Super nice A review of Homewood Suites by Hilton - Asheville
This is a beautiful new property which just opened 3 wks ago (end of Oct '05). The desk clerk told me they were already booked up every w/e so if you're interested in staying here, even in the off season, reserve far in advance.
Public areas: beautiful, light, airy, spacious with a fireplace in the center. One drawback: the sole computer sitting on a desk in the open area/dining area/lobby. I prefer the privacy of Hampton Inn's "business center" with two not one computers in a separate room/alcove. Quite annoying was the fact that the printer was out of ink and the clerk said they had more ink "on order." What? more ink on order? Why not send an employee out to Office Max to get some NOW?!! Note to myself: time to buy a laptop!
The desk clerks and employees at the buffet were super nice and tried to be helpful but were not 5 star luxury staff.
Breakfast was quite good one morning- egg burritos. The dining area is very attractive and pleasant. The middle age to elderly tourist geezers seem to really enjoy the free evening light buffet meals which include free wine or beer. Food snobs that we are, we went out to eat. Tourists rather than business people seem to predominate.
The indoor pool was very small- just OK. Would be way too small if families with young kids were using.
Rooms: very nice and plush: light, airy, upscale furnishings, bedding, draperies etc. Big windows in the bedroom and the living room. Kitchen seemed to be well furnished. You really could cook if you wanted to.
Bed was extremely comfortable with 50/50 poly cotton sheets. A down duvet cover was nice but I needed icy temps to use. The wall thermostat wouldn't budge past 65 degrees so I had to turn the ceiling fan onto high and use the super soft fleece throws as blankets.
I could easily spend a wk at this property.
Views: also very nice at the back, overlooking the parking lot but also wooded hills and hwy 240 (belt way encircling the city) in the distance.
Sound proofing: very quiet but I initially longed for a motel white noise heating/cooling unit instead of the upscale thermostat which didn't allow me to make the room cold enough. I felt a little vibration and noise when some big trucks went by but this was not a major issue- did not notice vehicular noise after a few mins.
Location: on Tunnel Rd which is full of hideous billboards and neon signs but is a good central location to places in Asheville.
I would definitely stay here again. "Winter mid wk rate" was $109/night.
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