High atop a hill overlooking Asheville, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond, the Grove Park Inn has welcomed guests since 1913.
The property surrounding Grove Park Inn and its exterior stone structure are uniquely majestic.
Inside you will find that the Grove Park Inn, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, does not disappoint. Omni Grove Park Inn contains the largest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the world.
If you are fans of Arts & Crafts furniture, you will find the massive lobby of the inn, known as the Great Hall, a thrill to behold.
It is decorated with a huge number of mission-style chairs, tables, couches, copper Roycroft chandeliers, and other beautifully designed pieces from the era.
Guest Rooms at Grove Park Inn
Grove Park Inn's 510 guest rooms, including 12 suites, are located in the original wing and two newer ones completed in the 1980s.
Furniture is a combination of authentic and reproduction dressers, tables, and desks highlighted with lamps, graphics, and textiles that represent the period. Bathrooms, except for those in the suites, are unimpressive.
Guest rooms at Grove Park Inn look out onto some of North Carolina's prettiest scenery.
If you are staying in the main part of the hotel, the operator-run elevator to the rooms ascends directly up the cool side of one of the Great Hall's 14-foot-wide fireplaces.
Dining at Grove Park Inn
Guests at the Grove Park Inn have a choice of places to dine in the hotel. These include the gourmet-style Horizons, the open-air Sunset Terrace, and the Blue Ridge Dining room, which has lovely views. Room service is also available.
Spa at Grove Park Inn
Built above- and underground, with an extraordinary grotto-like swimming pool, the spa at Grove Park Inn has won numerous accolades.
I tried to experience it for myself. Not being a spa-goer, I was put off by the extensive questionnaire the young front desk staff insisted I sign before entering for a pedicure. Daunted and annoyed, I left.
I recommend you read the Grove Park Inn spa review by spa expert Julie Register to get a first-hand account of using the spa at the Grove Park Inn.
Activities at Grove Park Inn
There's a 40,000-square-foot sports complex down the hill from the Grove Park Inn that is part of the resort.
Inside is a lovely glass-enclosed pool enabling guests to swim in any weather, a fitness center for visitors 16 and older, three outdoor and three indoor tennis courts, a racquetball court, locker rooms, and lounges.
Grove Park Inn also has a 6,720 yard, par 70 golf course, which a leading golf magazine dubbed “one of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more.” Private golf lessons from certified PGA professionals are available at the resort.
Weddings at Grove Park Inn
These are a few of the things that make Grove Park Inn a popular place for weddings: The choice of many picturesque backdrops to create memorable photos, a variety of wedding packages, and an in-house florist.
Indoor and outdoor venues conjure visions of unforgettable wedding days. The smallest, Cascade Landing, which can accommodate 10 people beside a waterfall, is perfect for summer weddings. The Grand Ballroom can hold up to 400 guests. There are several additional sites on the property whose sizes fall between the two.
The catering department will provide a couple with suggested menus for hors d’oeuvres receptions, brunches, sit-down dinners, and lunch and dinner buffets.
Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways at Grove Park Inn
Grove Park Inn recently added several theme rooms and suites that may appeal to honeymooners and other romantics. The Gatsby theme is evocative of 1920s glamour... with flatscreen TVs. The Gallery theme is designed to appeal to art lovers.
These large suites are all located on the club floor, which provides snacks throughout the day and other amenities. Suites all have high-speed Internet access, 32” TVs, Bose CD players, and king-size beds with plush-top mattresses.
Spa-like bathrooms contain a multi-jet hydro-shower that creates a waterfall effect and an oversized jetted bathtub.
Grove Park Inn offers three romance packages. The top of the line is called "Reconnect," and it includes:
- Two nights' accommodations on the club floor
- Champagne and flowers upon arrival
- Two dinners, one at Horizons, the other at Sunset Terrace or from room service
- Access to the spa
- Continental breakfast
- Afternoon cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
Nearby the Grove Park Inn
Most people come to Asheville to visit the magnificent Biltmore Estate.
America's largest private home, Biltmore Estate was built at the end of 19th century in the style of a French Renaissance chateau.
The four-story house spans 4 acres, covering 175,000 square feet.
Biltmore Estate itself encompasses 125,000 acres in total, including many acres of beautiful gardens.
Today Biltmore Estate is a faithfully preserved National Historic Landmark where the public is welcome on tours of how the unimaginably rich once lived.
Tickets for admission Biltmore Estate include entry to Biltmore House, Biltmore Gardens, Biltmore Winery, and Biltmore Farm Village.
What Could Be Improved at the Grove Park Inn
One area where the Grove Park Inn needs improvement is food presentation and service. The night we ate on Sunset Terrace, one of us ordered steak, which this dining facility is supposedly known for.
It arrived severely undercooked on a plate — with nothing else. Not a side dish, not a sprig of parsley. The outdoor restaurant's setting and view is so pretty, it would be wonderful if the food is, too.
Also, the bathrooms in this historic hotel are not notably large or impressive, except for those in the new suites.
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