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The hotel is beautiful and the views are stunning. Just walking into the lobby is immediately calming. I was very disappointed (and embarrassed, as staying here with a friend was my suggestion) with the room we were given. It had outdated wallpaper and green carpet, and the furniture was pretty beat-up. The bathroom was spacious, but had a tiny pedestal sink with nowhere for any toiletries. We had to keep all makeup, brushes, toothbrushes, etc on the dresser in the room. The bathroom looked like a hospital bathroom. There were 2 dim lamps in the room, with no mirror (except what looked like a medicine cabinet in the bathroom and a full- length mirror on the bathroom door - not helpful without good lighting). Not comfortable accommodations for two girls getting ready for dinner. Thankfully the beds were very comfortable. We spent over $300 for the room, which truthfully wasn't as nice as the La Quinta I stayed at 2 weeks ago. Based on other reviews, I am sure that there are more updated rooms available. I would insist on being assigned one of those. I will definitely be back to enjoy the beauty of the hotel, but will not be staying there again until they make some much needed updates.
Loved the property it was so beautiful and well kept! The "valet" and front parking area is a little clustered but overall its OK
I love the location and ambience of the resort. You definitely need to have an extra stash of money for the parking and resort fees. Not to mention taxes on the resort fees. But the staff and views from this resort are amazing. There are amazing places very close, food ,shopping , sites to see. I would go back as often as possible.
It was unique and historical. It was not what was depicted on the Internet. We were deceived and no one seemed to care. It was dirty, small, and not the romantic get a way we had hoped for to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We called to verify that the pool was included. It was but the pictures online were of the spa pool not the fitness club pool which was $140 more. Instead we spent our visit in the fitness pool. Barley luke warm, filled with screaming kids and no hot tub.
The staff couldn't have been more friendly and accomodating. They helped us with resturant plans and Biltmore tours. We arrived back at our room to find complitmentary cheese and champagne to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. The entire ambience takes you back to another time when grand hotels were the place to stay in America. We didn't avail ourselves of the gym or spa (extra fee) but they looked inviting. The Grove is fairly close to the Biltmore (perhpas 3 miles?) which is close enough to make travelling back and forth and to downtown Asheville quick and easy but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of both areas. As frugal seniors we wouldn't have chosen the Grove for our 40th wedding anniversary becasue of the cost but our children gave us a two night stay. At $400 per night with an additional $15 a night parking fee and $25 facilities use fee I equated it to the airlines and their charing "extra" fees. My opinon, if I'm paying close to $400 a night and not staying in a major cty, I think parking should be included in the price of the room. The room was one with a moutain view, comfortable and clean but. not the luxury I expected at that price. I may be being picky here but there were just two chairs in the room, the bath had only a shower and one sink. The room, with a king bed, was the style you'd find in any Hilton hotel but with a distant view of the mountains. If you stay here I would recommend a less expensive room and use the saved money to treat yourself to the Spa. We have stayed at the Mohonk Mountain House in NY and for about the same price had a fireplace in the room, trails and climbs on the property and breakfast/dinner included. I also think Monhonk is expensive but I think I'm comparing that inn with the Grove which may be unfair on my part. So my ONLY dislike was the value for the money but for the special occasion and since "the kids" were paying for it, what more can I say?.
It was beautiful and all of the staff was extremely friendly! It's small but you are charged a daily $25 fee for horrible coffee and "internet" which is NOT wifi. If I am going to pay for these extra things, I would expect them to be usable. In the world of smart phones and tablets, who carries a cable to plug into the internet? I have had better perks at a hotel half the price. I really expected more from a resort that is a part of the Omni family.
We loved everything about our stay at the Grove. The staff was amazing, professional and polite. The food and drinks were top notch. We will definitely be staying here again in the future. The room was a bit hot at night even after lowering the temperature in the room.
exceptional customer service and Facilities
Atmosphere was romantic, and the staff was helpful. Resort was beautiful, with very vintage-y and comforting style. Sports complex was plentiful, with an indoor pool, lots of tennis courts, weight room, cardio room, and pool tables. Great room bar tenders were quick to greet you, very good cocktails, and friendly. We couldnt get in or out of self parking because our card didnt work the entire stay, it was really, really inconvenient because we went out a lot for lunch and dinner. They did credit us the parking fee. This place is definitely not a last minute romantic trip kind of place. You better plan in advance if you want any type of spa services and dinner here. The good thing is, its so close to downtown, there's quite a good amount of restaurants to pick from. Overall, if you are planning to venture out, stay somewhere else. If you plan to fully use the amenities at the resort and stay there most of the time, then it would be worth the money.
The staff is extremely accommodating and the property is beautiful The rooms vary greatly! This isn't an issue unless they are all over priced. We had 4 rooms last weekend - all around 400$ a night. They were all different sizes because parts of the hotel are different. The room in the old part of the hotel was barely large enough to walk around a queen size bed.
It was a grade lower than when I stayed 10 years ago.
The hotel lobby and the grounds
Friendly staff nice place Could not get info about spa from hotel staff Bar closed to early
Breakfast was superb. Convenient and great service. Good value. A little tricky driving in and out if the location.
No food service after midnight except vending machines
Our room was clean but dated. Room was large enough to fit queen beds but only had double beds. Our travel plans originally included a 2-nite stay but due to travel challenges ended up being 1-nite. This turned out to be fine with us as the property was dated and didn't meet our expectations for a place to get R&R after a long drive. This property is essentially a motel with some resort activities available to registered guests.
New rooms were great - super clean - everything new! Construction! GPS brought me in from the back side of Sam's Club and I thought I'd gone back to the 80's... Lobby and rooms were nicely remodeled - rest of the hotel was very dated.
I liked the location. That's about it Our professional organization had our conference there. We booked a year out and were promised no construction. The was construction and it affected everything. Due to the construction there was a restaurant moved into one of our meeting rooms so they gave us another room that our members had to walk outside in the cold several 100yds to. Even after we gave them a schedule of our events(twice) and they promised it wouldn't happen again there was roofing over our workshops and presentations that was so loud our speakers couldn't be heard. The staff was rude and far from quick to fix anything. Half our member didn't have hot water. There were ants in the room. Book with someone else. Horrible.
Value for the $$ was very good. Clean, and comfy bed. Really disliked the facility setup. Had to drag all the bags through two wings and up a ramp to get them in the room. Would rather pay up and get something more convenient.
Loved the location next to the adventure park. Beds were comfy and clean. Bathroom was very small, but know this is hard to fix.
The breakfast buffet was absolutely delicious. All the staff throughout the hotel were very friendly and helpful. A nice way to start your day. Parking was plentiful and convenient. The Christmas decorations were abundant and lovely. All in all this hotel was much improved over the Holiday Inn Resort which it used to be ten years ago. Crowne Plaza has made many, many improvements and appears to be still doing so. Bathroom was tiny and an obese person could not fit between the toilet and the vanity or the toilet and the tub. It was a one-person bathroom, and the door could not be opened or closed if someone were sitting on the toilet. The toilet paper was cheap and scratchy - like at one of the highway rest stops. The room carpet was filthy. The bed was new, clean, and very comfortable. The blankets were stiff and thin, but were very clean and enclosed in fresh sheeting. Much preferable to soft blankets that are often not washed at other hotels. But the room was still smelly from mildew of old, and my sinuses were badly affected by this. Dogs are evidently allowed in the rooms, as we were awakened by a loud, continuously barking dog near our room. No effort was made to silence the dog. This should not be permitted, or at least should be segregated to a far wing of the hotel. Our debit card was charged $50 for services not given or requested. This charge is still sitting on our bank statement as pending, thus making our vacation designated credit card declined for our return trip car gas purchase. If you plan to use a debit card, bring along plenty of cash, too. Fortunately we did. The roads from the hotel to downtown Asheville are very tricky and not convenient.