Meadowbrook Inn & Suites
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Historical Traveler Reviews Meadowbrook Inn & Suites Blowing Rock
We have just completed our yearly trip to the Carolinas. Blowing Rock is a "must visit" on each of our trips. Over the years, we have come to depend on the Meadowbrook Inn for its fine service, excellent rooms, and lovely grounds. This year was no exception. Everything was just as we anticipated. Thanks to the staff for insuring that our visit was as special as we have come to expect!
Heed These Reviews -- Not Good for the Price
After having read the recent reviews on the Meadowbrook Inn, we checked for other availability in the area, but couldn't find much. So despite what we had seen on TripAdvisor, we went ahead and stayed at the Meadowbrook, and even upgraded one of our rooms to a suite.
The short story is that we were sorely disappointed with the quality of this hotel for the price. Be wary that the website makes the Meadowbrook look much better than it really is in person. We were promised that the upgrade to the suite provided us with a "nice patio" with four chairs and plenty of room for four people to sit. When we arrived, we found that the porch was exactly the same in both the suite and the non-suite room -- a small concrete box with only a view of the roof of the hotel next door and a small alley below. The porch only had two chairs, and barely had room for a third. The porch was not the worst of the experience though. Our hotel room door had a broken lock and easily came open with a firm push. There was no mattress pad on the bed, and the fitted sheet was worn and continually slipped off the mattress. The television didn't work properly and when we called about it, the front desk suggested that we should check to make sure the VCR wasn't turned on -- but there was no VCR in our room as advertised. The bathroom was poorly lit and had old fixtures. The furniture was worn. The continental breakfast was meager and you could find better at most budget hotels.
To their credit, when we discovered most of the problems (mattress pad, television, door lock) it was after ten o'clock and the hotel staff offered to try to fix the problems. But at the end of a long day, it was too little too late. When we spoke to the management the next day when checking out, they offered a 25% discount on one of the rooms, which I suppose is better than nothing, but it was less than what we paid to upgrade to the very mediocre suite. All in all, for the money, I would go elsewhere. You can find much the same location and at least the same quality at cheaper rates in the area.
Wow!!!!, the meadowbrook
Our trip to the Meadowbrook Inn was really enjoyable. We stayed in one of the pool suites. It wa fabulous! There was a fireplace in the living room which was so cozy because it was snowing outside. The bedroom had a very comfortable bed with great feeling sheets which is always a plus! The jacusi tub was not only spacious but also had two shower heads, one for the front and another for the back. I'd never seen that before. The suite was decorated very tastefully and I saved the best for last........ we opened a door and walked down a spiraling staircase and there was our own exercise pool with ferns hanging from the ceiling and with concrete walls surrounding it. There were no windows so that you could swim without anyone looking. Another great feature of the hotel that was very unusual to me was an outside gazebo that actually had heaters in the top that would warm you as you were sitting inside. It was so romantic! The pool suites were in an annex building so it was a little difficult walking to the main building, but the snow made the inn look like a huge palace which helped the walk over be more enjoyable. Continental breakfast was served in the main buiding which included hot grits in a crock pot and biscuits and gravy. These foods are always a plus for a southern girl. The inn had a restaurant and a bar on site so there was no need to venture out at night for dinner. It serves Italian food in the evening which was very tasty especially on a cold snowy evening .There was a large heated pool inside the main building in which we enjoyed swimming laps and laying beside the pool in the lounge chairs and reading. My husband enjoyed the exercise room, but that was too much work for me. I'd rather get my exercise shopping. All of this was priced at $240.00 a night which my husband felt was a good deal. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. The Inn is centrally located which makes it convenient walking to restaurants and shops. I would highly recommend this Inn to anyone who is visiting Blowing Rock. We are looking forward to our next trip there and staying at the Meadowbrook.
Better be careful
I stayed at the Meadowbrook Inn earlier this year during my daughters wedding. I saw a few problems:
-The housekeeping was seen washing the in-room cups by simply running tap water on them.
-I used the restroom with an employee (assumably food service) who didn't wash his hands, then served me a drink.
-My room microwave had stains on the inside and outside.
-The elevator stalled out....twice.
-There were flies in the restaurant.
-The temperature on the bottom floor was un-naturally hot.
-My room comforter looked like it hadn't been washed in YEARS.
...on the bright side, I slept in a bed, I guess.
Finally, on my way out of the Hotel at the end of the weekend, there was man, about my age, behind the counter looking at papers and loudly using profanity. I asked someone who he was, and they told me he was the hotel owner. This is definately not a positive environment, and I am now willing to spend a little extra cash for better service. I will not be returning to this hotel any time soon.
This place is run-down. There are signs everywhere; chipped paint, torn wallpaper, the patio has DANGER tape to prevent entry--the retaining wall is falling away. Its a mess. But the location is terrific so if you can find a place to drink enough the rooms don't seem so bad. I'd say this is at least a two martini motel. Plus a glass of red, maybe two.
Pretty good-Not great
For my 40th wedding anniversary, we stayed here for 3 nights. We had a VIP suite for 2 nights, and a pool suite for the last night. The rooms were large, well furnished, and comfortable. However, the VIP suite had a door to an ajacent room(locked) which could expand your suite to multiple bedrooms. The door had no soundproofing , and a family next door with several small children were both clearly heard and very annoying. The pool suite is not as nice a room as the VIP room, but you do have a private, shallow pool of your own-worth it for one night. The morning breakfast was sub-par, especially the Monday morning, when 1/2 of the items were not available. My son & his wife had a standard room on the first floor which seemed pretty nice, although at $170/night not a great deal. When i checked out they charged me for his room twice, and I had to call back after I returned home to get a credit for $345. It is close to downtown and the grounds are nice. Overall, I would not return for the prices I paid--too expensive for thepackage.service by the staff while friendly was just average.
Don't waste your money
We choose the Meadowbrook thinking it would have the charm of an inn. Don't be fooled! This is at best a budget hotel. The standard rooms are very basic with noisy A/C units, stained ceiling tiles, old bathroom fixtures. Non-smoking rooms are available but smell musty. Definitely not worth the premium rate advertised. The continental breakfast was awful. The front desk staff was harried--answering the reservations line while trying to check guests in and out. The location is convenient to downtown Blowing Rock but that's the only asset.
Great - especially with kids
Loved it. The pool was a great diversion for the kids. Room was large. Wireless internet available. I've stayed at many places in Blowing Rock and this is one of my top 2.
Did not sleep, beware of reception parties
Unless you are a large group of late night types who make lots of noice, get drunk, etc avoid this hotel... I looked for the best hotel and reserved a month in advance the best room I could afford, a VIP suite at nearly $200 a night. I reasoned such a expensive hotel and room would be spacious, clean, and quiet affording my children a good night's sleep away from home. Bottom line is the registration clerk put a family with 2 small children in the middle of a all night wedding reception. The deck to the bar was below our bedroom window and there was a reception hall across from our room. We tried to put the children down for a nap but the noise below on the bar deck was too loud. Dont get room 308! 11pm the reception room must have let out because lots of people filled the hallway making lots of noise. We tried to sleep and by 1:30am I called the front desk to try to put a stop to it. The party goers then came up to their rooms located next to ours, you can imagine the noise of countless drunks entering their rooms. We moved our 3 year old to the bedroom with me and turned the fan on the AC to create white noise. The units are located in the rooms and make lots of noice. I put in ear plugs. At 2:30 am the bar deck was still entertaining guests and drunks were now running through the halls and pounding on doors. I called the front desk again. I assume the bar closed and they cleared off the deck. The bar staff then cleaned the deck off making noise for another 30 minutes. My wife slept on the couch cushions that we moved into the bedroom near the loud AC unit. I never went to sleep and my wife was able to get a few hours sleep. The children woke at their usual time of 6:30am.
The manager indicated he can't control all his guests, in reality he can't control any of them since it will affect the profit of the hotel in regard to entertaining large parties. I don't like being lied to, I don't like condescending attitudes in a business that is supposed to offer a nice environment for its guests. This hotel caters to the large groups since they bring in lots of revenue in hotel rooms, bar tabs, services, and restraurant orders. The little family is sacrificed in the face of huge profits. I think its fare to say the hotel whores itself to these large groups. Ask first if there are any weddings or large groups staying their on the dates of your vacation ! There was 3 during mine. They have advertisements even in the elevators (they are very slow so you have time to read) soliciting for large groups. That was the first clue.
The Most Beautiful Place...
My husband and I have stayed at Meadowbrook Inn many times over the past several years. When we were married in 1997, we spent our honeymoon there and have been at least once a year since then. It never changes, unless it's for the better! Meadowbrook is the most beautiful, clean Inn we've ever visited. The staff is always friendly and helpful.
On our last visit, there was a problem with the air conditioner in our room. As soon as we mentioned it to the staff, we were immediately (literally within the half hour) moved to an upgraded suite at NO extra cost. I would recommend Meadowbrook Inn to ANYONE staying in Blowing Rock. It's within walking distance to all the shops uptown as well as many restaraunts. They also have a nice (upscale) restaraunt of their own called the Artist's Palette. Very nice!
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