My husband and I stumbled upon the Princess Anne hotel through an online email special from bedandbreakfast.com, and we're so glad we did! In addition to taking advantage of a greatly reduced rate for our 2 night stay in Asheville, we had a wonderful stay at the Princess Anne.
We arrived around 7:30pm and were greeted by a friendly young lady at check-in. She gave us the code to the front door (its locked for security after 9pm), the key to our room, and instructions on how to use the original elevator in the hotel. Parking was easy as there was plenty of space available on the street or in the full lot behind the hotel. The lobby was beautiful with all the charm you would expect to see in a victorian home. You can even request complimentary sodas at the front desk.
We stayed in a deluxe suite and were pleasantly surprised to find a kitchenette with microwave, fridge (stocked with 2 bottles of water), 2 burner stove, sink and coffee maker in the sitting room, along with a comfy sofa, table and chairs and the only tv in the suite. My husband was a little disappointed that the TV was so small (I'd say it was about 13-15 inches) and there wasn't one in the bedroom since it was football season, but we managed just fine. It was a flat screen and appeared to be pretty new.
Our bedroom was spacious. The bed and linens were quite comfy. Due to the age of the hotel, they made the smart decision of putting the sink in the bedroom because there simply wouldn't be room in the bathroom, which was truly only large enough for the toilet and shower. Everything was spotless and appeared to be meticulously kept. Amazing handmade chocolate truffles awaited us on the night stand. We felt like we had our own little mini apartment!
Breakfast each morning (included in the rate) was fantastic. It's served between 8:30-10am in the quaint and intimate dining room. Upon arrival, guests are able to select from the fresh juices, coffees, and teas, and can choose any available table. The daily breakfast choice is posted on the main table with the juices. Our first morning we both opted for the Denver omelette, sausage links, toast, and fresh fruit. The second morning we selected the blueberry french toast souffle and bacon, which was also served with fresh fruit. On both mornings the other choice was homemade granola, yougurt and fresh fruit, which also looked amazing. We were stunned at how fresh and plentiful the fruit was given that it was the middle of November! We were very impressed and satisfied with breakfast each morning. It was a great way to start our day.
The staff at the front desk couldn't have been more helpful. They offered maps of the city, driving/parking directions and dining suggestions. They even helped us find and make horseback riding reservations at Sandy Bottom Trails (about a 25 minute) drive. We thoroughly enjoyed our ride and the views.
Also included in the room rate was the daily wine and appetizers served in the main parlor from 4:30-6pm. The wine selection was more than we would have expected, and was accompanied with an assortment of cheeses, crackers, strawberries, and stuffed olives. It offered us a lovely little break at the end of a busy day of sightseeing before heading out to dinner.
When in Asheville, many people want to visit the Biltmore Estate, which we would highly recommend. Our advice would be to buy your tickets at Princess Anne before you go to the Estate They are the same price that you will pay at the Biltmore, but are good for TWO days instead of one! We regret we waited until the last day of our trip, because we wished we could have spent 2 days at the Biltmore. The wonderful staff at the Princess Anne gave us a fact sheet about the special events going on at the Biltmore that day (demonstrations, special tours,etc) and gave us fantastic recommendations to have lunch at the Bistro near the Biltmore Winery, which was an amazing experience!
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Princess Anne and would recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet stay with privacy and many small touches of hospitality. We think the hotel offered wi-fi, but we didn't bring our laptops. The staff was so helpful, friendly and full of good advice. The Princess Anne is a wonderful mix of historic charm and modern conveniences with a plentitude of Southern Hospitality!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers looking for an accommodation experience that provides the charm of a bed and breakfast, with the privacy of a hotel, need look no further than the Princess Anne Hotel. This historic Asheville inn promises to provide you with more than a place to lay your head. From our long list of modern amenities, to our friendly staff, we hope to become your new home-away-from-home! Best rate guaranteed. Call for assistance booking rooms with children, handicap-accessibility, and/or adjoining rooms. ... more less
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