Gay Friendly Hotel Spotlight – Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Renaissance Asheville Hotel | 31 Woodfin Street | Asheville, NC 28801 | 1-828-252-8211

Asheville is North Carolina’s most gay friendly city and one of the south’s coolest destinations! 


In a recent United States census, the Asheville area had 83% more LGBT identified people than the typical American city or town. 

Think about that for a second. Pretty great, right? 


With North Carolina’s passing of legalized same-sex marriage in October 2014, Asheville continues to sky rocket toward being one of the most gay popular destinations in the United States. 



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You will be wooed by Asheville’s natural beauty, eclectic / artsy vibe, nightlife, innovative dining, and location between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Smokey Mountains. 

You will find that a large quantity of businesses are gay-owned or extremely LGBT friendly, such as the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. 


The Renaissance Asheville Hotel provides a perfect location, walking distance to many of the areas best restaurants, shops, art galleries and nightlife.

My wife Jennifer and I recently enjoyed an overnight stay at this beautiful hotel. 




Upon arrival we were happy to encounter plenty of free parking, a stunning lobby and friendly, attentive service. 

Our king guest room was nicely decorated in soothing Autumn-like earth tones and provided a magnificent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains with floor-to-ceiling windows.  



We enjoyed free Wi-Fi and a nice sized premium desk with ergonomic chair.

The marble bathroom was a bit on the small side but more than sufficient for Jennifer and myself.

It was great having the floor-to-ceiling windows to witness a massive thunderstorm that lit up the night sky and illuminated the surrounding mountains! 



Guests of the Renaissance Asheville Hotel enjoy: 

  • On-Site Writer’s Bistro featuring farm-to-table dining 
  • Cocktail Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Concierge Services


  • Gift Shop/News Stand



  • New Fitness Center open 24 Hours a day


  • Indoor Saline Pool and Jacuzzi open 6 AM – 11 PM
  • Laundry Valet and Self Service Laundry
  • Safe Deposit Box at Front Desk
  • 14 Conference Rooms featuring 24,000 sq. feet of accessible meeting and banquet space



We love our pets as much as you, so we were excited to find out how pet friendly Asheville and Renaissance Asheville Hotel is! 

The town features many dog-friendly parks, restaurants and outdoor adventures. 

The hotel welcomes dogs weighing up to 40 pounds and requires a $75 non-refundable cleaning fee which upholds their high standards for sanitation. 

Charlie's Angels Pet Rescue

The hotel gives back to pet rescues by donating a pre-determined amount to Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue for each pet reservation at their hotel. 


  • Writer’s Bistro, the hotel’s premier restaurant, features farm-to-table dining with a variety of local flavor and ingredients.



The Writer’s Bistro offers a casual chic environment and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 6:30 AM – 10:00 PM. 



  • Lobby Bar & Lounge offers a more casual environment to enjoy a drink. Providing plush seating and a welcoming fireplace, the Lobby Bar & Lounge is a great place to relax. Open 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM. 
  • Room Service – Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available between 7 AM – 12 AM in the comfort of your guest room or suite. 


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**NOTE** Renaissance Asheville Hotel is walking distance to many of downtown Asheville’s most popular restaurants. The front desk is more than happy to provide dining recommendations and a map of the area.


MEETINGS / EVENT SPACE: The Renaissance Asheville hotel offers 13 distinctive spaces to host your next event. You can host a meeting for 50 in their Berkeley Room, an extravagant affair for 1,000 in their Grand Ballroom, or an extra special affair for 200 at the Top of the Plaza, the highest event space in Asheville.


For more information click HERE


WEDDINGS: Renaissance Asheville Hotel is super gay friendly and a perfect location to host your LGBT wedding! You can hold everything from an intimate affair an all out lavish event! The hotel’s wedding planning team is more than eager to assist you. For more information click HERE



Renaissance Asheville Hotel is Asheville’s premier LGBT friendly hotel and is host to many local gay events. 


Taken from their web site: 

When you’re looking for a gay friendly Asheville hotel, look no further than Renaissance Asheville. Encompassing all the beliefs and values of the Renaissance brand, the Renaissance Asheville takes pride in offering premium accommodations, amenities, and specific special offers to our LGBT community. As a premier gay friendly hotel, Renaissance Asheville offers LGBT travelers comfortable rooms, a convenient downtown Asheville location, breathtaking mountain views, and many luxurious amenities, in our accepting and inviting hotel environment.

From personal experience I can tell you that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Gay Travel Information was welcomed with open arms and treated wonderful during our stay.

The hotel even provides an exclusive Asheville LGBT travel package called the ‘Pride and Joy Couples Package’, featuring an overnight stay in a king room, breakfast for two at Writers Bistro, a bottle of wine, and more!

To learn more about this romantic getaway click HERE


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As mentioned earlier, Asheville is one of the south’s most gay friendly destinations.

You will find gay nightclubs/bars, gay & lesbian annual events and gay owned / friendly businesses pretty much everywhere you go. 

A list of LGBT venues and events can be found on Renaissance Asheville Hotel’s web site by clicking HERE

Gay Travel Information enthusiastically “OUTS” Renaissance Asheville Hotel as LGBT friendly and worthy of our business! 


This was my first visit to Asheville. Unfortunately I was only in the area for 24 hours, but what those 24 hours provided was a desire to come back and experience all this amazing area has to offer. 


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It isn’t just the natural beauty, or the cool shops, restaurants and art galleries…, it is THE PEOPLE of Asheville that make it such a special destination. 

My stay at Renaissance Asheville Hotel was great for many reasons, however the # 1 thing that sticks out, above everything, was the southern hospitality and friendliness of the staff. 


Feeling safe while traveling, especially for two lesbian women, is of uttermost importance and we felt extremely safe at Renaissance Asheville hotel and the Asheville area as whole. 

I’d like to say Asheville is a “hidden gem”, but it’s not so hidden anymore! 😉

This is “the real deal” as far as gay friendly destinations go.

Like so many others who have fallen in love with the area….we shall return. 

Desiree Sousa

Owner / Editor-In-Chief

Gay Travel Information | We Are Gay Friendly | Out & About Travel




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