We spent a total of four nights in the Asheville area....two in a log cabin in Maggie Valley and two at the Haywood Park Hotel. Both stays were wonderful!
In downtown Asheville we were looking for a hotel that was centrally located so that we could walk anywhere. This was an excellent choice. We were within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and shops. Unfortunately, we were not there long enough to do them justice!
More than the location, we loved the vibe of this boutique hotel. It was previously two different department stores, but rather than completely disguise that fact, they used it as a their theme. There were mannequins in the lobby dressed in the clothing of the various periods when the department stores were open. On every floor there was a glass case with mannequins representing what had been sold on that floor. When we exited the elevator on our floor, a lady's voice in the elevator said "Third Floor, Children's Wear". Sure enough, the glass case contained two child mannequins, dressed in retro clothing. How fun!
There were also photos all over the hotel showing the building and rennovations of the two department stores. I enjoyed looking at these, as well as the photos of the various celebrities who have stayed here.
The room was as large as the suite we had recently stayed in at the Hampton Inn and Suites and it was decorated very nicely. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was awesome.
Since this was our first trip to Asheville, we relied on the staff, who were very friendly and helpful, for ideas of places to sightsee and to eat. The hotel had a fun bar and restaurant as well as a nice gift shop. They were in the process of adding more shops as well. We parked in a garage attached to the hotel.
We will definitely stay at the Haywood Park Hotel when we go back!