New Accommodations Concept in Asheville, North Carolina
By Hope S. Philbrick
There’s a new accommodations concept popping up and I like it. It’s a make-yourself-at-home, self-help approach that’s a distant cousin to traditional B&Bs. The Bunn House in Asheville, North Carolina was my first encounter with such a place.
(I’ve since stayed at another in Greenville, SC; Asheville’s is more upscale.)
Perfect for introverts who shudder at the thought of breakfast with strangers, at this sort of place you may well never talk to anyone, ever. Booking and check-in procedures are handled online: All conversations with the proprietor can be handled via email (though you can phone if you need to). You’ll be given a key code and that’s all you need to open the door to your local digs. There’s no innkeeper on site to chat your ear off or serve you breakfast. Find your room, slip inside and you can avoid all other guests if you prefer.
At Bunn House, the only interaction I had with another person was shortly after I’d dragged myself and my suitcase upstairs. As I stood in the hallway fiddling with the door lock another guest strolled by carrying a load of snacks he’d grabbed in the lobby where goodies are readily available. He noticed I was working with the lock and offered a helpful tip about jiggling it a certain way in order to open it. “My wife and I had the same problem,” he said with a smile before vanishing into his room.
My guestroom was clean, spacious, modern and equipped with higher-than-usual tech including geothermal heating, thermasol steam showers, nespresso machines, 49” LED TV (with premium Cable, Netflix and Hulu channels), Lencore sound machines, Haiku fans and more. (Operating instructions for all this fun stuff proved helpful!)
“The Bunn House is a locally owned and operated boutique hotel and event center which offers a new and emerging standard of thoughtful, invisible service amid a backdrop of refined elegance and timeless design.” —Bunn House brochure
The décor was a relaxing contrast of old and new, with the bed’s crisp white linens popping against the rustic brick walls. The room was a retreat, a haven, easy to embrace as home.
I travel to Asheville routinely—the city uncommonly caters to adults—so it’s starting to feel like a second hometown. With its help-yourself approach, Bunn House takes that feeling to the next level: It is home.
I look forward to my next stay.
- Located within walking distance of downtown Asheville, North Carolina
- Occupies an acre of land
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Free day passes to the YMCA
- Building was originally constructed in 1905
- All 5 guestrooms offer a king bed, bar sink and refrigerator, private bath with steam shower and private balcony
- Check in at 3 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
- A light breakfast of locally-sourced granola, milk and coffee is stocked in your guestroom for your convenience
- Light snacks (including mini muffins, brownie bites, pretzels, etc.), coffee/tea, bottled water, hot water, ice are available throughout the day in the common area
- A wireless printer, copy machine, fax machine and daily newspapers are available in the common area
- Quiet time is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily
- Smoke-free property
- No pets allowed
- Odds of Encountering Children: Low. All rooms have king beds. There’s a quiet hours policy.
15 Clayton St.
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