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1898 Waverly Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Picked this B&B online and wasn't disappointed. It is a well maintained inn, lovely host and hostess and I place to which I'd return when again breaking a trip to the SC beaches. Next time I'd chose a larger room but the room we had was fine. This inn is within walking distance (we went about 5 blocks) to many restaurants and you have many shops to window shop on the way even if they are closed. The breakfast was delightful as well.

My mom lives in Hendersonville and, although I normally stay with her, the luxurious (truly), inflatable bed I had purchased a year ago decided not to stay inflated. So, off I went hunting down a place to sleep for two nights. My mom stayed at the Waverly about 25 years ago when she first explored Hendersonville, it's close enough to where she lives, so I gave the Inn a call. I was grateful to learn from Mike (he and Tracey are the innkeepers) that there was room available. I was greeted by one of the inn's associates and taken on a brief tour to choose my room. The Inn is old; it's historic (says so on a sign next to the front door), so if you are looking for shiny and hotel-grade, do not stay. Here's an analogy: You know when it's a weekend afternoon and you're looking to settle in with a good book and cup of tea, so you reach for your favorite (perhaps threadbare) sweater to take off the chill? That's the Waverly. A bit thread-bare in spots, but super, wrap-yourself-up comfy. Antiques, nooks and crannies to sit and ponder, coffee, tea, water, and snacks to take the edge off, and comfortable beds with lots of pillows. I stayed in the Oxey Daisy room (third floor...quite a climb, so be forewarned) as I was informed that it was in the back and more quiet. Well, the Inn is on Main Street, so you will hear traffic, and in the summer the air conditioners are placed in the windows near the bed. So, not super quiet, but comfortable. The Oxey Daisy room has a very tiny bathroom (stall shower and toilet) and the sink is in the main bedroom. The breakfast that Mike made was delicious; there are choices for every palate. Off-street parking on premises and very close proximity to downtown Hendersonville. Lovely.

If you like slick and new this is not where you want to stay. It was probably a boarding house when it was built over a 100 years ago. There are plenty of stairs and small bathrooms that were added later. What you do get is clean, comfortable and very friendly. The social hour with wine, beer, fruit and cheese was very nice. We had a wonderful breakfast the next day before continuing our trip. I have learned to bring a sleep mask when staying in an older bed and breakfast, because they need to leave lights on in the hallways for safety and it isn't all that dark in the rooms.

My family visited Hendersonville en route to returning my daughter to college. Tracey and Mike are welcoming hosts. Our room was spacious and comfortable - a third floor family suite with a king bed and separate room with two twin beds. My daughter enjoyed a luxurious soak in the claw foot tub while my tween son appreciated the wifi and direct TV. A happy hour (wine, cheese, beer and lemonade) with other guests as well as a hearty hot breakfast (waffles, eggs, grits, bacon and toast with homemade jams) was included in the room rate. Yum! Also, the Waverly is conveniently located within walking distance of the town center with shops like Mast General store and Kilwins ice cream. The entire family is looking forward to returning to the Waverly!

I had a death in my family, and they live in Asheville, NC. So we found it necessary to travel there and spend a night for the memorial for this person. After looking into hotel prices in the city of Asheville (I had serious sticker shock from that) I decided to expand my search to a thirty mile radius near the city, and one of the properties I saw was this 119 year old B&B in the town of Hendersonville, NC. It was about 22 miles away from the site of the memorial, and for the cost of a mid-level chain hotel we could experience something we never had before, so I booked a room there. Can I just say WOW! Of course there are some things you don't have in a property like this that you do have at a chain hotel, but I didn't miss any of those things. There was not a pool, there was not a fitness center, and there was not a continental breakfast. Instead there were a couple of innkeepers named Mike and Tracey Burnette who welcomed us personally and treated us like old friends who came in for the weekend. The room was smaller than a traditional hotel room, but the ambiance and character it had far exceeded any issues with that. The housekeeping staff gave us a little tour of some of the other rooms that people had already checked out of the next day and there is another room that I truly want to go back and stay in. We stayed in one named the Ox Eyed Daisy. They are all apparently named after flowers. The one I want to stay in is called The Wild Geranium. It was one of I believe four or five rooms that actually had a claw foot soaker tub in them. Breakfast in the morning was not continental, it was a full blown breakfast prepared from a menu that included stone ground grits, bacon, toast, yogurt with fruit in it, something called an eggstrata that my wife loved, It was awesome. The afternoon we arrived we got a print with some of the activities for the day. One was a social hour where the guests were all invited down for wine, beer, soda, tea, water, lemonade, or any other beverage that was available along with some great summer sausage, cheese, grapes, and crackers. Then we were invited to join one another on the front porch to socialize. We met some great people sitting out on that porch. And that porch was awesome too. A huge front porch with tons of rockers, a table with four chairs to sit at if you want to bring a meal out on the porch, and a porch swing on one end. The yard is shaded by what have to be 100's or years old huge oak trees that shade the whole place. A nice breeze was blowing through both days we were there and made the porch absolutely delightful. We checked out on Sunday morning and then walked downtown to have lunch with some family members before heading home, but before we checked out Mike and Tracey told us about some really great strawberry/rhubarb pie they were serving for Sunday brunch. We told them about meeting family for lunch, so they invited us back to have just the pie after lunch. We brought our family members back with us and had some of the best pie and ice cream ever. This was such a great experience, not just a stay in a chain hotel. Again, for what we would have paid for a mid-level chain hotel in Asheville, we had an absolutely delightful experience at this awesome bed and breakfast Mike and Tracey could not have been better hosts than they were, and the old boarding house has been turned into a truly nice B&B. Don't spend your dollars in the city, drive an extra 20 miles and stay at this place instead. You won't regret it, and I bet you'll go back. We will.

Owners Mike and Tracey opened up the entire Inn to our group of 30 on Friday and Saturday for a retreat. Our stay was incredible! The Inn is in a great location - easily walkable to restaurants, shopping, and breweries. We loved the huge front porch, complete with rocking chairs. Our every need was attended to and each person on staff was friendly and helpful. It was clear that a lot of thought had been put into making our stay comfortable and pleasant. I definitely plan to come back!

My wife and I have come here many times for special occasion trips for several years and even with the newer owners, this place is a gem in a great town. We always enjoy the breakfast and the evening socials chatting with the owners.

Stayed at the Waverly for our 10th anniversary! Loved the room, staff and the breakfast was amazing!! Happy hour was also wonderful! Our room was lovely and very clean! The location is great as it is close to downtown historic Hendersonville. Desert was waiting for us in the dining room(peach pie) with tea or coffee when we got in at night! the owners even made out dinner reservations for us! Looking forward to a return visit!!

This Inn is just beautiful! The staff are friendly, the room was clean and the price is right! We had a lovely breakfast in the dining room. We just loved our stay! The Waverley Inn is just oozing of old world charm. This Inn is located walking distance to the Halifax Harbour.

This was a very pleasant stay, I wish we had longer to stay in the area. Come down and stay at An Inn on York Street in Chester when in South Carolina. Sandy is a great neighbor and I think they still have Masters Packages. Phil & Paula

783 N Main St Hendersonville NC

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Spa services

Located within a 5-minute walk of Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium, 1898 Waverly Inn is within a 15-minute stroll of Mineral and Lapidary Museum. This 3-star bed & breakfast has 15 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central Hendersonville and also a short walk from Henderson County Heritage Museum and Flat Rock Playhouse.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


All of 1898 Waverly Inn's 15 individually decorated rooms provide ceiling fans, phones, and desks. TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bathrobes.

Property features

Guests of 1898 Waverly Inn enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, spa treatment rooms, and coffee in a common area. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Staff members can answer questions about accommodations, and also provide front-desk service during limited hours. Additional amenities include a computer station, a library, and a gift shop.

Room options

Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, Multiple Beds

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 383 reviews