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Discover this Dillsboro, North Carolina hotel offering a convenient location on the Tuckasegee River, close to Sylva and central to everything Western North Carolina has to offer. With unbeatable value, a great location and unparalleled Tuckasegee River and Great Smoky Mountain views, all of our guests love this Dillsboro hotel.

Located within walking distance to downtown historic Dillsboro, the Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites is perfect for those who want to explore the area. Other area attractions also include Western Carolina University, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Asheville, and more. No matter what you want to see, do, or experience while in town, we guarantee you'll find it just a short distance from this Dillsboro hotel.

Inside the 100% non-smoking Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites, guests will find that the hotel's sixty-five well-appointed, impeccably clean and spacious guest rooms each come complete with cable television with HBO®, free high-speed Internet access and all the comforts of home. Other amenities at this Dillsboro hotel also include a complimentary full hot breakfast each morning, an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, large river deck with rocking chairs and a fitness center. Some rooms at this hotel in Dillsboro also feature a picturesque view of the tranquil Great Smoky Mountains and Tuckasegee River, and the model train in the lobby is popular with adults and kids alike.

Those traveling to this Dillsboro Best Western on business will appreciate our on-site banquet facilities, in addition to a close proximity to corporate locations such as Duke Energy, Aramark, Jackson Paper, Medwest Hospitals, Western Carolina University and Western Builders, Inc.

Make your next Dillsboro, North Carolina hotel experience unforgettable with a stay at the Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites. Book online now and save! Enjoy your stay.

Guest Rooms

Popular rooms offered at this hotel.

Hotel Amenities

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Cleaning Standards

Industry-Leading Cleaning Standards

Modified Breakfast

Breakfast Service & Selections 

Low Rate Guarantee

Low Rate Guarantee

Hotel Policies

Pet Policy
No pets allowed
Child Policy
Children 12 And Under Are Free In Room With One Paying Adult In Existing Bedding.


Hotel location and the surrounding area

Nearby Attractions

Area Business

  • 0.10 mile(s) from Western Builders Inc.
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Jackson Paper
  • 2.00 mile(s) from APAC
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Southern Concrete
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Jackson County Government
  • 9.00 mile(s) from NC Dept. Transportation
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Aramark
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Balsam Mtn. Preserve
  • 17.00 mile(s) from ConMet
  • 20.00 mile(s) from CAT Caterpillar
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Nantahala Lumber Company
  • 45.00 mile(s) from Duke Power


  • 0.50 mile(s) from Historic Dillsboro
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Historic Sylva Courthouse
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Oconaluftee Village
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine Enjoy 150ft of covered flumes, so you can mine rain or shine. Mining instruction on premises, for your mining pleasure. You can Find anything from Ruby, Sapphire, emeralds, Amethyst, Garnet, Topaz, Smokey and Rose Quartz and may more. Native Buckets are available along with enriched buckets. We also carry International Bucket, with stones from all around the world.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cherokee Indian Museum Cherokee art, history & culture presented via exhibits, digital films, photographs & holographs.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cherokee Reservation Reservation home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. At Oconaluftee Indian Village, the 18th-century Cherokee lifestyle is preserved via live demonstrations. In summer at the outdoor Mountainside Theatre, the drama "Unto These Hills" tells the tribal story.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Harrah's Cherokee Casino casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cowee Ruby Mine enjoy 150ft of covered flumes, so you can mine rain or shine. Mining instruction on premises, for your mining pleasure. You can Find anything from Ruby, Sapphire, emeralds, Amethyst, Garnet, Topaz, Smokey and Rose Quartz and may more. Native Buckets are available along with enriched buckets. We also carry International Bucket, with stones from all around the world.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Folkmoot USA, Each summer since 1984 musicians and dancers from across the globe have visited the North Carolina mountain town of Waynesville as part of the Folkmoot International Dance and Music Festival. More than 8,000 international performers from 200 countries have participated through the decades.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Downtown Waynesville Art
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Fun Factory
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Wheels Through Time
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Blue Ridge Parkway National Parkway and All-American Road, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America's longest linear park, runs for 469 miles (755 km) through Virginia and North Carolina, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to the road, the parkway has a folk art center located at mile marker 382 and a visitor center located at mile marker 384, both near Asheville. There are also numerous parking areas at trailheads for the various hiking trails that intersect the parkway, and several campgrounds located along the parkway allow for overnight stays.


  • 0.25 mile(s) from The Huddle House, full service, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Casual chain offering all-day breakfast, plus other hearty American eats, 24 hours
  • 0.50 mile(s) from The Jarrett House, deli, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Southern, seasonal Currently closed for renovation..
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Kosta's Family Restaurant, full service, Greek, open for: lunch, dinner, A menu specializing in an array of Greek, Italian, & American comfort food in a homey, rustic space,
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Haywood Smokehouse, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Haywood Smokehouse knows barbecue! We are proud to serve the best Texas-style barbecue outside of Texas. Not a boast, just the truth!,
  • 2.50 mile(s) from LuLu's on Main, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Our menu features everything from hand-cut steaks, savory seafood, chicken and pork to regional favorite sandwiches, salads and pastas. We also have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections. All entrees are non-gmo and hormone free. We source from local growers and businesses as much as possible,
  • 2.50 mile(s) from Ironstone Grill, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Bogart's Restaurant, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 3.00 mile(s) from O'Malley's Pub and Grill, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Ryan's Steakhouse, bar/lounge, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Forager's Canteen, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Farm to Table, locally sourced ingredients,
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Boots Steakhouse, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, The best hand-cut steaks in the Smokies. Prime rib, filet mignon, new york strip, hamburgers, pasta, chicken, salmon, and shrimp dishes expertly prepared,
  • 0.50 mile(s) from River & Rails Tavern, full service, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, From New York to California, we've experienced coast to coast flavors that have inspired us to bring you dishes like you've never experienced before in the North Carolina area. You can experience another culture without having to leave home,
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Creekside Oyster House, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Popular, creekfront eatery offering seafood, American dishes & cocktails in a down-home atmosphere,
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Innovation Station, bar/lounge, American, open for: dinner, Craft Beer Taproom, Event Space, & Production Facility,


  • 7.00 mile(s) from Southwestern Community College
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Western Carolina University
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Christian Life Theology
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Tri-County Community College, two year community college
  • 17.00 mile(s) from Haywood Community College
  • 50.00 mile(s) from UNC Asheville
  • 60.00 mile(s) from Brevard College

Nearby Cities

  • 1.00 mile(s) from Sylva
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cherokee
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Bryson City
  • 42.00 mile(s) from Franklin
  • 42.00 mile(s) from Gatlinburg, TN
  • 42.00 mile(s) from Pigeon Forge, TN
  • 50.00 mile(s) from Asheville
  • 50.00 mile(s) from Knoxville, TN


  • 0.50 mile(s) from Fisherman's paradise
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Dillsboro River Company The Dillsboro River Company takes customers along the ideal relaxing rapids of the Tuckasegee River. The ‘Tuck’ is the ideal river for first-time rafters, families with young children (minimum age limit is 4), and those who want more of a relaxing river trip with warmer water and the milder Class I & II rapids. Guest will float past the hotel!
  • 8.00 mile(s) from golf
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Pinnacle Park The 1,529-acre town park features streams, waterfalls and panoramic views throughout. The 3.4-mile trail to the top follows an old logging road for most of its length, through a grassy ridge and then up a short rocky trail to the Pinnacle where panoramic views of Sylva and Scotts Creek Valley await. Pinnacle Park in Sylva is the state’s first and only Certified Forest Therapy Trail.
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Waterrock Knob
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Waterfalls
  • 25.00 mile(s) from The Dragon's Tail Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles: America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Great Smoky Mountains Rai A scenic train ride on excursions along the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, over the mountains, across valleys and through tunnels. Choose from a variety of train adventures departing from Bryson City. Many special event train rides including beer, wine and Polar Express.
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Beer Treks Brewery Tours Beer Treks brewery tours are not your typical beer drinking tours but an educational experience into the world of craft beer. A beer expert, certified through the Cicerone Certification Program, leads the tour. Touring 3 breweries with 9 beer tastings, you'll learn how to critically taste beer, history of beer styles, and why you prefer some beers over others. You'll go behind the scenes of the brewing process and get each brewery's story.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Antiquing Numerous opportunities in the area including Old School Antique Mall, End of Main, Dixie Mae Vintage, Treasures Unknown, Dixie & Co.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from WNC History Tours Guided walking tours of historic towns in Western North Carolina.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Dillsboro Lights & Lumina Friday, December 2, 2022, Saturday, December 3, 2022, Friday, December 9, 2022, Saturday, December 10, 2022 Experience the magic as the charming village is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter, and song! Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa.


  • 50.00 mile(s) from Asheville Regional Airport
  • 50.00 mile(s) from Amtrak train station
  • 60.00 mile(s) from McGhee Tyson Airport