11 Top-Rated Resorts in Asheville, NC
Blessed with diverse scenery - you'll find everything here from beautiful coastlines to rugged mountains - North Carolina has long been a popular vacation destination for Americans. The state is also home to some of the top holiday resorts in the Eastern USA, each offering unique guest experiences shaped by their location.
Those looking to experience a quintessential Carolinian vacation won't go wrong with any of the great places to stay associated with the magnificent Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountain region around Asheville. Here, you can choose from the historic Inn on Biltmore Estate, the elegant Biltmore Village Inn, or even the spacious Residences at Biltmore, each of which offer a high degree of luxury and close proximity to this leading attraction. Also worth considering are the Omni Grove Park Inn; the exquisite boutique-style Grand Bohemian Hotel; or, for something a little more intimate, the charming Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn & Spa. Find a resort to match your style with our list of the top-rated resorts in Asheville, North Carolina.
1 The Inn on Biltmore Estate
The ultimate place to stay when visiting Asheville, The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers a truly unique luxury experience. Built in 1895 as the home of the Vanderbilt family, this 8,000-acre country estate wouldn't look out of place in Europe and is a delight to explore. A highlight of any stay is wandering the famous Biltmore gardens… and, of course, being pampered! In addition to its 24-hour concierge and room services, guests can enjoy a full-service spa, on-site dining (both fine dining and casual restaurants are available), as well as customised in-room dining options, shopping (with room delivery), and great live entertainment. There's also a fitness center and heated, outdoor swimming pool to work off all those extra pounds.
Accommodations consist of a mix of elegantly appointed and stylish hotel rooms and larger suites. Popular choices for couples include the deluxe rooms, which come with a choice of two double beds or a king, or the bright and spacious grand king room with its additional seating area and expanded bathroom with a stand-alone shower and bathtub. For something truly memorable, opt for one of the larger individually named suites.
Accommodation: The Inn on Biltmore Estate
2 The Omni Grove Park Inn
Omni Hotels and Resorts have a well-deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to guest satisfaction, a tradition that's very apparent at their Grove Park Inn property in Asheville. The inn itself has been around for more than 100 years, during which time it has been frequently renovated and expanded. Today, a stay at this exquisite location includes experiencing bespoke treatments in the huge subterranean spa, exquisite dining with views over the Blue Ridge Mountains, and relaxing by the pool. Those interested in sports will be kept busy on the six tennis courts (three indoor, three outdoor), the championship golf course, and a sports complex with fitness center. Add to this on-site shopping, and you're all set for a great time.
Grove Park Inn consists of 513 well-appointed guest rooms. While all are chic, bright, and spacious, with mini-fridges and microwaves, indulge yourself with a stay in one of the larger suites. Benefits include access to a private, adults-only club area with concierge service, complimentary breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, and valet parking. A large penthouse suite is also available, which comes with additional living space and a full-kitchen. (Some pet-friendly rooms are available, but be sure to request one when booking.)
Accommodation: The Omni Grove Park Inn
3 Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
The luxurious Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville is located close to the famous Biltmore Estate and is a great choice for those wanting to explore this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As part of the Autograph Collection of boutique hotels, standards are high. As a result, guests can enjoy such inclusions as elegant décor, original art, upgraded beds and bedding, and spacious marble bathrooms with large soaker tubs and walk-in showers (bathrobes included). A number of rooms also come with additional seating areas. (Some accessible units are available upon request, as are a few pet-friendly rooms.)
There's plenty to do around the resort, too. Notable features include a 24-hour fitness center; full-service spa; an art gallery; on-site dining (in-room service available); and plenty of function space, including a ballroom complete with crystal chandeliers and gold leaf paint.
Accommodation: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
4 Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn & Spa
Those seeking a more intimate getaway experience in Asheville should give serious consideration to the quaint and cozy Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn & Spa. This London, UK-themed B&B offers elegantly appointed rooms named after different parts of the city. Popular choices include the spacious Holland Park suite consisting of five rooms, including a private entry, two bedrooms, plus a sitting and dining room. It also comes with one and a half bathrooms, a full-kitchen, fireplace, and furnished porch (this unit is also pet-friendly).
A highlight of a stay at Abbington Green is the sumptuous breakfast included with your stay, made using locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to spend time enjoying the property's wonderful English-style gardens, too. A variety of spa services are also available.
Accommodation: Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn & Spa
5 Biltmore Village Inn
Another friendly place to stay for those looking to explore the magnificent Biltmore Estate is the delightful Biltmore Village Inn. This quaint Victorian-era bed-and-breakfast dates back to 1892 and is close to the estate and popular among couples for its romantic setting and magnificent views toward the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms are luxurious, elegantly appointed, and decorated in a style that reflects the building's illustrious past as the former home of a lawyer to the Vanderbilt family.
If available, opt for the spacious upper-level "Kathleen" suite. Encompassing the building's original tower room, it comes with a king bed, large bathroom with a separate stone shower, a living room plus seating area, along with a mini-fridge. Another great choice for couples is the cozy "Wingate Room," which also includes a cozy fireplace. A highlight of any stay is the delicious full-breakfast included with the cost of a stay. Also fun is spending an evening with other guests at the fire pit, or relaxing and enjoying the views from the large wrap-around deck at the main building. Live music is also featured.
Accommodation: Biltmore Village Inn
6 The Residences at Biltmore
A great option for those requiring larger accommodations (or longer stays), the Residences at Biltmore offer everything from studios right up to three-bedroom suites. A popular option for couples or parents traveling with a single child are the studios, consisting of a full-kitchen with modern appliances, HDTVs, stone fireplaces, balconies, and pull-out couches. When additional space is needed, consider a two-, or three-bedroom condo-style unit. These spacious accommodations come with full-kitchens, large bathrooms with jet bathtubs, and laundry facilities.
In addition to a 24-hour concierge service - on hand to arrange restaurant visits and activities, from golf to horseback riding and white water rafting - guests will enjoy discounted admissions to the historic Biltmore Estate. The property is also within an easy walk of Asheville's many dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities.
Accommodation: The Residences at Biltmore
7 The Esmeralda Inn
Located in Chimney Rock, just a short drive from Asheville, the delightfully quirky Esmeralda Inn is a pleasant alternative to the larger hotels and resorts in the area. Built in 1892, many of the original features of this historic inn have been enhanced by renovations and upgrades, including the original hardwood floors used in the hit movie, Dirty Dancing. Highlights of a stay are the fantastic food (breakfasts included), great river and lake views, a recreation area with a billiard table, air hockey, foosball, and board games, as well as a reading area, gift shop, and spa.
With just 14 rooms (plus three stand-alone cabins) it's certainly an intimate affair. Features include elegant décor and fixtures, genuine fireplaces, spacious bathrooms, and hot tubs. The largest premium rooms come with additional living space, king beds, and direct access to a large, furnished private terrace area.
Accommodation: The Esmeralda Inn
8 The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa
Another great choice for those who enjoy a cozy, intimate experience in a historic property is The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa. This beautiful old inn has maintained much of its original charm and offers a pleasant mix of the new (modern amenities) and the old (antiques). The inn is popular for those seeking attractive function spaces and can cater to a maximum of 200 guests. It's also close to the public beach at Lake Lure, making it an ideal location for those who enjoy water sports. On-site dining is available, as is a spa.
A great choice of accommodation (the inn has 69 well-appointed units) are the spacious Jacuzzi rooms, with features such as king beds, separate seating areas, and great views over the surrounding countryside.
Accommodation: The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa
9 Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure
Named after a nearby mountain, Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure offers guests a
traditional getaway in an idyllic setting. A highlight of a stay here is exploring the resort's more than 3,000 acres, including many biking and hiking trails and a private beach. Other amenities of note include a water park for kids, a heated swimming pool, the use of watercraft such as kayaks, two championship golf courses, and restaurants. The resort also offers lunchtime boat excursions on Lake Lure. There's also a gift shop, hair salon, spa, fitness center, and business center.
While a variety of room options are available, a great choice is the spacious villa unit. This high-end suite comes with a king bed, pull-out queen couch, large bathroom, and handy kitchenette with a range of appliances (including a dishwasher), plus a dining area and furnished deck. There's also a large home for rent, too, which is perfect for larger groups and families.
Accommodation: Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure
10 Highland Lake Inn & Resort
Located in the community of Flat Rock just a few miles south of Asheville, Highland Lake Inn and Resort is a great option for those wanting to experience a country vacation in North Carolina. Set amid 26 acres of hilly countryside and boasting its own private lake, the resort offers plenty of first-class amenities, including an on-site casual dining restaurant (in-room dining available); a heated, covered, outdoor swimming pool with a sunbathing terrace; a spa (in-room massages available); and fun sporting activities such as volleyball, badminton, tennis, and horseshoes.
A variety of accommodation options are available, including 16 spacious and uniquely decorated rooms complete with a large bathroom, living room, lobby, full-kitchen, library, and sun-room. Another option are the cabin rooms, set in duplex units with a choice of king or queen beds, plus furnished porches. Some pet-friendly units are available.
Accommodation: Highland Lake Inn & Resort
11 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville
Boasting facilities such as a fitness center offering classes and modern training equipment, a fine-dining restaurant, and concierge services, the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville is a great option whatever your reason for being in the area. Business travelers will respect the inclusion of meeting rooms and a business center, while couples enjoy such luxuries as in-room dining and a great spa. There are also two large, heated swimming pools, one outdoors and one indoors.
While only standard hotel rooms are available, they're bright, well-appointed, and clean, and include extremely comfortable beds and bedding. A number of pet-friendly rooms are available, but be sure to notify the resort at the time of booking.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville