North Carolina is a beautiful state to visit in the USA, with plenty of rolling mountains and 300 miles of beaches. Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway all the way to the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains along the border of Tennessee. It offers not only natural beauty, but is rich in history, including military, civil war, African-American and Cherokee history. To help you figure out where you should lay your head at the end of a day’s sightseeing, we take a look at North Carolina hotels in Greensboro, Durham, Charlotte, and Asheville.
Top Boutique Hotels in North Carolina
The Number One Green Hotel in Greensboro
Proximity Hotel is an excellent choice of hotel in Greensboro. It’s stylish with custom-designed furnishings, commissioned artwork, and extra-large windows in the lobby that let in an abundance of natural light. A lot of thought went into this hotel from a sustainability point of view, and to fully appreciate it, take a look at the in-room video that explains what made it the first hotel in America to receive the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S Green Building Council. The National Folk Festival takes place in Greensboro every year, and the Proximity Hotel offers a great package for folks attending the festival.
The Jazz Lover’s Choice, Greensboro
The O.Henry Hotel in Greensboro is the sister hotel of the Proximity Hotel, but with a very different atmosphere. You get the same superb service, but O.Henry’s design is classic: a large lobby with wood-paneled walls, leatherback chairs, and oozing southern decadence. O’Henry’s has garnered a reputation for keeping jazz music going in Greensboro. Every Thursday evening is Cocktails & Jazz when the lobby comes to life with lively jazz musicians knocking out the tunes and vintage cocktails and Mediterranean tapas on offer. You’ll think you’ve slipped back in time to hotel days of the 1950s.
Stay Near Duke University in Durham
Hilton Durham near Duke University is a convenient choice for those attending events at the university or those needing to visit Duke University Hospital. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from Duke’s University and within an overall five-mile radius. Staying here also provides easy access to the highway, making it easy to reach downtown Durham or take a trip to Raleigh. This is standard Hilton, so expect good service, clean rooms, and all the usual amenities.
Old Fashioned Charm at this Historic Hotel in Charlotte
Originally opened in 1929, The Dunhill Hotel has a long history, and although it’s aesthetically a lovely modern hotel today, it still retains its old world charm. Wood-beamed ceilings in the lobby, four-poster beds, writing desks, and armoires in the guest rooms add to the ambiance. You’ll be greeted by southern charm which extends all the way to the highly praised The Asbury restaurant, which serves up delicious southern-style cuisine. The Dunhill Hotel is a gem of a boutique hotel: small and intimate with only 60 rooms.
Outdoor Adventure at a Resort Hotel in Asheville
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville has lots of outdoor activities available so you could spend your entire stay at the resort and never be bored. Tennis, golf, mountain biking, scuba, and a 5-km walking/running course will keep outdoor enthusiasts busy. For some adventure and fun, there’s a ziplining course at the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park. You’ll also be five minutes from downtown Asheville and close to all the big attractions like the Great Smoky Mountains, Biltmore Estate (home to the Vanderbilts), and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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