My husband & I were looking for a quiet place to stay for a weekend getaway before the busy Thanksgiving & Christmas season. This hotel at the edge of Asheville was perfect for our needs. There were several places to eat nearby: Seafood right across the parking lot, plus Mexican, Chinese, and Greek restaurants close by. My favorite was the Stone Ridge Tavern, a steakhouse that can seat you immediately, even when the parking lot is full on Saturday night.
The room itself was a little larger than the typical king room, with a sofa (slightly stiff, hard), coffee table, and chair. The TV had many cable channels, but was small, without any Pay Per View or On Demand options. Still, there were enough movie channels to keep us content.
There was a small fridge, microwave, and coffee maker stacked in the corner of the closet area, along with the ironing board and iron. The bathroom was small but nice, and very clean.
The best part of the room was the bed. The bedding was soft and luxurious, with about five pillows. The pillows and comforter must have been down, because my husband's eyes were swollen by Sunday morning. Unfortunate, but we don't blame the hotel, and it WAS very comfortable!
The wireless internet was very easy to access, and the signal was strong (we had a room on the third floor at the end of the hall). Two annoying things about the room: It was right across the hall from the ice machine, and the curtains let way too much light in for us at night. It is surprising how much noise an ice machine makes when everything else is quiet, especially in the evening and the morning when people are parading past your door to fill up their ice buckets.
The curtains..... we don't live in the city, or even in town, so we are not used to streetlights shining in through the windows. It is one of the most annoying things about sleeping in a hotel. Sometimes I swear I could read a book at night by the amount of light in the supposedly dark room. I really appreciate those hotels I have stayed at that have blackout curtains. Unfortunately, this Comfort Suites is not one of them. We tried our usual tricks of stuffing towels around the bottom of the curtains to block the light, but there were too many cracks. :-(
On the postive side, the heating/cooling unit was relatively quiet. The breakfast was nice, with a large seating area. There were several kinds of coffee, tea, juice & milk. They offered yogurt, cereals, bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, gravy, eggs, sausage, toast, and waffles. There was an attendant to keep everything clean and stocked, although they did run out of some of the juices on Sunday. Breakfast was served from 6:30 - 9:30 both days we were there (Sat & Sun), and was well-attended each day when we showed up at 9:00. It was very nice for a hotel breakfast.
Don't bother going to the Biltmore Square Mall, unless they fill up some of the empty stores. Do go to Discount Shoes, a huge store not far down the road on the right. Also nearby is the Farmers' Market, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Smiley's Flea Market is a huge place about 10 minutes down I-26. Downtown Asheville is about 10 - 15 minutes in the other direction, and is not to be missed. So this motel is close to lots of great things across the spectrum!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort Suites Outlet Center is conveniently located right off of I-26 and near the beautiful Biltmore Estate, America's largest home. Discount Biltmore tickets sold! We are adjacent to Asheville Outlets, western NC's premier shopping venue with over 75 outlet stores plus food pavilion. All of our suites include a free full hot breakfast, pull out sleeper sofa, microwave, refrigerator & coffee maker. We have a Fitness Room on-site as well as seasonal, outdoor pool. Whirlpool suites are also available. We are a pet friendly hotel and we offer pet walking and cleanup areas. Our business center is stocked with office supplies and we also offer remote printing. Our meeting space can accommodate up to 150 people. We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall Hotel Asheville
- Comfort Suites Asheville
- Asheville Comfort Suites