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What We Love

  • Oversize rooms with plush furnishings and seating areas, and some with outdoor patios
  • Sense of seclusion on 12 acres of wooded grounds
  • Impressive art collection, with 95 pieces of commissioned artwork
  • Free access to spa’s sauna, steam room, whirlpool and lounges
  • Chef’s distinctive five- and three-course tasting menus

What To Know

  • The Umstead is a 15-minute drive from Raleigh and 25-minute drive from Chapel Hill
  • Outdoor heated pool is seasonal, open March through November
  • State park setting is removed from downtown area, so come here for nature, not nightlife
  • Pets are accepted but there's a $200 fee
  • No nearby public transportation; renting a car is recommended

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The Umstead knows how to mesh luxury with comfort in a sleek environment. Although its hard exterior might leave a bit to be desired, the Umstead’s interior is elegant, with a warm, friendly ambience and a lush back yard. The lobby’s centerpiece, an impressive Dale Chihuly glass sculpture, hints at the hotel’s classic style, while an art gallery with seasonal exhibits displays work by local artists.

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The 123 guestrooms and 27 suites are posh enough for celebrities like Michael Jordan. The guestrooms have home-style amenities such as plush furnishings, seating areas and relaxing earth-tone colors. The same color scheme warms the 14,000-square-foot spa, where you can customize treatments to meet your personal needs. Like the rest of the hotel, the spa emphasizes nature, with a meditation garden and floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge.

The Umstead’s signature restaurant, Herons, got a face-lift in 2010 that included a glass-encased Montague Cooking Suite, which gave executive chef Scott Crawford an updated workspace. The menu features local produce and meats, as well herbs from the Umstead’s private garden. Crawford offers both a five-course chef’s tasting menu and three-course wellness and vegetarian tasting menu, each of which consists of his signature dishes.

Centrally located, the Umstead is within 15 minutes from Raleigh, 25 minutes from Chapel Hill, easy reach of nearby attractions and businesses in the Triangle area and about a 10-minute drive from the North Carolina Museum of Art, home to one of the country’s largest Rodin sculpture collections. But at the end of the day, a quick trip to the sauna and a soothing cleanse with botanical bath products is what will leave you feeling refreshed.

How to Get There

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
100 Woodland Pond Dr
Cary, NC 27513 United States

Reviews

Unbelievable!!
572wadeb

This was our first Five Star hotel , I must say we were treated like kings and queens...as a builder I always critique everything....I found nothing???
Our spa treatment was amazing and we'll worth every penny....the Service and staff were by far the best I have ever seen or dealt with in our many travels...the food was excellent ..oo did I mention the staff!!

Mother's Day Tea
mcl0ugh

This place is awesome. the service excellent and the facility very clean and well maintained. I would recommend this facility to anyone traveling the the Raleigh/Cary area. I totally enjoyed myself and the special time spent with my daughter.

Best Sleep I’ve had in years...
tropicalweather

I arrived to the hotel at noon with the intention of enjoying the pool. I was very lucky to be able to check-in early. I was welcomed by such a relaxing room that I took a nap for the rest of the afternoon.
Woke up at 5pm and I was able to brew a nice coffee with the provided filtered water and a Nespresso machine with pods.

I never made it to the pool. Once you are in the room is very hard to leave.

I ordered room service for dinner THROUGH A TABLET ❤️????????❤️ - you can control the lights and the temperature through the tablet as well ????????. Menu is limited, but what I ordered was exquisite.

In the morning as I was headed out I was greeted by the housekeeper and she asked me if I needed anything.

Only 2 suggestions:

1) for a 5 star hotel you need bigger/better TV’s

2) Room service menu needs to have a cake option without melting ice cream AND at least one chocolate cake like the one you see in the picture but is no-where to be found on the menu!