Perfectly placed in historic Biltmore Village, the Grand Bohemian Hotel resembles a 17th century European hunting lodge. This luxury boutique hotel is the best place to stay in all of Asheville. Lavishly appointed guest rooms, first-class service, and a superior dining experience have many keen visitors booking their stay here while in Asheville, North Carolina.
About the Hotel
Richard Kessler, creator of The Kessler Hotel Collection, brought this stunning hotel to life with a nod to the area’s earlier days, drawing from none other than the Biltmore Estate. This famous 19th Chateau style home was built by George Vanderbilt. Kessler modeled Asheville’s Grand Bohemian after Vanderbilt’s private hunting lodge.
In keeping with the Historic Biltmore Village architecture requirements in mind, the hotel is no taller than the Village’s church steeple, The Cathedral of All Souls. The hotel has a similar style to a European hunting lodge – the bottom floor caters to men with a hunting lodge style while the top floor caters to women with an entertaining space that includes an exquisite ballroom.
On his global jaunts, Kessler collects art pieces and antiques from wherever he ventures. He pulls from his own collection to decorate his hotels. No two Kessler hotels are alike. One-of-a-kind furniture, antiques, and art grace each of his hotels, Grand Bohemian Asheville is no exception.
Hunting Lodge Lobby
If you couldn’t tell by the building’s Tudor-style architecture, once inside the hotel’s lobby, the theme will be obvious – a 1920s hunting lodge. Bordered by dark wood carved panels and smooth leather walls, unique plush sofas and leather chairs surround the centerpiece, a large 4-sided fireplace. Mounted antique guns sit on the mantel alongside old clocks.
Under deer antler chandeliers dripping with Swarovski crystals, a row of Indian teak columns flank one side of the lobby as stone flooring is found throughout the inviting space. Old world landscape paintings, bronze animal statues, mounted deer heads, and built-in gun cases are placed throughout the lobby. As you look around, it feels more like a grand home than a hotel.
Luxurious Guest Rooms
The elevators, outlined with dark Bavarian Forest paneling, take you to the guest room floors. Here, low-lit hallways are lined with original paintings. If one catches your eye, it’s okay to think about taking it home because most of the paintings are for sale.
Once you unlock your guest room, a luxurious mountain retreat awaits. Rich earth tones, luxury linens, and plush duvet rest on a pillowtop mattress with a soaring velvet headboard. Antler and rustic wood motif is carried out throughout the guest rooms and suites. Framed by candle-shaped lighting, the marble bathroom features an ornate sink and a very inviting soaking tub.
Across the street, The Manor houses 20 guest rooms – all with king beds. There is a slight lower room rate for these rooms, since you have to across the street to get to them.
Red Stag Grill
Reserve a table at the Red Stag Grill for an excellent dining experience. The bar and restaurant both exude elegance, rustic charm, and a sultry atmosphere. The ambiance is the classiest hunting lodge imaginable. Their menu is eclectic, locally sourced, and changing with the seasons. Meat lovers will find many intriguing entrees – bison ribeye, elk striploin, and roasted pheasant. Fish lovers can choose vegetable quinoa bowls topped with salmon, mountain trout or scallop entrees. Vegetarians can enjoy heirloom barley risotto and grilled eggplant.
Unwind in the spa on locally inspired treatments, which often change seasonally. Whatever treatment you decide, the caliber of service provided by the therapists is unmatched. Inside the treatment rooms, original paintings and sculptures adorn the rooms taking this experience to a higher level.
Salon and Ballrooms
On the top floor, the elevator opens up to Bosendorfer Salon. Step into a magnificent turn-of-the-century space, complete with a grand piano made from a single rosewood tree, taking 7 years to make. From ornate ceilings, enormous chandeliers light up the 14K gold leaf painting on the walls. If you are lucky enough to be here for an event in one of the two ballrooms, the grand old-world style continues in the ballrooms.
Inside the perimeter of the Historic Biltmore Village, hotels guests are within an easy walk to gourmet restaurants, upscale shopping, and a cigar bar. This area is designed like a small English village – charm will meet you with every step you take.
Grand Bohemian Hotel is just steps away from the gates of The Biltmore Estate, but you will need to drive your car to explore America’s premier home and its grounds. Built by George and Edith Vanderbilt, The Biltmore House remains the largest home in America, since it opened its doors in 1895. This 250-room French Renaissance chateau took over six years to create, and stills wow visitors today.
Grand Bohemian is the best hotel in Asheville, so earn or use Marriott Bonvoy points to stay here.