Great Location, but just an okay hotel...
I'm an interior designer and I design hotels and am quite aware of the 'renovation process', however, bettering a hotels ambiance is a great idea, but not at the expense of the current hotel guest! Example...The hotel bedding and mattress needs to be replaced! You could see that the mattress was sunken in and 'tired' when it was made up with the comforter disguising it...you can't begin to imagine how 'bouncy' and uncomfortable it was to sleep on for 2 nights! We tried to change rooms, but were told there was no availability. I even asked if certain rooms had been updated first, and if so, I'd like that room, and I was told 'no', that all rooms are going to be updated at the same time and that all the rooms had 'older' bedding!!!
That being said, everything else about the hotel-room decor was fine/acceptable. Carpeting, tv, bathroom, etc. However, the air-conditioning unit was loud and the room did not keep at a consistant or comfortable temperature...very stuffy. I know it's March and you're probably wondering...air-conditioning? But, it was unseasonably warm in Asheville and there was no way to open a window in the room and it seemed the only way to circulate the air. Needless to say, lots of toss and turning at night!
On a brighter note, the hotel is under renovation, the lobby and public spaces are very lovely and hope for the guest rooms is on the way! Not to mention, the hotel is really the only worthy hotel to stay in, if you want to experience Asheville on foot...which is definitely recommended. So many wonderful restaurants all that seem to have live music playing while you dine...it's great! Many restaurants are within 1-2 blocks from the hotel...but 2 in particular are noteworthy: Vincenzo's: a northern Italian restaurant w/2 rooms, one with a bar and more casual, and the other room, fine dining; an easy stroll out of the hotel and a wonderful evening spent with fine food and a piano bar! The other, The Lobster Trap....excellent! Excellent food, great music and atmosphere.
All in all, asheville is a wonderfully artistic, casual city and a great destination to enjoy nature, art, crafts/art galleries, bookstores, music and great restaurants/coffee shops. Have a great trip and I hope this was of help to you.
- 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