Many people who visit the Biltmore mansion long to stay overnight; if you're one of them, your wish is granted in the form of this posh hilltop property on the estate. The seven-story hotel echoes the look of Biltmore House with limestone and copper. French manor houses inspired the interior. The dining room, one level down from the main lobby, has large windows with mountain views and a massive fireplace. Nice touches include afternoon tea by the fireplace in the library, and a breezy outdoor veranda bar to watch the sunset while sipping a gin gimlet. Some packages include admission to Biltmore Estate for the length of your stay, free shuttles to all parts of the estate, and other activities.
Dec 13, 2006
Nice new facility. Rooms were nice but that's all. The side of the building we were on afforded no view whatsoever unless you count the parking lot and ground hogs. The other side of the building has good but not great views. At the time we were there in Aug. '05, they had a veranda you could dine on informally and there was a dinning room downstairs that was strictly formal. The Inn does not have the trappings of a strictly formal establishment.
We opted to eat 2 dinners on the veranda which were prepared in the main dinning rooms kitchen. Our meals were excellent and made more so by having one of the Biltmore Champagnes with our meal. We took the winery tour(?) I have the sneaking suspicion that the Biltmore wine is not made there. We saw no vineyards or grapes or production or ageing facility. Just a dusty mock up of a prodcution floor. They were very generous in the tasting room and thye have good if not excellent white wines and sparkling wines. Not so great reds. The restaurant at the Winery(?) is very hard if not impossible to get reservations for any time close to dinner or lunch. We had a late afternoon "linner". The Biltmore house/estate/inn/winery/grounds are wildly popular for some reason. If you have done much traveling I am afraid you would be underwhelmed for the price of admission. They are proud of the place and the prices reflect that. The best deal in the whole Estate was dinner on the veranda with a bottle of bubbley. I would go back for that.