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BILTMORE HOTEL: NOT WORTH THE PRICE(S) – ASHEVILLE NC


I have to state up front that I don’t get this hotel. I just cannot recommend it. This is a modern, almost characterless place. It is marketed as being on the Biltmore Estate and this is where the story starts to change. The Biltmore Estate is massive and in the beginning it had hundreds of square miles of gardens and forest. Today it is still a huge 8,000 acre expanse and this hotel is in the grounds. In fact the best feature of the hotel is the view over the mountains. Just do not expect to see or get close to the world famous Biltmore House – unless you buy a ticket. Yes – you do not get to drive around the full estate just because you paid a minimum of $269 of a room. A single room. 2 people? You may want to consult your bank manager before you make reservations. You are looking at a little over $400 for most rooms! Seriously – this is just a rip-off. The hotel is very nice, but it’s far from the Palace they are asking you to pay for.

The rooms are ok. Nothing luxurious, just nice. They do have good beds, excellent toiletries and it is absolutely quiet. Fair enough, but at this price you could stay at several luxury hotels in Asheville – twice. Possible more. Like I said, I don’t get this place. My brother had his (3rd) wedding here and stays here a lot on business. I would rather stay at the historic and charming Grove Park Inn any day.

On the plus side they have a bar (amazingly without any charm at all), an outdoor pool (some months), some excellent gift shops and a modern gym. You can also walk outside from the bar and see the mountain I grew up on. When I was a child I went to school with the children of one of the estate’s caretakers.

My recommendation? Stay elsewhere and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway if you want to really see the mountains and scenery. You can stop at dozens of places and go hiking or take a picnic. It just is not worth it to stay here for the money they charge. And they just keep charging. Want a ‘guaranteed’ view – that’s an extra $50 minimum! Want to see the Biltmore House and Gardens – even from the outside – yes tickets will easily set you back more than an additional $100! Now you understand. Save your money and see the Biltmore House. Give the Biltmore Hotel a miss and save a lot of money.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 201 rooms and 9 suites set in beautiful woodlands
• NO access to, or even sight of, the Biltmore House unless you buy tickets
• Guaranteed views are an additional fee - starting at $50!
• Outdoor pool and hot tub (open 6am-10pm and closed completely in Winter)
• Small (oddly) outdoor seating area
• Library, fitness center, bar, restaurant
• A shocking lack of facilities given the prices

ROOMS:
• Nice décor supposedly based upon English and French manor houses
• Rooms are cleaned twice a day
• Great beds
• Complimentary bottled water, Coffee/Tea and daily newspaper
• Wi-Fi
• Bathrobe, slippers, great toiletries, mirrors and hairdryer
• Complimentary overnight shoeshine
• 24-hour concierge and meal service
• Massive television
• Table (writing desk)

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Family Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written April 6, 2014
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Hotel Nikko: the Asian relax ambiance of Nikko

Its been a while last there in 2005 for a week of wonderful host at the hotel nikko of SF.

A four-diamonds by AAA and and four-star by Forbes, offers 532 elegantly appointed rooms, including 22 suites. Guests are pampered by such amenities as Subarashee Yume ("dreams" in Japanese) pillow-top beds, high-speed Internet access, large flat-screen televisions, and iPod/iPhone docking sound systems.

if you want to be pampered been in the center of it all then come here, a memorable experience always looking forward to be back.

central to all to see and get by even parking for easy in and out, great views, and all types of pampering amenities, including a nice Japanese ANZU restaurant

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Architecture, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written January 5, 2014

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Crowne Plaza: Worst ever

Lady at service desk called my status base, staff went out of way to make me feel small. Ask if I could get a drink cause it was offered in last trip because I was a priority member. Christmas Day was no cleaning service, had do not disturbed sign out until 12:00 left the hotel returned back at 9 pm no service, dirty towels and coffee neglected. I called for service only 2 sets were sent up. No coffee for next morning , it seems coffee was offered for some quest at front of hotel it was never offered to us.On December 26 room half way cleaned dirty cups left all over the room, no coffee. Rain stormed came in the area the carpet was wet near the window. I have stayed at the hotel before and service continue to decline, was scouting out hotels in area for graduation in future have a lot of family coming in town and back and forth in and out of town all the time, I would not recommend this hotel to dogs. Please stay else where, think staff need training in what Crowne plaza is known for,a place to meet and outstanding service:-( I am writing this because I expressed my concerns the last time I stayed here when the toilets were not cleaned and had rim inside had to clean own toilet upon checking in. When I do express concerns staff make me feel like a bother, and no changes , the manager on duty was Amy. I would whether stay at YMCA or dog shelter.

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  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel
  • Written December 30, 2012

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  • Reviews: 55

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown: Affordable Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel

Mid-priced in the Magnificent Mile area. $231 including taxes. Free breakfast More choices than a basic breakfast, but spartan compared to a hotel bf buffet. Self-serve... styrofoam plates.

Great location. Friendly and knowledgeable concierge.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written November 18, 2012
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Yosemite Scenic Wonders: Homey Yosemite Cabin

A 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cabin which was very comfortable for 4 persons. No service, you bring your food supplies.

Well-equipped kitchen, and a grill on the porch. Very homey, private accommodation.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, National/State Park, Hiking and Walking
  • Written November 12, 2012
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Cozy Cub, Scenic Wonders, Yosemite

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Murphy's River Lodge: Great Lodging in Estes Park

We got a single room (there are condo-type units). Bed was comfortable, linen clean and fresh. Very good value at $141 with breakfast (including taxes). Free parking. Decent, basic breakfast (fruits, cereals, coffee, hot chocolate, pastries, etc.) in nice second floor common room. Restaurants, ice cream parlors, shops, art galleries within 3 minutes drive.

Free wifi internet. Owner answered my emails promptly and patiently.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, National/State Park
  • Written May 1, 2012
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  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Arts and Culture, Architecture, Family Travel
  • Written January 21, 2012

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Ocean Lodge, Santa Monica, CA: Expensive Route 66 stuff

No hard feeling, everything including service, room, facilities and neighbours (crowded, young) ok, but the level was about the same we faced during Route 66 and the price was 2-3 times higher. Fine, I know it is Santa Monica, and if they afford to keep these prices and have all rooms booked, we have to stand (or go somewhere inland).

Perfect place, beach 500 feet (bird eye, I walked to swim about half mile), close to SM shopping and restaurant facilities.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written January 12, 2012
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Sharene / Dream Imm: Used to be Route 66 stuff

Motel Sharene was the first Route 66 like motel we noticed when driving trough San Bernardino. Right decision, (a little bit poorly location, we had troubles to find a place to eat).

When we game to San Bernadino this in was named Sharene. We were almost the only customers, there were some younger ladies, but the owners (Indian) had a lot of time to us. They had just bought the place, going towards their American dream. The water pipes was out of order, we needed to bring water to flush with waste basket, the room was not very clean (I would like to say positive, they were very nice and friendly people), but they smiled competing with the Sun and I wish all luck to them in their business.

But they definitely have made a mistake. Why to change make from original which is beautiful reminding me angels and birds to unimaginative "Dream Inn"? They started to paint the sign yesterday (12th May 2011) evening, you can check the original painting from my previous travelogue.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Motorcycle, Road Trip
  • Written January 12, 2012
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Route 66 Motel, Barstow, CA: Proven Route 66 stuff

Route 66 Motel is a nice and quiet little place. Basic stuff, again, all very clean and smoke-free, the folk were friendly and the prices very ok (for two 56, taxes included).

Check the decoration, you can find a lot of mind opening stuff there and what I said about clean, eh, I didn't mean this. The specialties of this place were cars. You can find a selection of old cars from the yard, most of them rusted, but you get a feeling that this place was like during those past glorious years when all (?) Americans drove on the Mother Road.

I gave only 4 of 5 but was close to give 5. If you appreciate originality, it is 5.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Motorcycle, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written January 12, 2012
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Traveller's Inn, Bullhead City, AZ: Off Route 66 - Challenging

One of the worst hotel experience in my travels and worst in Route 66 (We decided to see Nevada, was a little bit off route). The carpet was dirty, the mattress was harder than a sidewalk. Complaints made were taken "seriously" but without serious actions to solve the, For example it was said that free WiFi exists, I got the signal but no connection. They tried to boot router, and said that they tried to call to the telco company, but "support told that currently there is no faults". Faults or not, but when I went to laundry (Laundry!) some mile away, I got my mails synchronized and updated my need of information.

Anyway, we stayed there two nights, it was not so bad and we didn't spend our time in the Inn but the roads. And we were free to take any room, they said, and somehow our origin was interesting to the owners so they were polite and nice to us (and this is the reason I don't give "Totally unsatisfied" status to the Inn. (One point of our interest was the gasoline station close by, we could have refreshments, gas, snacks and coffee.

I am sure that there is better value for money very close, we were kind of stupid we came from Laughlin direction, it was dark and we took the first one.

Hope you understand me correctly, there were one of the most worst bar close to inn and that was the best thing in our stay :)

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written January 6, 2012
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Cameron Trading Post, Cameron, AZ: The most Indian (not Indian)

We traveled off season but we had some taught that there could not be free rooms in Grand Canyon area and thus we decided to stay on Cameron. Empty town, almost middle of nowhere but it was excellent place (only one major issue). It was in really nice environment, I think in eastern root of Grand Canyon, check pictures, it is really a scenery. Rooms were clean, nice and okay equipped.

The issue is drinks. It's in deep Indian area, selling beer, wine and spirits is prohibited. One can stand one day, at least :)

Garden and the Scenery.

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  • Written January 1, 2012
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Garrett Desert Inn, Santa Fe, NM: Centrally located

Garrett Desert Inn is located in central Santa Fe and is within walking distance of Loretto Chapel, San Miguel Mission, and Palace of the Governors. Nearby points of interest also include New Mexico State Capitol and Museum of International Folk Art and multiple restaurants to those who walk around museums.

Have to say, it is expensive but only in sense of our Route 66 strategy, it was worth of the price (160$ for two person room). Here you are close to activities in the city and the personnel was helpful and friendly ("you can drive to L.A in 22 hours" and we had 8 days left!)

Pool included and we got fellow mates with 20 motorcycles with us.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written December 18, 2011
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El Capitan, Gallup, NM: Almost original

This is the level I had hunted. Almost original setup from oldies. No extras, no breakfast (which in our side of the glope has to be included), no free coffee, no *****, not even ***, but it was cheap, clean, friendly lodging; close to services and amenities and I would stay there again (and I did it in several similar places).

The hostess was Indian (i mean east Indian, not American) and she helped in all issues I could arose (or, to be honest, she tried to, the results were not so high level. But she tried).

On later states of Route I noticed that clean bathroom and working plumbing is not always standard service (and here those were OK).

47$ for two person room (close to cheapest on our route).

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Motorcycle, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written December 18, 2011
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The Big Texan, Amarillo, TX: Don't even think to pass this

The Big Texan Motel "combines the comforts and conveniences of today with the ambiance and decor of the late 1800s" they say in web pages. True.

In 1960, R. J. “Bob” Lee opened The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo on Route 66, the “Mother Road. Its distinctive architecture soon became recognized across the Mother Road as a good stopping place for great steaks grilled over an open flame.

In the early 1970s, Interstate Highway 40 muscled its way across the country replacing Route 66 as the major traffic lane. Bob Lee purchased land along the route for the new highway. He and his family built an new, bigger and better Big Texan Steak Ranch fron the ground up along I-40.

We paid 68$ and that is reasonable.

There is a horse hotel too, so it you have only one horse power there is space for him too.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written December 18, 2011
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