The Windsor Asheville
Hotel in Asheville, NC
Like Austin, Texas or Jackson, Wyoming, Asheville maintains a distinctly cosmopolitan character in its home state of North Carolina. And there’s no place better to experience the city’s unique flavor than at The Windsor Boutique Hotel.
Located just a block distant from Asheville’s central Pack Square, the Windsor inhabits a building of 1900s vintage surrounded by some of the city’s best shops, restaurants and brewpubs. In keeping with its pedigree, this petite fourteen-room hotel combines the best aspects of an early American boarding house and a Parisian auberge, fostering a sense of freedom for its guests while remaining at the ready with impeccable service.
Though diminutive in scale, The Windsor offers its guests the experience normally found at a large luxury hotel. We were greeted upon arrival with bottles of water and luggage service from our car.
The front doors of The Windsor are secured via access code given to guests, which contributes to the secure, homey feeling of the establishment. Aside from the friendly concierge, you'll rarely see a staff member in the hotel – unless of course you ring for service, in which case you’ll find one at the ready within moments.
The lobby, furnished in Belle Époque accents of brass and velvet against the raw brick walls, was a wonderful place to rest after our travels, enjoying a coffee and watch the comings and goings of Lower Broadway. Climbing the stairs to our second-floor room turned into an exploration of all three floors, which are decorated with a profusion of fine art, both local and European. Be sure not to miss the sky lit atrium, where birch limbs of various lengths hang from top to floor between the hotel’s two wings. The installation is especially stunning when viewed at night.
Each of the Windsor’s fourteen suites is furnished in a unique riff on French style, from traditional formal to modern chic. Our suite boasted exposed brick walls, garnet upholstery, and an abundance of tiny pots filled with moss and succulents; it was the perfect place to spend four nights in the chill of winter while dreaming of springtime. We were bowled over by the amenities – a full gourmet kitchen (outfitted with all manner of culinary tools and a bag of locally roasted coffee beans), a light-filled sitting room, a bathroom with a full tub stocked with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and even its own washer-dryer. The crowning touch was finding our sumptuous featherbed adorned with gifts from one of Asheville’s many chocolateries.
Throughout our stay, The Windsor staff was gracious and helpful, offering recommendations, changing reservations, and providing us with beverages and snacks as we came and went.
Large luxury hotels abound in the outskirts of Asheville, but if you want an authentic experience of this charming, eccentric Southern city, you’re advised to make The Windsor Boutique Hotel your Asheville pied-à-terre.
Chelsea Batten is an itinerant journalist and photographer
Photographs courtesy of The Windsor Asheville
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Hidden Gem, Cosy, Rustic|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Room Service, Family Friendly|
|Number of Rooms||14 suites|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Great local restaurants|
Queen and King bedded Suites and Full Bath Suites. All fourteen rooms are complete suites, with kitchen, living room and laundry facilities; some suites include a full bathroom.
The small size and personable yet discreet staff give this hotel the feeling of an old-fashioned boarding house. The décor combines industrial chic with retro Parisian elegance.
Last updated on 13-05-2015