After spending a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was smitten with Western North Carolina and ready to spend more time away from hustle and bustle of the financial district here in Charlotte and enjoy some peaceful, friendly living. Despite living in the South for several years and reading countless articles about one of the “Friendliest Cities in the US“, Asheville was a place that somehow stayed under my radar. I’m so embarrassed to admit that I’ve live less than 2 hrs away for nearly 3 years! When Reservations.com invited me to post on the hotel of my choosing in the continental United States, I skipped Vegas and Miami and kept it local. (My friends did not understand!) J and I set out to the Land of the Sky for the open air, artsy downtown, creative spirit and a progressive neighborly love where “Ya’ll Means All.”
I was instantly drawn to the Grand Bohemian Asheville which sounded exactly like the residential embodiment of everything AVL holds dear.
At first glance, the Bohemian reminded me a bit of the small European village homes I grew accustomed to as a child growing up in Germany. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Eastern European-styled, lush hunting lodge oozes a sophisticated, cozy warmth I’ve yet to find in a hotel. A designation fitting for a “World’s Best Hotel” by Travel + Leisure, and a “Top 40 Hotel in the South” by Condé Nast.
The Tudor-inspired exterior is a huge contrast to the jewel-toned, eclectic hunting lodge lobby. The lobby buzzed with people all night long, many of them visitors of the Red Stag Grille and not actual hotel guests. So full, in fact, that we were unable to get dinner reservation before 9 pm. The atmosphere was welcoming but lacked constant attendance at the check-in desk. However, once we found an employee, check in was a breeze. (Note: A credit card is required for incidentals and deposit is needed for rooms over $300.)
Unfortunately, due to the number of reservations, we were unable to stay in the main lodge but rather stayed in the Manor House annex across the street. The annex isn’t as grand as the main space and felt a bit lackluster. Our king guest room boasted a soft, plush bed with a velvet tufted headboard underneath a rustic, horned lighting fixture. I gave J quite a scare as I jumping on the bed, relaxed and giddy after our couples massage. “You’ll put your eye out!”
The room was outfitted with a king size bed, a working station, one small closet, a safe, an entertainment area with a TV, desktop minibar, chair, and Bose Radio.
We were blessed with very large bathroom with a glass door shower, and a separate massive tub, and a separate space (also glass) for the toilet. The tub is separated from the bedroom by a half wall and a curtain. Perfect for drinking wine and watching TV surrounded by bubbles! Which I definitely did, while sinking into the over-sized basin. At 5’3, it was difficult not to be sucked under the suds.
The hotel has a beautiful red restaurant, Red Stag Grille– that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering delicious protein heavy (meat and fish) foods and a beautiful atmosphere. I loved the romantic feel of the low light, sexy atmosphere.
I loved the location of the hotel and proximity to the art district. Being able to access everything very quickly was a major perk. The staff is decent enough and helpful with bags, but for the most part, they were pretty nonexistent.
- Located about 2.5 hours from Charlotte-Douglas Airport; 20 minutes from Asheville Regional Airport
- Parking is sparse unless you pay the $2o for valet. All street parking is unavailable after dusk, until dawn. We parked at a nearby Arby’s and weren’t towed, but I’m not sure if it was luck or kindness. We wanted the freedom to come and go and a large number of residents means the wait for your car is lengthy.
- Hotel is located within walking distance of many local shops, minutes from Downtown Asheville and across the street from the Biltmore Estate.
- Tickets for admission to the Biltmore are included in several packages.
- The room doesn’t include a refrigerator. Food taken to go will spoil. I lost out on a $40 duck dish from an inability to chill it.
- Coincidentally, we couldn’t find the ice machine to keep the wine chilled. Don’t bring perishables and beverages.
- Hotel has laundry service
- All of the surrounding buildings have the unified, Austrian wooden decor.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803
This sponsored post is written in collaboration with Reservations.com. All opinions of the stay and my experience in the hotel are my own.