Best Hotels: Grove Park Inn, Asheville (NC), United States


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The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
Asheville (NC), United States
by Sarah Bromley

Location: Overlooking Asheville's colourful skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Grove Park Inn is located on the western-facing slope of Sunset Mountain. Entering the impressive lobby, known as the Great Hall, it's stone walls are engraved with quotes from various literacy genius's such as Thoreau and Emerson and two gigantic fireplaces built with granite boulders brought in from Sunset Mountain itself. Within each fireplace, guests can take a hand-operated elevator up through the chimney shaft to their floor. You'll find a night at the Grove Park Inn a perfect mix of modern comfort and timeless style. Known for it's exceptional service, world class cuisine and scenic views, The Grove Park Inn has enticed guests such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Will Rogers and ten U.S Presidents, including President Barak Obama.

History: The history of The Grove Park Inn began when Edwin Wiley Grove moved to Asheville in 1897 for health benefits after having become a self-made millionaire in the early 1890s for his famous "Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic." After falling in love with the mountain air, he came up with the idea of building a hotel, in order for others to enjoy it's benefits, claiming it would be “a big home where every modern convenience could be found, but with all the old-fashioned qualities of genuineness with no sham.” Construction began in 1912, taking less than twelve months to build by a crew of only our hundred men using huge granite boulders taken from Sunset Mountain. During World War II, The Grove Park Inn was used as an internment centre for Axis diplomats, then an Army Redistribution Station in 1944. Charles Sammons took over the hotel in 1955 and after it's full restoration in 1973, it was named to the National Register of Historical Places. Until today, it is still one of the South's most famous and venerable resorts.

Rooms and Suites: The Grove Park Inn has 512 rooms that range from multiple suites, standard sizes with king or double beds and a Club Floor that offers a choice of unique suites, each reflecting various milestones that have occurred during the hotel's lifetime. Bedrooms offer a combination of authentic and reproduction dressers, tables, and desks highlighted with stylish lamps and textiles that represent the hotel's history. All bedrooms include free wireless Internet access, AM/FM stereo with CD player, microwave, refrigerator and coffee-maker. Suites in the Vanderbuilt wing offer various themes such as 'The Gatsby'; inspired by  glamorous 1920's art deco, 'The Gallery'; designed to appeal to art lovers and even the 'Donald Ross'; designed to complement the hotel's designer golf course. Each room is fitted with it's own spa-like bathroom featuring a multi-jet hydro-shower that creates a waterfall effect and an oversized jetted bathtub. All suites all have high-speed Internet access, 32” TVs, Bose CD players, and king-size beds with plush-top mattresses.

Restaurants and Bars: The Grove Park Inn boasts three spectacular restaurants, each offering elegant world-class meals with ingredients sourced from local farmers. AAA Four Diamond award-winning Horizons restaurant has the finest menu in Asheville, which is complemented by it's outstanding wine list for the ultimate classic culinary experience. The Sunset Terrace is at it's prime in the summer months offering outdoor dining on the veranda with majestic views over the city skyline and mountains beyond. It provides a more informal dining atmosphere that completed with dinner music and dancing nightly.  As a more casual option, The Blue Ridge Dining Room specialises in American-Continental cuisine served in a grand buffet style and the The Pool Cabana is open seasonally for light snacks. The Grove Park Inn offers several beautiful banquet and wedding venues overlooking Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the 18,000 square foot Grand Ballroom and 8,800 square foot Heritage Ballroom.

Sport and Spa: This stunning grotto-like spa is built both above and underground, offering magnificent mountain views and array of sumptuous facilities-it's not hard to see why it has been voted one of the World's Best Spa's. Not only does the spa offer lap pools with underwater music and nearby waterfall pools, contrast pools, an inhalation room, sauna, eucalyptus-infused steam room and outdoor hot tub, but an extensive list of  imaginative treatments. Guests even have the option of enjoying treatments on year-round outdoor private pagoda overlooking the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. Cave-like corridors with sparkling geodes lead the way to an impressive glass-enclosed pool, which enables guests to swim in any weather, and the whirlpool area is a fantastic place to enjoy a North Carolina sunset. Voted one of the ten best courses in the United States, guests are able to take private golf lessons from certified PGA professionals on the Donald Ross designed golf course. The hotel also offers indoor tennis courts, a racquetball court, indoor and outdoor pools and a sports complex for visitors over the age of sixteen. 

Address Details:

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 
290 Macon Avenue 
Asheville, NC 28804, USA

Tel.:  +1-828-252-2711
e-mail: bookit@groveparkinn.com
website: www.groveparkinn.com

Room Rates (in US dollars): from $150

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