Short Stay: The Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina

By Jeremy Del Nero on 28 October 2019
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After a number of stays in umpteen-story hotels whose upper rooms poke into the clouds, it can be a refreshing change of pace to check into a smaller property with only 14 rooms. Shortly following a stay in a 1,000+ room skyscraper, I found myself in the lobby of a different kind of property: the Windsor Boutique Hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. And everything about my stay would prove to break the mold of my hotel experience. Indeed, in fact-checking an early draft of my review, our copyeditor asked: “Only 14 rooms? Did you leave out a significant digit?”

Stepping in off the street, I noticed that the lobby seemed to be on the dark side. But it was a warm and intimate darkness, evocative of the mood lighting in a fancy restaurant or a candle-lit mountain lodge. The lodge is perhaps a more accurate comparison –  a piece of sculpted metallic antlers were hanging above an inviting leather couch to mimic taxidermy in a more tasteful way.

In the Windsor’s lobby, I approached with my luggage an unmanned reception desk. A small sign declared that a host would be back momentarily, and sure enough a young man named Elijah descended the staircase behind the desk moments later. I must have been the last guest to check in for the day because, after clasping his hands together he smiled widely and said, “You must be Jeremy,” followed by a quick nod towards the stairs. “Right this way.”


“Don’t I need to check in?” I asked. “Let’s take care of that later, shall we?” Elijah responded. It made a little more sense why I wasn’t given a key. All of the rooms at the Windsor are accessed by a key-coded lock on the door, and the code is simply the last four digits of the phone number used to make the booking. A quick Beep Boop later and I was in.


It may be more accurate to describe my room as an apartment. Indeed, each of the 14 rooms on the property are in fact one-bedroom suites, offering a spacious living room, kitchen, and separate bedroom. What’s more, the kitchens are equipped with full-size stainless steel appliances, including a double-door fridge with filtered water and ice dispenser, a large stove and oven, an integrated microwave, a cavernous sink, and something that my Brooklyn apartment doesn’t have: a dishwasher. I was in for another surprise because behind the doors in the bedroom lay hidden the envy of all apartment-dwellers: a washing machine and dryer.

Don’t be fooled by the state-of-the-art appliances however: the suite was very different from the white-walled minimalistic condos sprouting up in popular Brooklyn neighborhoods. Ikea items have no place in the Windsor’s lobby or suites; in fact, the whole hotel seemed to be allergic to plastic. It was abundantly clear that every decoration, fixture, bookcase, lamp, rug, and piece of art hanging on the wall was hand selected with the most deliberate conviction to create a deeply luxurious and indulgent vibe. And yet, the decadent maximalism of the room was cohesive and didn’t seem forced.

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