Andi’s Pick: The Omni Grove Park Inn

June 5, 2014

The Omni Grove Park Inn: Asheville, North Carolina

First Impression

The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of South’s most beloved resorts.  Built in 1913, with granite stones mined from the very same mountain it is built upon, you do not have to check in to enjoy its history, ambiance, and world-class amenities, although it is highly recommended that you stay at least a night or two to really take in the whole experience.  The main lobby, known as The Great Hall, features dramatic twenty-four foot ceilings and two massive fourteen foot fireplaces.  It is famous for its guest elevators that are cleverly hidden in the chimneys of the fireplaces to conceal the noise of the machinery.  You will also find throughout the lobby words of inspiration from noted authors etched into the stone that serve as a warm welcome to visitors.

Location

Perched on the western-facing slope of Sunset Mountain, The Omni Grove Park Inn overlooks the charming city of Asheville, North Carolina and provides sweeping views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.  The pure mountain air, first class service, and delectable cuisine attracts thousands upon thousands of people every year.

The Room

The property has undergone major renovations over the last decade and a lot of the work was concentrated on a portion of the rooms, thus you can now choose to stay in either a traditional or modern room depending on your mood.  We stayed in a resort room with a breathtaking view.  Along with the furniture that is very reflective of its mountain surroundings, there are also contemporary amenities such as a flat-screen HD television, Serta mattress, and mini-refridgerator.

The Bathroom

Because the hotel was originally designed over a hundred years ago, the bathrooms are on the quainter side.  To make up for that, they are stocked with luxurious bath products from The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

The Extras

The hotel is known for its award winning restaurants located throughout its massive grounds.  Our favorite was The Blue Ridge, a farm-to-table artisanal buffet, where you can find anything your heart desires.  We could not get enough of their freshly-made donuts every morning!

You will also find plenty of places to sit and contemplate life, whether al fresco or inside next to a fireplace.

Grove Park Inn

Why It Is Andi’s Pick

A trip to The Omni Grove Park Inn is incomplete without spending time in their 43,000 square foot subterranean spa.  It is easily one of the best in the world featuring cavernous rock walls, arches, and tunnels and twenty water features.  Additionally, the main pool area has two therapeutic waterfall pools, a warm mineral pool, and lap pool with 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded in the ceiling and constant underwater music.  Inside the lockers rooms you will discover exhilarating contrast pools, an inhalation room, and eucalyptus-infused steam room. The pools are mineral-based and chlorine-free, containing trace minerals of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.  Three fireside lounges await you with overstuffed chairs, warm blankets, light snacks, hot organic teas, and herbal infused waters.  If you need a breath of fresh air, step outside to enjoy fireplaces, a whirlpool, and a tiered outdoor terrace with panoramic mountain views.  Day passes are available to the spa for non-hotel guests.

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19 thoughts on “Andi’s Pick: The Omni Grove Park Inn

  1. Allison

    The Grove Park Inn is one of my favorite places! I was lucky enough to attend a conference here last year and I would be lying if I didn’t carve out extra time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore the spa. Great pick & hope to be back soon!

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