We’ve visited some awesome hotels in North Carolina and wanted to share a few of our favorites so you can enjoy them, too. It can get tricky when narrowing down places to visit in this state, so we’ve narrowed things down a bit. We’ve even mixed it up with traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts, a loft, and even a campground. So, whether you’re hoping for a weekend getaway in the Mountains, the Piedmont, or on the Coast, these are the places in North Carolina that we absolutely love to frequent as guests.
Hotels in North Carolina
This guide is part of our series on North Carolina Hotels. It was originally created on July 3, 2018. It has been maintained and updated (as of December 31, 2018) to reflect current viewpoints and travel trends.
We’ll start in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, which is growing in popularity by the day. However, don’t let it scare you away because there’s so much fun stuff to do and enjoy there. Also, you should check out this cool place to stay in Asheville.
Loft 101, Asheville
More an apartment than a hotel, Loft 101 is in a wonderful spot in Downtown Asheville, tucked inside a beautifully renovated historic building. The place is right on Church Street and within walking distance of so many things to do in Asheville. Inside, the place is perfect for any traveler, as there’s plenty of room to relax, get work done, and even eat in for the day.
Blowing Rock is a cool town we stumbled upon while exploring along the Blue Ridge Parkway one time. We liked it so much that we decided to come back and check it out for a weekend. There are some awesome places to stay in and around Blowing Rock, with spots ranging from right in town to far away in the mountains.
We stayed just around the corner from the main drag in Blowing Rock at the Meadowbrook Inn. It was a very short walk away from the restaurants and shopping in town. It was a nice hotel, with a pool, FREE breakfast bar, and more. All of the above definitely helps when you’re traveling with a baby as we have. If you’re into hiking, the Meadowbrook Inn is also close to Glen Burney Trail and Bass Lake Trail. Both featured among our favorite fall hiking trails in North Carolina.
Many people associate this small town with Asheville, but we think that it’s good enough to stand on its own. Sorry, friends in Asheville, but one can easily enjoy a weekend in Brevard exploring in nature, digging into the food and brews scene, and more.
The Pines Country Inn
Technically in Pisgah Forest, the Pines Country Inn is a short drive from Brevard and in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll ever find. Spend some time getting to know the place and you’ll see that this is one of the best BnBs in Western North Carolina. They’ll take care of you with awesome service and amazing food. Then, there’s the absolutely homey interior. You’ll fall in love with it as you catch a perfect morning view before chasing Brevard’s waterfalls and everything else that makes Transylvania County so special!
Bear Den Family Campground
We’ve been coming to Bear Den Family Campground the past few years and really enjoy its proximity to Linville Falls, but also the site’s exquisite camping spots, clean and comfy cabins, and friendly staff. During our most recent visit, we even noticed considerable improvements to the swimming pond, offices, and expanded hiking trails.
Heading away from the mountains, many people first look to Charlotte when thinking of North Carolina’s cities. The Queen City is the state’s most populous and really the center of it all for people throughout south-central North Carolina and many parts of South Carolina. Charlotte is a great mix of the South and a metropolitan area, to me. It’s also a place you should check out more than once to get a real feel for it.
Hilton Charlotte Center City
Hilton Charlotte Center City wowed us in so many ways and showed us that Downtown Charlotte (aka Uptown) really has a hotel that’s more than just a place to stay. There’s a lot to do in and around their super relaxing rooms. There’s also the wonderful food coming out of Coastal Kitchen, which you need to visit at least once. We can easily think of 13 reasons to stay at Hilton Charlotte Center City and could go on. This place has it all and we think it’s the perfect way to spend your weekend (or more) in Charlotte.
Bonus Tip: This Hilton’s Stay in the City Package will give you the most out of your time staying at this awesome hotel! Hopefully, they’re not completely booked, but I wouldn’t be surprised. If so, check for best pricing and availability on more Charlotte hotels! (Hotels.com | TripAdvisor)
We’re a bit partial to Durham, and not just because we live here. It really is a fun place to live. The Bull City is also full of great accommodations, as more people continue visiting (and eventually moving here!). Our pick from Durham is a more sentimental one, as you’ll see.
Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast
So we tend to favor Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast, not just because it’s located in Durham. This is the place where Christina and I were married, on a very hot June day in 2013. Most of our families packed into the inn and watched us tie the knot outside in the tree-surrounded courtyard. Go walk around the backyard or relax inside and you’ll feel very far away from it all while in Durham.
People know this place and it can get booked in advance, so plan your trip ahead. If you have no luck getting in, check out more Durham hotels that will help you enjoy the Bull City! (Hotels.com | Trip Advisor)
Greensboro is the Piedmont Triad’s largest city (third largest in the state) and one of our favorite spots in North Carolina. We think the Gate City rocks, especially for the hotel that we’re about to share with you.
Proximity Hotel in Greensboro is a special one, thanks to its focus on sustainability, but much more than that. We enjoyed our homey rooms, wonderful service from all the staff, and delicious creations courtesy of Print Works Bistro. It’s a place that I know we’ll frequent again, especially considering I can’t get it off my mind.
While Winston-Salem was once the largest city in North Carolina, there’s quite a bit of historic pride and tons of fun things to do in the Dash. People might say that it’s up-and-coming, but we think Winston has arrived on the scene as one the South’s most interesting places to visit.
The Cardinal Hotel
The Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem was one of the most interesting buildings we’ve ever encountered, but the people working there make it even more special. First, you’ve got the iconic and historic Reynolds Building and Kimpton, a brand who’ve transformed a former tobacco headquarters into a uniquely designed hotel. Plus, there’s the awesome food that’s being perfected at The Katharine, a Southern/French brasserie that puts on a show each time a meal is sent out to their very lucky customers.
New Bern is a very special place to us and we hope to keep coming back, Honestly, it’s hard to be this awesome coastal community, full of active and friendly people. Not only is it filled with nice folks, but a couple of our favorite North Carolina hotels alsos happen to be in New Bern.
Courtyard by Marriot
If you want to stay right on the water, I’d suggest a night (or more, of course!) at the Courtyard by Marriott. That lovely hotel is right next to Union Point Park. That’s where you’ll see quite a few of New Bern’s most picturesque waterfront photos taken. There’s also a pool outside for you to enjoy during the warmer months. Grab a Starbucks coffee or something delicious from the bistro in the hotel’s comfy lobby.
Hampton Inn New Bern
We’re big fans of Hampton Inn and were invited by the folks at the New Bern Convention and Visitors Bureau to attend a wonderful charity event known as MERCI on Middle. We had no idea that the hotel’s General Manager Gary Curry is one of the masterminds behind MERCI on Middle. His hotel outside of Downtown is exquisitely run and possesses all the fun things we love about Hampton. That includes a great (and FREE) breakfast, nice rooms, funny signs throughout, and more!
Check out our interview with Gary Curry about MERCI on Middle. If you’re heading to the area and can’t get into these two places, there are even more New Bern hotels for you! (Hotels.com | TripAdvisor)
The Outer Banks
Heading to the amazing beaches in the Outer Banks is one of the finest privileges a person can have. Some call it one long beach, but who’s counting? I’m not saying anything about the other places we’ve mentioned. Just know that this really is a beautiful part of the world that we hope you get to explore for a weekend or more!
Kill Devil Hills
Kill Devil Hills is the most populous town in the Outer Banks and is also home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, though the place didn’t exist when the famous first flights happened between 1900 and 1903. That’s why you hear so much talk about and references to Kitty Hawk instead.
Wright Cottage Court
Wright Cottage Court in Kill Devil Hills is a great spot for your beach vacation in North Carolina. Seeing the sunrise from your front porch there is a great way to start your day in the Outer Banks. It’s also a great spot for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. Inside, these places come with a fully equipped kitchen and have tons of room to enjoy your mornings or nights in.
Our Thoughts and Yours, Too!
Now that you’ve got a few places to stay in mind, are you ready to visit North Carolina and explore our beautiful state? We hope these hotels in North Carolina help you enjoy the trip even more!
Ever spent time in one of these places? We’d love to know about your experiences in the comments section below!