Asheville, North Carolina, sees several new openings this year from the Downtown area to the Biltmore Estate.
Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate
The newly opened Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate is located in Antler Hill Village, steps away from the Biltmore Estate Winery, and convenient for experiencing the 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountains. The hotel is offering the Discover Biltmore package, which invites guests to explore the history and beauty of Biltmore House and its sprawling gardens and grounds. The package includes accommodations, daily breakfast, the choice of a specialty tour or winery seminar, daytime admission to the estate for the duration of guests’ stay, daytime audio guide to Biltmore House and complimentary estate shuttle service. Guests can choose from a guided house tour, upstairs/downstairs tour, rooftop tour, legacy of the land tour, and red wine & chocolate seminar. Package rates start at $225 per night dbl. The offer is redeemable between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.
The Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate benefits from a central location near the shops, restaurants and outdoor activities of Antler Hill Village. It features an outdoor pool (open seasonally), fitness center, casual dining and access to The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. The historic Biltmore House itself is a 250-room chateau completed in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour of the house’s three floors and basement, which includes displays of vintage clothing, accessories, furniture, original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent, 16th century tapestries, a library with 10,000 volumes, a banquet hall with a 70-ft. ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool and a bowling alley. The grounds include acres of formal and informal gardens designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, such as the Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties.
Also located on the Biltmore Estate is the Biltmore Estate Winery, where guests can enjoy a guided tour and savor complimentary tastings, a wine bar, specialty tastings and more. The exclusive Vine to Wine tour takes guests on an excursion over the river to see the vineyards of the west side of the Biltmore—an area that most guests never see—with a walking production tour and wine tastings throughout. For more information, call (800) 858-4130 or visit biltmore.com/stay/hotel.
Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown
Also recently opened in the Downtown area of Asheville is the Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown, now accepting reservations from May 1, 2016. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the mountain city’s thriving restaurant and craft beer scene, and boasts 140 spacious guestrooms and 10 suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. A highlight of the property is the Montford rooftop bar and lounge, located on the eighth floor and offering an unobstructed panoramic view of the mountains. The venue features rustic interior decor, a variety of specialty cocktails, craft beers and a small plate menu.
The hotel is steps away from historic Downtown Asheville, and local attractions such as year-round festivals at Pack Square Park, a 6.5-acre public space created in 1797. The iconic Grove Arcade is less than a half-mile away and contains shops, galleries and restaurants that showcase the area’s local cuisine, arts and crafts. Further afield, the hotel is a perfect base for exploring the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway stretching from the Appalachians to Virginia, the mile-high mountains of Pisgah teeming with brooks and countless hiking trails, or the botanical exhibits of the North Carolina Arboretum. Rates start at $197 per night. For more information, call (828) 505-8500 or visit ashevilledowntown.place.hyatt.com.
Opening this summer is the AC Hotel in Downtown Asheville, one of the first properties from Marriott’s boutique hotel brand to open in the U.S. Work on the property began in December 2014 near the historic Pack Square, and when completed the hotel will offer 132 contemporary guestrooms designed to appeal to millennial travelers. It will also feature a sophisticated social lobby, two meeting rooms, a restaurant and a specially designed rooftop terrace and bar with views over the Downtown area and mountain skyline. For more information, visit achotels.marriott.com.