We stayed in A Bed of Roses B&D December 2011. It was a few days after Christmas and we were pleased that all of the decorations were still up. I had heard how charming Asheville was at Christmastime so I was happy we hadn’t missed the beautiful sights.
We booked fairly last minute, but the Carolyn Grey room was available. Our rate at the time was $155 before tax. Not bad for an Asheville B&B based on my research. And, the room had a large oversized Jacuzzi tub as well as a separate bathroom with pedestal sink and shower. The room was decorated with dark hunter green walls and floral patterns on the bed, chairs, and window upholstery. I typically decorate in modern styles, but found the room to be quite tasteful and elegant anyway. It was really beautiful, spacious for two people, and romantic. There was a fresh flower on the Jacuzzi edge when we arrived. Nice touch. There was also prepackaged A Bed of Roses tangerine soap available in the bathroom, another very nice touch that is above and beyond. Also, the portable fire place gadget thingy wasn't putting out any heat and there was no central heat. She had brought in this little heater thingy to keep us warm. It wasn't very sophisticated as it was either too hot or too cold in the room, but it was bearable and didn't take away from our comfort in any big way. Not a big deal. The only downside to the room was there was no iron (more about that below).
The home and gardens are absolutely gorgeous. I love older homes and their charm so I was not disappointed by this one.
The owners had tea, cookies, and water available at all times for everyone. Also, there was fridge for keeping cold beverages (we stashed some wine and champagne there) as well as sodas that were available for $1. There was even lemonade there for free.
The owners helped us find a restaurant for the evening. They have a large binder available where they’ve collected menus and price points for a variety of restaurants downtown. We chose a formal-ish Indian restaurant named Mela, I think. It was superb!! Yuum. The binder and there recommendations were very helpful.
In warmer months, I can imagine that sitting on the porch looking at the gardens would be a very nice pastime. For our stay however, it was way too cold.
The only negative I can say was one small thing that happened the morning we were set to depart. We had only booked for one night, and it was a little bit of a whirlwind decision. We live in Knoxville TN, only 1 ½ hours away so we just decided to come on a whim since we had a babysitter. We packed without ironing our next day clothes, and in fact, they were so wrinkled we couldn’t get away with wearing them. Carolyn Grey is on the ground floor, right behind the kitchen, in a small alcove near the back. That morning, before breakfast, I realized there was no iron, so I stepped out the door and asked the owner if she had an iron that we could use. The reaction I got was disconcerting and a little annoying. She gave a big huff and said “Do you really need it now?” I was taken aback because I couldn’t grasp what I’d done wrong. I apologized in my nicest tone and said yes, and then explained that our clothes were so very wrinkled. She went on to say how she and her husband were in the middle of getting breakfast together, but oh all right, as though I was a big imposition. I didn’t want to be a burden so I offered to get it myself if she could tell me where it was. She then calmed down a little and said that she had to get it. I then learned that the ironing board was a large board that couldn’t be set up in the room. I had to iron our clothes in the hallway between the kitchen and the bedroom (where the dining room also connects). I felt like an intruder! If I had known any of this, I would have avoided it at all costs; ironing the night before or whatever, just to avoid this conflict. I wasn’t very happy with being treated as though I was causing trouble. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect your guests to need an iron. My only advice is for them to invest in a small iron and board set for each room if they don’t want to be bothered at times they consider inopportune. Also, let me clarify. The owner wasn’t mean to me, just a tad impolite and impatient. It left a little sour taste in my mouth for a moment, but I got over it. I definitely thought it was something worth mentioning to all of you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Bed of Roses is a Queen Anne Victorian B&B set in the quiet, historic Montford District of Asheville, just 5 blocks from the vibrant downtown. There are 5 beautifully appointed guest rooms, all with private baths, flat screen TVs and free WIFI. A gourmet breakfast is included along with home baked goodies and complementary beverages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- a Bed Of Roses Bed And Breakfast
- a Bed Of Roses Hotel Asheville