When my husband and I decided to change our romantic getaway vacation to a more warmer locale, we were thrilled to find the Pine Crest Inn's spectacular Groupon deal. We opted for four nights in a King Deluxe room and were pretty geeked about saving $65 dollars a night via this deal. Unfortunately, we soon came to realize that you get what you pay for. If it were not for the hospitality of the inkeeper, Linda, and the great breakfasts from the chef, Michelle, this review would have a far lower ranking.
We chose the Pine Crest Inn because it was off the beaten path and previous reviews noted that it was a quiet getaway. While we are younger than much of the bed & breakfast set, we much prefer this sort of setting, as we plan active long days during our vacations, and we like nothing more than a quiet and comfortable place for a good night's sleep. Upon checking in to our room, we were quick to find that a quiet room was not in the cards for us this stay.
We stayed in Hilltop Room in the Hunt Lodge. We immediately noticed that there was a connecting door between our room and the neighboring room, and that there was a 1-inch gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. This gap not only allowed for our neighbor's room's light, but also every noise, to enter our room. We knew exactly what television program they were watching and what conversations they were having. This continued until our neighbors decided to turn off their T.V. at 1:00 AM. Needless to say, we were not happy.
The next morning I approached Linda about the situation. To her credit, she immediately offered a room change, however, she noted that we would not have any neighbors for the next two nights of our stay and would only have a neighbor on our last night. Given this situation, we decided to stick it out in our room and make the best of the situation. Our second night was blissfully quiet and we had a great night. However, on night #3 we had a new neighbor a day early....fortunately for us, he/she was not a late night T.V. viewer. On our fourth night we returned to our rooms to discover that our neighboring room was occupied by a small dog that was barking incessantly! I guess the Hilltop room is located next to the pet-friendly room in the Hunt Cottage, and while we love dogs, constant yapping next door is not really our preference when traveling. Even with towels and pillows jammed up against the gap in the door, the sounds still permeated into our room.
Besides the noise, we were a bit disappointed in an uncomfortably hard mattress and a lack of some of the amenities that we were expecting in a King Deluxe room. The website states that, "some of our King Deluxe Rooms have fireplaces, jetted tubs, double vanities, small refrigerators and coffee makers."....unfortunately, ours only had the fireplace, which had been shut off (no gas) the week prior. We clearly missed the key "some" in that statement on their website and had assumed that our upgrade to the King Deluxe Room would include these features, but I guess that's our own fault and oversight.
I would be totally disingenuous if I did not praise the hospitality of the staff here. The breakfasts here were lovely, and though we didn't have the experience we were hoping for, Linda was nothing but sweet. The two resident cats are fabulous, and the scenery around the inn was stunning. We so hoped to love this place, but due to the issues listed above, our experience simply fell short of our expectations.
If you participated in the Groupon deal, here are a few recommendations:
- If you upgraded to a King Deluxe room, call ahead and make sure they have a room with the amenities that you're looking for
- Try to avoid the Hilltop Room if you can. We weren't impressed :(
- If you find your room to be noisy your first night, take Linda up on a room switch. We wish we had.
- Expect to tip the kitchen/wait staff each morning. We weren't expecting extra tips beyond tipping our housekeeper, and the inn explicitly suggests on the menu that guests tip their waiter/waitress. However, the kitchen staff definitely deserve it. The food is stellar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a relaxing, intimate retreat tucked just a mile from downtown Tryon. Once a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway, the inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places & has received numerous national awards & recognition. The restaurant is renowned for its excellent foothills cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients & has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The inn has luxurious suites & private cottages, all with private baths; most have fireplaces & jetted tubs. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with TripOnline SA, Expedia, Hotels.com, getaroom.com and Ebookers so you can book your 1906 Pine Crest Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- 1906 Pine Crest Hotel Tryon