Being right in the middle of a city is a delight, and staying at the Haywood Park just makes it better. From champagne at registration to a travel goody bag at departure, the staff of the Haywood Park cannot do enough to make your stay enjoyable. They not only answered questions and offered suggestions, but went on line to investigate information and print maps. The valets were also very professional and quickly delivered the car for touring the area, such as going to the Biltmore.
The hotel itself is unique, having started as a department store in the 1920's. The Haywood focuses on this uniqueness, having clothing display cases with historical outfits in the lobby and on each floor. And, when you arrive on your floor, the elevator announces, "Fourth Floor - women's clothing."
The room we had was huge, with a sitting area and a separate dressing room with sink. There was some noise from the streets below, but this is Asheville, known for its street activities. And, it was fun to see the changing musicians and performers throughout our stay. For sleeping, the beds were very comfortable and the room darkening drapes fool you that it's still the night. The hotel does offer all the amenities that are listed on its site and the staff always asked if anything was needed.
The Haywood is at the intersection of three main streets, all filled with excellent coffee shops, restaurants, and galleries. It is also within walking distance of one to three minutes of about everything that Asheville offers. (The hotel has a map with the times circled on the map.) The hotel is the most convenient place to relax after strolling through the city and then going out for the evening.
We will be returning to Asheville in Sept., and the Haywood Park will be our home once again.