North Carolina

Hotels in North Carolina

Like its restaurants and recommended travel times, types of hotels in North Carolina vary depending on the region to which you are traveling. Large chain hotels with their expected amenities, like free Wi-Fi and workout facilities are, of course, available in large metropolitan cities like Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington, as well as throughout the state. However, if you’re in a smaller town, you may want to opt out of one of the hotels in North Carolina. Instead, you can find lovely bed and breakfasts or small, locally owned inns.

While some of the best hotels in North Carolina are boutique options in the mountains and along the coast, these two regions are also ideal places to rent a home. Beach houses in the Outer Banks and cozy cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains will allow you to personalize your stay and feel at home for a week or even a month-long vacation, unlike North Carolina hotels.

Large, activities-filled resort on 5,000 acres that is a golfer's mecca, with 8 championship courses and an excellent on-site school.


Sustainable-agriculture farm with a three-room inn, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains; renowned for serving delicious “beyond organic” meals. Guests work up an appetite weeding, seeding, and hoeing the rows of spinach and watercress.

The last hinge may have been hung only in 2009, but this Tudor-style boutique hotel abutting George Vanderbilt’s 1895 Biltmore Estate resembles a 1920s hunting lodge—though one decorated by an eccentric art lover.

Located just 500 feet from one of the area’s most pristine strands is this 1950 beach chalet. In the morning, owner Cathy Moir serves up her signature “eggs rarebit”—a toasted English muffin topped with a poached egg, Swiss cheese, and diced ham.

Its owners were so inspired by their sons' work as wranglers out west that they felt compelled to start a dude ranch of their own. Luckily for those on the right coast, they put down roots in the Smoky Mountains.

After a devastating fire in 2009, the hotel is under reconstruction.

Victorian-style buildings (25 rooms in all) tucked among gardens, 7 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

The spacious, gabled rooms invite lingering for long, lazy mornings. The Lighthouse Suite includes a private fourth-floor cupola, with a wet bar and panoramic water views.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, the only LEED Gold–certified hotel within the Ritz-Carlton’s brand portfolio, is packed with greencredentials. The property has aggressive water conservation and recycling programs, as well as a green roof with BLT Steak chef Ben Miles’ garden and two beehives.

Make yourself at home at this intimate bed and breakfast set among gardens. The five guest rooms are filled with homey antiques; two have oversize tubs.

213-room inn on 8,000 acres that’s also home to the Biltmore House, George Vanderbilt’s 1895 château.

The whole family will like the sleek hotel, where rooms have French doors and large circular tubs. Even Rover is welcome, for a fee (from $75).