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Historical Traveler Reviews Cedar Crest Inn Asheville
Stayed Mar 18-19 at Cedar Crest B&B in Asheville, NC. A very neat, historic type house set up on a hill just a few minute drive to downtown Asheville. My wife and I stayed in the Tower Room. This was one of the bigger rooms in the house. It has a clawfoot tub (no shower) and a great view of the outskirts of Asheville. We also got a great deal at $130 per night off their webpage. Only complaint was my wife had to sit on the toilet to curl her hair and some of the outlets were having trouble working, but they came back on, but remember this is a 1891 house. If you are frail or do not like hiking 3 flights of stairs, I would not stay in the tower room. The house was very comfortable with a big fireplace downstairs and plenty of room for all the guests to read and relax. Ideal for couples, I would not recommend bringing kids. Rita and Bruce are excellent hosts and are very helpful with dining and excursion ideas. The breakfast was excellent and varied each day with exotic muffins, homemade granola, and homemade sausage/gravy to name a few. We visited the Biltmore Estate one day and toured the house and winery. Be prepared to spend $39 (entrance fee) and $7 each for a headset to tour the house. This way you have a guided tour and you can go at your own pace. The winery tour is very short and you can jump straight to free wine tasting (included in park entrance). They also have reasonable prices on wine, etc. in the gift shop. As far as dining options in town, there are several, and we tried Vincenzo's and Left Bank. Left Bank blows away Vincenzo's. The Mahi Mahi special was out of this world. At Vincenzo's, I got the NY Strip special and it was overcooked and very dry. Vincenzo's has a piano bar downstairs which is crowded and looks like it could be fun, but the musty smoke smell lingers upstairs. Be prepared at either one of these restaurants to pay $60-75 total bill for a couple. Overall, hopefully this helps and you can't go wrong at Cedar Crest B&B.
When planning a family gathering last fall we were looking for something that could accomodate our needs ( 9 people, from 3 different families) and yet still provide the charm and famous southern hospitality NC is known for. We were so happy that Cedar Crest provided all that and so much more. Two of the families (from CA. and OR.) stayed in the guest cottage and our parents (from OH.) stayed in the mansion. This worked out perfectly in that we had all the ambiance and amenities offered from the main house but also the occasional privacy desired in the cottage. Rita and Bruce's warmth and hospitality was appreciated from the youngest (12yrs.) to the oldest (78 yrs) members of our party. The breakfasts and desserts were ( as my children would say) AWESOME !! We also appreciated all of the help that we were given with planning tours, sight seeing and dining while in the area. I would highly recommend any group large or small to have a stay at Cedar Crest. I gaurantee that every attention to detail will be there for you as well. In fact, I am currently planning another trip for this summer and reservations at Cedar Crest will be the first thing I do in my preparations!!
We stayed at the Cedar Crest Inn for a New Year's celebration. The Inn had a very interesting history and our room was very comfortable, though our room which had a king bed and fireplace had the smallest shower I've ever seen, even on a cruise ship. We would recommend it, and would probably stay there again. The only draw back was that when we were there they had rough weather, and the Inn wasn't as prepared as I would think they should be. Most of the power for Asheville went out one evening, which was ok, but every restaurant closed, even McDonalds. With an Inn full of starving people, guests asked if there was anything that they could buy to eat from the Inn, but were told that they had no food. ???? A few people tried to venture out onto the icy roads. When one guest's car got stuck at the bottom of the driveway just about everyone decided to stay in. Luckily we had a bottle of wine and some pretzels in the car. Most everyone else went to bed hungry. I was a little surprised that we were unable to get some fruit, a piece of cheese or something that night. They also did not put any salt or sand down on their steps, which were solid ice and people were having difficulty getting up and down them. Overall it was a fun and a very memorable experience.
The inn is quite charming, and we had a lovely room, but that's where the appeal stops. By all means, if you don't mind random charges on your credit card, do not hesitate to stay here. On the other hand, if surprise charges give you cause for concern, seek lodging elsewhere. When booking the room, I was told that two Biltmore tickets were includes in my package. When I got there, Rita had obviously changed her mind and tried to negotiate a new deal with me--saying October was her busy season, and she did not see any need to honor the original deal. I told her I expected to pay what was agreed upon when I booked the room. At that point, she charged my card for the agreed-upon amount and I signed the receipt. Surprise, surprise. When I received my credit card statement later in the month, I saw that she had placed an additional charge on my card for one of the Biltmore tickets. A follow-up phone call to Rita did nothing to resolve the issue. So much for integrity at the Cedar Crest Inn.
In my opinion the best B&B in the country!
Simply put, you will not have a bad night at the Cedar Crest. It is one of the most beautiful quant places in a very beautiful little town (downtown Asheville). Just a short drive from the Biltmore house, but it does not matter because after staying at the Cedar Crest you will not want to leave.
My wife and I go for weekends every few years, and it is always a rejuvinating peaceful experience. The inn keepers are friendly but classy, the house is breathtaking, and the rooms are near heaven. Do yourself a favor and go in early spring to enjoy the gardens
Oh, and the breakfast is always great.
Wow! My husband planned this surprise for me and it was wonderful! We stayed in the Serenity Suite, which was very private. We had our own verandah and did not have to enter the house to access our suite...which was nice. Bruce and Rita and their staff were perfect hosts! I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend staying at Cedar Crest. Very convenient location, too. 2 minutes to The Biltmore and downtown Ashville....very easy access.
Beautiful Bed and Breakfast, close to downtown Asheville and other attractions, nice staff, clean, quaint rooms and the best breakfast that I have ever had.
My daughter took me the Cedar Crest Inn for Mother's Day. We had a wonderful time. The Inn was beautiful, people were very nice . Had a great time. Hope to go again someday!
We will return!
This is the place to stay in Asheville! Close to the Biltmore with a friendly, professional staff. We stayed in the William Breese room, but they were all beautiful. The Celebration Suite was probably my favorite room that we looked at. Guests are free to tour the house, eat fresh baked cookies during the afternoon and desserts at night, and look through the extensive binders of things to do and places to eat. The staff is happy to make recommendations and reservations for you. Bruce even made his wonderful biscuits and gravy for our last morning there at my request! All of the food served at Cedar Crest is wonderful, and the breakfasts especially are to die for. We will be back!
Delightful hosts and atmosphere at the Cedar Crest Inn
We have stayed at many inns from Florida to Virginia and found the host and hostess of the Cedar Crest Inn to be the best yet. They are very friendly and conversational. The inn is beautiful. We loved our room and the breakfast was unbelievable. We have returned once and will definitely return again. We loved it!