After writing guides for countless publications about Asheville, including the best places to stay around the city, it became time for our own guide to accommodations. There is a large diversity in the types and prices of properties spanning every loyalty program.
We’ve denoted which ones are our picks and which ones come highly recommended on travel websites so that you can be sure that you’re staying in the best place. We occasionally accept complimentary accommodations in exchange for a review to offset costs but write honestly about our experiences. This guide also contains affiliate links, which support the upkeep of this website.
Don’t limit yourself to just one type of accommodation!
Looking for an Asheville hotel? Look no further. In this city, you’ll find a little bit of everything, from the chains in all corners of the city to stylish boutique brands. Hotels are the preferred type of accommodation for visitors to the city due to the abundance of options and relatively cheap prices. Shop around on multiple websites, but we prefer Booking.com and Hotels.com.
Asheville has a handful of budget accommodations for visiting backpackers. They are spread out across town and have varying amenities. Bon Paul & Sharky’s is one of the oldest in town, set in a cozy house in West Asheville. Owned by the team behind Smoky Mountain Hostel, it has dorm beds and private rooms and is in walking distance to area restaurants and shops. Sweet Peas Hostel and Asheville Hostel & Guest House are two other options.
Inns and B&Bs
Asheville has some stunning historic homes-turned-inns, especially in the Montford district. Applewood Manor Inn is a favorite, dating back to 1900 and furnished with period antiques and offering daily three-course breakfasts. Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast has queen beds and cozy bathrobes. Red Rocker Inn in nearby Black Mountain has its own fine dining restaurant and whirlpool tubes.
Airbnb and Rentals
Airbnb has a large presence in the greater Asheville area with a wide range of accommodations. Expect to find everything from bungalows to cabins to treehouses. For a discount on your first stay, use our link.
Camping and Glamping
Because of its proximity to the mountains, Asheville also has accommodations that help you connect with nature. The nearby Pisgah National Forest has campgrounds that can accommodate tents and RVs. There are also two KOA properties in town. If you don’t have your own RV, you can rent one from Outdoorsy.
But if you’re not into “roughing it,” Asheville has plenty of “glamping” options ranging from Airstream trailers to yurts to treehouses. Asheville Glamping is the most popular and has a geodesic dome with an indoor slide, bell tents with hot tubs, and vintage trailers. Pisgah Glamping is in the Powhatan Recreation Area and has safari-style tents with real furnishings with bedding.
The many retreat centers also have accommodations. OM Sanctuary and Retreat hosts wellness retreats and other programming, but you can also book a stay in one of their rooms or cottages for rest and relaxation. Bliss Farm and Retreat is a family farm that has modern cabins and farmhouse rooms with yoga space and included breakfast. Indigo Retreat has cozy cabins for personal retreats with mini-fridges and access to the community kitchen and bathhouse. Mountain Light Sanctuary has rustic accommodations including some that are open-air, a gypsy wagon, and a stone cottage inspired by Middle Earth.
Most visitors stay within downtown Asheville, which is where the majority of the hotels are located. But there are plenty of other areas to explore.
While Asheville‘s attractions are spread out amongst many neighborhoods, downtown is the hub of activity. Here you’ll find attractions like the Asheville Art Museum and the Grove Arcade along with well-known restaurants like Curate and French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There are also unique local shops like Battery Park Book Exchange and Malaprops. It’s also where the majority of the well-known chain hotels are located.
Right outside the gates of Biltmore Estate, a community has developed with boutique hotels, local shops and galleries like the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and restaurants. It was established as a company town for employees of Biltmore and a number of these 1900s buildings still exist. In addition to the “World’s Fanciest McDonald’s,” Biltmore Village boasts restaurants like The Corner Kitchen and breweries like Catawba Brewing, Hillman Beer, and Hi-Wire Brewing. Biltmore Village Inn and the Grand Bohemian Hotel are located here.
Funky West Asheville is a residential part of the city but is home to some of the most beloved local restaurants like Universal Joint, Biscuit Head, and Sunny Point Cafe. Catch a show at one of the music venues or explore the dive bar scene at places like The Admiral. Browse vintage shops like Instant Karma. Bon Paul and Sharky’s is also here.
River Arts District
There aren’t many options in terms of hotels in the trendy River Arts District but you will find rentals like this stylish apartment near the galleries and restaurants. From there, you can walk to breweries like Wedge and New Belgium or dine at White Duck Taco Shop. It’s also where you’ll find the best street art and murals in town.
After a number of visits to Asheville, we have a lot of suggestions in terms of the best hotels and properties around town. We have personally stayed in each of the below-mentioned properties.
Omni Grove Park Inn
Opened in 1913, the stunning Omni Grove Park Inn has been host to the likes of Williams Jennings Bryan, Dwight Eisenhower, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The stone exterior is an iconic AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel that hosts events like the National Gingerbread House Competition.
The classic rooms are located in the historic part of the inn, right above reception and accessible using an elevator built into the stone fireplace. There are also mountain view and resort view rooms in king, queen, double and accessible styles. Rooms include televisions, mini-fridges and coffee makers. Within the hotel, you’ll find a number of shops and restaurants, including Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen and Vue 1913. There’s also a spa and golf course nearby for guests to enjoy.
If You Like: luxurious amenities, historic location
Other Features: Omni rewards, award-winning spa
Sweet Peas Hostel
Budget travelers can spend the night at Sweet Peas Hostel, a chic hostel located in the heart of downtown. There are two bunk areas with a total of 16 beds, each with a reading light, locker with locks and plug. Dorm rooms cost $28. Pods are the next price up, with added privacy like a curtain and built-in shelf and cost $35 per night. Two private rooms are for hire at $68 each, double or single occupancy. Bathrooms are shared. Guests have keycard access.
Staff is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions. Coin laundry is available for guest use, as is the kitchen and computers. Free WiFi is an added perk. A comfy common room has windows overlooking downtown Asheville, plush leather couches and chairs, satellite television and an extensive DVD, book and game library. They also have a notice board to alert you of events happening around town.
If You Like: downtown location, cheap accommodations
Other Features: free WiFi & coffee, linens
Other Recommended Properties
We haven’t had the chance to stay at these properties yet, but they are highly rated on TripAdvisor and other hotel review websites.
Shoji Spa & Lodge
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
- Rustic decor and artwork
- Art gallery, spa, and restaurant
- Marriott Bonvoy program
- Book here
The Foundry Hotel
- Historic structure with 87 rooms
- Store with Asheville products
- Neighborhood tours
- Book here
The Inn on Biltmore Estate
- Close to Biltmore Estate, winery, and restaurants
- Day spa and outdoor pool
- Shuttle service to Estate and downtown
- Book here
- Kimpton amenities like pet-friendly rooms and daily social hour
- In-house restaurants
- Rooms and suites with local artwork
- Book here