We booked our "Babymoon" this past weekend (8-Jan-2011). It was pretty awesome with the snowing and all. The hotel was really nice. It is heavily hunter-lodge themed which comes off a tad corny, but it well done. We opted for the "Larger King Suite" room. This room had a bedroom, bathroom and living area. The bed was fantastic, better than other Marriott's I've stayed in (I'm platinum, I've been in my share). The bathroom was ok, but they use a curtain to separate the bathroom from the bedroom. This was kind of annoying. There was a horrible smell coming from the toilet area. Not sure what that was, perhaps reclaimed water for flushing the toilets? I knocked on cleanliness for the smell and for the large black hair that was in the toilet. Other than that, the place was spotless, not even dusty. The room had two windows, one in bedroom and one in living area. They were kind of small but fit the motif of the area. The thing that bothered me is that this was one of the more pricey hotels I've stayed in, and once you removed all of the antlers, it was still a Marriott. The room still had the typical Marriott hotel construction standards, but the rainfall shower was amazing. Even so, i've been in the junior executive suite at other Marriotts and was more impressed with the cheaper room. I'm not sure what's missing, I wish I could put my finger on it. Still, if you are looking for more pomp and polish than the typical Asheville offerings of of beds and Breakfast, this place is hard to beat.
Two last things. 1) Tip the valets. I get the impression that they aren't tipped very often. After I tipped the guy, the next time he inquired as to where we were going and made several (good) suggestions for food and entertainment. So, tip the guys, they're local and they know the good spots
2) Poseidon spa is really good. I set my wife up with a pre-natal massage and she came back to the room completely and totally happy with what she got. She's had a few massages but exclaimed that none have been as good as this one. Coming from her, that's a major compliment.
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