Asheville, North Carolina has always been a great city to visit. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the region has provided a quaint place for those living in the cities to escape and reap the benefits of the fresh mountain air. George Vanderbilt helped make the city of Asheville famous when he built his country home, Biltmore Estate, in Asheville in the nineteenth century. The area hosts dignitaries, celebrities and the elite. Asheville is a cultural center in North Carolina.
Here are our picks for the top 5 hotels in Asheville, North Carolina.
1. The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn is nestled along the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The luxury hotel has 513 well appointed guest rooms including 14 suites and 28 rooms located on the adult only Club Floor. The hotel boasts a luxurious subterranean spa. the spa architecture includes walls of rocks, dramatic arches and tunnels. The world class spa includes private men and women's pools with underwater music, therapeutic water centers, a lap pool, inhalation rooms, sauna and steam rooms, fireside lounges and a café. There is an outdoor pool and Cabana Grill and Bar, 2 retail promenades and 6 indoor and outdoor tennis courts. The championship 18 hole golf course is 6400 yards and designed by Donald Ross. There are several restaurants at The Omni Grove Park Inn including Vue 1913, Elaines Dueling Piano Bar, Blue Ridge, The Great Hall Bar, Presidents Lounge and the Sunset Terrace. The Omni is a great place to hold meetings or events. The resort has 50,000 square feet of space including the Mountain View Terrace and Skyline Room, The Country Club and the Sealy Pavilion which opens in December 2017.
The Omni Grove Park Inn has hosted distinguished guests since 1913. It was built by partners Edwin Wiley Grove and Fred Sealy. Edwin was a Civil War Veteran and pharmacist. Due to illness, he had a summer home in Asheville. Sealy would become Edwin's son-in-law as well as his business partner. The Omni Grove Park Inn continues to provide luxurious amenities for its guests among the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The cost to stay at The Omni is $360 a night.
2. The Inn on Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt as his country home in Asheville, North Carolina outside of his home in New York City. As a young man, Vanderbilt was inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and beautiful scenery. Biltmore and his wife set out to create a magnificent and grand home where they could host guests. The 250 room French Renaissance estate was completed in 1895. Along with the estate George and his wife Edith created lush and beautiful gardens and grounds. Vanderbilt was environmentally conscious and created a beautiful estate where he could host guests and family. His daughter and her sons would carry on that tradition. Today, the area includes the Main Dairy and Horse Barn, a winery, the Village Hotel, The Cottage on Biltmore Estates and the luxurious Inn on Biltmore Estate.
The Inn on Biltmore Estates offers high quality hospitality and service to its guests in an elegant and beautiful setting. Guests stay in well appointed guest rooms filled with luxurious décor and amenities. Guests can upgrade to the Chateau Tier rooms and suites for an even more luxurious and customized stay. Tours are offered of the Vanderbilt's home, the grounds and gardens, the estate winery and an equestrian center. There is fine shopping in Antler Village, and The Inn on Biltmore Estates offers picnic baskets for a romantic lunch. Within The Inn, there is an elegantly designed spa with a luxurious treatment menu and an outdoor heated pool and a fitness center. Both casual and formal dining is available at The Inn. The Dining Room provides superb meals in a formal setting. Dishes are made with fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden. The Library Lounge offers casual dining with seasonal dishes in a relaxed setting. The Lobby Bar hosts live piano and jazz music. There is also a meeting and events center. The cost to stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate is $350 per night.
3. The Windsor Boutique Hotel
The Windsor Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. It is close to fine dining, breweries, shops and art galleries. The building that houses the hotel was built in 1907 as the JD Nelson Building. Its tenants included a grocer, a hardware store and a painting contractor. The building also had multiple apartments on the upper floors. Over the years, the building went into disrepair. In 2010 the building underwent a major renovation and is now home to The Windsor Boutique Hotel. It received the Griffin Award for Historic Preservation in 2014. Modern updates and careful historic preservation made the building beautiful once more. The Windsor Boutique Hotel has corbeled brick cornices, recessed windows and street level storefronts.
The Windsor Boutique Hotel features a welcoming lobby and stairway leading to 14 luxury suites. Each suite is decorated uniquely with luxurious fabrics and eclectic artwork from Asheville and Paris. The rooms carry a rustic charm. Amenities include in-room massage, a Valet Gourmet who delivers meals from local restaurants, passes available for the YMCA Health and Fitness center, On site art tours and tickets to the nearby Biltmore Estate. The Windsor Boutique Hotel is a unique and luxurious place to stay when visiting the city of Asheville, North Carolina. The cost per night is $300.
4. Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
The Grand Bohemian Hotel is located in the historic Biltmore Village. Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains and close by to the Biltmore Estate, the Grand Bohemian is a great place to stay and enjoy luxury amenities. The Tudor style building is filled with Old-World inspired décor, antiques, hand carved details and stone floors. The rustic ambiance is mixed with eclectic artwork by local artists and modern amenities. Guests of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, a Kessler Collection hotel, enjoy finely appointed guest rooms and suites.
The Grand Bohemian Hotel includes a spa, an on-site art gallery and local culture and shopping in a scenic setting. The hotel restaurant, the Red Stag Grill, serves contemporary European comfort food made with locally grown ingredients in a rustic yet chic setting. The Red Stag Grill Lounge and Bar is the perfect place to relax with friends. The Grand Bohemian Hotel gas 5000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Kessler Ballroom is 2200 square feet. Whatever the event the coordinators will provide flexible yet elegant space that can be intimate or grand. The tented Tyroleon Terrace offers fresh mountain air in a beautiful setting.
5. Haywood Park Hotel
The Haywood Park Hotel opened in 1985 and is located in the Battery Hill Neighborhood of Asheville, North Carolina. The location is close to dining, shopping, art and nightlife. The building originally was the site of 2 upscale department stores. Bon Marché was located in the building from 1923 until 1937. During the "roaring 20's" dignitaries and celebrities shopped there. The building was passed on to another high-end department store in 1937, Ivey's. Ivey's remained at the location until 1975. The Haywood Park Hotel pays homage to the building's history by displaying mannequins dressed in long ago styles.
The Haywood Park Hotel offers 33 elegantly furnished guest rooms and suites. Each is well appointed and the hotel offers quality service and luxurious amenities. While staying at the Haywood Park Hotel, guests enjoy the newly renovated fitness center and the Be Well Balanced Spa and Wellness Center. The lobby was also recently refurbished and includes Spanish marble and brass fixtures. Isa's Bistro serves lunch and dinner with seasonal meals made with fresh local produce. The Haywood Park Café, located in the hotel atrium, serves casual breakfast and lunch. The cost to stay at the Haywood Park Café is $260 per night.
Written by Garrett Parker
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