional Information about Pine Crest Inn

Property: Pine Crest Inn
Address: 50 Dogwood Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374-9316
Region: United States > North Carolina > Pinehurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Pinehurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
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