The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst
What We Love
- An elegant hotel at a historic golf retreat in the Sandhills, with your choice of spa and golf perksTeeing off at a resort that’s hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America
- Enjoying a complimentary smoothie while relaxing poolside at the award-winning spa
- Exploring the 2015 Travel + Leisure 500 pick’s culinary program, staffed by a team of more than 100
- Splitting up days on the golfing green with trips around the Village, housing croquet and tennis courts, shops and more
What To Know
- Free valet parking and WiFi throughout
- Rocking chairs on the veranda are the best place to unwind
- The on-site Pro Shop has surprisingly decent prices for such a historic golf resort
Have the fairway your way at The Carolina Hotel, a century-old, AAA Four Diamond gem dubbed “the Queen of the South.” This elegant hideaway is part of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning Pinehurst Resort, a mega-historic golfing retreat in the North Carolina Sandhills. The resort boasts a whopping nine courses, with a wide range of styles and by a wide range of designers (Donald Ross, Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus are three). They include one where Tiger Woods won the 1992 Big I Junior Classic (No. 7), one that dates back to 1898 (No. 1) and three that appeared on Golfweek’s 2015 list of the best in America: No. 8, No. 4 and No. 2. The latter has been described as one of the two places in the world that every golfer should visit – by Ben Crenshaw, no less – and hosted both the US Open and US Women’s Open in 2014.
In fact, Pinehurst has hosted a lot of single golf championships – more than any other site in America. It also houses a golf academy that Golf Digest called one of the best of 2016. And you might say that the accommodation, dining and wellness offerings are, ahem, on par with those in the golfing department: The various residences are elegant and comfortable, the seasoned culinary staffers number more than 100, and the spa provides treatments like a sweet-tea sugar scrub and marine mud wrap. The Village of Pinehurst, with its charming shops and historic homes, is just steps from the hotel. All this, plus biking trails, shops and courts for tennis, croquet and lawn bowling, make this property a true luxury-travel destination, worthy of its spot in 2015’s Travel + Leisure 500. So whichever of those world-class fairways it is that brings you here, consider it your fairway to heaven.
Traditional accommodations at The Carolina Hotel are exactly what you’d expect from a century-old, AAA Four Diamond winner: elegant and sophisticated, with classic details like a wood-and-wrought-iron headboard and calming neutral hues. Don’t worry, there are plenty of modern touches, as well, from the LCD flat-screen TV to the complimentary Wi-Fi.
With a staff of more than 100 culinarians, Pinehurst is able to offer a first-class dining program, one whose restaurants run the gamut from the AAA Four Diamond 1895 Grill at the Holly Inn to a tavern and a coffee shop. The formal dining room is under the supervision of Chef Thierry Debailleul, a graduate of Paris’ prestigious Ecole Jean Ferrandi who cut his teeth at various Michelin-ranked and Mobil-rated restaurants around the world, and its breakfast is widely considered one of the best in the golf world.The Carolina Hotel itself is home to Carolina Dining room, serving seasonal fare for breakfast and dinner in a super-sumptuous setting. You can dine on unique American dishes at Ryder Cup Lounge, open Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 2pm. Carolina Coffee Shop is also on hand for coffee to go or a casual pastry or sandwich.
If swinging around that iron leaves you with some kinks to iron out, put yourself in the skillful hands of the Spa at Pinehurst therapists. Various massages are on offer for sore golfers, including the Champion’s Massage, which incorporates a golf ball. Of course, these are just a few of the many treatments on the spa menu, which run from a contouring seaweed wrap to a customized aromatherapy soak. Salon services are on hand, too, such as haircuts, manicures and waxes.
In the heart of the North Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst Resort is one of the world’s most iconic golf resorts, featuring multiple Golfweek Best Courses in America 2015 and the legendary No. 2, where the US Open has taken place and which Bob Crenshaw described as one of the two places in the world that every golfer should visit. Golfing is just one of the activities that you can enjoy here, however, with biking paths and tennis, lawn-bowling and croquet courts also dotting the grounds. There’s also some shopping to enjoy in the Village at Pinehurst, and the streets of historic homes make for a lovely setting for a leisurely stroll.
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Attended a conference at this beautiful hotel in a beautiful setting. The hotel is warm and inviting. I had a nice room with all the amenities I needed. The room and bathroom were clean and immaculate. Staff was professional and friendly. Dinner was provided during the conference and I can't say enough about how good the food was, as well as having excellent service from our waiter. I would definitely stay here again and take advantage of all the hotel has to offer. Highly recommend.
I stayed at the Pinehurst Carolina Hotel for a business meeting last week. This was a treat. They did not cut corners. Beautiful establishment. The hotel was like a golf museum. Lots of history there.
We have been going to the Carolina Hotel around Christmas for years now and find it a very nice, relaxing place for a get-away. We love the hotel itself and especially love walking around Pinehurst and shopping and eating at Village restaurants. The rooms are nice and the lobby is especially well suited to lounging. The afternoon tea and cookies is always appreciated.
So, I'm a golfer and am well aware of the historical significance of Pinehurst, both the resorts, the hotel, the village and everything about them. Having never been there, I was excited to be invited to an event with my wife and spend a night in the hotel.
The grounds are beautiful, the buildings are impressive, the ambience is great and the people are attentive, polite, professional and helpful.
We had a room in the East Wing, and from all I could tell, the vast majority of those rooms are equipped with 2 full size beds. The housekeeping staff leaves the door open on rooms they're working in or just finished, and every room I saw was the same- 2 full size beds. I honestly don't remember the last time I slept in one that size. It was comfortable- no issues there, but the pillows were the worst and that alone had me awake every couple hours.
The event featured a sit-down dinner (it was 275 people) which was okay, and I won't judge the stay based on that meal.
The famous brunch buffet in the Carolina Dining Room is quite possibly the most overpriced buffet I've ever been in. My wife has been managing private country clubs for almost 30 years and I completely understand the "++" concept of pricing. But, in my opinion, there's no such thing as a $40 breakfast anywhere. I've had breakfast buffets in Mexican resorts that were comparable to Pinehurst at half the price. Granted, I'm not much of a breakfast person, but when a several people recommend it, I'm willing to give it a try.
Again, grounds and facilities were gorgeous; the people friendly and helpful. But I was there for an evening event, spend the night, have breakfast and drive home and I can only review what I think is fair to review- where I slept (not all that great), what I had for breakfast (overrated).
The hotel is beautiful and the staff is more than accommodating. The food at the event was delicious and we all really enjoyed it. The staff makes the place what it is. So welcoming and helpful. I do have to say I was a little surprised the rooms were so dated. Didn't feel like what I was expecting when I saw the hotel. The beds were comfortable but the room could use a little extra updating.