Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
The Blue Ridge Mountains stand in for the Black Forest at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, a 104-room luxury property that takes its design inspiration from an old-world Bavarian hunting lodge, complete with stag-antler chandeliers, rich velvet and brocade textiles, and a popular mascot in the lobby named Zsa Zsa—a taxidermied wild boar sporting a green Tyrolean hunting cap. Located across from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, George W. Vanderbilt’s Gilded Age castle, the hotel is within walking distance of Biltmore Village’s popular restaurants and shopping, only two miles from trendy downtown Asheville, and a convenient jumping-off place for exploring the Great Smokies. Rooms and suites are spacious and light, in contrast to the more dramatic public spaces; almost all of the bathrooms feature large tubs with shutters that open up to the sleeping area. (A good-to-know tip: The hotel is in two parts, a main building and the Manor House across the street, so if you don’t want that walk to the restaurant and lounge, request a room accordingly.) A particularly nice touch: In addition to rare original artwork scattered throughout the hotel, there’s a gallery featuring paintings, art glass, woodwork, and sculptures from local, regional, and international artists.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803, USA