The Princess Anne Hotel
Sophisticated * Charming * Historic
The Princess Anne Hotel opened in 1924, at the height of Asheville’s popularity as a health resort destination. Nestled in a neighborhood off of Charlotte Street, just a short walk from downtown, the Princess Anne has a bed & breakfast feel although it was originally built as a hotel, not a private residence.
Online reviewers rave about the quaint rooms and the delicious freshly-made breakfasts deemed ‘amazing’ by guests. Nearly every reviewer mentions the complimentary afternoon Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Hour, loving the treats and the social aspect of meeting other interesting travelers. On TripAdvisor the Princess Anne Hotel is rated 5 out of 5, and other review sites are similarly high. The building retains many historic touches and offers sophistication with a down-to-earth feel; the perfect place for couples looking to enjoy a quiet stay while visiting Asheville. Also, with rooms in the $200 a night range, it is one of the more affordable places to stay in Asheville.
The most popular room option, the Superior, offers a living area and a separate bedroom with a queen sized bed and a micro-kitchen. The largest rooms, the Master Suites, have a king-sized bed, a living room with a sleeper sofa, and a seating area with a dining table, along with a micro-kitchen - perfect for families traveling with children. The Deluxe rooms are most economical, and although they do not have a fridge or a coffee-maker, they do offer a small seating area with a bay-window.
Anne O’Connell was the first owner and manager of the Princess Anne Hotel, whose motto was “Comfort First.”. She was a registered nurse who was nicknamed ‘Princess’ because of her long red hair and charismatic charm. O’Connell was also the owner and proprietor of two sanitariums for the treatment of tuberculosis: the Sunset Lodge at 41 Oak Park Road, and the Edgewood Cottage Sanitarium at 112 Sunset Drive. Both sanitariums were located near the Princess Anne Hotel, which offered families of patients a convenient place to stay.
The Hotel was financed by Dr. Karl Von Ruck, a famous physician who came to Asheville in 1888 looking for a cure for tuberculosis. In 1912 Von Ruck perfected the tuberculosis vaccine and, along with other treatments researched at his Winyah Sanitarium, found the cure he was looking for. Von Ruck’s private residence consisted of multiple buildings and was also in the neighborhood of the Princess Anne (and still is).
The hotel has changed hands many times since it opened in 1924 - most recently in January 2017, when it was purchased by Mike & Colleen Eden. Mike has a really nice blog post about purchasing the Princess Anne and the level of service and comfort he provides for his guests (see https://edenhouse.com/email/2017-january/). Since 1975 Mike has owned Eden House in Key West Florida, another historic hotel built in 1924.
The Princess Anne Hotel
301 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, North Carolina,
28801, United States
+1 828 2580986