This was our first time at The Lion and the Rose, and it's a keeper!
The innkeepers, Jim and Linda, were very friendly and made awesome breakfasts (the menu for our stay of three nights was Belgian waffles with banana rum syrup and bacon, ham crepes with Parmasan couscous baked tomato, and oatmeal cookie pancakes loaded with fruit and link sausage - each morning also included fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea). They also served tea or coffee at the door at 8 a.m., which was a helpful reminder that breakfast would be starting soon at 8:30. Seating for breakfast was "floating;" just come when you're ready between 8:30 and 9:30.
The inn was pleasant and well-kept. Although we didn't get to use the outdoor louning areas much, there was a nice porch with seating as well as a graden area with small tables and chairs for relaxing.
As is true for many locations in histoic Asheville, parking was a bit cramped but sufficient. The only other issue that might be a problem for some is that the room we were in (Margaret Grace) was a bit small but well laid out to maximize space. The bathroom was also a bit small with small fixtures but had lots of storage space for your take along toiletries. If you want or need a little more space, I'd suggest one of the larger rooms at the inn.
In spite of limited parking, the Montford location is great. The inn is within walking distance of downtown restaurants and shopping, with some great locations (Nine Mile Jamician restaurant and Montford Books - used) right on the same street. You could fill an entire visit and never have to drive!
Overall, our experiece was a good one with friendly service, a nice room, and good food, and we have stayed at many Asheville bed and breakfasts. We will definitely make a return visit to The Lion and the Rose!
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- The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored Queen Anne, just three blocks from downtown Asheville, North Carolina and minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Each of the five guest rooms is uniquely furnished with antiques and period appointments. All rooms include a queen bed, private bath, full gourmet breakfast, TV/DVD player, luxury soaps & linens, custom robes, wireless internet service and a 24 hour guest pantry. ... more less
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