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Albemarle Inn
Ranked #21 of 39 Asheville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 17, 2007

My husband and I stayed here based on a few recommendations on Trip Advisor. Maybe those folks got lucky ... but we sure didn't. The facilities are nice enough, but the ownership is in need of a serious upgrade. Let's see ... the words overbearing, fake and pretentious come to mind. Upon arrival, we just wanted to relax, but instead found ourselves being regaled by 30 minutes of trite, obnoxious stories involving a move from New York to "the country." It was like finding inlaws I'd never had, or wanted. That said, the staff was decent enough, and the city itself is wonderful. Asheville has plenty of beautiful inns ... I'd suggest one that doesn't come with so much baggage as the Ablemarle. Stay away.

Stayed: January 2007
8  Thank TarHeelet
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Albemarleinnkeepers, owner at Albemarle Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2007

We certainly regret that our check-in procedure didn't meet this guest's expectations. It is our goal to make new guests feel at home in our inn as soon as possible. That's why we don't simply register guests like a hotel, but show them around so that they know where breakfast and afternoon refreshments are served, where complimentary beverages are located and so on.

We hope that we are sensitive to the varying needs and personalities of our guests, with some enjoying a leisurely tour and casual conversation and some preferring a briefer, more business-like check-in and more privacy. While we believe that we do fairly well at assessing these varying needs, sometimes we misjudge. We appreciate being reminded that at times, road weary guests just want to get to their room and rest or freshen up. We wish that these guests had just let us know.

As to our personal style - well we are transplanted "Yankees" doing our level best to provide southern hospitality. We'd like to think that we've softened our edges after nine years in Asheville - a town we truly love and enjoy sharing. Its unfortunate that this was not this particular guest's perception.

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Reviewed January 15, 2007

My husband and I stayed just for one night at the Albemarle Inn in Asheville. They were having a special rate for the winter months. One thing about making the reservation, you have to call the inn directly. I prefer making it online, it is just easier instead of having to go through the rooms that are available over the phone and they have 10 so as she's naming the rooms, I was clicking the pictures on their website. We stayed in the Garden Room, not many rooms left when I called less than 2 weeks prior to our arrival. I also didn't want to stay on the main floor as it seemed like it would be noisy. The person making the reservation on the phone wasn't too friendly and seemed annoyed but if you don't do reservations online you have to expect to have phone calls all the time. Directions were easy which were supplied through the confirmation email. The Inn was lovely and quiet, we checked in at 3:30pm. We were greeted by one of the managers that gave us a tour and showed us to our room. The room was quaint and bright but nothing special. The bathroom and shower were tiny and we are both very petite. I can't imagine for someone that is tall, it would be miserable. They had a social with apps and wine at 5pm which was a very nice touch where you could meet other guests and make plans for the evening. Breakfast in the morning was nice but way too much food and coffee was cold. We like it hot! Overall, our stay was enjoyable and we would return but only during the winter rates. During the regular season rooms are between $195-$370. For what we paid it was worth it, but the regular prices are way too high for what you get compared to other B&B's in Asheville.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank vacation920
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Reviewed January 4, 2007

My fiance and I stayed a night in this B&B as a lavish trip before I was to be deployed, and we were not disappointed. The price is a bit high, but nowhere near the price of the two major hitters up the road: The Grove Park Inn and the Biltmore Estate. It is the only 4-diamond rated B&B in Asheville and they're a member of the Select Registry. But enough of the qualifications.

When Jenn and I arrived, we had a moderately difficult time finding it, although that was due more to development on I-26 than anything else. We called the B&B and they gave us quick and easy directions from where we were and they were waiting in the foyer when we arrived. I had planned to rent a room on the third floor to be able to escape a little bit, and they were a tad bit cheaper. They upgraded us to a larger room on the second night, also on the third floor at our request, and when we came back from a day of touring the lovely town of Asheville, all of our belongings were arranged in our new room (they'd ok'd this with us prior to leaving for the day). They also had a book of poems and history of the poet that had inhabited the room when it was a boarding house. Waking up both mornings to a fantastic breakfast was something to look forward to, and the hosts were extremely helpful with whatever we needed. The manager of the hotel was younger and had awesome taste in restaurants, and she recommended a place downtown called Salsa and brought out a map and drew a course to it, as well as the closest parking, which can be QUITE the chore in downtown Asheville on a Saturday night. Caribbean food that was to die for was served there, and it was close to a sushi restaurant we went to the next night for equally amazing fare. One of the other ammenities at the Albemarle was the afternoon social with wine, tea, and finger foods. The berry tea, when in season, is one of the best non-alcoholic drinks I've ever partaken in. I'd stay at the Albemarle again, gladly.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank CORSkier
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Reviewed November 23, 2006

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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5  Thank skatermom21
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Reviewed November 6, 2006

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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3  Thank BillThomas
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Reviewed April 6, 2005

  • Stayed: March 2005
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2  Thank Travelingfam228
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Reviewed January 6, 2005

  • Stayed: January 2005
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5  Thank bonbonbon_jazz
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Additional Information about Albemarle Inn

Address: 86 Edgemont Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-1544
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Asheville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Asheville
Price Range: $169 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Albemarle Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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