Mom and pop motels can be such treasures and this one surely is. The owners are very nice and the grounds are charming. The front gardens were adorable. The rooms have that nice throwback vibe that you hope for in this type of place.
There are some negatives, however. The bed and pillows were terribly uncomfortable. We noticed some staining on the sheets and pillowcases so we checked the pillows underneath and wished we hadn't. The pillows were badly stained and one had blood stains. The blanket did not seem to be freshly laundered either. Gross. We also found an ant crawling around on one of the pillows.
Also, this was advertised as a non-smoking motel but our room smelled like it had been smoked in at one time.
It's a shame because otherwise we would have recommended this place. Considering the bed, pillow and smoke situation we would have rated this motel 2 stars but the friendly owners and charming grounds bumped it up to 3 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small mom and pop motel on Hwy 105 half way between Boone and Banner Elk. Enjoy birds, blooms and butterflies in our country garden. Convenient to area attractions. Near the ski slopes for winter fun. We hope you enjoy your visit ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hidden Valley Hotel Boone