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Suburban DC
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We spent one night at the Esmeralda Inn on May 22 (the night before the Memorial Day weekend) and were very pleasantly surprised at the comfort and beauty of this lodging. The first thing was the gorgeous drive off of the interstate as we went through towns with names like "Bat Cave, NC." Once we arrived we were greeted by... More 

Thank ScrappyMom
SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are in such a beautiful area. The views are so refreshing and relaxing. So much green! Some of our rooms are not large, but they are very comfortable. When the Inn was rebuilt after the fire in 1997, we were somewhat restricted as it is a historical building. But all rooms have private... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

So we are currently staying here for a girls weekend. Definitely a quirky place, which we can handle. What we can't handle is that we paid to use the jacuzzi and the first night was a t-storm and the second night they closed at 9. 9! On the summer solstice! Really? No picked up the phone when we called 4... More 

3 Thank Clobohink
SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

I'm sorry your stay was not as expected. Of course we can't control the weather and if no one is using the Jacuzzi, it is closed when the Front Desk clerk leaves for the night, at around 9:00pm. Generally, if there is someone using the facilities, we are somewhat flexible with the exact time. There are no additional charges for... More 

Orlando, Florida
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014

My family (husband & two kids, 3 & 7) stayed here for a couple of nights to visit Chimney Rock. The inn is beautiful, clean and well maintained. Restaurant has limited hours (including no breakfast) which made it difficult for small children. Seemed to be limited families which makes sense given the atmosphere.

Thank JNFM
SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have found over the years, that being open all week for Breakfast and Lunch just doesn't make sense for us. We do offer a very nice complimentary Continental Breakfast when the Restaurant isn't open, which includes child friendly things like cereal and fresh fruit. But I do understand that you might want a hot... More 

Chimney Rock, North Carolina
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had our wedding at the Esmeralda Inn on May 3rd,2014 in Chimney Rock, NC. The Inn is historic and is in a picturesque location. The ceremony was outside on a perfect day in a wedding arbor in front of the inn.. It was a beautiful celebration for us and for our friends. The staff and service were excellent as... More 

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review! We had a good time with you and your guests. This is a perfect spot for small weddings and we're very pleased that everything went as you hoped it would. We have a terrific staff who work very hard to make all of our events memorable. I'm glad every one had a... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We arrived Sunday evening and were greeted by Scout, who made us feel right at home. We ordered a bottle of wine which we shared at the hot tub and then finished by the adjacent outdoor fire place! The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff were very helpful and personable. The location was perfect for us since it... More 

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We think of the Inn as home and want all of our guests to feel the same. We have a wonderful staff, who all go out of their way to make our guests comfortable. We are so fortunate to be in this perfect location. The views are unbeatable; we're close to town and a myriad... More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I was so glad to have found this "gem" in the mountains on TripAdvisor. I drove down from Fairfax, VA to visit my son in Greensboro for his 30th birthday and decide to take him on an adventure out west to Chimney Rock. Esmeralda Inn was the perfect place to rest, relax and recharge. Doubly so after climbing the hundreds... More 

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

I'm so glad you included us in your trip! Thank you for your review. You came at a perfect time of year. Not too hot yet and not too crowded. Chimney Rock Park is a wonderful place to spend the day, even with the stairs! It sounds like you enjoyed much of what our Inn has to offer. The Game... More 

Hagerstown, Maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 June 2014

This was the best trip I have ever taken. Granted it was my honeymoon, but what a place for it! The staff is impossibly friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is cozy and intimate like a bed and breakfast, but without the weirdness. The aesthetics are incredible, the perfect decor if you like the lodge/cabin kind of feel. It was very... More 

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! It was a pleasure having you with us. We always want our guests to feel at home and welcome, especially for such a special occasion! I think we have the best views in the Gorge. We are in a perfect location for just about any outdoor activity. The Rocky Broad River is across the... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We had a wonderful stay and I highly recommend this inn. It has an interesting history and a convenient location . Dinner was romantic and the food excellent. No complaints . I have two say 200 words or more but I really don't have anything else to say. It was great

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed The Restaurant and your stay with us. We're in a great location; close to everything and still removed enough to be quiet and relaxing. Plenty of words! Come see us again soon! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews
Reviewed 29 May 2014

If you are looking for a place to stay in the heart of the mountains this is a great, comfortable, beautiful hotel. Lake Lure is remote and quiet but within a short drive to Asheville, Hendersonville, golf resorts, Chimney Rock and the beautiful lake of course. The hotel is fantastic with excellent beds, linens, some of the best towels I've... More 

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! I couldn't have described us better! We are so lucky to be in such a perfect location. Close to everything and still peaceful and relaxing. We want our guests to feel welcome and at home. Our wonderful staff take pride in doing everything we can to accomplish that end. Some of our rooms are... More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 22 May 2014

We spent out honeymoon here and thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Would definitely recommend this to others. We had a beautiful view from our room, there were lots of things to do all around us, and the bed was wonderfully comfortable.

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SharronFieber, General Manager at The Esmeralda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are delighted we could be a part of this special time. This is a great spot to use as your base when you want to visit a the entire area. There is so much to do here! Lake activities, golf, hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, shopping and antiquing to name just a few!... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant is nestled within the Hickory Nut Gorge of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains located in Chimney Rock, NC. Enjoy hiking, climbing and fishing and golfing. While dining enjoy the majestic views of Chimney Rock State Park. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Esmeralda Inn

Address: 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Region: United States > North Carolina > Chimney Rock
Price Range: €155 - €424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Esmeralda Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
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“Rooms with king beds are rather small. Once we stayed in a room with 2 queen beds and it significantly more room to move around.”
 of 5 bubbles ncburkett1, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the third floor offer the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles CAB10900, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The rooms on the road side look out over the mountain and the river.”
 of 5 bubbles Cowgaldew, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Room 102 is large with a king bed, has a balcony & views of Chimney Rock.”
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 of 5 bubbles HotLantaLady, 1 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We enjoyed our terrace room, which we booked based on others' recommendations.”
 of 5 bubbles 562lanaf, 1 Sep 2016 | Read review
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