The location of this hotel is second to none, about 6 minutes from the entrance of the Chimney Rock Park. But what's more surprising is to be able to find this JEWEL in an area where most hotels/inns are rather informal and with limited amenities.
The architecture and materials used to built the hotel are kind of unique - the hotel was rebuilt after fire/flooding many years ago, and the work was meant to preserve the original historic architecture and charm.
The rooms are very comfortable. If you're lucky to get one overlooking the park, even better (although...good luck sleeping: you're going to be staring out the window all night long: the view is stunning!).
What I enjoyed the most was the restaurant. The menu changes quite a bit, so you never get tired of it. If you're into healthy eating, don't miss the parfait with fruits in the mornings. And please: go out and sit at the outdoor terrace just outside the main dining room: you will have Chimney Rock right in front of you.
I stayed for 4 days and was able to try different restaurants in the area: I can assure you none of them comes close to the quality of the dinner in this hotel, so look no more. I strongly recommend trying the trout...uhmmmm!
Before dinner the Chef offers wine and tasty hors d' oeuvres. Nice surprise when you come back from a full day hiking and need a snack before taking a shower and having dinner.
I also enjoyed the outdoor jacuzzi (I'm sure the cars passing by enjoyed the view as well..). Again, yet another detail that differentiates this place from the rest of the hotels in the area.
Very friendly staff, willing to assist you with tourist information and guidance.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- The Esmeralda Hotel Chimney Rock
- Esmeralda Hotel Chimney Rock
- Esmeralda Chimney Rock