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
Nice place place here in town. We were able to walk to town for dinner and drinks. Take time to relax on the front and back porch of the Inn. The happy hour is great each afternoon. Breakfast is included and was very good. The staff is super friendly and helpful with tips around town. The guest room on the third floor was very comfortable and quiet for sleep. We will be back again soon.
We stayed a night at the Princess Anne on our Deep South road trip -we would have loved to stay longer. Our room was large and comfortable. We loved sitting on the porch with a glass of wine- a wine reception laid on by the hotel. The hotel is a bit creaky but this was part of the charm and we weren't disturbed by any noise overnight. The breakfast was good with a number of choices. We walked into downtown Asheville but there is a bit of an awkward road to cross - perhaps most people drive. Overall would highly recommend.
We've been staying at the Princess Anne for over 10 years and will never stay anywhere else when we visit Asheville. It is adorable, the staff are lovely and friendly and it feels like coming home. At our most recent stay, we particularly enjoyed the breakfast- best grits I've ever tasted! We highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a special spot to spend a great weekend!
My husband and I spent a night in Asheville one weekend in June. All the accommodations downtown, even the lousy ones, were over $400 for a single night. So we were DELIGHTED to find the Princess Anne. The location is wonderful—a beautiful, historic residential neighborhood outfitted with its own bakery and restaurants just a block or two from the hotel. And MUCH less expensive than the mass-market downtown hotels. We felt like locals in on the best-kept secret.
From start to finish, we had a wonderful experience. The staff was warm and helpful, the other patrons friendly and talkative. The room was spacious and clean, the common areas charming and warm. The best part of the space, though, are the shady porches! We spent at least two hours on the back porch enjoying a drink and reading to the sounds of birds and crickets.
Overall, a lovely experience! We will absolutely be back.
The Princess Anne was built in 1924 and that leaves constraints you have to accept. A tiny shower/commode with an exhaust fan that isn't up to the job - an elevator barely able to hold two people and backpacks. But these are minor considerations in view of the benefits. We were met at reception by Jenni who also served us breakfast the next morning. A colorful, animated, and enthusiastic woman, Jenni was a delight and it was obvious she was really invested in making sure we enjoyed ourselves at the hotel and in Asheville. Mission accomplished! The room was clean, the bed comfortable, and the HVAC and TV were fine. Best, the hotel is nestled into a real neighborhood within a short distance from downtown and thus quiet and peaceful. Breakfast was quite good and to order from a selection. Not full of glass, plastic, and metal, the Princess Anne does not look as if designed by Bauhaus but after three days it felt like our house.