5 on September 22, 2015
My husband and I recently stayed in Asheville for 2 nights at Vicki and Neeraj's B&B. everything about it was delightful...breakfast, serene setting, hosts. It is dog-friendly to boot. We enjoyed the other guests and the location was perfect for getting around Asheville.
1.8 on September 06, 2015
Made these reservations when I was in a pinch for a work trip. All of the rooms were available a week before the trip, a sign right there that business is slow. Unfortunately I didn't read the online reviews for this place and the owner's extremely rude and unprofessional responses, otherwise I would have steered clear of this place. No amenities, owners refuse to acknowledge you (if they are even at home), confusing website directions and signage, overpowering damp clay smell, unattended dogs of Hades in the owner's quarters. One (of many) examples of disappointing experience: the first morning at 8:15am there was no sign of activity in the eating area, and I needed to head out for my work. No coffee/tea station that I've seen at all of the b&bs/hotels I've been to. So I knocked on the kitchen door. A lady appears and is immediately standoff-ish with her dry "Yes?" instead of a friendly greeting. I introduced myself and inquired about breakfast. She curtly replied that I should read the back of my door. She said it is clearly stated on the back of the door (where I didn't look, because typically that's where emergency exit and check-out time information is provided) the breakfast times. She refused to serve us breakfast or even give us coffee. When I checked the back of the door, it stated "We serve breakfast between 8:30 to 9:30 unless you need otherwise.” Well, we needed “otherwise.” And she refused to provide us with a service that we paid for and is one of the two key features of a “bed and breakfast.” That was extremely disappointing. If you find tranquility and happiness in crazy dogs, rude hosts, funny smells, hefty price tags, and greenwashing, this is the place for you. If not, I recommend you keep looking for a better place, like a true b&b. Hopefully this review is useful to whoever reads it. Cue the owner’s snarky response.
5 on August 16, 2015
My husband and I decided to go to the Film Festival in Asheville at the last minute. Hotels are ridiculously priced in the downtown area and we prefer B&B's anyway. We found all of our needs met in this lovely "green" cottage. We stayed in the Africa room and it was very spacious. I like the fact that there was no TV, but I understand you can get one upon request. Breakfast was delicious and our hosts Vicki and Neeraj were very gracious.
4.8 on October 16, 2013
Vicki and Neeraj were friendly, helpful, and gracious. The cottage was beautiful, cozy, close to the sites, and easy to get to. The room was comfortable and clean. The breakfast was delicious and filling. Great!
5 on August 23, 2013
Excellent accommodation and service. Friendly owners.
3.6 on July 15, 2013
This B&B touts itself as a 'green' option and it does not disappoint on this note. Everything from linens to soaps to breakfast are all-natural or organic. The breakfasts are quite good and include mixed fresh fruit. The innkeeper (Vicki) makes sure the day's menu accommodates your tastes, food sensitivities and/or allergies before cranking up the stove. Coffee & hot teas are offered with breakfast but not any juices (and we asked). The Zen Garden Room was spacious, decorated simply & had lots of windows looking out at the front garden. The bed was quite comfortable. No TV or clock in the room. The bathroom was bright and had a nice tub/shower, however the sink & mirror were outfitted for shorter persons (under 6' tall). Humid weather during our stay made our room stuffy, even with the central A/C on, so we requested a oscillating fan so we could sleep comfortably. Both innkeepers seemed "removed". Neither were home when we arrived so we were provided a numerical code to let ourselves in. We had to contact Vicki by cell phone to let her know we had arrived & to ask about the oscillating fan. We saw Neeraj only momentarily during our visit and that meeting seemed to be by accident. Apparently, both have jobs or obligations outside of the B&B. We are used to being personally greeted by innkeepers, shown our room, various amenities pointed out, so forth. We had long chats with Vicki right before & after breakfast but rarely saw her, otherwise, even in the evenings. They have two very sweet, friendly dogs. We must point out that the house is on a steep hill so there are long, steep outside steps both front & back with no noticeably easier alternative to get to the house. If you have trouble with steps or are bringing bulky luggage, this could present some difficulty.
It sounds as if you had a nice stay with us. We strive to give our guests lots of freedom and not the requirement of a special check in time. Our decor is markedly different from most B&B and most of our guests find the lack of frills quite refreshing. I'm surprised that you were not comfortable in your room. We've never had anyone not cool enough in this room. We are very often here, but do not spend all our time in the B&B. And of course are always here in the mornings and evenings, and available by phone to answer your questions and meet your needs. I just spent a half hour or more - it's 5:00 - with lovely guests, getting them all settled in and making dinner reservations for them.
5 on May 27, 2013
I've stayed at the Asheville Green Cottage numerous times over the last 5-6 years. I generally try to stay at B & Bs instead of hotels because I like the individuality of the lodgings and the innkeepers, so I've stayed at quite a few over the years, and AGC is one of my favorites. It's a wonderful change of pace from the typical, flowery Victorian style of most B & Bs. I never stay anywhere else when I go to Asheville, which is about once a year. Vicki and Neeraj are friendly and attentive and the breakfasts are delicious. The inn is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that's very convenient to the Biltmore and 5-10 minutes away from downtown. As with most B & Bs, each of the inn's four rooms is decorated in a unique style and all are very comfortable. Unlike most B & B's, however, they feature eco-friendly mattresses, bedding, towels, and toiletries and are decorated simply (though not plainly). I can't recommend this place highly enough.
4.8 on October 29, 2012
It's always such a great experience when a stay at a B and B exceeds your expectations. We recently stayed with Vicki and Neeraj (in the Africa room) and it was a wonderful experience. My wife and I have stayed in B and Bs all over the country. The bottom line is you want a very comfortable bed, a clean overall home, good food and hopefully good conversation. Asheville Green Cottage had all of that and more. It was a great stay and we highly recommend this B and B.
5 on July 19, 2012
the out-of-africa room was spacious! The breakfast was awesome too... fruit bowl, muffins, scramble eggs w/ sun-dried tomato, pesto, asaga cheese, fair-traded coffee. yum! very eco-minded place. Good efforts in living green!
5 on March 22, 2012
stayed 2 days and 3 nights and wish we could of stayed longer. the green cottage is the perfect B&B for people who care about the environment, sustainability, and health! friendly hosts, clean and comfortable room, and delicious healthy breakfast!!! can't wait to go back and stay again! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
5 on February 01, 2012
Our highest compliments to Vicki and Neeraj for their wonderful B&B. We loved everything about our stay and even extended our visit because we felt so good in the space. The B&B is nestled in a quiet hilltop neighborhood central to everything we wanted to do in Asheville. Our Zen Garden room was clean and comfortable (and zen!) - we enjoyed just hanging out in the room checking email and planning our days. Best of all, the B&B is truly 'green' which means a healthy, organic, and sustainable-focused home base for your Asheville stay.
4.6 on January 10, 2012
My partner and I stayed for a night in the mediterranean room. The room was small but very clean! The bathroom was also very clean and the house had a very cozy and welcoming feel. The absolute best part was breakfast. We sat down at the table with other guests and enjoyed some amazing ethiopian coffee, a delicious fruit plate (kiwi, starwberries, apples, bananas), home made zuccini bread, and eggs served with spinach and goat cheese. They also offered oatmeal as an option. We ate breakfast and talked to the other guests for almost 2 hours! The inn keepers so incredibly welcoming! Vicky even gave me a hug on the way out, they were just great! We totally recommend this place and we will be coming back for sure! Again, that breakfast was AMAZING!
5 on October 22, 2011
After living in Asheville a few years, I wanted to come back and stay in my old neighborhood. This little cottage is tucked away in a very pretty area of Asheville with many trees. Very close to downtown and not far from the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway. The breakfasts were healthy, yummy and perfect--not too heavy. Delicious fruit and breads each morning and then an egg dish. She even lets you know what she's going to make in case you may not want one of the ingredients. I cannot convey enough how cozy and comfortable the bed was. We were in the Mediterranian room. Every detail was thought of. The whole place was very clean and well cared for. I have been to a few b&bs across the country and so many are frilly and formal--not really my thing. You won't find any lace doilies here! I would love to stay here again.
3.4 on August 07, 2011
While a nice breakfast is served, my room was too hot to have a good night's sleep so I ended up with 2 nights of very little sleep. "Central air" is advertised but if you are in the upstairs bedrooms, it is very, very warm. The owners provide a fan, but I had to have it on high and blowing right on me just to get some relief and that still wasn't enough. I took an extra shower to try and cool off before I went to bed. Unless I can be assured that I will have a room with air conditioning, I won't stay there again. Room is sparsely furnished; no TV in room.
We are surprised by the guests comments as we have been a very full B&B through this long and very hot Summer, and we ask our guests each morning how they slept. I remember asking you all. Your comments was that you were fine. Each night we check the weather and if the temperature drops enough in the night, we suggest leaving the windows open as it's more comfortable than running the air conditioner. That has been the case. I also know each person has different comfort levels based on their age, weight, and many other things. It has been a very hot Summer. Please contact us for a complementary night's stay.
5 on August 04, 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Asheville. The rooms were beautifully decorated and comfortable. Vicki and husband were very hospitable and friendly - vicki makes fantastic spinach and cheese quiche!! Thank you!
3.4 on July 26, 2011
Only complaint, breakfast only 8:30-9:30 and no coffee ready before then! Food was great, but need coffee earlier!
We work hard to accommodate the needs of our guests, providing healthy food for folks with celiacs disease, diabetes, chemical sensitivities, those who prefer a vegan diet, and always vegetarian. So we're pretty busy in the kitchen in the AM, and our 8:30-9:30 breakfast slot seems to be perfect for almost everyone. We do have a few people over the year that want coffee as soon as they wake up, and we do our best. But you must admit - Organic Fair Trade Shade Grown Ethiopian coffee is worth the wait! I've got a pot on now. It'll be ready in 5 minutes!
4.6 on July 21, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay at Asheville Green Cottage. We visited Asheville for our first time to celebrate our anniversary. It was in a nice quiet neighborhood and very close to Vanderbilt mansion and downtown. We loved the healthy morning breakfast and especially conversations with the owners and fellow guests during breakfast. The bed was more comfortable than my own.
5 on November 21, 2010
Vicki, who runs this place, is a teacher for US Green Building Council and this place is actually chemical free! Plus comfy. And good food. If this were a chain, I'd stay nowhere else wherever I went.
4.4 on October 02, 2010
My fiance and I stayed with Vicki and Neeraj just after Labor Day, and we loved it. The setting and house are beautiful. It's quiet and tucked away, but just minutes from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. We stayed in the Mediterranean room and the bed was amazing. The room was cozy, and not cluttered and frumpy like most B&B's. And I can't forget-- breakfast was delicious! Everything was beyond reproach, including the fruit, coffee, home-baked breads and muffins and the egg dish. The innkeepers are helpful and available but not overbearing in the least. I can't recommend Asheville enough, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else but the Asheville Green Cottage. I can't wait to go back!
4.6 on July 28, 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Green Cottage B&B. The decor is spare and elegant, our room was clean and comfortable, our hosts were friendly, interesting and helpful and the breakfasts were healthy and delicious. We hope to return!
5 on July 08, 2010
Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful place to stay. The setting is calm and the location is excellent. We'll be bac!
4.4 on April 05, 2010
As a business executive, I have been traveling to the Asheville area for 9 years on a regular basis. Although I have stayed in many nice places, this eco-friendly cottage B & B has it all! Artfully decorated rooms (with the most wonderful organic cotton bath towels & bed linens!), comfortable & luxurious common areas, wonderful little library, cleanliness, safe & quiet neighborhood within a short drive to the downtown or Biltmore Village, delicious breakfast (best coffee I've had at a B & B), and perfectly wonderful hosts. I look forward to my next business trip! ;-)
4.0 on April 03, 2010
It was so much more pleasant to stay at Asheville Green Cottages than to stay in an overpriced hotel! Vicki and Naeraj were wonderful. Actually, we had the "run of the house" since our hosts were departing for their own holiday family visiting when we arrived but they made sure we were well taken care of before they left and made sure we had everything we needed when they returned. (The reason why "Dining" is only a "3" above is that we didn't experience the "breakfast" part of the bed&breakfast but we were having breakfast at our son's house anyway). The rooms were all comfortable with interesting decor. The beds were the most comfortable we've ever experienced. The common area living and dining rooms meant that we could all be together and enjoy our evenings. The location was great, too. It is tucked away on a hill in a neighborhood but right off U.S. 25 and minutes from Downtown Asheville (very close to the Biltmore, too, but we like Downtown and West Asheville).
4.4 on March 31, 2010
Though we arrived late, the key was waiting for us at the door with a nice note and the house was very nice and very clean! The house was nicely decorated and a mini-fridge was provided for the guests, which was very helpful! Our room (Zen Garden room) was simple, but wonderful. Just what we needed! Great bed, amazing pillows and a clean bathroom! In the morning, a delicious breakfast was served. I would most definitely stay here again. Love the "green" furnishings and lifestyle.
3.8 on March 30, 2010
The good: It's "green," the owners are very nice and accommodating, breakfast was good, it's real close to Biltmore (and not too far from Asheville's great downtown), price is reasonable. Comfortable beds. The bad: It's not romantic (I went with my wife for a romantic getaway and to see Biltmore...we made the best of it, but were disappointed based on previous B&B), the B&B is not secluded at all. The pictures make it seem more wooded and secluded than it is. The rooms, while nice and clean, are fairly plain with a few themed decorations. The upstairs rooms (Africa and India) are larger than the downstairs rooms.
As any innkeeper, we are unhappy that we did not meet all your expectations. But we must disagree with comments about our B&B. We actually pride ourselves in featuring a more "zen" decor than is typically found in more pricey bed and breakfasts. At $95-135 per night we feel we offer a lovely, healthy experience with the greenest, most comfortable beds money can buy.