3.25.2017

#OutaboutNC Getaway: Village Hotel On Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. is my state's biggest tourist attraction. It's majestic. The food is farm-to-table fabulous, and the scenery is breathtaking.  It's certainly a must-see for the first-time Asheville visitor, but it's also a place where North Carolinians and locals want to frequent often.

And with four distinct seasons that the estate promotes, it's easy to visit this Asheville landmark all year.  I've been to the estate many times over the years, especially since starting this blog and have featured Biltmore in many posts and in international writing assignments.

Antler Hill at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.


Last summer, I made two personal trips to Asheville to take Jack to summer camp in the area.  The hotel scene in Asheville will burn a hole in your wallet if you want to stay somewhere with style and with a good location like I typically do.  Don't be surprised to see prices from $300 to $400 per night in prime locations, and that price-tag is with well-ranked three-star hotel chains, too with prime downtown Asheville locations. A three-day weekend could set you back anywhere from $1,000 to $1500 on hotel alone.

Village Hotel Lobby in Antler Village


Sometimes, you can get lucky and find some great deals.I used the blog's Hotels.com affiliate link and found the Village Hotel on Biltmore in Asheville available for around $280 per night on the dates I wanted to be there. As quick as you could say, "that room is mine," I booked it.

Biltmore refers to its Village Hotel as the estate's upscale, moderately priced hotel with families in mind. There are no bellmen to take your luggage or a valet to park your car.  There is not a spa, afternoon tea, or 24-hour room service, but there is so plenty of charm and the location situated in the middle of Biltmore village is ideal. Room rates start about $150 less per night than the estate's luxury Inn, which is perched above the village.

I've been to a lot of hotel properties and this limited-service property blew me away with design, style, and overall, service.  The hotel has a very European country type feel and the rooms also reflect that uniqueness.

Two Double Bed Room at the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate in Antler Village


Other than the fact that there are no bellmen, and the hotel has a more casual vibe to it with an open- a-carte type setting to grab a quick breakfast, it seemed like a luxury hotel to me in terms of room size, bathroom layout, and in-room amenities.  The walk-in tile shower was a huge bonus and its sliding barnyard doors added character.

Great bathroom layout at the Village Hotel in Asheville, NC


The design in this hotel screamed quality from the heaviness of the doors to the individual window seats in the room.

I really liked this hotel and really believe the layout is better for families than the luxury inn. The rooms seem more spacious, honestly.

The hotel has a nice outdoor swimming pool which is great during the summer.  As with all Biltmore properties, you have complimentary transportation to take you around the estate.

I highly recommend this hotel for families or couples for those who want to stay on the estate. When staying in the village, you have the choice of three restaurants just by walking out the door in Antler Hill Village. 


Village Social Restaurant in Antler Village on Biltmore Estate


Village Social is the restaurant located within the Village Hotel. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. It has a nice outdoor seating area as well. The restaurant has a nice kid's menu. In my opinion, Biltmore does children's menus well.  They realize that today's older, sophisticated, health-conscious parents have moved way beyond the processed kid's menu of past generations. My son, Jack, has moved away from the kid's menu selection. He goes for oysters on the half shell now. Overall, this is a great bet for families and for a casual yet upscale bite.

Cedric's Tavern offers global pub fare and is another great option in Antler Hill Village. We did not dine here last year but did so on another visit to the estate when we stayed at the main luxury Inn.  It also has a children's menu and lots of comfort food dishes like Shepherd's Pie, and Fish and Chips. It has a lively atmosphere and is named after the Vanderbilt's dog, Cedric.

The Bistro is also in Antler Village and is also a seasonal farm to table upscale venue. The price point for this restaurant is higher than the other two in the village. It offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. On this night, we were tired and did not want to leave the Estate. It was very easy to walk next door. Our server had crayons and activities for Liza when we were seated. The Bistro has a children's menu. This particular restaurant has a European feel to it with an open kitchen. Since chefs are working in the open, it's not the type of restaurant where you can hear a pin drop.


Drinks on the Terrace at the Inn at Biltmore.


Biltmore falls into the Disney category to me although it has much better food than Disney.  And what I mean by that is that I would take my children to any restaurant on the Estate except the Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore, which has a special three or five-course menu. The Library Lounge is still upscale, however, it is better suited for children with burgers and sandwiches on its menu.  One of my best meals was on the terrace. We spent some time on the Inn terrace because it's just a favorite place of mine for drinks.

Of course, there are restaurants all over Asheville, too. But, when I stay on the estate, I have a hard time leaving the estate. I enjoy the tranquility and countryside life it provides just like it did for the Vanderbilts.

Biltmore is currently in the Biltmore Blooms season.

Escape to Asheville, NC #OutaboutNC at Biltmore


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