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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel offers a great view of the mountains while being situated in the heart of downtown Asheville, within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and art galleries. ... more less
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