The choices right in the heart of downtown Asheville are very limited so if your main concern is being able to walk everywhere without ever having to get back in your car then expect to pay over $200 a night if you decide against this hotel. That's a huge difference from the $68/night we ended up paying. After reading the reviews on this site, both good and bad, we just couldn't justify the extra expense so decided to go for The Downtown Inn and in the end we're glad we did.
Let's start with the much discussed lack of curb appeal. Although many reviews on here mention how awful the place looks when you drive up, I wasn't really prepared for just how bad it truly is. It almost looks like it's being prepared for demolition or like it recently survived a nearby explosion of some sort. As bad as it looks in online pictures, it's far worse in person. Much of the outside is covered in unfinished plywood which is in the process of being painted to match the rest of the concrete exterior...nice touch! Clearly there's no money available to improve the outside or the lobby for that matter. The woman at the front desk was pleasant enough but I did get the distinct feeling that she was punishing me for not booking directly through them (I used Hotels.com). The punishment was two double beds instead of the king I booked (although she gave me a discount) and banishment to a room on the front side of the hotel facing the street. If you sleep lightly, you'll want to be on the pool side since some Asheville locals like to ride up and down the street all night long with stereos thumping and there's no shortage of Harleys either. Anyway, I held my breath upon opening the door to our room and was actually pleasantly surprised. Fairly new carpeting, newish wallpaper and basically fresh and clean all the way around. The bathroom ceiling could have used a coat of paint but that was really the only complaint. The room even had a nice sized TV, mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave. For a weekend getaway this hotel is fine.
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- Also Known As:
- Downtown Inn And Suites
- Downtown Hotel Asheville