The Asheville area has a nice mix of B&Bs, motels, and small, owner-operated inns. There are nearly 50 B&Bs in the Asheville area, one of the largest concentrations in the South. Most are in the Montford area near downtown and the Grove Park area. At least a dozen B&Bs in the area promote themselves as gay-owned and actively seek gay and lesbian guests, and others advertise that they are gay-friendly. With the opening of the Aloft, Indigo, and Windsor hotels, and the renovation of Haywood Park and some other older properties, the selection of places to stay downtown within walking distance of restaurants and bars has improved. On in-season weekends, downtown hotels and many nearby B&Bs run at more than 90% occupancy, and many of the rooms go for $300 and up. For cheaper options, look at the chain motels in the suburbs. More than 100 chain motel properties are dotted around the metropolitan area, with large clusters on Tunnel Road near the Asheville Mall, on U.S. 25 and Biltmore Avenue near the Biltmore Estate, and southwest near Biltmore Square Mall. A few lodges and cabin colonies are found in rural areas around the city.
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