The Top Boutique Hotels in Asheville, NC
By Cynthia Graham
Tucked away in the mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway is the hidden retreat of the east, Asheville, North Carolina. From the town’s numerous top boutique hotels, you can easily wander the River Arts District, famous for its many artists’ studios where you can watch them work and even buy their unique pieces directly.
The area is also jam packed with craft beer breweries. In fact, there are now over 40 to imbibe in, with hundreds of varieties to sample (several of the breweries even offer free tours). And if you love the mountains, there are unlimited hikes leading to amazing waterfalls to explore, along with endless mountain biking opportunities throughout the surrounding temperate forest.
And let’s not forget the magnificent Biltmore Estate. Built by the Vanderbilt’s in 1895, this sprawling country estate – it’s the largest privately owned home in the United States – is an easy drive from downtown Asheville, and is a luxury destination that’s in a class of its own. The Biltmore gardens and grounds overflow with flowers and special events year around.
Looking for a luxury holiday that has romantic hotels and unlimited points of interest? Asheville has what you need for your next escape. Use our list of the top boutique hotels in Asheville as your guide to finding the perfect retreat during your visit to this diverse city.
Princess Anne Hotel
Located in a quiet neighborhood, this romantic luxury boutique hotel is only a mile from historic downtown Asheville. Built in 1924, the Princess Anne Hotel has beautiful wood floors and high ceilings with all the modern conveniences, including a kitchen space in each guest room.
During your luxury holiday, you will enjoy a complimentary full breakfast served in the elegant formal dining room, and in the afternoon you can partake in the wine and hors-d’oeuvres provided as you mingle with other guests. Alternatively, you can enjoy your wine out on the porch or in one of the beautifully decorated sitting areas dotted around the property.
All rooms have Simmons Beauty Rest mattresses, a microwave, and a cooktop with everything you will need to prepare a private meal. There are 14 spacious suites and two large guest rooms to choose from. The location is an easy drive to visit the Biltmore Estate and other Asheville points of interest.
Rates and Reviews: Princess Anne Hotel
The Windsor Boutique Hotel
Start your luxury holiday in Asheville with your own private Parisian-style apartment centrally located in the heart of downtown. All told, the Windsor Boutique Hotel offers 14 uniquely decorated suites, each containing artwork from local artists along with hand-selected items from Paris. Each room has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, high-quality beds and bedding, and multiple flat screen TVs.
In-room massages are offered by husband and wife massage therapist team Jason and Liz Ference. Connected to the hotel is the Desirant Boutique with unique items from antiques, jewelry, accessories, home decor, to apparel (guests receive a 10% discount off purchases). Both international and local art is represented. Feeling peckish? Walk across the way and try the Gourmet Chip Company or stop in at the Mellow Mushroom.
This 1907 renovated building highlights the hardwood floors and exposed brick with a touch of Paris and contemporary flourishes. The hotel is pet-friendly and has a snack bar, concierge services, and tickets are available for local attractions such as The Biltmore Estate or the Orange Peel music venue.
Rates and Reviews: The Windsor Boutique Hotel
The Albemarle Inn is perfect for weddings or a romantic luxury holiday. This restored 1909 Greek revival mansion was built as a private residence and later was used as a school and a rooming house. A luxury B&B inn since 1980, the Albemarle offers a variety of great wedding and romance packages. There are 11 unique rooms to choose from, some with canopy beds to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
Entering the inn you will be swept away by the grand staircase that leads to the guestrooms. History buffs will love this inn and the surrounding historical homes in this quiet residential area. The current owners, Fabrizio and Rosemary Chiariello, purchased the inn in 2012, and were awarded the AAA Four-diamond award in 2013 , along with a five star ranking from TripAdvisor.
The secluded location is a quick trip to either downtown Asheville or out to the mountains. A stay here includes a gourmet breakfast served on the sun-filled porch. On weekends, partake in the afternoon social hour on the veranda or wander the award-winning gardens. In-room massages are available and are a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
Rates and Reviews: Albemarle Inn
The Bunn House Hotel
One of the newest boutique hotels in Asheville – and certainly one of the most intimate – the beautiful red brick Bunn House was built in 1905 by, perhaps not surprisingly, a brick manufacturer. Now The Bunn House Hotel, this romantic, charming, and luxurious mansion offers guests a choice of five elegant rooms and one suite. Hosting a special event? Why not rent the whole house?
Each guestroom is stocked with items to make your own light breakfast and a choice of locally made snacks, along with beverages including coffee, local beer, wine, and soda. The beds have premium linens, and the bathrooms have steam showers with rainfall showerheads and heated floors. For a nice treat, head up to the rooftop terrace with its great views, or spend time meandering through the landscaped gardens. For Tesla drivers, charging stations are provided.
Rates and Reviews: The Bunn House Hotel
The Beaufort House Inn
The Beaufort House Inn is a quaint Victorian home built in 1895 that offers a choice of eight guestrooms and three cottages. Film buffs love this spot for its connection to actor Charlton Heston, who lived here with his wife Lydia for six months in the 1940s (they stayed in what is now called the Rose Room). This delightful building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens.
The wide wrap-around porch is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the gardens and sunsets (there is even a hammock for that warm summer afternoon nap). The inn is owned and operated by Jim and Christina Muth, the latter of whom is a master gardener and gourmet cook who’s responsible for the excellent two-course breakfast served by candlelight to start your day. You can finish your day at the wine social, including complimentary local microbrews each evening.
Other nice perks included in your stay are the inclusion of fresh flowers, sparkling beverages, and more. Each room includes two-person Jacuzzis, gas-log fireplaces, and a DVD library. The inn is located in a historic and quiet neighborhood close to Asheville’s top attractions.
Rates and Reviews: The Beaufort House Inn
Posh Boutique Hotel
The Posh Boutique Hotel is certainly not your traditional boutique hotel (there is actually no front desk!). Consisting of a group of eight luxury condos in two buildings built in 1929, this exquisite hotel is located in the historic Biltmore Village, which is an ideal location to stay when visiting the Biltmore Estate. From your well-appointed condo, you can easily walk to several galleries, restaurants, and points of interest in the village.
The condos are quite large (each at least 2300 sq ft), and come with two bedrooms and two baths, and can sleep six people. They also have full kitchens, several seating areas, fireplaces, separate laundry room, private outdoor spaces, and several TVs. Some of the condos are townhomes on two levels with the bedrooms upstairs, while others can be accessed by elevator for a wheelchair accessible luxury vacation.
Amenities include an indoor bar area and a garden terrace with a waterfall and an outdoor fire pit. Be sure to read the descriptions of each property, as each is distinctly different. They all include luxury amenities, are professionally decorated and maid service is available upon request.
Rates and Reviews: Posh Boutique Hotel
Whitegate Inn & Cottage
Built in 1889, Whitegate Inn & Cottage is full of character, antiques, with lush gardens and a pond, which makes it one of the best boutique hotels in Asheville. Each of the 11 rooms are unique and decorated with a famous poet in mind, such as Oscar Wilde and Emily Dickerson. Included with your stay is a three-course breakfast served in the elegant formal dining room, and evening refreshments are served in the Solarium or on the patio near the fire pit.
The main house features a solarium, living room, and parlor where you can relax, in addition to several guest rooms. Additional accommodations are located in the carriage house, as well as in a bungalow and separate guest cottage (some of the rooms are even dog-friendly). The inn is an AAA Four-Diamond property and is located close to downtown Asheville, and a 15 minute walk to the historic Grove Arcade and a short drive to the Biltmore Estate.
To go along with the poetic theme, each room includes a selection of poetry volumes by the featured poet. You can also indulge in on-site massage and spa packages in the privacy and comfort of your own room or suite including massages, facials, and foot and body treatments. (Luxury Tip: If you are adventuring out for the day, you may want to order a picnic basket to take with you.)
Rates and Reviews: Whitegate Inn & Cottage
The Foundry is the newest luxury boutique hotel in Asheville and encompasses several buildings, including the restoration of the steel foundry buildings that forged the steel used to build the Biltmore Estate. There are 87 guest rooms available, from standard hotel rooms to the exquisite Presidential Suite. Part of the luxury Curio Collection by Hilton, the Foundry is located in downtown Asheville within an easy walk to historic points of interest across the city.
Acclaimed local chef John Fleer heads up the hotel’s restaurant, the Iron and Clay, which draws its inspiration from the local mountains for its farm-to-table cuisine. On the second floor lobby, the Workshop Lounge offers artisanal craft cocktails featuring organic, locally distilled spirits and southern flavors, with ample comfortable seating.
The guestrooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, safe, wet bar, and mini-refrigerator, along with rainfall showers in the spacious marble bathrooms. The hotel has a concierge desk, 24-hour pavilion pantry market, grand lounge, as a beautiful courtyard and butterfly garden. This luxury destination has also preserved the historic original elevator pulley system, hardwood floors, and exposed brick, which adds to the ambience of this elegant boutique hotel.
Rates and Reviews: The Foundry
Contributor Cynthia Graham is a freelance travel writer and digital nomad traveling the world. She owns www.BlueBagNomads.com where she shares her travel tips and passion. Also find her on Facebook and Twitter.