Best area to stay in Asheville NC

Which is the best area to stay in Asheville NC?

Without a doubt the best area to stay in Asheville is Downtown, which is just 20 minutes from the airport. Downtown is home to everything you may need in order to enjoy a large city. You will find many of Asheville´s main attractions here, such as the Basilica of St. Lawrence, the Asheville Pinball Museum, Vance Memorial, the giant Urban Trail sculpture, the beautiful Art-deco Kress and Woolworth buildings and the charming Wall Street.


As far as cuisine goes, Over Easy is a very popular place among both visitors and locals for breakfast. Wicked Weed is a great option for lunch or a snack, which is also one of Asheville´s most popular breweries. For dinner we recommend Curate, home to Asheville´s most famous chef, Katie Button. And if you get a craving for ice-cream, there is the artisan ice-cream shop French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Pack Square.


A great alternative for shopping is the Grove Arcade Mall, a historic shopping centre with multiple galleries and local shops. If you are looking to experience Downtown´s nightlife, a visit to Scandals Night Club, The Orange Peel and Tressa´s Downtown Jazz and Blues are the places to be.


If you want to travel outside of Downtown, you can take a taxi or the bus. Don’t miss out on a visit the Biltmore Estate, a historic and incredible rural estate which is just 7 minutes away by car, and is where the largest house in America can be found.

Hotel   Price per night
Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown
309 College Street
127€ - 152$
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
132€ - 158$
AC Hotel by Marriott Asheville Downtown
10 Broadway Street
130€ - 156$
Hotel   Price per night
Aloft - Asheville Downtown
51 Biltmore Avenue
151€ - 181$
Haywood Park Hotel
1 Battery Park Avenue
212€ - 254$
The Windsor - Asheville
36 Broadway
257€ - 308$

On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Asheville NC, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


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Downtown, the best place to stay in Asheville


Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge and the spectacular natural landscape of North Carolina, the small town of Asheville has everything necessary to satisfy any traveller. Downtown Asheville is a great place to stay if you want to forget about the car and walk from any of the hotels in this area to the numerous restaurants, books, shops, breweries, galleries and monuments in the area.


There is lots to see in Asheville, from the impressive Art Deco architecture, which can be found everywhere in the town´s downtown landscape, to the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, which has the largest dome in North America, passing by the Grove Arcade, one of the oldest buildings in North Carolina and the Portico Market, up to the Pack Place, a complex which houses the Asheville Museum of Art and the Colburn Earth Science Museum. There is easy access from any of the Downtown hotels to everything Asheville has to offer without needing to use public transport.

Other places to stay in Asheville


Biltmore Village


The crown jewel of Asheville, Biltmore Village, is located just 7 minutes away from downtown by car and is considered a true landscaping masterpiece. Here you will find the largest private residence in the US, with 250 bedrooms, 65 chimneys, beautiful gardens and antiques, all open to the public. Staying here is a great opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You will find the town’s most luxurious hotels here, and with the best views in town, Biltmore Village also connects with the village of Antler Hill, the most modern area boasting first class restaurants and bodegas.


River Arts District


The River Arts District stretches across the shore of the French Broad River and is close to downtown. It consists of 22 renovated industrial buildings where more than 165 artists have their studios. This is the best place to stay if you want to immerse yourself in the rich cultural life Asheville has to offer. Every second Saturday of each month, the artistic community organises exhibitions, classes and events, and during two weekends per year, you can also take part in the “Stroll”, a walking tour of the artists´ studios, admiring their work and chatting with them in their workspaces. The area boasts many cafés, restaurants and bars, and its proximity to downtown makes it a great option for those looking to explore the city´s diverse artistic offering.