Where to Stay in Asheville, N.C.
This town is booming. Hotel prices in the compact downtown are soaring and affordable hotels on the outskirts of town lack charm and convenience. So what's a traveler to do? Welp, fortunately, Asheville is full of antiquated B&Bs & inns that ooze hospitality, comfort, and Appalachian charm of the bygone era. You can stay in a Hilton most anywhere. But when, old sport, is the last time you stayed in a pink Georgian house? Here are my top picks for Asheville inns based on location, value for money, and that je-ne-sais-quoi factor that whispers "only in Asheville".
Chestnut Street Inn
This 1905 colonial revival 10 minutes north of downtown is full of original architectural details. The rooms are blissfully antiquated & the home-made breakfast is delectable. Beyond that, this B&B is committed to creating a warm, accepting environment to everyone that walks through their doors (and it shows).
Carolina Bed & Breakfast
If you'd like to stay in a local neighborhood look no further than the historic Montford district just north of downtown. The plush & cozy Carolina hosts a nightly social hour, has fresh cookies throughout the day, and serves a mean breakfast. It's a great bet for people who enjoy meeting other travelers.
Crooked Mountain Oak Inn
Grab a seat on the wrap around porch and lookout over 3 acres of old oak trees. Up here in the mountains, you'll have trouble believing you're only a 10 min drive from downtown. You're in prime position to hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a drive, a hike, or a picnic. Beautifully appointed, it truly feels like a home away from home.
The Lion & The Rose
This restored pink Georgian (also in the Montford district) is all about taking you back to the bygone era. In fact, it's the first stop on the Historic Asheville trolley tour. With original stained glass windows, and almost as many fireplaces as rooms, this place is great for romantics wanting a bit of peace & privacy at the end of the day.
Cumberland Falls B&B
Rhetorical question alert: Could the owners of this place be any more kind? No, they could not. This turn of the century sits on 3/4 of an acre, has a lovely porch & fountain; it's an oasis 10 minute's walk from downtown. The Natural Mystic Suite has a jacuzzi tub and a fireplace from just $175/night. Time to treat yourself.
Traveling On a Budget?
Asheville Hostel & Guest House
There are a few hostels in Asheville, but this one is bet for travelers who value their own space (no shared room, every room is private). It's bare-bones (and the website could use some TLC) but it's a good crash pad for a group of friends who want to save their hard earned cash for the breweries of South Slope. You can even rent their tiny house out back.
Bon Paul & Sharky's Hostel
This is Asheville's closest thing to a true European hostel. Meet over travelers by booking a bed in a dorm, or book their private cottage ($100/night) that has its own kitchen. Private rooms allow dogs, continental breakfast is include, and they rent bikes. This place is in the heart of young, hip West Asheville with ample bars, resto's and shops in walking distance.
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