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“Right in the Center of Everything” 5 of 5 stars
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Aloft Asheville Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   51 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 59 hotels in Asheville
Delmont, Pennsylvania
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30 hotel reviews
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“Right in the Center of Everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The Alfot hotel is right on Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. You can walk from here to anywhere - and walking is what you want to do in Asheville. The parking at the hotel is a mere $5/night and well worth it. Slots are reserved for hotel customers right inside the lot and close to the doors to the hotel elevator.

Hotel check in is on the 2nd floor where the bar and small restaurant are also located. Once in the elevator, you need to swipe your key to get to your room before the elevator will move. Rooms are compact and minimalistic but cute and clever - a touch of industrial loft. The toilet/shower is separated from the sink/vanity by a sliding door and is the only space entirely closed off from the bedroom. Nice walk in shower with shampoo and bath gel dispensers on the wall. The only disappointment was the coffee maker - a single cup throwback to the dark ages of cheap motels. In this age when many upscale hotels are offering Keurig coffee makers or similar, it seemed out of place and we didn't even try it.

The bar off the lobby is beautiful, upscale and lures you in. There is an outdoor heated terrace a story over Biltmore Avenue that would be perfect on a summer evening. Sliding doors from the terrace open into the lounging areas of the bar where there are soft chairs and couches and tons of pillows. The drinks are reasonable and potent. Major minus - we didn't see free coffee available anywhere.

This is the best spot to be in for walking Asheville. There are a multitude of restaurants of all venues all around. Orange Peel club is a block down the street, a bakery/coffee house is across the street and The Blackbird restaurant is adjacent to the hotel. Pack Square is a block up the street.

We enjoyed this hotel and when the weather warms up, we hope to be back and enjoy the outdoor roof pool, lounges, cabanas, bar, grill and fire pit with a view of Asheville at night. If you want to feel hip (even if you are in your senior years) this is the place to do it comfortably.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LindseyVDK, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Asheville Downtown, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Hi GitanaUSA -
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on your recent stay with us. We're glad you enjoyed our hotel, location and amenities, and would love for you to come back this summer and enjoy a stay in one of our poolside cabana rooms! See you soon.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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starfishstarfish
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

was only there for 1 night, arrived a bit later in the evening. Check in was easy as could be. Very friendly gentleman checked us in, was sweet to the kids, provided us with the internet log on information. Also explained the bar and food options. We got to the room and it was great. Very modern, two beds, plenty of space. Nice television and small desk area. Bathroom was fine, nice layout to the room all in all. We were there for only one evening, but the location is stellar! Will definetely stay here again when in Asheville.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmette
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Nice room. Very comfortable bed. Lovely view of the Smokies. Good lobby bar. Wonderful location. Breakfast not good. Over $20 for soggy microwaved pancakes and a tasteless egg sandwich. Better free breakfasts at Hilton Garden and Wingate, etc. Should be free buffet. Very good restaurant in building (Blackbird).

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

BEST HOTEL STAY EVER WITH POOLSIDE ROOM! Ready other hotel reviews and you'll see I've NEVER been as impressed! It's a new hotel so we weren't sure what to expect, but it was all that!

There are 7 poolside rooms on the 3rd floor pool deck. Worth every penny of the little up charge for this! You get a little back patio cabana area outside your private sliding doors!!! There's a pool, modern outdoor furniture. a gas fire pit, a dog walk off to the side and a fab view of the cool restaurant/bar and shopping scene. Lots of walkable places to Ho and super close to Biltmore attractions.

We had kids with us so we didn't get to enjoy the bar area much in the lobby, but wished we could have! They had a DK playing some really cool French pop style music. Nobody was dancing when we swept through at midnight checking in, but it was really a good crowd of 2013 style yuppies! Definitely will plan a return visit and reserve a poolside room WITHOUT precious children along! Oh, DIGS are welcome -- we saw at least 3 Westies! Fun!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LindseyVDK, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Asheville Downtown, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thanks Coomsey for the great feedback on your recent stay! We're happy you got to check out one of our poolside rooms - these rooms definitely provide guests with a unique experience. Come see us again next time you're in Asheville!
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Long Island City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Just spent two midweek nights at Aloft and was pleased with almost everything. Location was great, room clean, bed comfy, bar really nice. Would definitely recommend to friends headed for Asheville. One star taken away for snarky/rude attitude upon check-in. Don't know what her problem was, but I guess everyone has a bad day. Everyone else was very pleasant.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LindseyVDK, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Asheville Downtown, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Hello Traveler2829,
We're glad you enjoyed your recent Aloft stay and appreciate your feedback. Guests do love our convenient downtown Asheville location, w xyz bar, and other great amenities. We're glad you enjoyed them as well. Sorry to hear about your experience at check-in - we will be sure to address this and assure you this will be corrected should you return. We hope to see you back next time you're in town!
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I must say the location of this hotel could hardly be better, right in the heart of everything. Unfortunately that is the only nice thing I have to say. On our first day, an expensive bottle of perfume was taken from my room, seems odd yes, I would never have thought to put it in the safe. I tried to politely approach someone at the front desk and was told they would talk with housekeeping and someone would give me a call within the hour. No one called so I returned to the desk in the evening and tried to ask again. I approached her with, “I spoke to someone this morning about an item missing from my room…” before I could get anything else out her response (in a particularly rude tone) was “something?....is it like a mystery?” I could tell right away she was not going to be of any assistance. I finally got to talk to the interim manager and they offered to cover the cost of the bottle, but none of the staff seemed concerned at all that this had happened nor was there talk of someone else cleaning our room for the rest of our stay, so we were forced to decline housekeeping for the remaining three days.
Besides this, the room was not stocked with coffee (coffee maker and one creamer) when we arrived and the carpet had several large stains…some actual crusty food. The structure and set up of the hotel were nice, but the front end staff and housekeeping were very disappointing. (One exception, those working at the eatery were very pleasant).
I would suggest they start over and re-launch the location with new employees! We will certainly return to Asheville, but not to this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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LindseyVDK, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Asheville Downtown, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Hi Steph_Lexington,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback. We're very sorry to hear about the issue with your perfume and the reaction from our staff. We understand your concerns and are committed to addressing & improving in the areas we fell short. This kind of feedback is greatly appreciated, as it helps us to pinpoint problems and work to resolve them.
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27 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This hotel is so hip its unreal. It is such a cool place to stay if you are young free and single as its so much fun. The location couldn't be better right in the heart of the town with a very popular bar on site. If I was 10 years younger with no children this hotel would be my first choice. Unfortunately having gone to bed at my usual sensible time I was awoken on the hour every hour by the return of party goers who really didn't care about how much noise they made. They allow pets which is great unless the dog barks at midnight ( probably couldn't sleep either). The rooms are good with all mod cons and staff on the front desk were friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this hotel for its fab location and good sized clean rooms but if you dont like to party all night bring ear plugs.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LindseyVDK, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Asheville Downtown, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Hi madamcholet!

Thanks so much for staying with us, and for your review. We're glad you liked Aloft and enjoyed our location, staff & amenities. Sorry to hear that you (and your neighbor's dog :) ) were disturbed by the guests returning from their night out, and hope you were still able to get a good night sleep and enjoy the rest of your stay. Contact us before your next visit and we'll be sure to pre-book you in a room towards the back with less foot-traffic.
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Address: 51 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Asheville > Downtown Asheville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #19 of 59 hotels in Asheville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft Asheville Downtown 3*
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