Location is the biggest draw of this all-suite downtown hotel, which is within walking distance of many of Asheville's shops, restaurants, and galleries. Once the site of a Bon Marché and Ivey's department store, the hotel gives a nod to its history with mannequins and announcements on the elevator like "Fourth Floor, Women's Clothing." A player piano makes music in the lobby. The suites are spacious, with 43-inch flat-screen TVs and large bathrooms in Spanish marble.
There's a small shopping mall and café in the atrium and a restaurant, Isa's Bistro, with sidewalk seating. A stay here also comes with lots of extras, from a glass of champagne at check-in to a gift bag at check-out.