Princess Anne Bed & Breakfast
What We Love
- Three free breakfast options, including a healthy selection (think pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, fresh fruit and Swiss potato rosti with poached eggs)
- Rooms have classic designs, original hardwood floors, clawfoot soaking tubs (in the Premier Suite) and a minimum of 475 square feet of space
- Enjoying afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres on one of the two porches
- Beautifully restored historic hotel
What To Know
- Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
- Located in the residential neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, most downtown attractions are a 15- to 20-minute walk from the property
- There are 16 rooms and the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Nonsmoking property
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 16-room Princess Anne Hotel was originally built in 1924 and was reinvented as an elegant bed-and-breakfast in 2005. Three categories of suite feature classic designs, original hardwood floors, clawfoot soaking tubs (in the Premier Suite) and a minimum of 475 square feet of space. The rooms are also infused with modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, micro-kitchens with stovetops and mini-refrigerators, and separate showers with Ecru bath products, as well as special touches like chocolate truffles, plush bathrobes and vanity kits. Guests can relax in the living room, reading room, gardens or on one of two porches while enjoying afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres. The changing gourmet breakfast offers a twist on traditional dishes, such as pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, sage sausage and fresh fruit, or items like Swiss potato rosti with poached eggs, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise sauce — all served with locally roasted coffee.
In the Area
Guests can wander past the beautiful historic homes in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, stop by the King James Public House (a local favorite pub), or get a relaxing treatment at Illusions Day Spa of Asheville, just steps away. Asheville is known for its culinary scene, craft breweries and artistic community, much of which is located in the main downtown area, about a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Two popular downtown restaurants are the Cúrate tapas bar and the Chocolate Fetish dessert shop. The River Arts District showcases local artists in more than 180 working studios in 22 historic buildings. Perched in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina, Asheville offers access to an abundance of parks and eco-attractions in the surrounding area, such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Linville Caverns and Chimney Rock State Park.
How to Get There
In a quiet, leafy Asheville neighborhood about a 10 minute drive from downtown, the Princess Anne is one of my favorite hotels anywhere. A former boarding house turned into an elegant hotel, it has spacious guest rooms and a handsome common room, home to a good afternoon wine hour. Breakfasts are substantial and very good. Friendly staff. Great place.
My best friend and I went to Asheville to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore and, through a lucky chain of events, ended up staying at the Princess Anne. For us, it was 99% perfect. The Hotel itself is so, so nice and I found myself dreaming of living there all the time. :) It is classy and beautiful without being pretentious and we actually asked where they bought some of the chairs and the cutlery because we wanted them in our own homes!!!
The breakfasts are AMAZING...this is NOT your normal 'breakfast included with your room' situation. The chef created gourmet selections that differed every day and were my second favorite part of the hotel. My actual favorite part was the wine and hors d'ourves that they served each day. It made for such a leisurely way to relax after a busy day.
Olivia, the assistant manager, went above and beyond in terms of being helpful. My friend mentioned that she loved hand-made soaps and the next morning, Olivia greeted us at breakfast with a hand-written list of specialty soap stores in the area for us to try. That kind of attention-to-detail followed us throughout our entire four day, three night stay.
The one thing that kept it from being absolutely perfect was the surprise charges for our breakfast beverages at the end of our stay. There is no indication on the menu that there is extra charge for the soda that my friend ordered, or the mimosas that are listed along with the breakfast selection. I certainly didn't mind paying for them, but it felt a little surprising to be handed that extra charge. I would love to encourage the Princess Ann folks to put a statement on their breakfast menu explaining that there would be a charge for drinks.
That having been said, it would not keep me from going back again and again, and I am already planning my next trip. :) :)
Building/house is beautiful. However, the hotel does suffer from age. Room felt older. Rug needs to be replaced. Breakfast was disappointing but chef gets an A for effort. I really liked the snack room that is across from the dining room. Fresh cookies and tea/coffee offerings were much appreciated. Note that the front desk is not there 24/7. My key did not work when I was there. Luckily, I kept the card with the proprieter's cell phone and she came to open the door for me. This was unpleasant for me. Parking in the adjoining lot was convenient.
There was nothing actually ‘wrong’ with the hotel but it is a bit soul-less given the history. Some nice touches like afternoon wine, nibbles & tea or coffee were very welcome as we arrived right on time for it!
Again no dinner served at the hotel which for a large number of rooms seems a missed trick. We should have checked availability but as it turned out it was a really good thing as we discover the Curate tapas bar.
With a history that dates back to 1924, this nice little hotel is must place to stay. Easy access from the known highways, located in a very quite area and still within walking distance to downtown.
The Deep South lives in Princess Anne, nice, clean and spacious rooms with good beds and perfect AC and fans. Very friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast is special, including a choice of freshly made items. And the menu differs per day!
Closing the day with a complementary Happy Hour, drinks and special bites on the House, we like it a lot!
We stayed 3 nights and like to come back guys, thanks!