When I first walked into the lobby of this downtown hotel, my immediate thought was simple: "We are going to die."
A lobby that stinks of old incense and body odor, coupled with the garish pink tones of a condemned Miami bathhouse circa 1985, does not exactly scream "Welcome!" It does seem to indicate that you might spend your stay being chased through hallways.
The young guy running the front desk was from a town that neighbored the one I grew up in back in Florida, so I decided to stay put. After all, no serial killer has ever come out of Florida.
I'm glad we decided to stay. This place is old as Hell, but it's located in the heart of downtown and we only paid $56 a night. For $56 a night, I expected hookers to be hanging out in the exterior corridor, and apparently this used to be the case. This hotel bans locals and requires you to use your key card in order to use the elevator. When I pondered this aloud as we brought up our luggage, a burnout near us retorted with "Yeah, man, we stayed here ten years ago and some scary dude stood outside our hotel room looking in our window for hours." I wanted to ask more questions, such as "Why didn't you close your curtain?" He had already vanished in a cloud of Nag Champa and pot smoke.
Our room was very Days Inn with the hideous floral bedspreads, clunky TV and coffee maker that turns out only sludge that vaguely smells like coffee, but it was adequate. Get the "Mountain View" side for views of, um, mountains.
The free breakfast consisted of high sugar, trans fat specialties like pre-packaged cinnamon rolls, pecan pies, and donuts. I stuck with my breakfast of champions, Fruit Loops. Beware of the coffee and hold out for something better off property.
The location is the reason one stays here. We were within easy stumbling distance to numerous bars and breweries, as well as the stores and custom-made French fry peddlers of downtown. Downtown Asheville is a condensed version of a major city, and we appreciated being able to walk everywhere.
If you can ignore the terrifying lobby and shady, slightly dilapidated building, you can feel reasonably comfortable here.
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