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The Firehouse Inn
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“100% R & R in Rutherfordton, NC -”
Reviewed 3 April 2010

The Firehouse Inn exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived! The room was five star clean, the ammenities equal to a five star rating. David the inn keeper was a charming morning host and chef for our amazing breakfast served in a beautiful B & B ambiance. Sandy, the event coordinator for the inn sincerely assisted us wth our every need inclusive within the inn and for places to eat beyond the inns meals, places to golf, shop, and so much more. We will be back and would recommend without question to all. (Only suggestion is not specific to the inn but to Rutherfordton area - if possible schedule stay from mid week toward later part if you wish to have more selection for fine dining, however, not a requisite to still enjoying the trip and the stay.)

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Butler, TN
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Reviewed 4 January 2010

We just returned from a weekend getaway to the Firehouse Inn. It was just beautiful! We stayed in the Firehouse Suite. It features a king-sized bed, as well as a king-sized bathroom! High ceilings make the bedroom feel bigger than it is. There's a separate area with a desk. It has a huge closet and big round top windows in all three areas of the room. There's a gas fireplace in the bedroom, a tv and a Bose wave radio.The bathroom has a 6 foot whirlpool tub, as well as a tiled shower with two shower heads. The toilet and a second vanity area is separated from the rest of the bathroom. The common areas of the inn are also very nice. The innkeeper was very helpful and cooked up a great breakfast. The inn is located within walking distance of several restaurants. Rutherfordton is a charming town...perfect for a relaxing weekend! We'd definately stay at the Firehouse Inn again!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Texas City, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2009

My Wife and I had a very enjoyable stay at Firehouse Inn. We arrived in the middle of the week so their was only one other guest. We were warmly greeted and given a very nice tour of the old firehouse. We stayed in room 1 that had the hot tube and wonderful walk in shower. The Inn keeper told us how everything worked and told us when breakfast is served. This is a SUPER place to stay; it has a large entertainment / breakfast place. Room 1 was very nice with separate room for the bedroom, computer room, bathroom, sink and closet. The only disappointing thing was that their Wi-Fi was not working correctly. Within walking distance is the historic downtown. Just 2 blocks from the inn on the historic downtown is a restaurant named 119 it is a good place to eat with entertainment on the weekends?
Enjoy

  • Stayed October 2009
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Belmont NC
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Reviewed 10 November 2009

I booked a room at the Firehouse Inn while in Rutherfordton for my 30th high school reunion. There was a blue grass festival (with Doc Watson!) in town on the same night and both hotels were booked. Did I mention this is a small town? The Innkeeper was away for the afternoon but left a welcome package with key for room #1. The room was just off the main living room and kitchen area but we never felt a lack of privacy. Our room was 5-star. It was huge with a large whirlpool tub, beautiful shower, separate dressing areas and a huge closet. It was apparent that the closet was once a safe but more on that later.

After my reunion festivities, we returned to the inn for the night and wanted a snack. Our Innkeeper left the most wonderful crumb cake on the kitchen counter for guests to enjoy. We also found the coffee maker for guests so we knew where to get our cup of coffee in the morning. Our welcome letter said that breakfast would be seated promptly at 8:30.

We woke up as is our normal routine, around 7:00. After getting dressed, my husband ventured to the kitchen to fetch coffee. He was gone for 20 minutes or so and I thought I should see what happened to him. I found him embroiled in conversation with the Innkeeper, David ,who was busy preparing our breakfast. You would have thought they were lifelong friends. That is how David made us all feel during our stay. We learned that our suite was formerly the office of the Police Chief and our closet was his evidence safe!

David served wonderful fruit, egg casserole, sausages, toast and juices for breakfast and even shared the recipe with us. We enjoyed getting to know the other guests at the breakfast table and hearing about the music festival that they all attended. David continued to captivate us with his colorful stories from all around the world. He was most recently the Butler's Trainer for 3 years at The Cloisters on Sea Island. He is a top notch professional.

The rates are more than reasonable and the property is beautiful. They have a total of 6 rooms and a lovely courtyard for guests to enjoy. I would highly recommend The Firehouse Inn. I am sorry we could only stay one night. I can promise that when my Mom's house is full again, we will be at the Firehouse!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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denver, co
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

We stayed in Room #1, and it was amazing. The bathroom alone is larger than most hotel rooms. Breakfast the next morning was very tasty.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2008

My wife and I live only forty minutes east of Rutherfordton, NC and frequent it on our way to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. I happened upon The Firehouse Inn by search engine and have wanted to stay there for a while now.

This B&B is the nicest, cleanest, friendliest staffed and most economical of any we've ever visited (hotels included). Going the extra mile seemed easy for the staff who were always more then accommodating. It was the cleanest, most detailed place as well (I actually began TRYING to find anything out of place or overlooked!). We stayed in room number five, which happened to be the most artistic room. The previous owner (wife) was a talented artist and painted every square inch of the room and adjoining bathroom (will add our own pics of the room).

THE BED WAS FABULOUS! Neither of us have ever slept in a more luxurious bed (Ballantyne Resort being second)!

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The Firehouse Inn had great breakfasts. We loved the egg quiche!
The town of Rutherfordton is charming and small. We've both grown up nearby and found a nice, little restaurant there called Gregory's. My first dish there, the Tuna Steak, was incredible, although several other times I found the same dish iffy. Legal Grounds offers a pub, coffeehouse and pizzeria all in the same location. They have great breads and sandwiches. Dinner entres also look good but we haven't tried them yet.
M2 (apparently said as "M Squared") is another great, little "bistro"-type restaurant in near-by Spindale (Nearby-by means on the same road, only a mile away. The two towns should honestly merge, they are so close together). The food there was incredible, the service great, but the ambiance lacked the creeping-close-to-one-hundred-dollar-range bill.
Barley's (directly beside of M2) was a great pub-type restaurant was micro-brewed beers, INCREDIBLE char-grilled chicken wings and decent calzones (WAY too many pepperonis) and live music.

Overall, Rutherfordton is a very slow-paced, quiet, small town which is exactly why we chose it for our Valentine's Getaway. We did not want to go to a destination that made us feel like we should get out of bed earlier than usual and be pressured into seeing all the sights of a tourist destination. We wanted it simple and straightforward. I'm certain you won't find a better deal then The Firehouse Inn. The price is comparable to lower-end hotels with incredible, upscale appeal and amenities.

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The Firehouse Inn</A></U> is well worth the price and more (DON'T INCREASE YOUR RATES!), the staff is wonderfully hospitable and COMPETENT and obviously care about the Inn and love their duties. The breakfasts were excellent and all aspects of the Inn exuded excellence and indulgence. Everything was of superior quality-EXCEPT ONE THING: Toilet paper! Scott one-ply doesn't fit in such a wonderful environment. Change that and this place is sheer perfection.

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  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Georgia
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Reviewed 12 February 2008

My wife and I travelled four hundred miles to spend a long weekend at this Bed and Breakfast . We arrived to find our hosts had surpassed all expectations . The Firehouse Suite is appointed with a Bose radio , cable television , raised spa / tub (rose petal bath is optional) , walk in closet , wall closets , nice stone tiled shower , vanity sink with mirror , private water closet and sink , robes , slippers , writing desk , excellent king bed , tasteful antique furnishings throughout , high ceilings , tall arched windows , more than ample lighting , and let us not forget the fireplace . A most relaxing retreat .
Proper breakfast daily , coffee and espresso available at all times , as are water , juices , sodas , etc.
Our hosts are without peer in my eyes . David and Lynn are among the finest people I have ever met . They are the most gracious innkeepers I have ever encountered with an exemplary staff to pamper you into sublime relaxation .
The inn itself is an important part of the local history and architecture . The town of Rutherfordton is more of a quaint village with interesting shops , art studios and galleries . Easy walking distance from the inn . We spent a day on walking the town and touring the shops ....... excellent . Several dining options are close by with M2 being our favorite . The chef is very creative with a fusion of styles and an excellent wine selection .
Another easy day trip is Lake Lure and Chimney Rock . I Highly recommend this 30 mile jaunt to everyone .
We already miss the inn and are planning a return visit . David and Lynn Robinson will offer suggestions , recommendations , conversation , dinner reservations , and accommodations upon request . Do not miss this hidden jewel .
LouisB

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  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Firehouse Inn
Address: 125 W 1st St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-2402
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Rutherfordton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Rutherfordton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Firehouse Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in historic downtown Rutherfordton, the 1925 City Hall and Firehouse has been entirely renovated, and now offers European elegance and urban atmosphere in a friendly, relaxed setting. We also offer beautiful indoor and outdoor meeting, wedding, party/event spaces! ... more   less 
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