Hill House Bed & Breakfast

120 Hillside Street , Asheville, NC 28801 USA (Show map)
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Welcome to Hill House -- a place with one foot in the present and the other in a past we all cherish. Our style says both Grandma Knows and Guitar Nights. Nothing stuffy. The home was built in 1885, but today it’s definitely for the young at heart. Stretch yourself in morning yoga amid the expansive lawn and inspirational Appalachian garden. Savor breakfasts of fair trade, specialty coffees, fresh fruit juices, local eggs, and delicious surprises prepared with a chef’s insights. We’re also Asheville’s best B&B for your wedding or meeting. Discounts midweek and for guests under 30 y/o.

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Reviews

Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Excellent Location

3.6 on September 25, 2017

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood but convenient to downtown, you can even walk there! The highway to get to anywhere is just blocks away.


Perfect place to stay

4.4 on February 21, 2017

We went to Asheville for a long weekend getaway and picked a great bed and breakfast! Everyone was extremely helpful and kind. Breakfast was fantastic! Loved the room with the fireplace and jetted tub. Very close to downtown, took Uber everywhere. Will definitely be back!


THE BEST BnB we have ever stayed in

5 on January 08, 2017

From the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out, it was ALL wonderful, cozy, elegant and charming was this house on the hill. The staff were so friendly helpful and amazing all the way around. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and it couldn't have been more perfect. We will come as often as we can to enjoy it over and over.


A wonderful stay!

5 on December 21, 2016

The staff was friendly and welcoming. We loved chatting with other guests over evening wine and cheese in the lounge, and it was nice seeing them again in the mornings as we all sat down to breakfast together. The meals were amazing! Our room was lovely, and it was very easy to get into town from the inn. We'd love to come back!


Nice Spot a little over-priced

4.4 on July 19, 2016

Was worried when we pulled in as the yard was smaller and less well-kept and the building more run-down than web photos. But our room was nice, clean with good AC and ceiling fans. Enjoyed the airy front porch and parlor for reading, the on-site tablet for quick internet work, and the great fresh-baked snacks and fruit available all day. Breakfast was really great, true southern gourmet. Felt it was a little pricey but perhaps not for Asheville. NOT walking distance to downtown for the average person and the neighborhood surrounding a little sketchy.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. I would like to address a few things, however. The yard is very well-kept. Two professional gardeners are at Hill House one day a week making sure to that. And the building is hardly rundown. The exterior could have painted this year, but I've chosen to wait until closer to the time it goes on the market. Otherwise, it's in excellent condition. Hill House is one mile from the center of downtown. I guess one's definition of the "average person" determines whether or not that is walking distance. Finally, the neighborhood is a mix of a few grand older homes, like Hill House, a good number of new homes, some upwards of $500,000, and older homes of various sizes and condition. A handful of the older homes, generally rental properties, could be termed "fixer-uppers," but there is nothing like a crack home anywhere at all in the neighborhood

- David Raphael Smith (innkeeper)


Great value, convenient location

4.4 on June 27, 2016

Booking, check-in and check-out were super easy. They had a great preplan for late check-in, too! Breakfast was great fun. Room was well apportioned. Only two small disappointments. 1. Jacuzzi tub was bathtub sized. 2. TV movies through Hulu was intermittent at best (not a big deal since we did not come to watch TV!). Overall a great stay, we would recommend for future visits!


Great place

4.0 on April 28, 2016

Our first time at a B&B. We were not disappointed. Would recommend Hill House to friends and family. Carey was so sweet and informative. The hostess with the mostess. Really enjoyed our time in Asheville, neat town. I truly recommend the audio tour at the Biltmore, so enjoyed that place.


Pros & Cons

3.2 on December 09, 2015

The house is old and lovely, and tastefully decorated--old photos through the hallway and antiques in the common rooms. Beautiful, comfortable front porch that looks toward downtown. It is a great location--5 minutes from downtown and 10-15 from the Biltmore Estate. The hosts were very nice, but our room was a bit shabby--peeling wallpaper & aged bedspread--and very small. The bathroom also was small, but modern and clean. There is a 5 pm happy hour in the common room, but breakfast is served only at 9 am--so for those who have to leave early (e.g., us, both mornings we were there), you miss the full breakfast. A light continental is provided, but would have liked more for the price we paid.


Hill House Stay

3.8 on November 02, 2015

Excellent service; good location


A DELIGHT

4.8 on October 05, 2015

Lovely staff, excellent food and particularly appreciated the wine and nibbles


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Rooms & Rates

Drhumor

A very striking room having been recently redecorated! Rich and cozy with a majestic four poster canopy bed, and marble top dresser. Surround yourself in soft peach and warm beige tones with both carpeting and hardwood floors underfoot. FIREPLACE, JACUZZI tub & shower, and pedestal sink complete this romantic retreat.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

S&W

The S&W Room is fresh and dramatic. With beige grasscloth wallcovering, you’ll rest in a four poster, black lacquer bed amongst African and animal prints and decor. The S&W has hardwood floors, oriental rugs and a breakfast nook that overlooks the gardens. The bathroom has dramatic black and white tiles playing against cappuccino colored walls. Enjoy the JACUZZI tub & shower with a view of the gardens. Have IN-ROOM BREAKFAST, if you choose.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Arcade

Golden faux finished walls warm this secluded cornerstone treasure. Located on the ground floor, the Arcade fashions a bright and airy ambience with its multi-windowed structure, including a cozy window seat - just perfect for an afternoon read. The original clawfoot tub and shower adorned with delicate dragon flies, add to the Arcade's charming appeal.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Cottage

This Asheville Cottage is the "little house" that sets behind the big house. Charming and secluded, the Cottage is perfect for that brief or extended Honeymoon stay or romantic retreat. Bringing together a blend of the old and the new, there are soft butter tones on the original beadboard walls, complemented by blue and yellow cottage style furnishings. You will find a full kitchen, dinette and living room on the first floor. Upstairs enjoy the library on the landing, the quaint and cozy bedroom with walk-in closet and twig curtain rods, and full bath with two person JACUZZI tub & shower. Relax on your private porch. Have IN-ROOM BREAKFAST if you choose.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Biltmore Suite

Airy and comfortable, our second largest suite is decorated with Biltmore House reproductions and memorabilia. Before the fireplace, snuggle up on the comfy loveseat and enjoy your favorite movie on a flat panel TV. Take in sublime views of downtown Asheville and the distant mountains without leaving the comfort of the grand, mahogany canopy bed. The bathroom is spacious and chic, with hardwood floor, two-person JACUZZI TUB with hand-held shower, crystal chandelier, and pedestal sink. Have IN-ROOM BREAKFAST in your own breakfast nook, if you choose.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Flat Iron Suite

The Flat Iron, our largest suite, with second story views of the Asheville skyline to the south and the surrounding mountains to the west, is graced by traditional and contemporary influences. The living room is framed by a large comfortable daybed), club chairs, and FIREPLACE. Stylish and cozy, the bedroom is large, with views of the gardens. The adjoining bathroom has an airjet tub and shower, pedestal sink and brass fixtures. Have IN-ROOM BREAKFAST, if you choose.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

The Hideaway

Located in the rear of the Hill House estate and just steps from the inn, the Hideaway is a large comfortable, elegant loft suite. In recently built, former owners quarters, you will have a private entrance, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, large jacuzzi tub and pedestal sink. The windows open onto an isolated, wooded corner of the grounds where others rarely walk. Privacy and seclusion, in the middle of the city.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Pisgah Apartment

The contemporary one-bedroom apartment, on the ground level of a recently built townhouse is nestled in the trees at the rear of the Hill House property. The Apartment has a wonderful chef's kitchen, large living room with a gas fireplace, polished hardwood floors, custom lighting, and a bath with a jacuzzi tub. It's a place to get away from it all and still have all the comforts of home and more.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Kress Room

The Kress Room, named for the former five-and-dime chain store in downtown Asheville, NC, contributes some “Shabby Chic” to Hill House — all the casual elegance of traditional antiques and all the cozy comfort of modern decor. Shades of whites and blues with accents of silver create a fresh and light ambience. Located on a corner of the second floor, guests might enjoy afternoon tea and quiet seclusion in its winged-back Victorian chair. The queen bed mattress is the newest and comfiest on the property. The bathroom, with the purest shades of blues and whites, is charmed with a silver gilded claw-foot tub, pedestal sink, and chandelier. Gentlemen…. for all the times your lady has watched football with you.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Battery Park

A cozy interior sleeping room with an adjacent sun-filled sitting room—the Battery Park Room is named for the former hotel across from the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Originally a sleeping porch, this outer half of this room is surrounded by windows for wonderful light and air. The double-parlor-style, second-floor suite has hardwood floors, a queen bed, a bath with a slate tile and glass rain shower, a full-size twin daybed sofa, and huge club chair. Finished in cream colors with touches of black and lots of texture, it has Neo-Classic flair. Battery Park can accommodate a third person or two who don’t wish to share a bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Jackson Room

The Jackson Room is decorated in warm beiges and accented with black in a seamless blend of Neoclassic and Asian influences. Hardwood floors, a canopy queen bed with sheer curtain, a romantic fireplace, a Jacuzzi jetted tub & shower, and a decorative vanity complement the Jackson’s eclectic and nocturnal surroundings. We named the ground-level room for the striking, 14-story Jackson Building, downtown Asheville’s first skyscraper. Small dogs accepted.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Urban

Airport

Asheville, NC (AVL) 15 miles

Directions to property:

From I-240 in Asheville, exit 5A (Merrimon Ave), proceed north to the 4th light, Hillside Street. Turn left. Hill House is 200 yards on right... 120 Hillside St. Parking available behind Inn. From Interstate 26 North (via I-81), take Exit 25 (Broadway and UNCA). Go south on Broadway, about 1.0 miles to Hillside Street. A closed gas station will be on your right. Turn left onto Hillside, and go 0.3 miles, just past Mount Clare Avenue, to Hill House, on your left. Parking available behind Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Desk, Fax Machine, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Large Wrap-Around Porch, Yoga Classes, Yard Hammock & Chairs

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Yoga, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only No smoking on front porch in warm weather
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well-behaved children welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Dogs permitted in some rooms
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Generally, 2 night minimum on weekends,
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night deposit.
  • Cancellations: If a reservation is cancelled within 8-14 days prior to check in, its deposit will be refunded if there is vacancy in a comparable room or if the room rebooks; If cancelled within 7 days prior to check in, the same criteria apply to the tariff of their full stay. It's not common, but guests may be responsible for all nights reserved regardless of late arrival or early departure. Rooms that can't be refunded receive a night-for-night credit that can be used most weeknights. Refunds are granted when travel to Asheville, because of area weather, becomes dangerous or impossible. Rate and availability for reservations more than 9 months from today are not guaranteed. The inn reserves the right to cancel a guest reservation with 21 days notice for any reason.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

David Raphael Smith

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

I became an innkeeper because it felt best for me and I was fortunate enough to have the wherewithal when the bottom felt out of the commercial real estate business in which I was working in 2008.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Wrap-around porch in warm months, also in suites, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free, Vegan


Signature Dish

They're All Signature Dishes
A breakfast lasagna of scrambled eggs, spicy pork sausage, spinach, red peppers, onions, queso fresco, with a grilled peach half on the sides. A light,baked pancake prepared with thinly sliced apples with a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. Topped with fresh berries and served with breakfast sausage. A wild rice, mushroom, tasso ham, and parmesan cheese fritta, with sides of fresh fruit and biscuits.


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