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Princess Anne Hotel
Ranked #12 of 39 Asheville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 30, 2009

What a great little gem for Asheville. Went for weekend to visit Biltmore. It was a relief to know we were going to sleep in very comfortable beds! Breakfast was great too! Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

Who would have guessed that a hotel billed as a "bed and breakfast type" would provide a journey into the Great Gatsby. The only thing missing was Robert Redford! This review is probably dating us, but we had such a fun and relaxing time at the Princess Anne Hotel The charming rooms reminded us of the beauty of Paris (the claw footed tub especially), each and every staff member was over the top with their gracious southern hospitality and the surroundings were an escape to the simplicity of small town America. Forget hotels offering massages and spas -- you will find soothing of soul at the Princess Anne.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2009

We live in Asheville and just wanted to get away from home to reconnect. The Princess Anne looked like the best value on line since the rooms were larger and they provide breakfast and a wine hour in the afternoons. We never expected that the appetizers and wine would be such high quality, that the staff was not just happy to make our stay nice, but eager to, and that the rooms would be so roomy and classy in an historical hotel style. There are ample places to sit inside and out, the location is perfectly close to town yet tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. We plan to make this a semi-annual escape!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2009

We loved the Princess Anne! We wanted to stay in a small hotel to support the local economy, but I'm a bit cautious about Bed and Breakfasts, they tend to look like they were decorated by a grandma for her grand kids. No teddy bears and fake flowers here! Our room (the cheapest one they had, $107) was tastefully and simply decorated (for adults) with a mixture of second hand and quality new fixtures. The room was very big, with a very small TV(a BIG plus for us). the bedspread had olive branches on it. We thought it was very romantic. The only drawback was that since its a very old hotel, the floor was a bit warped, and the head of our bed was lower than the foot. We flipped ourselves around and slept the other way. We told the staff about it when we were leaving and they were very responsive.In fact, the staff was helpful, fun and personable, and seemed to like working there, which speaks of a well run hotel.
We felt very safe walking to and from downtown at all hours (20minutes each way). The neighborhood is very nice.
The full breakfast that's included is great. The kitchen accommodated my husbands allergies to dairy, even though they were serving set menus. The coffee and tea were of the highest quality, and the evening wine and snacks were also great. Overall, our impression was that no effort or cost was spared to make our stay a delightful one. I will go back to the Princess Anne again and recommend it to my friends.

Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 27, 2008

We spent our first two nights in North Caroline in this wonderful hotel. There were no twin beds available so I had a sofa bed which was actually very comfortable. The room was MASSIVE but still very homely. The door was a pain to open but it's a old hotel that's retained most of that rickety feeling. They also had a laundry cleaning facility which was a lifesaver!

The town was about a 15 minute walk and does involve crossing a pretty dodgy road that strangely doesn't have a pedestrian crossing. Being English we tend to walk to things a bit more I guess! The hotel had a decent sized car park that was also free.

Asheville took a while to grow on me but we stayed there on Election night and had a great time. We ended up mostly at the The Yacht Room where everybody was friendly. It would be so much better without the annoying TV but I could say that about a number of bars in the US! We also went to Franks Speakeasy which was downstairs and likes to think of itself as tucked away and discrete. It's good though and importantly serves alcohol till gone 3am at the weekends!

The only let down again was the breakfast, which we didn't have any choice over. It was rather too posh for my taste particularly. However, it's a great location being just 30 minutes or so from the Smoky Mountains National Park, which is amazing and has to be visited!

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

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!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

My husband and I spent one night at the Princess Anne Hotel and we had a very nice stay. With a friendly staff, cozy rooms, and quiet location, it is more like a B&B than a hotel. They even serve a delicious breakfast every morning in the beautiful dining room, which is included in your room rate.

A few details that we especially loved:

-complimentary wine and Hors d'œuvres between 4:30-6:00 daily
-spacious rooms
-central location to downtown, Grove Park Inn, and other activities
-free parking
-a staff that goes above and beyond on every detail

Will definitely recommend this hotel to friends visiting Asheville!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Princess Anne Hotel

Address: 301 E Chestnut St, Asheville, NC 28801-2099
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Asheville
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Asheville
Price Range: $150 - $318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Princess Anne Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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