Asheville, North Carolina, is home to a number of elegant, distinctly original hotels situated close to the popular Biltmore Estate as well as other area attractions. These properties are particularly renowned for catering to discerning travelers by offering high-end amenities, personal service, gourmet dining and a decor that fuses modern luxury with historical charm. Average room rates range from mid-level to pricey depending on the season and location, with a focus on refined older travelers who are not averse to spending.
Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa provides easy access to river rafting at Blue Heron Whitewater or horseback riding at the Smoky Mountain Trail Rides & Bison Farm. The on-site spa offers a bevy of treatments, from Shiatsu massages to rose-petal facials to a full body exfoliation. The resort's 18-hole par 70 golf course features 6,720 yards of play from the long tees, with the Blue Ridge Mountains creating a scenic backdrop and professional lessons available upon request. Guests can also play tennis and racquetball, take aerobics classes or go for a swim inside the 50,000-square-foot sports complex. The property's Vanderbilt wing hosts a lavish shopping promenade, while evening entertainment includes events like jazz concerts and stand-up comedians. Two different dining rooms offer guests a wealth of culinary choices as well as a world class wine list, weekend buffet and views of the Asheville skyline. Tastefully decorated rooms are furnished with plush-top mattresses, pay-per-view movies, video games for the kids and windows that open.
Princess Anne Hotel
The Princess Anne Hotel is a historic 1920-style inn that sits within walking distance of downtown Asheville's galleries and shops, while the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest are a short drive by car. The property's common areas include spacious porches and a living-room lounge with stacked-stone fireplace. An intimate dining room serves a full breakfast each morning, with menu items like crepes du jour, egg souffle and locally roasted organic coffee, while an afternoon reception offers guests French country mixed olives, cheeses and various wines. In addition, lunch and dinner spots like Carmel's Restaurant & Bar and the Tupelo Honey Cafe are both nearby. Each of the 16 guest units are individually decorated and feature zoned heating and cooling, high-speed wireless Internet access and flat-panel LCD TVs with cable. Micro-kitchens and coin-operated washers and dryers are on each floor. Interested parties should inquire about seasonal packages and specials prior to booking.
Doubletree Biltmore Hotel: A Biltmore Farms Hotel
The Doubletree Biltmore Hotel is nestled near the shops of Biltmore Village and the Asheville Mall, while the local airport is just down the road. The hotel's decor drips with upscale Southern charm, while the lobby is lined with antiques that tell the story of the Vanderbilt legacy. On-site amenities include an indoor saline pool with retractable roof, lushly manicured courtyard gardens and a state-of-the-art Precor fitness room to help work off those extra calories from the complimentary freshly baked cookies offered at the front desk. Additionally, a concierge service can help guests book tee times or get tickets to a local show, and business travelers can utilize any one of several private meeting rooms. A free breakfast buffet is laid out at the break of dawn and the hotel's own TGI Friday's offers a family-friendly menu. All 197 guest rooms are outfitted with signature bedding, 37-inch flat-screen HDTVs, bathrobes, honor bars, Wolfgang Puck coffee and a daily copy of USA Today delivered right to the door, while 37 oversized suites also have balconies.
Haywood Park Hotel
The Haywood Park Hotel in the heart of downtown Asheville is only minutes from points of interest like the Asheville Civic Center, Diana Wortham Theater and Historic Trolley Tour. The hotel's atrium boasts a four-story glass ceiling and ample space for social gatherings, with an adjacent 10,000-square-foot ballroom able to accommodate another 700. Guests can enjoy property-wide Wi-Fi and a 24-hour fitness facility with cardio and strength-training equipment. And lovers are welcome to book the "Romance Package," which includes an overnight stay, dinner for two, flower bouquet, bottle of champagne and continental breakfast. A discreet bistro called The Flying Frog Cafe, burrowed below street level, serves gourmet European and Indian cuisines, while an award-winning confectionery sells handmade artisan chocolates. Guest suites are 100 percent non-smoking and feature beds with 600-thread-count linens along with wet bars, writing desks, lighted make-up mirrors and soaps from Gilchrist and Soames. This hotel also welcomes dogs.