Asheville is nestled in-between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It boasts of pleasant weather year round. It serves as Buncombe County’s seat.

Asheville has an estimated population of about 75,000. It is Western North Carolina’s largest city. In the state, it is the 9th largest city. It also belongs to the 4-country Asheville metro statistical area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2006, its population has reached 398,009.

The city is not only a renowned tourist destination, especially for couples, it is also regarded as an artsy, liberal community. Other names for the city include “San Francisco of the East”, “Land of the Sky”, “Paris of the South” and “New Age Mecca”. Even Rolling Stone Magazine named it “America’s New Freak Capital”. Apart from its popularity in attracting hippies, Money Magazine regarded it as one of the “Best Places to Retire” while AARP says it’s one amongst the “Best Places to Reinvent your Life”. As for Self Magazine, it is the “Happiest City” of America. For PETA, it is “America’s Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City”.

Three-Star Asheville Accommodations
There are only a few resorts in Asheville and most are resort-hotels or hotels lined up near many attractions. Here are some of them:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel – This 3-star hotel is located at One Thomas Wolfe Plaza Asheville, North Carolina 28001. It has 271 rooms in its 12 floors. Rooms are spacious and equipped with high speed Internet access, air conditioners, irons with boards, bathrobes, roll away beds, AM/FM alarm clocks, telephones, Cable TVs, radios and a private bathroom. Facilities of the hotel include a barber shop, business center, coffee shop, car rental desk, ATM cash machines and a concierge desk, currency exchange as well as a health club, drugstore and lounge among others.

Check in time at the hotel is at 4pm while check out is at 11am. The nightly rate starts at $189.
Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown – This 3-star downtown hotel is located at 22 Woodfin Street Asheville, North Carolina 28801. It has 150 rooms in its 5 floors. Amenities include AV equipment, heated outdoor pool, porters, child/babysitting services, banquet/meeting facilities and connecting rooms, elevators as well as elevators, handicapped rooms, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour front desk and free parking. Rooms have air conditioners, coffee makers, irons with boards, Cable TVs, high speed Internet access and hair dyers.

Check in time at the hotel is at 3pm while check out time is at 12nn. The nightly rate starts at $136.67.
Asheville Days Inn Woodfin – This 3-star hotel is located at 3 Reynolds Mountain Boulevard Asheville North Carolina 28804. Amenities include 24-hour front desk, free parking, ice machine, maid service, outdoor pool, vending machines, an onsite restaurant and wake up services among others. Rooms have air conditioners, alarm clocks, high speed Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators, sofa beds, Satellite TVs with remote and many more.

Check in time at the hotel is at 3pm while check out time is at 11am. The nightly rate starts at $126.94.

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