The Umstead Hotel and Spa

100 Woodland Pond Dr | Cary, NC 27513  [SEE MAP]Cary, NC  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Award-winning on-site restaurant
You'll need a car to access Raleigh/Durham's top attractions
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 Nespresso machines, free Wi-Fi access and deep soaking tubs. 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. Keep in mind: You'll need a car to access the region's other major attractions.
Cary, NC
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 150 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Lake
Opulent, Modern



  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019

Condé Nast Traveler


Staying at The Umstead is like staying in a forest glade; the rooms overlook a beautiful natural setting and have soft carpeting, even softer bedding, and a spa-style bathroom.



Expect paintings and oversize ceramic works by local artists and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the 3-acre lake and towering long-leaf pine trees into the decor.

Fodor's Choice



Stylish and contemporary, The Umstead Hotel and Spa leads you down a serene path of art, nature and wellness. While it is tucked away alongside Carolina pine trees overlooking a three-acre lake and adjacent to one of North Carolina’s best nature parks, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort is also less than 15 minutes outside of Raleigh and about five minutes from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in the suburban town of Cary, North Carolina.

Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2019

Travel + Leisure


The outdoor pool backed by pin oaks and a three-acre lake resembles an Alpine spa.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1022 have reviewed the The Umstead Hotel and Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Tripadvisor Travel Rating: 

Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1022 reviews 4.5 (based on 1022 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The hotel's guest rooms feature modern decor in shades of gold and green with floor-to-ceiling windows. All accommodations have pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, coffee makers and minibars.
  • Complimentary internet access throughout the property
  • Evening turndown service
  • Coffee and tea provided in the lobby every morning

Standard room size540 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Adjacent to Umstead State Park, the Umstead Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 12 wooded acres with gardens and a lake, offering a suburban retreat within close proximity to nearby attractions. The property, situated just outside of Raleigh in the suburb of Cary, offers easy access to the Triangle’s corporate offices, shops, restaurants and entertainment.
  • Located about 6 miles southeast of Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($14)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Umstead Hotel and Spa is home to Herons, an award-winning restaurant with an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows with woodland views. The culinary team creates American-style dishes with locally sourced ingredients, including some herbs and vegetables grown from a dedicated farm nearby. The hotel also serves an afternoon tea and features live harp music, and the Bar and Lounge offers full bar service and small plates.
  • Herons serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch
  • Afternoon tea served Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 24-hour in-room dining

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Umstead Hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool surrounded by a sundeck. There are private cabanas available as well as lounge chairs.
  • Pool bar
  • Open during summer months
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Umstead Spa offers a full range of services including organic treatments, facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. Spa guests have access to relaxation lounges, an aromatic euclyptus steam room and sauna, as well as locker rooms, current pool and whirlpool.
  • Outdoor meditation courtyard
  • Guests must be at least 18 years of age
  • Spa hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The hotel offers several family-friendly amenities, including a woodland animal finger puppet at check-in. There’s also a Butterfly Garden, video game console rentals and a large outdoor pool.
  • Kid-focused room service options, such as cupcakes and cookies
  • Plenty of outdoor space
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The Umstead Hotel and Spa has a 24-hour fitness center with cardio machines, strength-training equipment and free weights. There’s also a lake with a walking and jogging trail and a seasonal outdoor pool.
  • Complimentary bikes, helmets and maps, along with a cycling tour of the area
  • Guests have access to the spa's locker rooms, steam room, sauna, current pool and whirlpool
  • Morning yoga offered Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The Umstead Hotel and Spa has more than 10,000 square feet of event space for business meetings and groups. There are multiple venues available, all outfitted with audiovisual equipment and 24-hour support specialists.
  • Gourmet catering
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout the property
  • Ballroom can host events for up to 300 attendees

Number of meeting rooms8

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel is a dog-friendly property and welcomes dogs with pet beds, water bowls and treats. The Umstead also features DogWoods — an enclosed playground specifically created for pets.
  • $200 nonrefundable pet cleaning fee
  • Plenty of outdoor space for dogs to run
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking (free)
  • Pet-sitting (free)


The Umstead Hotel and Spa features indoor and outdoor venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The ballroom offers 20-foot ceilings, Italian chandeliers, custom carpeting and floor-to-ceiling windows, with space for up to 300 guests.
  • On-site technology services
  • Pre-function space
  • Full-service gourmet catering

Maximum wedding guest capacity300

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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