Sit down; this is going to be a long review! (If you don't want to read all of it, the bottom line is - STAY HERE - GREAT HOTEL.)
WOW! This is an incredible hotel! I usually stay down the street at the Residence Inn; however, I managed (somehow) to get a great rate on this hotel so decided to give it a try.
This is unsurpassed luxury that I and not used to. I am happy with clean sheets and towels, and a decent breakfast. Too bad I can only give it a 5; it’s worth a 10! I was laughing at myself, because I was so out of my league!
You walk in the beautiful lobby (this is a huge hotel; a fancy hotel), and are immediately greeted by a very friendly front desk guy. He was SO nice! Such a pleasure! (I found all the staff to be extremely welcoming.) When I got to my room, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. The beds are big and over-stuffed with crisp white sheets. They are soooo comfy! The bathroom is decorated very nicely (not standard hotel décor). There were plenty of big, clean, thick towels. And, the best, the bathroom was stocked with Aveda products! My hair didn’t need washing, but I couldn’t resist using these high-end products. There’s a big closet as soon as you walk in with the standard iron, ironing board, etc. There was also a plush robe in there and plenty of hangars.
Rooms have free wi-fi and there’s an internet plug-in cord too if you need that. There’s a long work desk and a hi-def TV that is spectacular. There’s also some kind of plug-in strip – I guess people with a lot of electronics would know what it was for. The room isn’t huge, but big enough to be comfortable. My room has a mini-frig, coffee pot, etc. The view of Asheville out my window as the sun was setting was amazing!
I didn’t expect that there would be a complimentary breakfast here; but, when I checked-in the guy told me the room came with breakfast. The breakfast was wonderful! It was on the top floor in a room overlooking the mountains. Beautiful. There were a lot of selections (including hot selections) and something I really like – real dishes in lieu of plastic or Styrofoam (nice for the environment). The guy(s) running the breakfast room were so nice and were quick to clean up and replace things (remember to leave them a tip!). It was such a pleasant surprise to have the breakfast included.
There is plenty of free parking; the parking lot is right in front of the hotel.
LOCATION: There is no way you can beat this location. You can walk to the entire downtown area and still not have walked more than a mile. One street over is the main street with all the cute shops and fantastic restaurants. You really don’t need your car if you are here for the downtown area; everything is within walking distance. The Interstate is about 2 seconds away. It is right next door to the Thomas Wolfe Historic House.
If it sounds like I like this hotel, that would be correct. I usually opt for cheap and clean; so, for me to stay here is really a nice treat. Unfortunately, I was only here for 3 days.
This is a high-rise hotel with 12 floors. Usually, I don’t like a high-rise; 3 or 4 floors suits me better – but, you don’t hear me complaining – I love everything about it here and could definitely get used to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When staying at the Renaissance Asheville hotel, you'll be nestled among the Blue Ride and Great Smoky Mountains. Our hotel lies in the heart of downtown Asheville within walking distance to great shops and dining. On-site you'll find a 60' indoor pool, fitness center and whirlpool to enjoy. As a member of the Green Hotels Association, we understand the importance of protecting our surroundings and are proud to offer sustainable dining at our on-site restaurant Writer's Bistro. Our charming rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet, 32 inch LCD HDTV, stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains, coffee maker/tea service, iron and ironing board, desk with ergonomic chair, marble bathroom with shower/tub combination and hair dryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Asheville
- Asheville Renaissance