Best Boutique Hotels in North Carolina

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    The Umstead Hotel and Spa
    Cary, NC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 952 reviewsTripAdvisor (952)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting just off Interstate 40 about 9 miles northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Umstead Hotel and Spa strives to provide guests with a sense of tranquility. The hotel's designers had a keen eye for detail: The Umstead's ornamentations are reflective of its natural surroundings, with plants and statues of animals adorning the lobby and other common areas. Guest rooms also feature muted green tones. Accommodations are equipped with Keurig coffee makers, free Wi-Fi access and beds with pillow-top mattresses. Travelers rave about The Umstead's appearance as well as its services and amenities, including the soothing treatments at the Umstead Spa, the seasonal outdoor pool and the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Herons restaurant. But above all, guests credit the hotel employees for their positive experience; many note that the concierge and front desk staff make a point to learn your name. Though self-parking at this hotel is fee, you'll need a car to access the region's other major attractions. 

    Cary, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 952 reviewsTripAdvisor (952)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Fearrington House Inn
    Pittsboro, NC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Guests love this hotel's proximity to the local boutique shops and restaurants of Fearrington Village, which is about 35 miles west of Raleigh, North Carolina. But you don't have to stray far from The Fearrington House Inn to have a good time. Surrounded by manicured gardens and rolling pastures, the Spa at Fearrington is an ideal hideout for R&R-seekers staying at the 32-room inn. And if you're looking for a little romance, guests highly recommend dining at The Fearrington House restaurant, which serves up savory portions of local cuisine. Visitors also extol the inn's attention to detail, noting that each guest room features its own iteration of Southern decor alongside amenities like 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown bath products, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access and fresh flowers. Additional perks that guests of this hotel receive and touches recent visitors appreciated include complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and port wine along with homemade truffles at turndown.

    Pittsboro, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Old Edwards Inn and Spa
    Highlands, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1373 reviewsTripAdvisor (1373)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Nestled amid the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, the Old Edwards Inn and Spa evokes a European lodge, complete with an exposed stone and brick facade, cozy fireplaces and Victorian-era furnishings. There are several lodging options to choose from: The Inn features spacious guest rooms with large, four-poster canopy beds and antique furniture, while the cottages' rustic designs  complete with multiple rooms and private porches are ideal for families. Previous guests rave about on-site amenities like the Acorns boutique (specializing in antique home decor), The Spa at Old Edwards and the challenging course at Old Edwards Golf Club. Visitors also can't get enough of the farm-to-table cuisine at Madison's restaurant. What's more, recent guests say the staff members are fantastic, noting that their kindness and willingness to help went a long way.

    Highlands, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1373 reviewsTripAdvisor (1373)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    O. Henry Hotel
    Greensboro, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 651 reviewsTripAdvisor (651)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Owners Dennis and Nancy King Quaintance had a very clear vision when opening the O. Henry Hotel in northwest Greensboro: To provide guests with the traditional Southern hospitality of an old-fashioned North Carolina hotel while still offering modern amenities. According to previous guests, the Quiantances succeeded. Visitors love O. Henry's classic ambiance, emphasized by the wood-paneled walls, verdant garden patio and classically designed Green Valley Grill restaurant. Accommodations all feature 9-foot-high ceilings, large soaking tubs and flat-screens, plus a full Southern-style breakfast is included in all room rates. The hotel's more contemporary offerings like the outdoor pool, the high-speed wireless internet and the 24-hour fitness center  also earn a thumbs-up. Past guests are also quick to compliment the hotel's pleasant and efficient staff.

    Greensboro, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 651 reviewsTripAdvisor (651)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel
    Chapel Hill, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1661 reviewsTripAdvisor (1661)
    Free WiFi

    Standing in the heart of Chapel Hill and roughly 32 miles northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Carolina Inn has welcomed guests since 1924 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a mixture of classic Southern charm and contemporary convenience: Guest rooms are outfitted with four-poster beds and antique artwork, as well as LCD flat-screen televisions, minifridges and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar's decor recalls the early 20th century South, while staff serves homestyle dishes with a modern twist. Guests say that the inn's Southern hospitality truly shines through the friendly customer service. The only downside guests noted about this hotel was that the rooms and bathrooms were on the smaller side.

    Chapel Hill, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1661 reviewsTripAdvisor (1661)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    21c Museum Hotel Durham
    Durham, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 610 reviewsTripAdvisor (610)
    Free WiFi

    The 21c Museum Hotel Durham opened in March 2015 and is the fourth installment in the unique 21c Museum Hotels brand. The hotel is located in the Hill Building and boasts 10,500 square feet of art exhibit space, which guests and the public can tour free of charge. The property features rotating and permanent pieces, including White Light (illuminated porcelain and paper chandeliers) and Fuchsia Penguin (a brightly colored plastic installation that's moved throughout the hotel). When it's time for a bite to eat, check out Counting House. The on-site eatery showcases seasonal ingredients in its breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktail menus. As far as accommodations go, 21c Museum Hotel's 125 rooms are bright and spacious, with high ceilings, terrazzo floors, Nespresso coffee machines, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries and free Wi-Fi access. Recent visitors were impressed with the clean, chic rooms as well as the hotel's employees, which are described as warm, genuine and friendly. The only downside, according to some travelers, is the noise from trains when they pass through town. You'll find this hotel in downtown Durham about 2 miles east of Duke University.

    Durham, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 610 reviewsTripAdvisor (610)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Siena Hotel, Autograph Collection
    Chapel Hill, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 536 reviewsTripAdvisor (536)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    You don't have to cross the Atlantic to catch a glimpse of Europe; The Siena Hotel in northeast Chapel Hill, North Carolina, offers guests a contemporary take on classic Italian style. Imitations of Italian art decorate the walls, while the domed windows and marble floors recall Romanesque architecture. But unlike many hotel guest rooms in Italy, Siena's accommodations are spacious enough to house massive beds and plush furniture, not to mention generously sized bathrooms. Guests also adore the hotel's more modern details, like colored lighting and a swanky bar, and extra touches like Belgian chocolates at turndown. To complete a near perfect stay, visitors mention that the front desk and wait staffs are extremely friendly and accommodating. For a taste of Italy, guests recommend indulging at the on-site Il Palio restaurant. What's more, because the hotel is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, it allows members to earn and reedem Marriott Bonvoy points.

    Chapel Hill, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 536 reviewsTripAdvisor (536)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Proximity Hotel
    Greensboro, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 568 reviewsTripAdvisor (568)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Nature-lovers can rest easy at the Proximity Hotel, as it is one of the greenest hotels in the country. Located about 3 miles northwest of downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, this property was specifically designed to use 40 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than other comparable hotels. But not all guests choose the Proximity for its environmental friendliness. Some love its unique design (especially the "floating" 12-foot steel front desk and the sweeping spiral staircases in the Social Lobby). Others rave about the views from the guest rooms through the massive windows and the tasty food found at Print Works Bistro. Most importantly, visitors praise the Proximity's friendly customer service staff and fairly low room rates.

    Greensboro, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 568 reviewsTripAdvisor (568)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Haywood Park Hotel
    Asheville, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 877 reviewsTripAdvisor (877)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This 33-suite boutique hotel earns praise from previous guests for its location near ample shops and restaurants in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, and for its spacious accommodations. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs in the bedrooms and bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access, wet bars, minifridges and Keurig coffee makers. Apart from in-room perks, visitors were also impressed with the hotel's extra touches, including everything from welcome Champagne at check-in to chocolates left on the pillow at the nightly turndown service. Guests also have access to the fitness center and two restaurants, Isa's Bistro and the Haywood Park Cafe. But the gym and eateries are the extent of the on-site features at the Haywood Park Hotel; guests looking for entertainment and additional activities will have to venture outside of the property. Overall traveler reviews of the Haywood Park Hotel were mixed: Some guests raved about the service staff and the hotel's downtown location, while others noted the accommodations looked tired and could use an update.

    Asheville, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 877 reviewsTripAdvisor (877)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Duke Mansion
    Charlotte, NC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 192 reviewsTripAdvisor (192)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located just 2 miles from the center of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, The Duke Mansion's 20 individually decorated rooms and nearly 5 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens provide a welcome escape from city life. Originally built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion boasts screened-in porches, a guest library, free Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfasts. Meanwhile, the guest rooms offer a blend of Southern charm with modern conveniences, including skylights, porches and flat-screen TVs. Past guests appreciated the hotel's convenient location, friendly staff, lush grounds and tasty breakfasts. Others were impressed with how quiet the rooms were, especially since the hotel hosts a lot of weddings and meetings.

    Charlotte, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 192 reviewsTripAdvisor (192)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Graylyn Estate
    Winston-Salem, NC
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 851 reviewsTripAdvisor (851)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Graylyn Estate looks more like a stone castle than a hotel and guests say a stay here is an enchanting experience. Previous visitors said everything from room decor to the complimentary breakfast buffet to the impeccable service made their stays memorable. Set on 55 acres in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just south of Wake Forest University, Graylyn Estate houses 86 rooms across a few different buildings and cottages, and all of the accommodations are decorated a bit differently. Some rooms come equipped with ornamental fireplaces and 17-head showers while others feature hand-painted tile marble tubs and spacious sitting areas. The estate is also home to ample on-site conference facilities and offerings, including a conference center, catering options and team-building opportunities. As far as other amenities go, the property features a seasonal outdoor pool, two fitness centers and two restaurants (one of which offers a four-course dinner nightly). The only thing some previous patrons were disappointed with was that it seemed this hotel caters highly to meetings and weddings, meaning its grounds were often busy.

    Winston-Salem, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 851 reviewsTripAdvisor (851)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

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