The most industrialized of the Southern states, North Carolina is known for its beautiful coastline, its majestic mountains and plateau region. The area is dotted with interesting and quirky mountain towns, but the undisputed queen is easily Asheville. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville oozes an eclectic Southern Charm and attracts tourists by the bucketload with its unique and varied restaurants, trendy craft breweries and wineries and art galleries and shops, perfectly framed with a postcard-pretty backdrop of towering mountains. Surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and offering easy access to outdoor adventures of all kinds, this is a truly fabulous place to holiday with your pooch. It’s an ultra dog-friendly, so much in fact, you may start to wonder if Asheville has more stores selling goods for pets than for people and many places will also allow access to your furry friend. Most of the main attractions including the famous Biltmore Estate allow dogs in the gardens (and even offer some kennels while you explore the house), many breweries, cafes and restaurants will also welcome your pooch and of course, there are miles and miles of trails to explore with your doggie. All you need now is a fabulous pet-friendly place to stay, here is our choice for 15 of the best dog-friendly hotels in Asheville, North Carolina…
The Omni Grove Park Inn – stately pet-friendly golf resort overlooked by the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Omni Grove Park Inn offers luxurious guest rooms, a unique subterranean spa, its very own Donald Ross-designed golf course, pools, shops and tennis courts and even an adults-only club floor. Upscale and highly regarded, this 4-star hotel and destination resort is one of the most beautiful hotels in the state of North Carolina. Registered pet guests are welcome at The Omni Grove Park Inn, and there are a limited number of pet-friendly bedrooms throughout the resort. No more than two dogs up to 60 lbs each may be registered to a room, and dogs must be kept with you at all times. For fun and runs, there are several dog-friendly parks in Asheville including Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park.
The Residences at Biltmore – upscale all-suite resort which allows dogs
Perfect for visitors looking for both long and short stay accommodation, The Residences at Biltmore offers a selection of 4-star studios, 1, 2, and even 3 bedroom suites, which are all extremely well appointed. The suites are within walking distance of a wide range of restaurants, galleries and shops, and of course the famous Biltmore Estate itself. Pets less than 40 lbs are welcome to stay with you in one of the select pet-friendly condos, by prior arrangement only. Together you can explore over 250 acres of the stunning Biltmore Estate, or wander further afield to find dog-friendly bars and restaurants in downtown Asheville.
Renaissance Asheville Hotel – an upscale modern downtown hotel
A well-appointed mid-range hotel in the heart of downtown Asheville. With sleek bedrooms and deluxe suites, an indoor swimming pool and an on-site bistro, this is everything you would expect from a Marriot hotel, and then some. Nestled away in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, you can explore everything Asheville has to offer from this convenient and well appointed city-centre hotel. The Renaissance Asheville Hotel is happy to welcome small, well-behaved dogs in one of their pet-friendly bedrooms, and the staff will be glad to advise you of the many dog-friendly parks, restaurants and outdoor adventure situated close by.
Grand Bohemian Hotel – a dog friendly boutique hotel inspired by original art and music
This 4-star luxury boutique hotel (part of the Autograph Collection) offers a touch of the unusual, deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. This stately, Tudor-style hotel is swathed in heavy velvet and rustic decor and offers stylish sleeping quarters as well as the Red Stag Grill with its one-of-a-kind dining experience. Located just 2 miles away from the main commercial centre, this hotel is a world away from anywhere you have stayed before. Your pooch can join you to experience the delights of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, and two dogs of any size can stay with you in your pet-friendly bedroom. The staff will advise you of the nearest pet-friendly amenities, and the grounds are perfect for exploring with your furry friends.
DoubleTree by Hilton Biltmore/Asheville – a classic hotel next to the historic Biltmore Estate
Situated just a block away from the iconic Biltmore Estate, The DoubleTree by Hilton offers mid-range accommodation in a convenient and central location. Bedrooms are chic and modern, while the hotel offers numerous amenities for guests to enjoy including an indoor pool and whirlpool, an on-site tea rooms and TGI Fridays and a regular shuttle bus into Asheville and Biltmore Village. Your pooch can stay with you in your designated pet-friendly bedroom, and the hotel allows up to two 75 lbs dogs per bedroom. Your best friend will be welcomed with a treat at check-in, and there are walking areas in the hotel grounds for your convenience. There are also a wealth of dog-friendly amenities close by, as well as off-leash dog parks at Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park.
Aloft – a funky contemporary dog-friendly hotel in Downtown Asheville
Offering a chic, urban lifestyle experience, the Aloft in downtown Asheville is a mid-range hotel nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms and suites offer plush furnishings and views out across the mountains or the pool, while amenities include an outdoor pool and sundeck, a 24/7 gym and unique social spaces with scenic views. With the Biltmore Estate, the River Arts District and US Cellular Center are just minutes away. You really will be at the heart of the action at Aloft. Your dog will be able to join you in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and this hotel loves dogs so much it fosters some of its own! With free treats on arrival, as well as beds, dog bowls and blankets, you and your pooch will be thoroughly spoilt here. With plenty of dog-friendly parks and amenities close by, don’t forget to check out the rooftop dog walk on top of the Aloft too.
Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville – an upscale modern pet-friendly resort set in 125 acres of grounds
Just minutes away from both downtown Asheville and the Smokey Mountains, the Crowne Plaza Resort offers a variety of mid-range accommodation and amenities including comfortable suites, well-appointed bedrooms, two swimming pools, a fitness centre and a nine-hole golf course. It is also within walking distance of the River Arts District and the Grove Arcade along with the hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants they offer. Your dog can enjoy your Smokey Mountains stay with you at the Crowne Plaza Resort. Guests with pets are assigned to Standard Rooms on the first floor and will be greeted with lots of fuss from the staff and owners. The Crowne Plaza Asheville has also been known to host speciality dog shows, so you may even get to see a variety of beautiful creatures walking around when you visit. Close to both Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park, there is plenty of off-leash fun to be had in the city.
Red Roof Inn – a modern pet-friendly budget hotel in Asheville West
As a mid-range budget hotel conveniently situated for the I-40 and I-26 near downtown Asheville, the Red Roof Inn Asheville West is an excellent base from which to explore the area. With comfortable and spacious bedrooms, free Wi-Fi access and on-site parking, this fuss-free motel is excellent value for money. Your dog will be able to stay with you in one of the designated dog-friendly bedrooms, but must not be left unattended at any time. There is a green space outside the property, but further fun can be had at the nearby Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park, that both offer excellent off-leash facilities.
Princess Anne Bed & Breakfast – a charming historic hotel located in Central Asheville
This charming bed and breakfast establishment is housed within a historic Inn. With elegant bedrooms, friendly staff and first-class hospitality, Princess Anne is a hidden gem that also offers fabulous little extras such as complimentary afternoon wine tastings daily. The Princess Anne is also a pet-friendly hotel, and the staff are more than happy to allow pets to accompany their people. Located just a short distance from downtown Asheville, you and your dog can enjoy long walks through the beautiful historic quarter, or go for unleashed frolics in dog-friendly open spaces like Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – a popular well presented dog-friendly Asheville hotel
Situated just three miles from the Biltmore Estate, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is a mid-range hotel that offers modern bedrooms and spacious suites, a state of the art fitness centre, an indoor pool and even a free cookie in the lobby before you head up to bed. Conveniently located on Tunnel Road at I-240, you will be just minutes from downtown Asheville with all the restaurants, bars and shops it has to offer. Your dog will be able to stay with you here, and there is a selection of dog-friendly bedrooms available on the first and second floors. Close enough to downtown for long walks to explore dog-friendly amenities; you can also head out to some of the best off-leash landscapes in the area including the Biltmore Estate, Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park.
1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage – a romantic boutique-style hotel in central Asheville
This historic inn and cottage dates back to the 1800s and offers charming, mid-range, period accommodation full of modern day luxury. Bedrooms are grand yet romantic, with four post beds and Jacuzzi baths, while the lounge, dining room and gardens are a great place to enjoy a cold drink on a hot day. Your pooch is also welcome to lay back and relax at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage with a small selection of dog-friendly bedrooms and a separate cottage. Dogs must not be left unattended during your stay and must be walked on a leash at all times. The owners will be delighted to provide you with a dog-friendly guide to parks and amenities in the downtown Asheville area.
Hilton Garden Inn – a warm, modern hotel offering views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville Downtown
Close to the city’s landmark Biltmore Estate, the Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown offers mid-range accommodation with elegant bedrooms, views across the Blue Ridge Mountains, a rooftop bar, an outdoor pool and an on-site fitness centre. The Pillar Kitchen serves up hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches, or you can venture into town using the complimentary shuttle service to downtown Asheville. Your dog will be able to stay with you in one of the designated dog-friendly bedrooms, but must not be left unaccompanied at any time. Downtown offers plenty of places to let your pooch run free including the Biltmore Estate, Azalea Park and The French Broad River Park, and the front desk will be able to advise you of pet-friendly restaurants and other attractions.
Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast – a polished dog-friendly Asheville B&B a mile from the River Arts District
This cosy, mid-range bed and breakfast establishment, offers comfortable accommodation just outside of Asheville. Being just a short drive from the famous Biltmore Estate, the River Arts District and the Asheville Beer District, the quiet, rural setting makes this a hit with travellers looking for a slower pace of life away from the city. Your dog will be welcome to stay at the Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast with you in one of the dog-friendly first-floor bedrooms, or in the Dogwood suite with its own private entrance and porchway. Outside, the property is surrounded by open gardens, and you and your dog will have easy access to plenty of dog-friendly parks and amenities in downtown Asheville.
Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East – a popular budget-friendly base in Asheville
Located near the famous Biltmore Mansion and Winery, this mid-range lodge hotel offers affordable accommodation in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains. With comfortable and cosy bedrooms, complimentary hot breakfast and stunning views out across the mountains, it is also conveniently located on the I-40 Exit 55, meaning you can easily access downtown Asheville and all the attractions it has to offer. Dogs are also welcome at the Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East, and dog-friendly bedrooms are available on request. You can explore all of the dog-friendly amenities the city has to offer, including the 155-acre Azalea Park that comes complete with separate off-leash areas for big dogs and little ones, as well as separate parking for dog owners.
Best Western Asheville – a laid back dog-friendly hotel in Tunnel Road
This newly renovated property is located close to the Asheville Mall and the Biltmore Estate and Village, making it the perfect choice for both sightseers and shopaholics. With an outdoor pool, comfortable bedrooms and plenty of traditional Southern hospitality, the Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road is the perfect base from which to explore the city of Asheville and the Great Smokey Mountains beyond. Two dogs of up to 80 lbs are welcome to stay here with you at this mid-range hotel, and dog-friendly bedrooms with outside access are available on request. There is even a dog walking area on the property, and cleanup bags are readily available.