We stayed at the Geneva last September to visit Asheville. We wanted to bring our medium sized dog and this was really the only place I could find online that was pet-friendly. That was the best thing about the place. The Geneva cabin is definitely the smallest, and was an okay price- but boy is this place tiny. The front door is downstairs, but there is storage in the first floor, so you must walk up a tiny dark staircase to get to the apartment. That was fine for us (although slightly annoying for late night dog business), but the smell of old dog hits you as soon as you open the front door- it dissipated upstairs but that was not a great first impression! There is a very small kitchen, not really conducive to cooking most of your meals in, but sufficient for simple food preparation. The fridge was abnormally small too, understandable for such a small kitchen, but I had trouble fitting our food and beverage stash in the fridge for the week! There is a small living room with a very uncomfortable (i.e. short) couch and TV, and a nice sized bedroom with a really nice TV- so we actually tended to recline in the bedroom when we wanted to relax and watch a few shows. The bed was actually extremely UN-comfortable- the frame was basically falling off of the bottom and we didn't sleep that well the entire week. One nice feature was the small balcony right off of the bedroom which we used almost every day to read and enjoy the fresh air. Another nice feature was the laundry facilities- while they were not in our building, it was a short walk to clean some clothes mid week.
All in all, I would not return to this specific "chalet" due to its tiny size, but might consider trying another building if I wanted to return to Asheville. It was a fine place to leave our stuff and sleep (although it could benefit from a nicer bed), but is not comfortable to stay in and relax throughout the day/evening. It was just too small for 2 people and a small dog... I would have to get one of the bigger places to feel comfortable for a whole week.
One last note- the owner was easy to work with over email, although we never got around to using the gift certificate for the bakery- but we were about 15 minutes late leaving our cabin on the last day and the woman that came to clean was extremely rude to us. I know there is a tight turn-around, but her attitude really turned me off when we had been there for an entire week and were literally 15 minutes behind.
We were also supposed to have wi-fi, but could never hook up to their network, so we ended up finding another free network and basically stealing internet all week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asheville Swiss Chalets offers pet-friendly and serene standalone cabins nestled in a woodland setting, with casual elegance and all the conveniences of home. We are located on Beaucatcher Mountain just 5 minutes from vibrant Downtown Asheville, close to many popular breweries, nightlife and award winning restaurants, yet close enough to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with the many waterfalls and hiking trails nearby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Asheville Swiss Chalets Hotel Asheville