Welcome to Asheville, North Carolina, overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! If you are a fan of cities that have a great music scene, art galleries, cultural museums, amazing restaurants, plus amazing landscapes, let’s go!
Asheville is a very interesting city where you can visit a museum or go shopping in the morning and a few hours later you can find yourself hiking by beautiful waterfalls. It is also home to famous local breweries and known for great restaurants and art scenes. Already sounds tempting, right?
In this blog post, I will help you to find an answer for where to stay in Asheville, NC. You don’t need to worry about it as I have already found the best hotels for all budgets, but if you don’t want to miss them, just make sure to make a reservation in advance to secure your place!
Are you ready to discover the neighborhoods of Asheville?
- If you are in a hurry
- 1. Downtown – where to stay in Asheville, NC for the first time
- 2. Montford Historic District – where to stay for local experiences
- 3. River Arts District & West Asheville – the coolest area to stay in Asheville
- 4. Black Mountain – best area in Asheville for the outdoors
- 5. Biltmore Village – where to stay in Asheville to relax
- Frequently asked questions about Asheville NA
If you are in a hurry
Here are the best places to stay in Asheville, North Carolina with hotels from luxury to budget. They all have great reviews and great locations near downtown!
Kimpton Hotel Arras
Best luxury hotel
Downtown Artist Loft
An Airbnb with amazing reviews
AC Hotel Asheville
Best value for money
Ed & Rosie’s Place
Best affordable accommodation in the center
Here is a map of the 5 best places to stay in Asheville, North Carolina I will be talking about each of them in this blog post so here you can easily visualize their locations:
1. Downtown – where to stay in Asheville, NC for the first time
There is no doubt that if you are visiting Asheville for the first time, downtown is the best place to stay as you will find the city’s best restaurants, bards, cultural sites, and famous museums right here. If you want to be within walking distance of all the action and find a bit of everything let’s go!
Downtown Asheville is a walkable area and I always think it is fun to wander the streets but here you will get to see a nice mix of interesting modern and historical buildings. Some of the main downtown attractions you should not miss are the Basilica of Saint Lawrence and the Asheville Art Museum but of course, there are so many more art galleries and museums to be discovered.
Beer lovers, I haven’t forgotten about you! Remember when I said Asheville is also famous for its craft beer? Well, you should definitely stop by Wicked Weed Brewing Pub to try one of many local beers of Downtown Asheville!
Before talking about the best places to stay in Asheville Downtown just want to remind you of the importance of making an early reservation to not miss the best of the best hotels here. But if you have already left it a little late and want more accommodation options, check out our post on the best Airbnbs in Asheville.
Now, here are the best hotels to stay in Asheville Downtown:
Kimpton Hotel Arras is the best hotel downtown that has a perfect location and great facilities. This hotel offers guests a great on-site restaurant, a fully-equipped fitness center, spacious rooms, and complimentary breakfast. I love the chic bar and terrace area where you can have your dinner while watching the city views plus private parking and free wifi are also available.
Other options in Downtown Asheville
Things to do in Downtown Asheville
- Take a pint at Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
- See the Basilica of Saint Lawrence
- Listen to live music at Asheville Music Hall
- Visit the fun Asheville Pinball Museum
- Go for a stroll at Pack Square Park
- Visit the Asheville Museum of Science
- See the Thomas Wolfe Memorial
- Marvel artworks at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Asheville Art Museum
2. Montford Historic District – where to stay for local experiences
Montford Historic District is located just 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Downtown Asheville and is a very charming neighborhood that offers local experiences, historical buildings, and beautiful gardens.
The best way to discover Montford Historic District is simply by wandering around the streets, checking out the local shops, impressive mansions, and discovering stunning botanical gardens. You can have great food in the local restaurants, take a pint in pubs and mingle with locals.
If you visit Asheville in May, you can attend the Montford Arts and Music Festival which is the city’s largest music festival with many great musicians, food trucks, arts and crafts stands!
For those who want to stay in an area with a local vibe and still want to be close to downtown, here are the best places to stay in Montford Historic District:
Hilton Asheville Downtown features a great fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, a fabulous breakfast, and spacious rooms with a coffee machine. There is a very nice rooftop bar where you can have cocktails and watch the sunset. After a tiring day, you can chill by the poolside and have a nice meal in the on-site restaurant. What’s more, if you want to go to the city center it is just a 5-minute drive.
Other accommodation in Montford Historic District
Things to do in Montford Historic District, Asheville
- Go for a walk at the beautiful Montford Park
- Visit the Botanical Gardens At Asheville
- Have a good coffee at All Day Darling
- Listen to live music at Salvage Station
- See the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at Broadway Street
- Have a cocktail at The Montford Rooftop Bar
- Check out Battery Park Book Exchange which is a bookstore and champagne bar
3. River Arts District & West Asheville – the coolest area to stay in Asheville
River Arts District is located 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Downtown Asheville and as you will understand from the name it is a very artsy area with many art galleries and urban murals. If you like hipster cafes, designer shops, and trendy restaurants this neighborhood is just for you!
If you go 2 miles (3 km) southwest of River Arts District you will arrive in another cool neighborhood, West Asheville. West Asheville offers so many amazing breweries and a great selection of restaurants that there are countless nice things for foodies and nightlife lovers here!
River Arts District and West Asheville are for sure the coolest areas to stay in Asheville for those who like a more bohemian vibe and want to discover different kinds of food.
Let’s check out the best places to stay in the River Arts District and West Asheville:
Located near the River Arts District, Cambria Hotel Downtown offers a fitness center, spacious rooms with city and mountain views, a bar, a very good breakfast, and on-site parking. I love the rooftop terrace that has amazing mountain views where you can have drinks and snacks. The city’s main attractions and restaurants are within walking distance making this hotel one of the best in the area!
Other options in River Arts District & West Asheville
Things to do in River Arts District & West Asheville
- Go for a walk at Walton Street Park
- Taste good wines at Plēb Urban Winery
- Have dinner at 12 Bones Smokehouse River
- Take a pint at Wedge Brewing Company
- Go for a walk at Murray Hill Park
- See the iconic murals at Good Vibes Silo
- Check out art galleries Jonas Gerard Fine Art and St. Claire Art Studio & Gallery
4. Black Mountain – best area in Asheville for the outdoors
Black Mountain is located 15 miles (20 km) east of Downtown Asheville and offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For those who want to enjoy nature and do some outdoor activities in addition to sightseeing, Black Mountain is a perfect option.
In Black Mountain, you will find so many amazing hiking trails where you can see waterfalls, lakes, and gorgeous forests. Yes, this is a great area surrounded by mountains but don’t think of a deserted town, Black Mountain has amazing art galleries, local restaurants, and breweries. Doesn’t it sound so tempting?
By staying in Black Mountain you will not only enjoy fresh mountain air but also be able to have modern city life attractions. I have already picked the best hotels for you in this lovely town so don’t forget to make your reservation in advance to not miss them. If you wanna add another cool city to your trip check out the best places to stay in Charlotte.
This luxurious Airbnb has spacious rooms with modern amenities, a fully furnished kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, a laundry room, and free parking. You will love the terrace overlooking the beautiful garden and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plus, the town center and restaurants are a few minutes drive from the house.
Other accommodation in Black Mountain, Asheville
Things to do in Black Mountain, Asheville
- Visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
- Take a pint at Lookout Brewing Company
- Take a golf lesson at Black Mountain Golf Club
- Go for a stroll at the beautiful Lake Tomahawk Park
- Visit the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center
- Try local drinks at Black Mountain Cider + Mead
- Hike at Catawba Falls Trailhead and explore the stunning waterfalls
- Go hiking at Kitsuma Peak Trailhead and enjoy the spectacular views of Kitsuma Blue Ridge Mountains
5. Biltmore Village – where to stay in Asheville to relax
Asheville Biltmore Village is located 2 miles (3 km) south of Downtown Asheville and it is like a hidden gem of the city for those who want to stay in a quiet but charming area. This affluent area offers amazing lush green gardens, great local restaurants, and nice shops.
Asheville Biltmore Village is home to the USA’s largest private home, Biltmore Estate. You should visit this historical mansion that has amazing architecture and wander around its beautiful gardens and 8,000-acre property! When you are exploring the neighborhood you will see many more impressive mansions, churches, and stunning parks.
Another nice thing about Bitmore is, there are so many nice landscapes such as waterfalls and botanical gardens where you can easily spend an entire day having a walk and chilling in nature. Sounds like my kind of place!
Grand Bohemian Autograph Collection has an amazing interior design and fancy rooms with great amenities. There is a very chic on-site restaurant, a full-service spa, a fully-equipped fitness center, and private parking. You can have a great selection of wines in the lounge area and listen to the piano.
Other options in Biltmore Village, Asheville
If you want to have a unique experience, this luxury hotel is located on the famous Baltimore Estate! By staying here you will have a chance to enjoy the lush gardens of Baltimore Estate and have a great selection of wines by the pool while enjoying the amazing scenery. There is a fancy on-site restaurant, a chic bar, an upscale restaurant, a fitness center, and the spacious hotel rooms have luxurious amenities and great views. What’s not to like?
Things to do in Biltmore Village, Asheville
- Visit the impressive Biltmore Estate and its gardens
- Go to the Biltmore Waterfall and enjoy marvelous landscapes
- Check out the beautiful views at Bass Pond Lookout
- Have mouthwatering food at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Grab a delicious bagel at Bruegger’s Bagels
- See the Cathedral of All Souls
|👑 Luxury price:||$300|
|💵 Mid Range:||$200|
|💰 Accommodation prices:||Medium|
|📍 Best area:||Downtown Asheville|
|👪 Best area for families:||Biltmore|
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:||Kimpton Hotel Arras|
|🧳 Best mid-range hotel:||AC Hotel Asheville|
|👛 Best budget hotel:||Ed & Rosie’s Place|
Frequently asked questions about Asheville NA
🗺️ What is the best area to stay in Asheville, NC?
🚶♀️ Is Asheville NC A walkable city?
Yes, Asheville, NC is a walkable city if you stay downtown. If you want to go to some of the further afield neighborhoods you will need to take public transportation or drive.
⏱️ How many days should you stay in Asheville, NC?
I recommend staying at least 2 days in Asheville, NC to discover museums, art galleries, local restaurants and do day trips to discover beautiful parks in the surrounding areas.
👨👩👧👦 What is the best area to stay in Asheville, NC for families?
🛎️ What are the best hotels to stay in Downtown Asheville?
📷 What should I not miss in Asheville, NC?
Here are Asheville’s main attractions you should not miss during your trip.
● The Basilica of Saint Lawrence
● The Biltmore Estate
● The Asheville Art Museum
● The Asheville Museum of Science
● The Thomas Wolfe Memorial
● The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
● Catawba Falls
Here we came to the end of our city tour. I hope this blog post on where to stay in Asheville, NC has been helpful for you to understand all the neighborhoods and you’ve already found your ideal hotel. No matter where you stay I am sure you will have a great time in this colorful city.
In order to get better deals on hotels and to not miss your favorite place do not forget to make a reservation in advance as the hotels, I talked about are the best of the best ones, and they can be filled up so quickly!
If you can’t decide among so many hotel options let me make your job easy. Here are my top 2 hotels in Asheville, NC that are centrally located downtown and have great reviews!
- Kimpton Hotel Arras – The best hotel in downtown with its great location and luxurious rooms
- AC Hotel Asheville – A great place to stay in downtown that has comfortable rooms
If you have any other suggestions or questions about Asheville, North Carolina please do not hesitate to leave a comment below. I’ll be glad to leave a reply to them!
Enjoy your time in Asheville,