There is no such thing as bad food in Asheville. I’m not kidding. Every meal I’ve had there has been cave-your-head-in good and you won’t find fried green tomatoes as good as they make them here!
Although the food in Asheville is incredible, it’s not just for foodies. This small city is fascinating and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains are gorgeous – perfect for outdoor adventurers.
And there is so much for people who love to shop. Downtown Asheville is lined with boutiques, art galleries, and weird bookstores. Then there’s the Biltmore Estate. History buffs could spend days here. It’s mind-blowing how the Vanderbilt family lived here and the technology they pushed for the times.
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Where to stay in Asheville? Let’s take a look at some of the best hotels in Asheville – including budget hotels and luxury hotels. We’ll also go over some of the best rentals in Asheville.
TLDR; Our favorite accommodation in Asheville, NC
- Best Luxury Hotel in Asheville: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
- Best Mid-Range Hotel in Asheville: Cambria Hotel
- Best Budget Hotel in Asheville: Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown
- Best Vacation Rental in Asheville: Lofts at Church Street
- Best Resort in Asheville: The Omni Grove Park Inn
- Best Family-Friendly Hotel in Asheville: Residence Inn
Areas to Choose Within Asheville, North Carolina
- Best Area for First-Timers/Tourists: Downtown Asheville
- Best Area for Budget Travelers: North Asheville
- Best Area for Luxury Travelers: River Arts District
- Best Area for Families: Biltmore Estate
Downtown Asheville is the perfect place to stay for your first visit. It’s a friendly, welcoming city center stocked with fantastic restaurants, unique shops, and many of the top attractions in Asheville.
The vibe is funky and artistic. The people-watching from one of the many cafes is an attraction in itself. Despite the mountain location, you get real urban energy here.
The city offers self-guided tours so you can plan your days of exploring. When you’re ready to venture into the woods for some nature time, take the excellent public transportation to the nearby hiking trails.
Best downtown city center attractions:
- The Thomas Wolfe Memorial dates back to the 19th century. Located on North Market Street, the mansion is a look into his life and career as an American Author.
- Wall Street is a cute nod to New York City. It’s a great block for shopping and trying some of those amazing restaurants.
- The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is an architectural treat and the spiritual heart of downtown Asheville. It was designed by Biltmore House architects, Rafael Gustavino and Richard Sharpe Smith.
- Pack Park will also delight architectural lovers. It also has lots of green space, shady trees, and the city’s granite Veterans’ Memorial.
- Battery Park Book Exchange + Champagne Bar combines your (my?) passions for secondhand bookstores and French bubbly. Bring all the money you have for books and Champagne.
Best Budget Hotel Class in Downtown Asheville
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown, 199 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC, 28805
In an outstanding city center location, this property offers daily hot breakfast with a waffle station, free parking, and a downtown shuttle.
They also have a fitness center with a whirlpool tub, plus an indoor pool. Guestrooms feature WiFi and flat-screen TVs.
Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown
Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
The Four Points is 9 miles from the Biltmore Estate and only 16 minutes away by car from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Chop House Restaurant provides onsite dining with fine wines and local beer.
This city center hotel has an outdoor pool, fitness center, business center, parking, and free WiFi. Each room offers a large flat-screen TV with in-room movies available to rent.
Mid-Range Best Hotels
Aloft Asheville Downtown
Aloft Asheville Downtown, 51 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801
Enjoy your choice of city or mountain views from your modern downtown guestroom. The hotel is within walking distance of boutiques, galleries, and dining too.
The property has a pool, onsite lounge, WiFi, and fitness center and is also pet-friendly. All guestrooms are nonsmoking and air-conditioned.
AC Hotel Asheville Downtown
AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
Conveniently located to breweries, restaurants, and shopping, the AC Hotel is a lovely place to stay for your first-time visiting Asheville.
The property offers complimentary WiFI, a fitness center, and two onsite restaurants serving local cuisine and seasonal cocktails. All guestrooms have a mini-fridge and a sitting area.
Luxury Best Hotels
Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel
The Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
The luxurious Renaissance Hotel works with the Bee Institute to promote the sustainability of bees by hosting rooftop bee boxes.
Besides helping the environment, the Renaissance is a wonderful place to stay because of its close proximity to downtown breweries and other bars and restaurants.
Haywood Park Hotel
Haywood Park Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection, 1 Battery Park Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801
The Haywood Park Hotel is only a 10-minute ride to Biltmore Estate and its downtown Asheville location makes it convenient to all the best shopping and restaurants.
All guestrooms at the Haywood Park Hotel come with a complimentary daily breakfast, WiFi, and a flat-screen TV. The luxurious accommodations also offer sitting rooms and spa-like baths.
The special touch at the Haywood Park Hotel is the complimentary Champagne upon arrival. Ah, yes. Where are my books?
Kimpton Hotel Arras
Kimpton Hotel Arras, 7 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28806
Located on a prime downtown street, the Kimpton Hotel Arras offers an onsite restaurant, a lounge, WiFi, and a fitness center.
All guestrooms at the Kimpton Hotel Arras have a sitting area. Guests are also welcome to a complimentary continental breakfast.
The Kimpton Hotel Arras is one of the nicest, most luxurious hotels closest to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
You can also find a downtown Asheville condo in a historic building within walking distance of many attractions, restaurants, and shopping and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smokey Mountains.
Kitchens are stocked with everything you’ll need but you may be too busy trying all the restaurants to cook for yourself. Rates average $175 or more per night.
Lofts at Church Streets
The Lofts at Church Streets offers a one-bedroom and one-and-one-half bathroom apartment only two blocks from Pack Square.
Recently renovated and absolutely gorgeous, it will delight you with its exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings, skylights, and hardwood flooring.
There is also a 47-inch flat-screen with a DVD player in the living room and the fully-stocked kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Rates average $188 per night.
Colby Loft is a downtown Asheville apartment only a couple of miles from Biltmore Estate and less than that to the Botanical Gardens.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment offers air conditioning, a balcony, free WiFi, and a fully-stocked kitchen.
This is a gorgeous area close to Pisgah National Forest and is a good spot to consider if you’re looking for less expensive hotel options or cabin rentals than what you’ll find in Asheville.
Here you’ll get wonderful mountain views and seclusion while still being close to downtown Ashville.
The community is charming, close-knit, and has a great art scene. Since you won’t be close to Asheville’s public transportation, you’ll want to factor in a car rental. You can great prices on Skyscanner.
Best Black Mountain attractions:
- Black Mountain Escape is not your ordinary escape room. This is a storyland that will immerse you into the area’s history while you search for clues to beat the timer and make your escape.
- Lake Tomahawk Park is a public park with a 4.5-acre lake where you can fish and sail and a walking path. It also has a picnic area, tennis courts, horseshoes and an outdoor pool.
- Black Mountain Cider + Mead crafts small batches of ciders and meads with locally sourced apples and honey using traditional recipes.
- Swannanoa Valley Museum tells the local history of Black Mountain and Asheville. It’s free to visit and offers rotating informative exhibits.
- Red House Studios and Art Gallery is only one of the many wonderful art studios you’ll find in Black Mountain, but it’s one of the best and is next to the Monte Vista Hotel.
Budget Hotel Class
Super 8 by Wyndham Black Mountain
Super 8 by Wyndham Black Mountain, 101 Flat Creek Road, Black Mountain, NC, 28711
Close to attractions like Hop’n Blueberry Farm, Great Smokey Mountains, and national forests, the conveniently located Super 8 by Wyndham offers flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and WiFi.
It also has a pool and free breakfast. Guests have access to free parking and it’s close to popular restaurants. Lake Tomahawk Park, Black Mountain Square, and many galleries are walkable.
Acorn Motel, 600 W. State Street., Black Mountain, NC, 28711
In a good location, the Acorn Motel is a budget-friendly motel that has exactly what you need for a comfortable stay. Each room has air conditioning, a fridge, and WiFi.
Quality Inn, 585 Hwy 9, Black Mountain, NC, 28711
The Quality Inn is ideal for families looking for a great hotel deal. Each room has a fridge and WiFi. The property also has an outdoor pool, free parking, and free breakfast.
Black Mountain restaurants and art galleries are nearby as well. From here you can also easily get to the Biltmore Estate. Enjoy the beautiful views from the deck!
Mid-Range Best Hotels
Monte Vista Boutique Hotel
The Monte Vista Boutique Hotel, 308 W. State Street
In a historic building and lovingly restored, the Monte Vista Boutique Hotel celebrates the town’s art scene and beautiful mountain views.
The elegant Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is the hotel’s popular onsite restaurant. Past guests love the hotel’s location and friendly, family-like service.
Red Rocker Inn
Red Rocker Inn, 136 N. Dougherty Street
The Red Rocker Inn is a B&B in a historic building in the center of town. All rooms have a private bath, air conditioning, and WiFi.
A few of the rooms have whirlpool tubs or fireplaces. They also offer complimentary fresh-baked cookies, tea, and soft drinks. A free breakfast is served each morning.
A fine dining room is also available and is one of the area’s highly-rated local restaurants.
Black Mountain Inn
Black Mountain Inn, 1186 Old Highway 70
Enjoy a full breakfast, take a hike, or stroll the pretty gardens at the Black Mountain Inn, only 15-minutes from downtown Asheville. You also have easy access to the nearby places of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Biltmore Estate.
Each unique room has a private bath – some with claw-foot tubs. The inn offers massage services and a relaxing sauna too.
The two-bedroom and two-bath Dogwood Cottage has hardwood floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Rates average $168 per night.
One bedroom offers a king bed and the other bedroom has three twins. Guests also enjoy the front porch and sunroom for morning coffee and evening beverages.
The Bluebird Hideaway is a pet-friendly rental with a hot tub on one acre. It has a front porch, perfect for coffee in the morning, and a hot tub around the side.
The second floor has a loft with a reading nook, a trundle bed, games, and puzzles. The main bedroom has a queen bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower. Rates average $191 per night.
Our Home, Your Home
This adorable retreat offers a relaxing private patio, two bedrooms, and one bathroom, with air conditioning, WiFi, and a flat-screen TV.
There is also a grill, tennis courts, access to great mountain outdoor activities, and fantastic hiking trails. The vacation home is about 17 miles from downtown Asheville.
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Luxury can mean many different things. But often I think of luxury traveling as involving choices about how and where to spend my time.
That’s why I like North Asheville as the best area for a luxurious vacation. You’re out of the hustle of downtown but all the top attractions, including the Great Smoky Mountains, are close by.
North Asheville attractions:
- Grovewood Village is a arts and crafts village with galleries and studios.
- Botanical Gardens at Asheville features Appalachian plants, trails, and special events.
- Luella’s BBQ is a huge hit with the locals who certainly know their pulled pork.
- Blue Ridge Parkway access for hiking trails.
- Omni Grove Park Inn for their fine dining room, cocktail lounge, and activities.
Budget Hotel Class in North Asheville
Days Inn by Wyndham Asheville Downtown North
Days Inn by Wyndham Asheville Downtown North, 3 Renolds Mountain Boulevard, Asheville, NC, 28804
Enjoy gorgeous mountain views from the perfect location north of town. The property offers free WiFi and a daily grab-and-go breakfast.
The location makes this hotel so popular. It’s 5.6 miles from Biltmore Estate and only a couple of miles from the Botanical Gardens.
Hilton Garden Inn Asheville
Hilton Garden Inn Asheville, 309 College Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
Conveniently located downtown but only about a mile and a half away from Biltmore Square and two miles from the estate, the Garden Inn Hilton Asheville offers free WiFi and an on-site bar.
Every room is nonsmoking and has air-conditioning. The property is highly rated for cleanliness, friendly staff, and outstanding location.
TownPlace Suites by Marriott Asheville Downtown
TownPlace Suites by Marriott Asheville Downtown, 39 Elm Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
All guestrooms are non-smoking with a desk. Some rooms have kitchenettes, but the entire property offers free WiFi.
They also offer a daily breakfast that you can grab as you start your day trips from this fantastic location close to the Botanical Gardens, breweries, and shopping.
Mid-Range Best Hotels
Element Asheville Downtown
Element Asheville Downtown, 62 College Place, Asheville, NC, 28801
Pet-friendly with an excellent location, the Element Asheville Downtown offers a fitness center, lounge, a relaxing terrace, and free parking.
A daily breakfast with gluten-free items is also served. After breakfast, enjoy the nearby biking and hiking trails and Botanical Gardens.
The Reynolds Mansion
The Reynolds Mansion, 100 Reynolds Heights, Asheville, NC, 28804
The Reynolds Mansion is one of the charming historic places you can spend the night in North Asheville. It’s a bed and breakfast in a fantastic location.
It’s close to hiking and breweries and is only three miles from the Botanical Gardens. The B&B offers free WiFi and is fully air-conditioned. Guests also enjoy the garden and sun terrace.
Albemarle Inn, 86 Edgemont Road, Asheville, NC, 28801
A beautiful bed and breakfast in the Greek Revival style, the historic home is close to the Grove Park Inn and amenities. Daily breakfast with gluten-free items is served.
Guests can enjoy sitting by the fireplace or walking through the garden. Each guest room has a TV and a private bathroom.
Luxury Best Hotels
Princess Anne Boutique Hotel & Breakfast
Princess Anne Boutique Hotel & Breakfast, 301 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
Famous for its daily gourmet breakfast with many gluten-free items, the Princess Anne is one of Asheville’s most adored historic places to stay.
The unique rooms have hardwood floors and elegant decor. With both stone fireplaces and patios, guests have plenty of places to relax.
Omni Grove Park Inn
Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28804
The famous Omni Grove Park Inn is a favorite for luxury travelers visiting Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as locals. It has welcomed guests for more than one hundred years.
The Omni Grove Park Inn features a special subterranean spa with hot tubs and an indoor pool, a championship golf course, and fine dining using local ingredients.
You don’t even have to be an Omni Grove Park Inn guest to enjoy this fantastic Blue Ridge Mountains treasure. Many people come just to see it.
North Asheville has beautiful exclusive (read: expensive) homes and you can immerse yourself in this lifestyle with one of many vacation rentals offered, many with relaxing hot tubs.
Many have both city and mountain views and are on lovely walkable streets. You can find studios with prices averaging about $99 per night to villas at about $450 per night.
River Arts District
Asheville’s crime rate is slightly above the national average, however, the city is largely a safe place to visit.
One neighborhood that is packed with arts and entertainment while also managing to be one of the safest places to visit in Asheville is the River Arts District sitting alongside the French Broad River.
Also called the RAD, this neighborhood’s studios are covered with wonderful murals. Inside them, you’ll discover glassblowing, pottery, and other artisan works.
At night, the bars and restaurants open up to let the music drift out onto the streets for a sweet, chill vibe that will make you feel right at home.
River Arts District attractions:
- Art studios house more than 200 artists making and selling fantastic, one-of-a-kind pieces.
- Wedge Brewing Company is a local favorite for craft beer and casual food.
- Asheville Cotton Mill Studios is one of the city’s oldest historical places built in 1887. Now it’s a bright, airy studio space.
- Curve Studios and Garden is an old art gallery featuring a spectacular garden with flowers and sculptures.
- Foundation Woodworks offers woodcrafts, furniture, kitchenware, and jewelry all made from wood.
Best Budget Hotel Class in the River Arts District
Downtown Inn & Suites
Downtown Inn & Suites, 120 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly option walkable to attractions, brewers, and dining. They offer free self-parking onsite as well.
All nonsmoking guestrooms have air-conditioning and come with a complimentary breakfast. The property has a business center, WiFi, and a pool.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Asheville West
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Asheville West, 1914 Old Haywood Road, Asheville, NC, 28806
Featuring a daily breakfast and refreshing pool, the Country Inn & Suites Asheville West is in an excellent location outside of downtown Asheville but close enough to enjoy the art scene.
Each guest room has WiFi and a flat-screen. Guests also have use of a fitness center and business center. The entire hotel is non-smoking.
Mid-Range Best Hotels
Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown
Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown, 151 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
Pet-friendly with nice city views, the Hotel Indigo offers rooms with flat screens and WiFi. They also have sitting areas and work desks.
All decor is modern and features hardwood floors. The hotel offers onsite dining and a cocktail lounge too. And it’s in a great central location.
Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville
Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville, 15 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801
This hotel is part of Choice International and is designed to be a modern business hotel, but it’s also great for first-time visitors who need affordable downtown accommodations.
The Cambria Hotel is 2.2 miles from Biltmore Estate and offers an onsite restaurant and lounge. The property also has a fitness center and all rooms have WiFi.
Doubletree by Hilton Asheville
Doubletree by Hilton Asheville, 199 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
The Doubletree is in a great walkable location, close to shopping, dining, and entertainment. They offer WiFi and all guestrooms have flat screens and desks.
They also have a fitness center, plus a restaurant with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a cocktail lounge.
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One of the finest homes in America, Biltmore Estate was a dream build for George Vanderbilt when it was constructed in 1895.
The 250-room mansion is an architectural masterpiece and the family was well-known for their hospitality. Now more than 100-years later, visitors come from around the world for the Biltmore experience.
Biltmore Estate attractions:
- Events are offered throughout the year for guests to experience the grand mansion from many perspectives and in different seasons.
- The shops at Biltmore Estate are stocked with treasures inspired by George Vanderbilt’s taste and travels.
- Tours of the house and grounds can be self-guided or you can make a reservation for a personal guide for deeper insight geared to your interests.
- Biltmore Winery offers award-winning varietals, tastings, special events, and tours.
- Dining in one of seven Biltmore Estate restaurants is a special immersion experience. From casual eateries to fine dining, each dish is impeccably prepared using locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes.
Best Budget Hotel Class at Biltmore Estate
Home2 Suites by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Village
Home2 Suites by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Village, 61 Thompson Street, Asheville, NC, 28803
This fantastic value of a hotel is walkable to Biltmore and only a few miles from other breweries, shopping, and downtown Asheville.
All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette. Daily breakfast is served and the property also has laundry facilities.
Baymont by Wyndham Asheville/Bi
Baymont by Wyndham Asheville/Biltmore, 204 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
Guests can enjoy the hot tub, pool, and fitness center at this hotel adjacent to Biltmore. Each room has air conditioning and flat screens.
Clarion Inn Biltmore Village
Clarion Inn Biltmore Village, 234 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
The Clarion Inn offers guests a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, WiFi, and a daily hot breakfast. It’s only a few minutes drive to the entrance of Biltmore.
All rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen, and a mini-fridge. Guests also have use of the fitness facility and business center.
Mid-Range Best Hotels
Courtyard Asheville Biltmore Village
Courtyard Asheville Biltmore Village, 26 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
The Courtyard is within walking distance of the estate and only a couple of miles away from popular Green Man Brewery and Wedge Brewery.
The property offers free parking, a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, and WiFi. This is a great location for the price.
Residence Inn Asheville Biltmore
Residence Inn Asheville Biltmore, 701 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28803
The hotel’s ample suites equipped with kitchens are the perfect size for families. Daily breakfast is included in the rate.
Guests can enjoy the swimming pool with a hot tub and fitness facility. The estate and Biltmore Village are only three miles away too.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 186 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
Take in the lovely mountains as you walk to the grand Biltmore home if you stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites. Guests have use of the exercise room, whirlpool tub, and an indoor swimming pool.
WiFi is available throughout the property and all rooms have a flat-screen, mini-fridge, and microwave oven. The hotel also has a restaurant and cocktail bar.
Luxury Best Hotels
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC, 28803
This is one of the most unusual hotels I’ve personally ever seen. It looks like a count’s castle in an ancient Hungarian forest and it’s a very fun stay.
The Grand Bohemian Hotel has all the luxurious room appointments and amenities you would expect from a big city hotel. Guests can dine at the Red Stag Grill or have a glass of wine (red, of course) at the tavern.
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park, 43 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC, 28803
Offering a world-class spa, onsite fine dining, and convenient location, the Hilton Asheville is an excellent luxury choice between Biltmore Village and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
All the guest rooms at the Hilton Asheville are elegantly appointed and have flat-screen TVs, work desks, and mini-fridges. There are also fitness facilities, a 24-hour market, and baggage storage.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate
The Inn on Biltmore Estate, 1 Antler Hill Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
This wonderful hotel is on the grounds of the grand Biltmore. The property has a swimming pool and full-service spa, plus many onsite dining options.
All the furnishings are inspired by the Biltmore, but they do have flat-screen TVs and all the modern amenities you’d expect in a luxury hotel class.
Groove Stone Getaway
Groove Stone Getaway is located in a quiet mountain community but it’s only a ten-minute drive to downtown, the Biltmore, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The average price is $127 per night.
Other cabin rentals, cottages, and apartments are available starting from $83 per night. All promise seclusion while being minutes away from Biltmore and the excitement of Asheville.
Getting Around Asheville, NC
The cutest way to get around the city center is by the historic trolley. The trolley is a great option for those traveling solo as you get a guided tour and you can hop on and off at various stops.
You can also find taxis, ride services, and public buses. There are pedestrian-friendly areas for those times you choose to walk.
It’s also easy to drive and most hotels have parking. Finding a parking spot downtown can be a challenge though.
If you’re flying in with your family or a group of friends and need to rent a car at Asheville Regional Airport, check for the best rates before you arrive.
A car is ideal if you want to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
If you’re staying at Biltmore, they offer a shuttle service to make it easy to get around.
Where can I find the most unique hotel experience in Asheville?
The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville has our vote for most unique due to its dramatic decor and romantic setting.
What’s the best option for staying in Asheville with your family?
Vacation rentals offer great value for families. They will have fully stocked kitchens for preparing meals and wonderful porches for games and coffee.
Where do the Asheville locals go to hang out?
The River Arts District is a fantastic arts and entertainment area where people like to gather.