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Asheville Condo/Hotel Provides the Comforts of Home
January 15, 2008
Category: Travel Concierge
Visualize the traditional hotel room you stayed in as a child on family vacations: two side-by-side queen-sized beds for sleeping, with perhaps a mini-refrigerator to store snacks and drinks. The travel industry of today offers the smart traveler an alternative to cramped quarters: the condominium hotel.
The condo/hotel is just what it sounds like -- both a hotel and a condo at once. Permanent residents own condos, while other units are reserved for vacationers and business travelers. The layout differs from that of a traditional hotel room because in addition to a bedroom(s) and bathroom(s), it contains a kitchen with full cooking capabilities and appliances, as well as a sitting area for relaxation and/or entertaining.
This provides more convenience and considerably more space than does the average hotel, and this growing trend is luring more travelers, leisure and business alike. Guests can plan out which meals they will cook at “home,” and dine out for others. In addition to these “home away from home” conveniences, guests can enjoy the pampering services that a traditional hotel would provide, such as housekeeping and concierge services. One such condo/hotel is The Residences at Biltmore located in Asheville, North Carolina.
Mountain Paradise with Cosmopolitan Charm
Asheville, NC, recognized by Frommer’s as a Top Travel Destination of 2007, is famous for its sheer variety it offers vacationers. An easy destination from Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, Asheville is a unique combination of rustic natural beauty with a cosmopolitan edge. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer outdoor adventures such as hiking and skiing. Or one can simply experience the awe of this incredible slice of nature from their car while driving the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.
Is antique shopping or gallery hopping more your speed? Stroll through the unique River Arts District to peruse artists’ studios, or head to downtown Asheville to visit a multitude of galleries and shops where handmade crafts are readily available.
Asheville offers world-class culinary experiences. Indulge in fine dining at Horizons, located in the Grove Park Inn Resort, or relax in the comfortable, casual Tupelo Honey Café. Or, enjoy the local seasonal fare at the upscale, yet casual Market Place Restaurant located in the heart of downtown Asheville on Wall Street.
Asheville Vacation Planning Tips
Asheville is home to several breathtaking historic hotels that are worth visiting to get a sense of the architectural and historical flavor of the city. The Biltmore Estate, built in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt, is known as the country’s largest private home and is a historic landmark located on 125,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests can stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. Also notable is the Grove Park Inn, which was constructed in less than one year using stone solely from nearby Sunset Mountain to complete the building
While these and several other historic hotels offer lodging, your best bet may be to tour these sites during the day, and to retreat into more comfortable environs to unwind and spend the night. An Asheville hotel condo is the perfect retreat.
Home Away From Home
The Residences at Biltmore offers all that anyone could want from a traditional hotel: daily housekeeping and evening turndown service, a 24-hour full service concierge, designer linens, whirlpool baths and wireless Internet access. Yet, a stay at The Residences at Biltmore will offer the best of both worlds.
A suite consists of a spacious sitting area in addition to a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Guests can enjoy cooking in a luxury-home kitchen. An in-room washer/dryer is also available, in addition to a flat-screen television (including DVD). Suites also feature a stacked-stone fireplace to cozy up to on chilly-mountain nights.
James Gibson, Managing Director at The Residences at Biltmore, says, “Our clients include regular business travelers, honeymooners, and entire families who are interested in tailoring their travel experience to their individual needs. At The Residences at Biltmore, we can accommodate our guests above and beyond what they would expect from a traditional Asheville hotel.”
So whether you’re starting family vacation planning, or contacting a corporate travel planner, The Residences at Biltmore is ready to serve as your Asheville downtown hotel. When you are away from home, whether it’s for leisure or corporate travel, at the end of the day, it’s nice to return to a place that feels like home.