My husband and I stayed here one night as part of a long weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary. I had researched bed & breakfasts in the area for a while and chose this due to the many rave reviews. Unfortunately, we were a bit disappointed by the whole experience.
The home itself is beautiful and located at the end of a residential street within walking distance of Asheville which we enjoyed very much. The grand porch overlooking a landscaped yard is lovely. Durell and his wife, Cathy, were the interim hosts while the owners were away and Kerith took care of checking us in; she was very pleasant and helpful.
We stayed in the Ribbons & Roses room which is the first room on the left upon entering the home. It was rather plain as they had just recently renovated it so it looks nothing like what you see in some of the photos and it was surprisingly smaller than it looks in the photos, too. The bedroom and the bathroom were clean, though, which is a huge plus. We never heard any noise coming from beyond our door which was a concern since it was so close to the entrance. The noise came from above us and certainly not the fault of the hosts. But, the guests staying above us were so loud and because the home is older, the floors creak like crazy. We could easily hear one of the heavy-footed guests walking around and all the while we’re thinking their room must be huge because they’re doing a lot of walking. Not only that, they were sliding furniture around, too. This wasn’t during the day mind you, but later in the evening and I just found it to be terribly rude. Some people are just in their own world and never care to consider others. To add insult to injury, our room was quite cold. One reason for choosing this particular room was that it had a fireplace and I thought it would be so romantic, but we were told they had just shut down the gas to the fireplaces the day before. Our room was so cold that night. We did ring up asking if they could turn on the heat which they eventually did, but it took a very long time to feel the effects. Between the noisy guests upstairs and the cold room, it was neither a comfortable nor romantic night.
We woke up the next morning very tired, but looking forward to a yummy breakfast. HUGE disappointment. The first course was a fruit cup with a dollop of yogurt on top. The second course was a really bad, undercooked egg casserole and a couple of slices of bacon that had been reduced to tiny, crispy strips of fat. To end the breakfast, we were offered “picante cake” which sounded interesting, but could not believe when it was finally brought out – it was literally two small wedding cookies presented on an oversized plate. Now, I know wedding cookies because I love wedding cookies, but felt totally ripped off as these had nothing to do with picante and had nothing to do with cake. I was expecting maybe a corn bread with peppers or a spicy cake. I think there was a miscommunication in the kitchen. Regardless, breakfast was a bust. The bedroom was a bust and for $200 for one night - what a rip-off. The next two nights, we stayed at a very nice hotel that was warm and cozy and quiet with a much better breakfast.
One thing to note regarding the recent (2013) 5-star rave reviews is that several of them are posted by travelers who have no other reviews, but I guess we all have to start somewhere. Just something to consider prior to making a decision. All in all, Asheville is a great place to visit and don’t forget to take in the Biltmore – it’s spectacular.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This AAA 4-Diamond romantic period mansion offers elegant guest rooms with pampering down duvets and fine linens, antique soaking tubs (or 2-person whirlpool) with fragrant bath products. Enjoy a 3-course breakfast at private tables on the sunporch and afternoon refreshments on the veranda or by the fire. Minutes to Biltmore, downtown restaurants and shops and The Blue Ridge Parkway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albemarle Hotel Asheville