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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


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


4.5 Very Good 977 Reviews
Beautiful, Relaxing hotel
Reviewed 1 day ago

We only stayed here for 1 night after spending 2 nights in downtown Raleigh. It was a little closer to the airport and we heard that it was very nice and had a good restaurant. My thought is that is very much like a Four Seasons. Top notch service, comfortable room and great dining options. We stayed in a Superior King room and it was beautiful and it had lots of furniture and a big bathroom with a soaking tub. There were 2 sinks and lots of counter space which is a huge plus for me. That is about all I can say about it because we were only there from late afternoon to early morning the next day. We will definitely be back if we are in this area again.

Nice place near Raleigh
Reviewed 2 days ago

Looking from the outside you won't expect that there's a beautiful resort in Cary, NC. The resort offers a heated pool, walking/jogging/running path at the back of the property. If you are going to stay Monday to Thursday, you will able to use the spa amenities. But on Friday to Sunday, you need to book a spa level room or book a 100.00 or more spa appointment.

Amazing Proposal Weekend
Reviewed 4 days ago

Living in a rural area of North Carolina, I have been missing truly 'Wow' hotel experiences that I had become used to living in New York City. My now spouse took me away for what I thought was my birthday weekend turned out to be our engagement weekend. From the moment we checked in and throughout the entire trip, we had a flawless and luxurious experience. We had a beautiful lake view room that was a fantastic size with great amenities. I had a surprise massage booked that was one of the best I've ever had and the entire spa area and facilities are top notch. I highly recommend booking a massage and planning to spend extra time enjoying all the spa facilities have to offer. We took a walk around the lake, where I was proposed to and then had a glass of Champagne out on the terrace area which was really intimate and special. We had a late dinner reservation at Heron's and again had a wonderful meal and flawless service.

On another note, I truly appreciate how accommodating you are for military families. We have been trying to get back and spend another weekend at Umstead and it has been very difficult scheduling for us but your staff has been incredibly flexible. We are still trying to figure out dates but continue to appreciate your military rate as well as booking flexibility.

Beautiful place
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Umstead is beautiful and a true treasure to NC

The bar service however left much to be desired.

We were seated around 8:15 after a nice dinner with a large group of business leaders, just my wife and I

I ordered a glass of Malbec, my wife a glass of Knob Creek bourbon, she said they did not have a Malbec but I agreed a glass of Syrah would be just fine, she returned 10-15 minutes later and said they didn’t have that either, the. She offered a 3oz pour of a French wine for 28$

Finally I asked if she would bring me a glass of knob creek and we were served.

The other suggestion is to add the Golf Channel in the room, just a basic cable addition

Other than that we enjoyed a first class experience.

A few days summit at Umstead
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great choice in Raleigh, close to the airport, beautiful settings, luxurious property with everything you need. Rooms are large, clean with attention to every detail. The fitness center was also great and had almost everything one needs. I didn't get to enjoy the pool/spa given I was at a conference there but they also seemed perfect. The only downside I could think of is that this property is not related to any large brand so one doesn't enjoy the points but it's a small fee to pay.