This year we stayed for the third time at the Asheville Swiss Chalets, and as usual, we were impressed with the gorgeous views outside the cabin and the cozy atmosphere inside the cabin. We enjoyed the 30-minute walk downtown with our dog, and of course, our dog loved lounging on the sofa (atop the provided furniture cover). We also enjoyed the delicious cookies from the owner’s bakery. The kitchen was well-stocked with dishes and other conveniences, such as sugar, coffee creamer, a coffee bean grinder, and measuring spoons. We recommend taking a walk up Windswept Drive for the great exercise and the panoramic views near the top of the mountain.
In past years, we were impressed with the care taken to prepare the cabin, right down to the smallest details. This year, we were a little disappointed with the following minor issues: When we arrived in the late afternoon, famished and ready to eat the take-out dinner we had brought, we found the dishes in the cupboard were soaking wet. There were pools of water on the plates, in the bowls, and under the glasses. I had to run the small dishwasher through several cycles to re-wash all the dishes. In addition, the remote control for the TV in the living room apparently had been chewed up by a previous canine guest. Also, though we had provided feedback in previous years about the lack of a convenient place to take our dog on potty breaks, we did not see that the issue had been rectified. Throughout our stay, our dog had to potty on narrow strips of grass and sometimes thorny brambles on the side of the road. It was especially difficult at night to find a good place for her to go. One last thing is the amount of brick-a-brack throughout the cabin. It certainly does create a homey look, but it dramatically cuts down on the amount of usable surface space. I ended up going through the entire cabin the first day, moving the decorative items to other areas so we could use the coffee table, side table, and what little space there was in the bathroom.
Despite our small disappointments, we still enjoyed our stay, and we recommend the Swiss Chalets, especially if you want to bring your dog.
- 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