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... Play. Be still. Whatever you want. Except that."
If my idea of camping is no room service after 11 pm, that kiddo's idea of camping is probably no electronics.
And by my criterion, I suppose I'm camping at the moment. Here on Mt Pisgah. In an inn. Where there are all the comforts of home. But no phones. And no room service. But it doesn't matter. Because it's glorious.
I'm flying solo now -- have been for a couple of days, as the boys took a ...
... cool enough to turn on the heater. The Biltmore was of course spectacular! We saw every nook and cranny that we could see. We ate on the patio overlooking the home and later in Biltmore village had the most delicious ice cream that is made from the original Biltmore recipe. We ate at a great BBQ joint in the Arts District called 12 Bones. Long lines but well worth eating meat for! The Arts District did not ...
... River. Breathtaking views. Tama joined us for dinner at the dock where we ate turkey burgs and salad. He brought fresh sliced tomato...yum! During this whole time, Sam has been collecting eggs from the chicken coop, watching the 3 ducks come out of the lake at dusk to the coop for the night, playing with Polly Walnut, the bunny, and leading the two friendly cats. We've been eating wild boysenberries, and given a bag of fresh ...
... so that vegetation was wet. Dan had a machete and chopped away at some of it, but it did little to help. The trail crossed the forest road a couple of times and after about an hour and a half, we made it to the summit of Pilot Mountain. Although there were still quite a few clouds in the sky, we were actually higher than most and had some nice views over the mountains from up here. We stopped here for a ...
... FS-4663, Grace’s car in front of us slid off the side of the road. We all stopped and could see that it wouldn’t be easy to get the car back on the road. So Betsy and Leslie drove to the end of the forest road where there was a house. Fortunately, the nice gentleman and his wife came back with a truck and chains and saved the day, pulling Grace’s car safely back onto the road. He certainly knew what he was doing; this was not the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albemarle Inn Asheville
Disappointed in our stay
We stayed at this inn for five nights in July. We stayed in the Sunrise Suite, a lovely room on the second floor with an attached sunporch. The room was large and nicely decorated with a huge canopied king size bed. The sunporch had comfortable wicker furniture. The bathroom was small with the tub/shower on a one-step platform which required us to think where we were putting our feet in getting out of the tub. The room was very clean and the linens were luxurious.
However, the common areas seemed very unwelcoming to us. The South was in a heat wave and while our room was cool, the common areas were very warm and kept dark. There was no place to sit in the common area unless you wanted to sit in the dark and it made it difficult to access the tourist literature that was stored in a cabinet on the first floor. We didn't see anyone else except at breakfast.
Breakfasts were ample but every course was just toothachingly sweet. We ended up refusing some courses since everything was sweet, never savory. By the end of our stay, we were longing for a plate of eggs with toast with some fresh fruit.
The location is not within walking distance of downtown so make sure you have a car. The neighborhood was fun to walk around in to look at the different homes and small apartment buildings. I would stay somewhere else if I came back to Asheville.
Beautiful inn, not so gracious service
Our family met here for the weekend. We arrived at 3pm on Friday afternoon and it was quite chilly inside the inn. We requested some coffee or hot beverage while we waited for the rest of our family to arrive and were told that we'd have to wait until 5PM when "beverage service" was available. We thought this was quite an abrupt answer considering the price of the rooms. We replied that we were chilly and were told that the heat was on a timer and would come on at 4pm. This set the entire tone for the weekend.
On Saturday moring, our group was at breakfast and the innkeeper came over and told us that one part of our group had shortpaid their room and still owed more money. This was in front of the entire dining room full of guests. We replied "certainly, please let us know" . Later, he returned and said he had been mistaken. We were really surprised that he would announce such information in front of all the guest...if there had been an issue, surely he could have come to our door and discussed it in private.
The inn IS beautiful, and the rooms immaculate, but for the prices, we certainly expected more gracious hospitality.
My fiance and I recently returned from a three night stay at the Albemarle Inn. Everything about the inn was exceptional, from the great service, to the great amenities, to the delicious gourmet breakfasts and afternoon snacks. The owners of the inn, Cathy and Larry, leave nothing to be desired. Their attention to detail is exquisite. Jan, the general manager, was also an incredible host. She made sure that all guests felt right at home. The inn is very proud of their 4 Diamond rating. I have to add, I have stayed at many 4 Diamond hotels and never had service and comfort like I did at the Albemarle. In that respect I feel that the Albemarle truly deserves a 5th Diamond!
For anyone interested in staying at the Albemarle inn, it is very helpful to view their website. I enjoyed having the opportunity to have a virtual tour and view a description of each room prior to booking. If you choose to stay at the Albemarle you will not be disappointed!
After reading the positive reviews of the Albemarle on this site, and given its credentials, my husband and I were very excited about staying there for our anniversary. I'm sorry to say it was very disappointing. I really don't have anything positive to say about our experience. We stayed in the nicest room in the Inn, thinking it would be the best of the best. However, it was just average. The breakfast was very underwhelming and we were not offered any flexibility with the menu. The service overall was poor. We really can't recommend that you stay at the Albemarle.
The Most Wonderful Inn in the United States!
I always make a point at staying at a bed and breakfast when I travel.
This inn is truly the best inn I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. It is beautiful without being over done and the staff and innkeepers are marvelous!! I would tell anyone to stay here. You won't regret it, and in fact, you may find that it will be one of the nicest get aways you have ever experienced. Five stars!
Can't ask for anything better!
We took a family trip to Asheville last week and chose to stay at Albemarle Inn instead of the much publicized Biltmore Inn or Grove Park Inn. I read about Albemarle when I was researching for the best B&B's in Asheville and it came up as one of the only two AAA 4-diamond B&Bs there. This place certainly deserves all the diamonds there are! Inn keepers Cathy and Larry made me and my family feel like home and pampered us with unsurpassed hospitality and service. As Larry put it, "bed" and "breakfast" are the two things they do best. How true! We booked two suites - the Royal Hideway and the Sunrise Suite. Each suite is spacious. well furnished and has a cart filled with gourmet coffee and tea along with a coffee maker. The furniture is well appointed and the bed is large and soft and covered with beautiful puffy pillows. The robes are soft and warm and match the decor of the room. After a good night of sleep you wake up to a magnificient 2 or 3-course breakfast.
The two mornings we were there we had the pleasure to taste some of the best breakfasts ever: fruit cups, cheese-filled french toasts, ham quiche-like crepes, sausage, lemon cake along w/ an assortment of beverages (coffee, milk, juice, or wine if you prefer.) That's not all.
In the evening they also serve hor'dourves and beverages that make you smile after a long day of sightseeing. You can enjoy the delicacy in the living room by the large fireplace, in the cozy dining area by the kitchen, or the bright and airy sunroom where you can watch the sun go down. My parents are very picky when it comes to food and hotels, but they were completely swept away by the experience at Albemarle. Next time I return to Asheville, I know where I'll stay - again!
The Best B&B
We arrived late in the evening after a long drive from Chicagoland, delayed by one traffic jam after another, as it was the Thanksgiving holiday.We had planned to spend the day before Thanksgiving (the next morning) with "The Vanderbilts" at the Biltmore Estate.Driving through the dark, mountain streets of Asheville, I could barely make out the numbers on the grand homes that lined the street.At the end of one street stood a stately, white home-with the porch light on. As soon as we pulled into the drive and got out, we were met by Cathy.Smiles, hospitality and service were foremost on her mind as she quickly found us a restaurant open late, calmed our nerves with a glass of wine and made sure we would not miss the early breakfast call.We purchased our Biltmore passes from her and slept in a beautiful room. A nice tour before we departed with a sincere invitation to return.We found that a few couples were frequent visitors-they would not stay any other place-why should they?Larry's wit and Cathy's grace would ensure your comfort and make their home feel like you wished it was your own.
The Albemarle Inn Was Magic!
My wife and I stayed at the Albemarle during our Honeymoon to Asheville back in April of 2001. My wife asked me to choose where we were going to go and surprise her after the ceremony. I thought with the Biltmore Estate and the Blueridge Mountains, Asheville seemed like a nice destination. When it came time for me to choose a place to stay, I decided to look for a Bed & Breakfast rather than a regular hotel. One look at the charming, stately Albemarle and I was immediately intrigued. I took their virtual tour online and was sold. The grace and beauty of the place was obvious. We arrived and spent 5 wonderful days there. Apart from the warm and friendly atmosphere, the food was out of this world. Breakfasts fit for a king! After each day spent exploring the beauty of Asheville and its many points of interest (the Biltmore was incredible) it was always so nice to return to the Albemarle for a relaxing evening. During our stay, my wife thanked me and said I couldn't have planned a more perfect Honeymoon or a nicer place to stay. She's right. I can't recommend it strongly enough. It was pure romantic magic.
Great Inn. Superb gourmet breakfasts and warm hospitality. Cathy and Larry give individual attention to each guest and take care of details. No wonder their Inn just received the AAA 4-diamond award. We highly recommend it.
Albemarle Inn - loved everything!
The Albemarle Inn is within walking distance of the Grove Park Inn, and we highly recommend staying at this b&b before booking a room at the Grove Park. The staff are helpful, friendly and delightful. Their chef prepares incredible breakfasts. The location of the inn is extremely quiet and the homes surrounding it are gorgeous. I recommend this for all travellers.