The Brookstone Lodge Review.
Explore Asheville, Visit Biltmore Estate.
With famous North Carolina landmarks, such as The Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Mountains and Chimney Rock State Park, Asheville is also famous for its best restaurants, breweries, music festivals and relaxation places to play golf.
There are more than 50 hotels in Asheville NC, and it’s a bit of a challenge to choose the right one to fit your needs.
If you want to spend a time with luxury and comfort, then Omni Grove Park Inn will be the one that will satisfy all your high standards. It has a large golf course, subterranean spa, outdoor Jacuzzi, gigantic stone fireplaces in the lobby, 3 indoor and 3 outdoor tennis courts and many other amenities.
On the other hand, if you want to explore Asheville or the surrounding North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains and stay in the hotel without breaking your budget, then let me suggest to you the Brookstone Lodge Asheville.
The hotel is conveniently located near Highway I-40, just minutes from the Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Village Shopping Center. Those facts played a major role when I was browsing Hotels.com to find a place to stay during my business trip in Asheville. The location looks like an industrial part of the town and nothing interesting in walking distance, except the Fun Depot with all games and rides, that will entertain the whole family for the day.
The entrance of the building is on the back of the hotel, and the first thing that catches your eyes are cool sculptures of kids at the entrance. The outdoor area looks a little small for the size of the hotel, but there is a small sitting area on the side and back of the building.
The hotel is a four-story building with impressive stonework and exposed timbers which look remarkable for 3 star hotels. The lobby area is pretty small and there is only one elevator, so we had to take the stairs sometimes, especially on mornings during breakfast hours. The breakfast area is located right next to the lobby. The breakfast included in the price is one of the best once I’ve ever had served in hotels: it’s tasty, plentiful and has a little of everything include fresh fruits.
Rooms are clean, comfortable and 100% non-smoking, which is one of my top choices when I’m booking a hotel. Everything you need is in the room: flat screen TV with variety of channels, coffee maker, small fridge, and a microwave, which is very helpful when you have leftovers from the yesterday’s dinner at downtown Ashville. The bathrooms have granite countertops, and what’s brought to my attention is that the soap and hair conditioner are already filled into the plastic dispensers in the shower. Some people may not find that as a good option, but to me it was very convenient rather than having to keep fighting with small tubes and thinking “does the service personnel replace the bathroom supplies after morning cleaning, or do they forget?”
We didn’t have a chance to use the indoor pool, but from a basic observation it looks a little small in size, which is typical for this class of hotels, but having a Jacuzzi during the whole season is a big plus.
As I mentioned above, Brookstone Lodge Asheville is located a couple of miles from the Biltmore Village, the ideally designed shopping and dining destination. Here you can find both national retail outlets, as well as locally independent shops where you can find everything from custom made jewelry and original artwork to clothing and home decor. The Biltmore Village is just across the street from the entrance to the famous Vanderbilt’s mansion, The Biltmore Estate.
Let analyze all the pros and cons of Brookstone Lodge Asheville.
1. 100% non-smoking rooms, Mini refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee maker, Granite tub and vanity, Free Wi-Fi.
2. Free breakfast, free parking, clean rooms, and helpful staff.
3. Easy to get to/from highway, within 5-7 minutes driving range to closest shopping and dining center and Biltmore Estate.
4. Excellent rating on hotel booking sites.
1. The hotel is located close to the major highway, and some noise is unavoidable, except if you ask for a room on other side of the hotel.
2. The distance is about a 10-12 minute drive to downtown Asheville.
3. The hotel’s parking lot is filled up very quickly at night, but additional parking is available in business next door.
4. The ground area of hotel is faced to the street, but it’s isolated with trees.
5. The lobby and breakfast area a little small for lodge.
The Brookstone Lodge is one of the best ways to save your hard earned dollar, and enjoying Bohemian Asheville and Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you are traveling alone, with your family or with a group, this is one of the best hotelss under $100 a night to stay in Ashville.