Renaissance Asheville Hotel

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in North Carolina, and the state has recognized same-sex marriage since October 10, 2014. However, an amendment to a bill prohibiting discrimination against LGBT persons in charter schools has not been signed into law.
Asheville has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as O. Henry’s is  the most famous gay bar in Asheville, NC.
Asheville, North Carolina’s progressive attitude, vibrant arts scene, and booming nightlife make this a welcoming city for the LGBTQ traveler. While you won’t find a gay district, or “gayborhood,” you will discover a town with a vibrant gay community that is integrated into every aspect of the city’s culture.
Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for a vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. The vast 19th-century Biltmore estate displays artwork by masters like Renoir. The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists’ studios.

 Top attractions to visit in Asheville

1. Renaissance Asheville Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Renaissance Asheville Hotel

This hotel is located in downtown Asheville and is within a 3-minute drive of the Biltmore Estate and Winery. Guests of the hotel can relax by the indoor pool.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel rooms include a sitting area with a flat-screen TV. The rooms have a marble bathroom. The hotel offers room service.

Dining options include the Writer’s Bistro, which serves fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. The hotel also features the Lobby Lounge open for lunch and dinner.

Guests at the Renaissance Asheville can keep up with their fitness routine in the on-site fitness center.

Set in downtown, this upscale modern hotel is a 7-minute walk from the Asheville Art Museum and 2.5 miles from Biltmore Village.

The refined rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city or mountain views, plus marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. They also come with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, while suites add club-level privileges, and separate living and sleeping areas.

Parking is free. Amenities include a farm-to-table restaurant and a stylish cocktail lounge. There’s also an indoor saltwater pool, a hot tub and a fitness center, as well as conference facilities.

We invite you to “bee” our guest at the Renaissance Asheville hotel in the heart of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Located on our roof are bee boxes in conjunction with the Bee Institute to promote sustainability. Our downtown location means you can walk to the breweries or take a short ride to the Biltmore.

After your fun-filled day of hiking, rafting or ziplining, a modern guest room awaits you. Select rooms & suites offer high floors and sweeping mountain views. A unique amenity to our Asheville hotel is an indoor junior olympic pool and whirlpool, open year round. The perfect combination for a relaxing evening is a cocktail on our patio with a fire pit.The Renaissance Asheville Hotel has a great location and offers free parking. It was a 5-10 minute walk for me to get to the places in Downtown Asheville. My room overlooked the Thomas Wolfe House.

There are four elevators for the twelve story hotel and the wait for the elevator was never long. I was surprised that the key card was not needed to access the elevators and floor as anyone could enter the elevators.

The room was smaller than I expected but adequate. They were charging $3 for water. The room had the usual iron/ironing board; mini fridge; coffeemaker. There was a large screen tv with an assortment of cable stations. The cable stations went out a few times during my stay.

The room’s lighting was good and there were plenty of outlets that were convenient.
I liked that I could control the thermostat but do wish the water pressure was better.

I’d stay here again when in Downtown Asheville.

This hotel is walking distance to downtown where there are several restaurants and shops. The service was great, the beds are amazing, the rooms are clean, and we really enjoyed our stay. We plan on coming back this summer for hiking and outdoor adventure and we’ll be staying at the Renaissance.

Beautiful and clean. Great views from the front side of the hotel. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Great sheets and mattress. Beautiful lobby and patio on the side. Saltwater Pool and hot tub are indoors and nice, but a little dated. Gym is updated and nice. This hotel is walking distance to downtown Asheville with blocks upon blocks of shopsrestaurants, and breweries. Lots of parking available. Breakfast to go boxes are delicious and a great time saver in the morning.

Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville
Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville

How much does a room costs at Renaissance Asheville Hotel?

Prices start 100$/night forKing Room. The King Room with King Bed – High Floor  is  109$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room is located on the upper floor.

Where to book online– Renaissance Asheville Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville – you can find the best hotels deals in Asheville during Festival In the Park which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Asheville on  Booking.com  or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com  and see more  reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Haywood Park Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville

Haywood Park Hotel
Haywood Park Hotel

The Haywood Park hotel is located in Asheville city center, just a 10 minutes’ drive from the Biltmore Estate. Guests can start their day with a complimentary breakfast and then get a quick workout in the on-site fitness center. This hotel offers complimentary WiFi for all guests.

Suites feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels. A refrigerator and Keurig coffee maker are provided as well. Guests will enjoy the comfort of a furnished seating area. Some suites feature separate living areas and spa baths.

Bell service and concierge services are offered. Free champagne is served to guests upon arrival. The Historic Trolley departs and returns to the front of the hotel.

Off I-240, this stylish all-suite hotel in a former 1923 department store is a 3-minute walk from the U.S. Cellular Center Arena and 5 minutes from Asheville’s historic Downtown.

The elegant suites are equipped with flat-screens, iPod docks, and kitchenettes with mini fridges, as well as sitting areas with pull-out sofas. Some bathrooms have whirlpool tubs.

Free perks include champagne at check-in, Wi-Fi, and valet or self-parking, as well as breakfast vouchers. The atrium features a cafe, and there’s a stylish bistro. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and a business center.

Historic Haywood Park Hotel puts you right in the heart of the Asheville experience — fabulous food, art, theater, live music, nightlife — all within footsteps. And when you’re finished with the dining, dancing, shopping and cheering, you’ll be pampered in rooms that are larger and more luxurious than any other in the area. And the next morning you will be treated to your choice of breakfast menu options at the award winning Isa’s Bistro.

We visit Asheville quite often and always wanted to try Haywood Park Hotel. My biggest regret that I waited. It is possibly one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. From the staff who handles everything so professionally, to the beautiful accommodations, and the great location. You are greeted like family, only with champagne.

Our room was as large as my living room at home and beautifully appointed. They must have special windows because you hear nothing even though you are downtown. Your night ends with special chocolates from nearby shop. You get an excellent made to order breakfast in their lovely café. When we left we were treated with a travel pack of water and granola bars. What’s not to love. The true stars of the Haywood are the staff. I have never met more gracious people who really focus on your comfort. If you want an experience worthy of a VIP please try the Haywood Park. You’ll see me back there.

The room was huge with great views of the mountains and the city. The bed was comfortable with about a million pillows.

We decided to spend the evening exploring the local craft breweries. The front desk staff gave us a map and directions to several near the hotel and recommendations if we wanted to walk.

We visited 7 excellent breweries, had great beer and food. All were only a few minute walk from the hotel( One World, Wicked Weed, Green Man, Ashville and others). We could have gone to several more in the area on foot but ran out of time.

The restaurants in the area close their kitchens at 9:30, but luckily there are several places around the hotel that keep their kitchens open late (a big thank you to the front desk staff for making recommendations).

This is an amazing updated historic hotel in the center of wonderful restaurants and shopping. Room and bed were perfect. Loved the champagne on arrival and the chocolate that came with turn down service (comes from Chocolate Fetish nxt door – must visit). Free breakfasts at Isa’s are a real treat, one of the best breakfasts in Asheville

This hotel had without a doubt some of the best service we have ever had at a hotel. A shout out to Terri who went above n beyond to make our visit wonderful.

Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville NC
Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville NC

How much does a room costs at Haywood Park Hotel?

Prices start 220$/night for  Master King Suite. The Grand King Suite  is  410$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This is the largest suite at the property and features all of the following:

– Large hot tub – Shower – Bidet – Flat-screen TV with cable – iPod docking station – Separate living area

Where to book online – Haywood Park Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville NC – you can find the best hotels deals in Asheville during Asheville Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Asheville on  Booking.com  or Trip.com  or Hotelscombined.com  and see more  reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. The Reynolds Mansion 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Asheville North Carolina

The Reynolds Mansion
The Reynolds Mansion

Located in Asheville, 7.5 mi from Biltmore Estate and 3.1 mi from Botanical Gardens at Asheville, The Reynolds Mansion features accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a sun terrace.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy an American or a vegetarian breakfast.

If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings.

In a landmark 1847 redbrick mansion with Colonial Revival styling, this refined B&B is 7 miles from the Biltmore Estate and 5 miles from the Thomas Wolfe House.

Accommodations range from genteel rooms in the manor, to suites in a carriage house and a poolside cottage. All have period furnishings and flat-screens; many feature fireplaces or claw-foot tubs. Suites add sitting areas and whirlpool tubs.

Breakfast is served in a grand dining room or on a porch. Other freebies include afternoon snacks, a coffee bar, and parking. There’s an outdoor pool, a library and a parlor, plus wrap around porches with scenic views.

Listed on the National Registry for Historic Places, The Reynolds Mansion was built in 1847 and is one of the few remaining pre Civil War homes. The mansion sits on a four acre site with spectacular views near the foot of Reynolds Mountain. With over 3,000 sq feet of porches, and 12 fireplaces, you’ll feel the warmth and hospitality from the moment you enter.

We had an amazing stay at the Reynolds Mansion. We stayed in the Claudette room. It was very clean and the bed very comfortable bed. There was zero road noise to be heard because the house sits back off of the main road. The porches were a great place to sit and watch the beautiful sunsets overlooking the mountains. The breakfast in the mornings are top notch.

It is a three course breakfast and more than you will be able to finish. The staff pays attention to every detail to make sure you stay is above all of your expectations. The owner Paul and his wife are very friendly as is his entire staff. We will definitely stay here again on our next visit to the area. It is in a great location for everything in the area of Asheville.

Our room was exceptionally clean with a few snacks, homemade cookies(amazing) and water available. The house was so beautiful and you could just feel the history throughout.

We were warmly welcomed with a refreshing beverage and we enjoyed the sitting room of the Mansion as we got to know each other. The setting is gorgeous, and the mansion is beautifully decorated in the period. Despite following all rules and pandemic mandates, we still felt at home and among friends, albeit 6 feet apart. (!)

Jim’s breakfasts were fabulous and presented beautifully. Our room was beautiful, sparkling clean, and had gorgeous views. We stayed in the Carriage House in the Blue Hydrangea room, with French doors out to the porch, overlooking the gardens and the Smoky Mountains.

This is a charming B&B with historical significance (it’s an old plantation house), and the staff could not be more welcoming and accommodating. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place — extremely comfortable — with sensational and elegantly served breakfasts and such things as home-baked small cookies throughout the day. We spent four nights there — and loved out stay. It’s the best of the best for this kind of place.

. You will never find better service, greater food or a better experience. A 4 course breakfast with a 5 star experience (wish I had my phone to take more pictures) leaves you full well into the evening hours- perfect for a day full of adventures and hiking. Paul and Merlin have been in the hospitality business for most of their lives… they will remember your name, how you like your coffee, which fruits are your favorite in your fruit bowl, etc. Their home is yours. They are your go-to for recommendations- they know Asheville in and out.

The grounds are out of a Southern Living magazine, the pool is beautiful and refreshing and your needs are met before you knew they were needs. Don’t let the 4 mile drive into downtown Asheville deter your decision to stay at this piece of paradise- you will want to drive about Asheville no matter if you are staying right in downtown or a few minutes out. The few minute drive provides the escape from the hustle and bustle of a loud downtown leaving you refreshed for a day full of adventure or pleasure you are seeking.

We have tried many bed and breakfast Inns and will never stay anywhere else nor will you.

Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville North Carolina
Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville North Carolina

How much does a room costs at The Reynolds Mansion?

Prices start 155$/night for Inez Room. The Claudette Room  is  250$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – The Reynolds Mansion –  Gay Friendly Hotels Asheville North Carolina – you can find the best hotels deals in Asheville during Asheville Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Asheville on  Booking.com  or Trip.com  or Hotelscombined.com  and see more  reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.