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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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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

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.

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3.8 on November 02, 2015

Excellent service; good location


4.8 on October 05, 2015

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

Les Cunningham

4.6 on September 10, 2015

This was a last-minute stay, and it was great. Carey was a wonderful host, the appetizers/wine and full plated breakfast on the front porch were outstanding. Definitely a great Asheville B&B

Vacation 2015

5 on August 16, 2015

Hill House is a GREAT place to stay. The staff is unbelievable and the breakfast is to die for. Overall GREAT experience

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Rooms & Rates

Arcade Room

The Arcade Room, named for downtown Asheville's Grove Arcade, welcomes the morning with its warm sunny, design scheme. The room has walls of finely trimmed wainscoting in warm hues and a cozy window seat just perfect for an afternoon read. The ground floor Arcade exudes an airy sensibility with its many windows. The original claw-foot tub and shower with period tile flooring turn a shower or bath into a step back in time.

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $175

Kress Room

The Kress Room is named for the former chain store in downtown Asheville. Shades of whites and blues with silver accents of silver create a fresh and clean mood. Located on a corner of the second floor, some guests have spent their afternoons in quiet seclusion with a book and cup of tea in a winged-back Victorian chair. The starkly white bathroom, with its silver gilded claw-foot tub, pedestal sink, and chandelier makes for an impossibly tranquil soaking.

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $175

Battery Park Room

Battery Park, named for the hotel (now a senior living community) across from the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville, has a double-parlor design. Half of the room (now a sitting area) was originally a sleeping porch and so is surrounded by large, airy, sunlit windows with delicately painted frames. The interior area has a queen bed, the bath, with a slate and glass rain shower, and the old sunporch a daybed sofa and comfy armchair. The room is finished in creams and reds with touches of black and lots of texture, and with the daybed can accommodate a third person.

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $210

S and W Room

Influenced by Ashevilles Art Deco heritage, the S&W Room is muted and masculine, with a beige grass-cloth wall covering and four-poster, black lacquer bed blending with safari and African desert prints and decor. Hardwood floors, dark, muted rugs, a plush, corner seating area, and a view overlooking the gardens add to the room's appeal. The bathroom's dramatic black-and white tiles play against cappuccino-colored walls. Enjoy the JACUZZI tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $119 - $185

Jackson Room

Named for the striking, 14-story Jackson Building, Ashevilles first skyscraper, the Jackson Room welcomes guests with warm beiges accented with black in a seamless blend of Neoclassic and Asian influences. Hardwood floors, a romantic fireplace, a canopy bed, a JACUZZI tub & shower, and a decorative vanity complement the eclectic and comfortable surroundings.

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $210

Drhumor Room

Many guests love the restrained décor of the Drhumor Room. Named for Asheville's oldest standing commercial building, the room is rich and majestic with its four-poster canopy bed and marble top dresser. Surround yourself in soft peach and warm beige hues with plush carpeting underfoot. A romantic fireplace, JACUZZI tub & shower, and pedestal sink complete this romantic retreat.

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $210

Flat Iron Suite

The Flat Iron Suite, named for Asheville’s own Flatiron Building, comprises the entire upper west wing of the inn. This apartment-sized space is a mix of contemporary and country influences, and has treetop views of the downtown Asheville skyline and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. The living room is framed by two large club chairs with shared ottoman, a daybed stuffed with big pillows and romantic fireplace. Tucked away off the seating area is a small breakfast table. 3 adults and 1 child allowed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $149 - $230

Biltmore Room

Airy and comfortable, our favorite honeymoon suite is decorated with reproductions and memorabilia of Asheville's Biltmore House. Snuggle on the comfortable loveseat by the romantic fireplace. Savor the treetop views of downtown Asheville without leaving the comfort of the grand, mahogany canopy bed. The bathroom is spacious and chic, with hardwood floors, a mirrored dresser, a two-person JACUZZI TUB with hand-held shower, crystal chandelier, and pedestal sink.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $230

The Hideaway Suite

Located just steps from the main inn, the 750 sf, second-floor, Hideaway Suite is a lushly decorated fantasy retreat with a blend of contemporary and antique furnishings. There is central heat and a/c, a king bed, lush loveseat, a spa-style, two-person, walk-in shower, private entrance, breakfast nook, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and dual vanities. Look out at the treetops. Combine this suite with the Pisgah Apartment, and it's a townhome large enough for a family or families of up to six adults and two children

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $230

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 contemporary chef's kitchen, a living room with gas fireplace and custom lighting, and a bath with a jacuzzi tub. It's a place where you can escape from it all and still have all the comforts of home. Combine the apartment with the Hideaway Suite upstairs and you have a townhome for a family or families of up to eight people

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $230

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Location Type



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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  • 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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David Raphael Smith

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


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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  • 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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