Experience the real Asheville

Explore everything that downtown Asheville has to offer from affordable, cozy accommodations in a historic, eco-friendly inn that reflects the funk and authenticity our town is known for

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Historic Gray Rock Inn

An eco-friendly historic inn with character.

The Gray Rock Inn was built in 1911 and originally operated as a boarding house. Today it houses an eclectic mix of short-term guests & long-term residents from diverse backgrounds.

Downtown Asheville

For the budget-minded traveler in the heart of downtown

Located just a few blocks from the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville! With the Gray Rock Inn, you don’t need to break the bank for a comfortable stay downtown. Our reasonably priced rooms are located right in the mix of the Asheville funk.

Experience a stay at an eco-friendly  historic inn steps away from Pack Square.

Since 1911, travelers have stopped at The Gray Rock Inn for comfortable downtown accommodations.

We’ve seen a lot of local history, and we’re proud to be in the center of Asheville today.

Gray Rock Inn

Each room is different, reflecting the unique history and character of

The Gray Rock Inn

Rooms At the Gray Rock Inn

Room 2

This room is perfect for two, with a queen bed, private bath, sitting chair, writing desk, and shelves. Two large windows lets in natural light. This is our newest room, and the only one with a private bathroom.

Rooms At the Gray Rock Inn

Room 7

This small room is perfect for the solo traveler, with a twin bed, sitting chair, writing desk, and shelves. A large window lets in natural light (we have solar panels that do obscure the view, but heat our water).

Room 8

This antique style, front corner second floor room has a queen-size bed, desk and large windows. 

Room 9

A classic room with a queen size bed, sitting area, original fireplace mantle and antiques.

Room 10

Lovely second floor room with a queen size bed, table, chairs and plenty of natural light.

Room 11

Lovely second floor room with a queen size bed and plenty of natural light from two large windows. Great views of Beaucatcher Mountain.

Room 12

A large window lets in natural light with an excellent morning sunrise. This small room is perfect for the solo traveler, with a twin bed, table and chair.

Room 13

This light, second floor room is in the back corner of the building and has a single-size bed and a spacious feel. The room has a table and chair, as well as a closet.

A special collection of rooms with history and soul.

Explore their antique furnishings and classic charm, featuring high ceilings, original wood floors, and plenty of natural light.  Amenities include: 

  • Wifi
  • 24-hour access
  • Coin laundry on first floor
  • Quiet hours after 10 p.m.
  • Daily cleaning of common areas
  • Front porch & second floor balcony
  • Computer & local telephone in lobby
  • Each room has a sink, mini refrigerator, & dishes
  • Each room has clean towels & linens

Take a Tour of Our Historic Inn & Neighborhood!

The Gray Rock Inn and its surroundings have got a lot of heart. To get a feel for what your stay will be like and the people you might meet, take a few minutes to explore our video library.

What do guests have to say about the Gray Rock Inn?

“Our stay at the Gray Rock Inn was amazing! John was able to accommodate us for a last minute booking and was very responsive in doing so. The room was very comfortable and very convenient to downtown Asheville, especially to the South Slope area (lots of breweries within walking distance!).

The bathrooms are shared, but were impeccably clean, and thoughtful touches were provided, such as a bath mat to take to the bathroom and ear plugs for the street noise outside! Highly recommend for your next Asheville trip!!”


“If you are looking for a simple safe little room look no further!

For a solo woman traveler this was great! I will be staying again!!”


“You really can’t find a better location in all of Asheville. Communication was fast and they provided advice on local things to do. Rooms were super clean and even though bathrooms were shared I never had to wait. Would absolutely stay there again and again.”

“Our room and stay exceeded my expectations. Loved the location of downtown and everything there was to offer.

Our room had everything we needed and more! Was little worried about sharing bathrooms but never had an issue with that. Felt like we were in our own private hotel.”


“Perfect location to see a show at the Orange Peel right across the street. Awesome spot!.”

“This hostel is conveniently located and is walking distance to most attractions in downtown. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We would definitely recommend this for a cost efficient stay!.”

“My partner and I loved staying here. The room was perfect for two people and the location can’t be beat if you’re trying to tour the local breweries. We stayed here for New Years Eve and the location saved us time and money on finding alternative transportation to eliminate drinking and driving.

Yes, you have two communal bathrooms to share among a floor of people, but the bathrooms are well kept and it didn’t even phase us! Would definitely stay here again!”


“The room was cozy, and not too small as I had feared. The amenities are simple, but comfortable and very clean. I had everything I needed.

It’s great to have a natural food store next door. That was a great for me! The vibe was very nice too. I will stay again without hesitation.”


“If you want to be in the heart of town and enjoy being in a well-managed inn, this is the place.”

An Eco-Conscious Inn

At the Gray Rock Inn, we’re dedicated to reducing our environmental foot print. Years of constant improvements have added up to lower energy usage and better quality comfort. We offer accommodations in an International style, with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities. In this space, you’ll encounter fellow travelers and local residents alike. What you’ll experience is a small community that shares a love for Asheville.

urban garden
solar panels on the roof
solar energy panels
Gray Rock Inn Front Porch

Home of the historic bunkum stone