The Windsor Boutique Hotel in downtown Asheville is a unique offering in what is quickly becoming a sea of the same in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. While most downtown hotels are big box chains attempting to incorporate some of Asheville’s laid back, artistic lifestyle into their corporate styling, Windsor Boutique stands alone in its history, luxury, and outright uniqueness.
A Remnant of Asheville’s Rich Past
The building that houses the Windsor Boutique Hotel was originally built in 1907. During its long history, it has operated as everything from an apartment building to a department store to a now 14-suite, luxury boutique hotel. The hotel opened in 2014 after an eighteen-month historical renovation, which garnered the hotel and designers the prestigious Griffin Award for Historical Preservation. Care was taken to make sure many of the historical fixtures – like the grand staircase and exposed bricked walls – were left in place. In areas that couldn’t be salvaged, architects sought outside historical materials like the reclaimed barn wood used for flooring throughout the hotel. The wide planks lend a creak to your step that brings the historical preservation to life.
Suites with a Touch of Modern and a Touch of Asheville
Each of the 14 uniquely designed accommodations at the Windsor Boutique Hotel is a suite complete with a kitchen, seating area, and a separate bedroom (two bedroom suites are also available). The granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and exposed brick walls create a modern loft feel. Additional spoils include flat-screen TVs, free wireless Internet, and walk-showers. Finishing touches include in-room locally roasted coffee, locally produced chocolates, and artisanal soap from an Asheville purveyor. There’s no arguing that the Windsor Boutique is the perfect home-away-from-home in the heart of bustling Asheville, North Carolina.
A Touch of Paris Chic Design in the Mountains of North Carolina
The loft-like feel of the Windsor Boutique hotel is complete with a Paris Chic design theme, combining art with both rustic and antique finishes. The lobby of the hotel has been transformed into a comfy living with four separate seating areas and crackling fireplaces to cozy up to with a book. The lobby, corridors, and rooms are decorated with Persian rugs, elegant furniture that serves more as decorative pieces than a hallway respite, brightly colored artwork, and antique armoires. All of the artwork is local and for sale.
Located in the Pulse of Asheville
The only drawback of the Windsor Boutique is its lack of amenities. The hotel does not offer food or drink services, a pool, fitness center, or spa – which is rare for a hotel of this price tag. However, the staff at Windsor Boutique will arrange any amenity guests need like in-room massages or day passes to the YMCA (a fee applies). As for food and drink, some of Asheville’s best restaurants like Cúrate and Rhubarb are a short walk from the hotel along with plenty of breweries (Asheville is considered Beer City, USA, after all).
A Versatile Hotel
The Windsor Boutique’s luxury rooms, all-suites accommodations, and central location make it a great place for families in town for a mountain retreat, business travelers desiring extra room to spread-out, and bachelor/bachelorette parties wanting spacious digs in downtown Asheville. While the hotel does not offer catering services, it is located near many wedding venues, making it popular among wedding parties.
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