I go to a conference every year for work - they always choose a really nice resort somewhere in the Continental U.S. And this year's selection (Grove Park Inn) is no exception. The historic lodge is interesting and beautiful and there is no shortage of restaurant seating with beatiful views. However, those attendees (like me) with young children have been sorely disappointed by our options. The spa is NOT for kids.
There are two pools - a small indoor one in a sports complex down a steep walk not too far from the hotel (block or two) and a larger outdoor one with open membership to Asheville generally that is not walkable (you have to walk down very steep curvy streets quite a distance with traffic). The shuttle driver cannot handle strollers - if you have two kids, good luck trying to hold the younger one and load your stroller in the shuttle. In fact, the elevator in the main lodge cannot even fit a "small" MacLauren double-stroller; it is too narrow (why they tried to put us there initially is beyond me). Rooms are not very large - standard hotel size (this is not the Coronado, Broadmoar, etc...) and not particularly fancy (not that kids care about the latter). No balconies - huge perk with kids. (They do, however, have great cribs and, apparently, there is no shortage.)
All of this is to say - if you were wondering whether to bring your young kids here, this is probably not the best choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Omni Grove Park Inn, located in Asheville, N.C., Is one of the country's most celebrated resorts. Noted for its understated elegance and southern charm, ten U.S. Presidents and countless luminaries from the worlds of art, entertainment, sports and politics have stayed at this one-of-a-kind hotel. Offering sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, innovative and locally sourced restaurants, a Donald Ross designed golf course, an expansive tennis and fitness center, an award winning spa and spacious convention facilities. This AAA Four Diamond Property is listed on Fodor's "Top 10 Luxury Spa Resorts" and Travel + Leisure's rankings of "Top Spa Resorts" in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Grove Inn Asheville Nc
- Park Inn Grove
- Grove Park Hotel
- Grove Park Spa
- Grove Park Inn Resort Spa
- Grove Asheville North Carolina
- Grovepark Inn