Asheville, North Carolina, nestled in a valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, is a tourist-friendly city that celebrates its literary and artistic heritage. Motels near Asheville are economical and about evenly divided between chains and privately owned properties. Many evoke the motor court era of highway accommodations when Americans first learned to love the road.
In-town motels on Tunnel Road in east Asheville are convenient to the Interstate 40 bypass, Asheville Mall and both chain and privately operated restaurants. Days Inn, Courtyard and Holiday Inn are among the chains with Tunnel Road locations. The Mountaineer Inn, with a corny hillbilly motif, offers budget-friendly rooms with views of the mountains beyond the city. Blue Ridge Motor Lodge, a 1970s-era motel, rents standard rooms with patios or balconies overlooking a central garden.
Around the Airport
Asheville Regional Airport is about 15 miles south of the city via Interstate 26, and Fairfield Inn Asheville Airport is the closest motel to the airport. The motel participates in Marriott’s Nickelodeon Your Stay program, in which kids get an activity kit and access to a special website. A complimentary shuttle runs between the hotel, airport and local restaurants. Mountain Inn & Suites, about 4 miles from the airport, provides guests access to the Lelia Patterson Center, a physical fitness facility with a swimming pool and weight equipment.
In the Country
Small towns around the city exhibit a combination of artiness and established mountain traditions. The Apple Blossom Motel, in the small village of Black Mountain, is a traditional motor court with clean rooms outfitted with microwave ovens, mini-fridges and Wi-Fi. Gerton is the location of Peaceful Quest Retreats, a former cabin-style motel that, as its name suggests, strives to provide guests with a quiet getaway. Refurbished cabins and rooms in the adjoining motel sleep from one to five guests.
North of Town
Established commuter towns north of Asheville offer shopping and dining, and Interstate 26 provides easy access to the city. The Pines Cottages, a motel established in 1932, is a collection of stone cottages with refurbished kitchens and Internet access. Some have fireplaces. A minimum stay is required on weekends and holidays. The Appalachian Trail passes in front of the Alpine Court in downtown Hot Springs. This budget-friendly motel is within an easy walk of the village’s shops, the French Broad River and the hot springs. Smoky Mountain Diner, across the street, is a local favorite.
- The Mountaineer Inn: Contact
- Blue Ridge Motor Lodge: Contact
- Fairfield Inn Asheville Airport: Contact
- Mountain Inn & Suites: Contact Us
- Apple Blossom Motel: Contact
- Peaceful Quest Retreats: Contact
- The Pines Cottages: Contact Us
- Alpine Court Hot Springs; 50 Bridge St; Hot Springs, NC 28743; 828-622-3231
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