Asheville is certainly worth a visit, and staying downtown is a must! The city is very lively, especially on weekends, with tons of bars, restaurants, music venues, and street musicians. The Aloft was an excellent choice for us, as we could safely park our car (USD5 per night) and then enjoy the city at its best.
The hotel is on Biltmore Ave, one of the three or four main party streets in town. It is nouveau chic and high energy, with an airy lobby on the second floor that extends to a large bar area and onto a nice terrace overlooking the street. Our room was a king mountain view room facing the pool and an astroturf dog walk area right next to the pool (yes, very urban!). The room was quiet, and the electric window shades created nice privacy and ensured a good sleep. The bed was on the soft side though. The bath room provided a lot of space, with good water pressure from the shower. Reading was a bit difficult, as the lights were dim. The pool was refreshing, with towel service. The dog walk area near the pool did not bother us, but it is rare to see such dog-friendly hotels in the US. But we were wondering how people with allergies would deal with the possibility of dog hairs in the room.
While we really liked the hotel because of its features and location, and its European feel, it was extremely pricey--even more so than, say, New York City! We paid more than USD300 per night (incl taxes) with a no-cancellation rate; a flexible rate would have been 50 percent higher. So this pulls the rating down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel offers a great view of the mountains while being situated in the heart of downtown Asheville, within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and art galleries. ... more less
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