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
100 Year Old Inn that has friendly, welcoming staff with a wonderful sense of humor. We had a room on the 3rd floor which was well kept, comfortable, spacious, perfect for our needs. They have a wonderful breakfast menu each morning where their Chef out does himself each day. Ask the staff for recommendations for local fare; shout out to Homegrown. Happy hour is a peaceful moment of the day not to miss. Princess Anne has rooms to roam in from a large living room to a Den with a selection of books to read and a computer if you need. It is located in a quiet neighborhood convenient to area locations with a wonderful side porch that catches a pleasant breeze. We Enjoyed it!
This hotel was built in 1924 and was updated and renovated a few years ago.
The staff is very nice and friendly. The room was large, a separate sitting room, but the weird thing is the sink is in the bedroom. Only 6 rooms have the sink in the bathroom.
The bathroom ( toilet and shower) is very small.
Bedroom lighting is poor, but sitting room lighting is fine.
The breakfast is very good and the happy hour has very nice .
A different kind pof hotel, not cookie cutter.
Happy hour was almost over on our late afternoon arrival at Princess Anne Hotel, a quaint building from 1924. Since wife didn't participate in the wine time, I missed most of the social exchange. We met people from Seattle and Knoxville. Wines are served every afternoon along with a variety of clever edibles. The elevator (circa 1960) is an attraction all its own. A heavy outer door opens to a small interior. There is a second interior sliding door of grilled ironwork. It closes when you select a floor. It’s an amusing contraption, reminds one of some Europe’s old lifts, though this one is fast and efficient.
Our huge second floor room was carved out of the midsection of the 94-year-old building. I counted 11 wall surfaces—in our room! With spacious closet and clean bathroom, we were greatly pleased. Nice shower. Comfy double bed. Handy two-chair reading area with lamp. Three windows made for a light interior.
Hallways are wide—and outside our room was an interesting sitting area. Framed photos of the old hotel adorn walls. There is a reading room/library. The happy hour room has some couches and lots of space to mix and mingle. Our smoking area was in the covered back porch, enormous and full of good seating and tables.
Princess Anne rests in a quiet residential neighborhood, but close enough to busy, beautiful downtown Asheville. Check-in was easy. We were welcomed enthusiastically. We put the car in the lot out back. The local daily paper is always provided.
Typical of the best B&Bs, breakfast is a treat. A printed daily menu has four choices, all of them a complete morning feast. Overall, this place draws a fun-loving clientele, provides helpful service and rates a row of stars!
Our dinner tonight was enjoyed at Bone & Broth, a local eatery just a short walk from the Princess Anne.
We felt lucky to get a day-of room here. Corey (sp?) greeted us warmly; provided customized walking suggestions for my husband's and my separate walks (different paces and different goals); spot-on drinks/dinner suggestions; and confident, calm attention throughout. We were very comfortable in our room, and especially appreciated that we could control our own thermostat in this old structure. Breakfast was delightful and beautifully served. We will spread the word, and we hope to return!
As previous reviewers have stated this is an old, historic building run by charming and helpful staff.
We arrived in time for “Happy Hour” on our first day and were invited to complimentary wine and nibbles which were excellent, it was also a nice way to meet fellow guests who all seemed very satisfied with The Princess Anne.
The Wi-fi in the room was free and good as was the efficient and quiet air conditioning.
Breakfast was also fine except for the coffee which was served from a sort of thermos which didn’t seem to keep the coffee fresh or hot.
In our room the floorboards creaked and, very annoyingly, so did the bed plus we had a very squeaky toilet door/shower room door. Some of these problems could and should have been remedied. The shower room was tiny and claustrophobic with horrid brown towels which did not smell fresh, the hand basin was in the bedroom. I did not have a bedside table.
For those seeking an old world ambience the hotel must hold a certain charm and I’m sure the above negatives could be overlooked but it wasn’t really for me.
The hotel is in a pleasant area but is around a 30 minute walk from downtown, we drove and other guests said Uber was fine here.
Tourist note: we took the open ‘hop on hop off’ trolley tour which was great. Our driver, Walt, gave a detailed and amusing commentary. We parked for free in the Visitor Centre and took the trolley from there.